Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III

Life - An Exalted Destiny - Aga Khan III Life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and grovelling thing to be shuffled through as best as we can, but a lofty and exalted destiny.

Spirituality

Eid ul Fitr — July 2015

Persian Woman 18th century - Amaana.orgEid ul Fitr is the culmination of the 30 days of fasting at the end of the sacred month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During this month, Muslims focus on devotional and spiritual practices to strengthen their connection with God and these rituals include reading the Holy Quran, prayers for fellow Muslims and for the worldwide community for peace, justice and equality for all humanity. On the 23rd of Ramadan, Layla tul Qadr, the Night of Power, is celebrated. This is the night when Islam was born, when Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God via Angel Gabriel which was the first verse of the Quran and he kept getting these messages for 23 years of his life. This year Ramadan… Continue reading

Layla tul Qadr — Islam’s Birthday Anniversary

Prophet Muhammad on his prayer rug Persian Amaana.orgLayla tul Qadr — The Night of Destiny and Power

The Holy Quran was revealed on the 23rd night of Ramadan celebrated as Layla tul Qadr — the Night of Power when Angel Gabriel descended to deliver God’s message to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him:

Iqra, bi-ismi rabbika allathee khalaq
Khalaqa al-insana min AAalaq
Iqra, warabbuka al-akram
Allathee AAallama bil qalam
AAallama al-insana ma lamyaAAlam
Read in the name of your Lord Who created.
He created man from a clot.
Read and your Lord is Most Honorable,
Who taught (to write) with the pen
Taught man what he knew not.

Surat Al-Qadr – The Power, Quran 97 – سورة القدر

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ ٱلْقَدْرِ
أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ وَمَآ
لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
تَنَزَّلُ ٱلْمَلاَئِكَةُ وَٱلرُّوحُ… Continue reading

Ramadan Kareem Mubarak!

Ramadan Four Angels-Amaana.orgRamadan Kareem Mubarak!

“Be it man or woman, each of you is equal to the other.”

The holy month of Ramadan begins on the first day of Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year it starts on June 18, 2015 which equates to Ramadan 1, 1436 A.H. After the moon’s lunar cycle of 30 days or so, the end of the fasting month is celebrated by Eid where the devout celebrate after having completed the month of fasting successfully from dawn to sunset each day.  The end of this month starts with the morning prayers on Eid-ul Fitr, greetings are exchanged with everyone and children are given an Eidi, a gift of money followed great rejoicing and feasting and picnics.

The great Muslim poet… Continue reading

Miraj Articles

Night Journey and Ascension, the MirajMiraj Isra Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad on Buraq, the celestial steed, Angel Gabriel points to the Fourth Heaven - Amaana.org

Of the Holy Prophet took place on Rajab 27, (anniversary this year, May 15, 2015) where he was brought to the Throne of God and received spiritual graces and insight. This closeness to God Almighty is possible for all of us if we merit His Grace and for which we should ever pray! This is a highly spiritual encounter and many mystics have experienced this Companionship On High.

I only created the jinn and mankind in order that they might worship Me. — Quran 51:56

Wama khalaqtu al-jinna waal-insa illa liya AAbudooni — Quran 51:56

Think about it! God created us and hardwired us to find our way back to him — Fitrah. All of creation and the verses in the Quran… Continue reading

Yaum-e Ali — Imam Hazrat Ali’s Birthday Anniversary

 Ghadir-e Khomm Gadhir KhummYaum-e Ali Mubarak! Imam Hazrat Ali’s Birthday Anniversary!

“And peace on him on the day he was born, and on the day he dies, and on the day he is raised to life” Holy Quran 19:15

Did you know that Father’s day in Iran is celebrated on the 13th of Rajab, which is Imam Ali’s birthday. (This year 2015 is year 1436 in the Hijri Islamic calendar.) Imam Ali is the first Imam for Shia Muslims through whom descended all the Imams and also the lineal descents of all the Sufi orders originated in Imam Ali’s spiritual tradition.

Did you also know that Imam Ali was born on Navroz, March 21, 600 A.D., his solar birthday anniversary? Navroz falls on the first day of the month of Farvardin, the… Continue reading

Imam Ali and the Power of Compassion — Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi

Imam Hazrat AliDr. Reza Shah-Kazemi Yawm-e Ali lecture Video delivered at the Ismaili Centre, London

The 2010 Yawm-e Ali Lecture at the Ismaili Centre, London was delivered on 14 July, 2010 by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi, Research Fellow at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. In his lecture titled Imam Ali and the Power of Compassion, Dr. Shah-Kazemi explored the role played by Rahma — divine compassion — in the teachings of Hazrat Ali.

