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.

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Ismaili Web AmaanaThe Ismaili Web was established in 1994 under the domain name, which means the Trust. I took this task of trying to portray this wonderful faith of ours, Islam, especially the Shia Ismaili version of Islam as it had a scant presence on the world wide web then and I chose to fulfill this need by creating a website explaining my understanding of the practice of my faith.

This website has grown organically over the years, as I have, to be a wonderful portrayal of spirituality and technology, art and faith whilst connecting me to my community and religion at many levels. Alhamdulillah! I consider it a Divine Trust that I have taken from our Lord and I hope I can fulfill this Amaana from Mowlana (our Lord) and serve Him, my brothers in kind and humanity at large! Amen!

“O Ye who believe, do not betray God and the Apostle and do not betray your trusts while you know” Quran 8:27

“Surely We offered the trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains and they refused to bear it and feared from it, and man bore it” Quran 33:72

When man undertakes to fulfill this trust, he expands to become larger than the heavens and the earth, which could not bear this trust. Then, God, Who cannot be contained by the heavens and the earth, manifests His glory in the heart of man.

“The Holy Prophet said that Allah stated, ‘I cannot be contained within the heavens and the earth, but it is strange that I can be in the heart of a true believer. So if you want to find Me, look for Me inside that heart.’ ” – Rumi

Man is hard-wired or impelled by the Creator to seek to rise, to find the real purpose to his life, his Fitra to return to wherefrom he came – inna li-Llahi wa inna Ilaiy-hi Rajeoon (We have come from Allah and to Him is our return.)

The position of man, the Ashraf ul-Maqlukaat (the finest of creation), by God’s Grace, when loaded with pious work including virtuous deeds, prayers, ethics, service and trust, can reach Him and one can be rightly guided back to Him.

“Guide us to the right path, the path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors” Quran 1:5-6

God is Merciful, Ar-Rahman, and he sent a Guide to every nation.

“And thus We have made you an exalted nation that you may be the bearers of witness to the people and (that) the Messenger may be a bearer of Witness to you.” – Quran 2:143

The Messenger had been ordained as bearer to deliver a Witness to us. The Messenger was Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), who is the Witness?

“But, God bears witness to the truth of what He has bestowed from on high upon thee, out of His own wisdom has He bestowed it from on high, with the angels bearing witness thereto – although none can bear witness as God does.” – Quran 4:166

Who is the Witness and who is the Present (Hazar), Living (Maujood) Guide, the Hujjat-il Amri – the Proof of the Command? In our Dua we say everyday –

wa `alal-a’immatil athar, wa `ala hujjatil-amri Sahibiz-zamani wa’l `asri Imaminal haziril- mawjud, Mowlana Shah Karim al-Husseini. [O Allah, send blessings on Muhammad, the Chosen, on Ali, the Favorite,] on the Imams the Pure and on the Proof of Your Command, the Lord of the time and age, the present Imam, Mowlana Shah Karim al-Husayni.

You will find these answers on my Intro pages on my website. Inshallah!

I am porting my website to a more interactive format transitioning in July 2012 and so please visit often to see updates. The old website will remain at while we are in this transition mode.

Thanks and warm greetings of peace, Ya Ali Madad!

Nina Jaffer
Editor and Publisher the Ismaili Web


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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 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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