He stressed the relationship between intellect and compassion as one of the key polarities in the thought of Imam Ali. Just as the operation of the intellect requires the participation of all the cardinal virtues — compassion above all others, says Dr Shah-Kazemi, likewise, the deeper meaning and transformative power of the virtue of compassion can only… Continue reading

The Imams, The Holy!

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21st Year Anniversary of Amaana.org on March 21, 2015, Alhamduli’Llah!

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20th Anniversary Files click here which include many articles from the older version of Amaana.org! Mubarak!

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Beyond Polemics and Pluralism: The Universal Message of the Qur’an — Reza Shah-Kazemi

Behzad's Advice of the Ascetic (c.1500-1550) - Amaana.orgBeyond Polemics and Pluralism: The Universal Message of the Qur’an[1]

— Reza Shah-Kazemi

Editor’s Note: It was a delight to hear Dr. Shah-Kazemi’s lecture on the subject in person yesterday. Please view my picture with him below! Yay! My sincere thanks to Dr. Shah-Kazemi for providing this article and I am honored to present it on the Ismaili Web. Alhamduli’Llah! Please also view video of this presentation made in June 2014 at the end of this article and I just added his presentation at FIU on March 31, 2015. Thank you!

And they say: None entereth Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian. These are their vain desires. Say: Bring your proof if ye are truthful.

Nay, but whosoever submitteth his purpose to God, and he is… Continue reading

Nowruz, Navroz Mubarak!

Shahnama Banquet - Shiraz, 1444 - Amaana.orgNawruz Mubarak Everyone! Rejoice!

March 21st is Imam Hazrat Ali‘s solar birthday anniversary! Please read on the following pages to see how important this New Year celebration is for the Ismailis and the whole Universe, especially since this year it falls on the New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse on this Equinox day! How Divine!

I am especially happy as this Navroz will be the 21st anniversary of Amaana.org on March 21st 2015!

If Nawruz is a festival of joy and delight,
it is through your light that it has come to be so.

— Prince Amir Tamim al-Fatimi, son of Imam al-Muiz

“Factually the number of months in the eyes of God, in the Book of God from the day He created the earth and the heaven, are… Continue reading

Hamid al-Din Kirmani by Farhad Daftary

Muslim Scholars in deep discussion, Persian Miniature Painting - Amaana.orgHamid al-Din al-Kirmani (d. 1020)

ḤAMID-AL-DIN KERMĀNI, ABU’L-ḤASAN AḤMAD b. ʿAbd-Allāh b. Moḥammad (d. after 411/1020-21), a prominent Ismaʿili dāʿi (q.v.) and one of the most accomplished Ismaʿili theologians and philosophers of the Fatimid period of Persian origin and was probably born in the province of Kirman. As in the case of other prominent dāʿis, who observed strict secrecy in their activities while living in hostile milieus, few biographical details are available about him, although it is known that he flourished during the reign of the Fatimid Caliph-Imam al-Ḥākem be-Amr-Allāh (q.v.; 386-411/996-1021). Kermāni is not mentioned in any contemporary Muslim historical sources, but highlights of his life and career can be gathered from his own numerous extant works as well as the writings of the later Mostaʿli-Ṭayyebi Ismaʿili authors of… Continue reading

Moments with Shams Tabriz

Divan-e Shamse Tabrizi depicting Shamse Tabrizi playing chess with a young Persian prince 5th-16th century - Amaana.org

Moments with Shams – Words of Wisdom from Rumi’s Teacher

 — Selections from the Maqalat of Shams-i Tabriz, Translated and edited by Refik Algan and Camille Helminski

Intensifying One’s Search

One’s longing, one’s search for the beneficence of God, must be so strong and intense that like the longing of Moses it allows no obstacle to stand in the way. When the Prophet Moses asked: “Who is more knowledgeable in the universe than I am?” his friend Joshua answered: “There is one person more knowledgeable than you are.” Moses didn’t get angry, he didn’t get offended; he didn’t say, “What kind of a thing to say is that!” But instead, “Oh, what was it you said?” he asked for information, because he was searching. Joshua was also a prophet, but… Continue reading

40 Rules of Love — Shams Tabriz, Rumi’s Teacher

Meeting of Jalaledin Rumi and Shams al-Din Tabriz - Amaana.orgShams-i-Tabrīzī (Persian: شمس تبریزی‎) or ‘Shams al-Din Mohammad’ (1185–1248) was a Persian Muslim, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi and is referenced with great reverence in Rumi’s poetic collection, in particular Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrīzī (The Works of Shams of Tabriz). Tradition holds that Shams taught Rumi in seclusion in Konya for a period of forty days, before fleeing for Damascus. The tomb of Shams-i Tabrīzī was recently nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to Sipah Salar, a devotee and intimate friend of Rumi who spent forty days with him, Shams was the son of the [Ismaili] ‘Imam Ala al-Din’. In a work entitled Manāqib al-‘arifīn (Eulogies of the Gnostics),… Continue reading

Esoteric Meaning of Little Angels — Noor-e-Rahim

Coronation of King Hussain Mirza Bayqra Persian Miniature تاجگذاری سلطان حسین میرزا بایقرا - Amaana.orgEsoteric Meaning of Little Angels (Shining Stars) in Ismailia

by Noor-e-Rahim

Noor Maulana Shah Karim Al Hussaini Hazir Imam our beloved Hazir wa Maujood Imam is the 49th Imam in succession to the Imamat entrusted by Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to Maula Ali. As Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims it is our belief that Imam of the time is the Nur (light) of Allah sent to us to enlighten our souls spiritually as well as our physical lives.

As Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims when we say Nur (light) is from Imam-e-Zaman (A.S.) then we must understand and believe in it too. Just like the Light in its physical form enlightens the surroundings. It ensures that darkness is removed to ensure things can be seen in its physical… Continue reading

Quran, 13:28

ألا بِذِكْرِ اللهِ تَطمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Verily! In the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment.” - Quran, 13:28

Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad:

‘Ali is ‘as my own soul’ (ka-nafsi).

He said to ‘Ali, ‘You are from me and I am from you (anta minni wa ana minka).’

‘Truly, ‘Ali is from me and I am from him (inna ‘Ali minni wa ana minhu), and he is the wali (patron/spiritual master) of every believer after me.’

Hazrat Ali

12. When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness.

13. He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help and sympathy from strangers.

Imam Ali Sayings

Imam Jaffer Sadiq

لاَ يَكُونُ شَيْءٌ فِي اْلاَرْضِ وَلا فِي السَّمَاءِ إِلاَّ بِهذِهِ الْخِصَالِ السَّبْعِ: بِمَشيئَةٍ وَ إِرادَةٍ وَقَدَرٍ وَقَضَاءٍ وَ إِذْنٍ وَكِتابٍ وَأَجَلٍ. فَمَنْ زَعَمَ أَنَّهُ يَقْدِرُ عَلى نَقْضٍ وَاحِدَةٍ، فَقَدْ كَفَرَ.

“Nothing occurs in this earth and in the heaven except with the following seven stages: Will, intention, destiny, decree, permission, book and implementation. Then whoever thinks that he can reduce any of these stages, then indeed he has disbelieved.”

- Imam Jaffer Sadiq, Usul al Kafi, vol. 1, p. 149

Rumi on Ramadan

The month of fasting has come, the emperor’s banner has arrived; withhold your hand from food, the spirit’s table has arrived. The soul has escaped from separation and bound nature’s hands; the heart of error is defeated, the army of faith has arrived. Fasting is our sacrifice, it is the life of our soul; let us sacrifice all our body, since the soul has arrived as guest. Fortitude is as a sweet cloud, wisdom rains from it, because it was in such a month of fortitude that the Koran arrived. …Wash your hands and your mouth, neither eat nor speak; seek that speech and that morsel which has come to the silent ones.

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Aga Khan jokes

Aga Khan Speech Brown University May 1996:

"Looking around this colorful gathering, I recall helping in the choice of the Aga Khan University's regalia. Our research into Islamic traditions of academic dress revealed that an academic's rank determined the height of his hat. The higher the rank, the taller the hat. The senior most professors therefore appeared taller than their students even when sitting down. I have just learnt that my friend Neil Rudenstein, the President of Harvard has given instructions that all Harvard hats are to be heightened by at least a foot. This has caused havoc in the Ivy League which is now debating resolution MAHH96, standing for Maximum Allowable Hat Height. My academic standing and that of President Gregorian, should be evident from the hats that we are presently wearing!"

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