A holy man with an eye for connections

The genteel, moderate Aga Khan’s network is on the rise in Canada

A holy man with an eye for connections

Photograph by Cole Garside/ Mike Cassese/Reuters

Of two notable speeches from very different Muslim leaders scheduled this month for influential audiences in Canada, only one was delivered. In Ottawa, Zijad Delic, executive director of the Canadian Islamic Congress, had been asked to speak at National Defence headquarters, but that invitation was revoked by Defence Minister Peter MacKay over charges that the congress’s leaders have taken extremist positions in the past (even though Delic is widely seen as a moderate). There was never any doubt, however, that the second speech would go off without a hitch. The Aga Khan, hereditary leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, gave the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s annual LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture in Toronto with his customary cosmopolitan suavity.

The contrast in the tale of the two speeches is not one that the diplomatic Aga Khan, or his expanding network in Canada, might want to highlight. Yet his ability to present himself, and Ismailis in general, as a constructive, non-threatening face of Islam is a striking achievement in an era when other Muslim groups often struggle even to be heard. It’s nothing new. For five decades, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan has championed pluralism, and Ismailis have earned a reputation as quick adapters in societies that welcome diversity, including Canada. “I am impressed by the fact that some 44 per cent of Canadians today are of neither French nor British descent,” he said in Toronto, praising the Canadian example as “an asset of enormous global value.”

If it sounds like an old smoothie flattering his audience, facts on the ground show there’s more behind his words than graciousness. The global interests the Aga Khan heads—a multi-billion-dollar blend of business, philanthropy and quasi-diplomatic work—are dramatically increasing their presence in Canada. In 2008, the embassy-like Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat opened on Ottawa’s Sussex Drive, at a prestige address not far from Foreign Affairs headquarters. Last spring, Prime Minister Stephen Harper conferred honorary Canadian citizenship on the Aga Khan, who lives in France, at the sod-turning for a sprawling Ismaili cultural complex in Toronto, slated for completion in 2013, which will include a major museum of Islamic art. And earlier this month, the Aga Khan chaired the first board meeting of the Global Centre for Pluralism, a new Ottawa-based research institute, launched with $30 million from the federal government and $40 million from his own Aga Khan Development Network.

All this action has given the Ismailis a bigger Canadian presence than ever before. The history of the community in Canada goes back to Idi Amin’s expulsion of South Asians, many of them Ismaili, from Uganda in 1972. As a long-time friend of Pierre Trudeau, the Aga Khan picked up the phone during the crisis to ask the prime minister to make Canada a safe haven. Trudeau’s government opened the doors. (The Aga Khan was an honorary pallbearer at Trudeau’s funeral in 2000.) About 5,000 Ismailis from Uganda immigrated, followed by a steady flow from other East African countries. They now number about 45,000 in Canada, their success underscored this week by Ismaili Naheed Nenshi’s election as Calgary’s mayor.

If the Aga Khan’s link to Canada began with a personal bond and an urgent need, the connection has deepened. “What the Canadian experience suggests to me is that identity itself can be pluralistic,” he said in Toronto. “One can embrace an ethnic or religious heritage, while also sharing a sense of national or regional pride.” Still, few Canadians know much about the Ismailis. They are a minority within the minority Shia branch of Islam, dispersed through South Asia and Africa over centuries, and more recently into Europe and North America. Ismailis often experienced persecution, sometimes from larger Muslim groups.

Amyn Sajoo, an Ismaili author and visiting scholar at Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, says having to fit in has made them “extremely adaptive” to the cultures around them. “You don’t misread tradition,” Sajoo says, “as a comfortable home where you can hide from changing realities.”

The Aga Khan embodies the Ismaili reputation for embracing modernity. Born in 1936 in Geneva, he grew up partly in Nairobi. He was still studying at Harvard University when his grandfather died in 1957, after choosing his promising grandson as his successor—passing over young Prince Karim’s father. The Aga Khan now runs a major international aid network, closely allied to his businesses, based in Geneva. He’s also a famous breeder of thoroughbreds—on the day before his Toronto lecture, his stable’s Shalanaya placed third in the E.P. Taylor Stakes at the city’s Woodbine Racetrack.

In Toronto, the Aga Khan was introduced by former governor general Adrienne Clarkson, and interviewed on stage after his speech by her husband, author John Ralston Saul. Clarkson and Saul are the driving forces behind the yearly LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture, named for the pre-Confederation reformers who laid the key groundwork for Canadian democracy. The Aga Khan linked Canada’s version of federalism to struggles around the world to knit together diverse ethnic, religious and language communities. He pointed out that India’s constitution defines rights for eight cultural groups. In Kenya and Kyrgyzstan, he said, reforms to decentralize power to ease ethnic tensions are now under way.

Yet the Aga Khan balanced his call for governments to find ways to safeguard diversity against the need for citizenship to mean something. “Afghanistan is a case in point,” he said. “In contrast with places where inflexible nationalism can be a problem, Afghanistan suffers from the opposite condition—an inability to imagine, let alone create, a broad sense of nationhood.”

And Afghanistan is where Canada’s foreign interests and the Aga Khan’s concerns intersect most clearly. His aid arm is very active in the country, in some cases working in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency. That work, mainly in Afghanistan’s central highlands and northern provinces, is overshadowed by the fighting in Kandahar, but is expected to continue long after Canada withdraws from combat next year.

Sustained co-operation in Afghanistan is likely to further strengthen ties between the Canadian government and the Aga Khan’s network. At home, though, the influence of Ismaili institutions on the way Muslims are seen in Canada is harder to predict. Yvonne Haddad, a professor of Islamic history and Christian-Muslim relations at Washington’s Georgetown University, says the ingrained view of Ismailis as a clearly separate minority within Islam limits their impact. Although Haddad says the Aga Khan’s organizations have helped educate “a core of articulate scholars of Islam,” she says these Ismaili professors sometimes have trouble being heard beyond the universities. “They are just wonderful people,” she says, “but they can’t be mediators.”

Simon Fraser University’s Sajoo disagrees, pointing to the goodwill and practical working relationships created by the Aga Khan’s far-flung philanthropy. “The majority of beneficiaries, thousands of people in Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East, are not Ismaili at all,” he says. “So interaction with other Muslims is profound.”

The need for moderating influences, both among Muslim communities and between the Islamic world and the West, has rarely felt more pressing. The economic downturn has only exacerbated post-9/11 stresses. The Aga Khan cited economic fears as a cause of rising anxiety in Europe about Muslim immigrants. He said conflict in developing countries among ethnic groups goes hand in hand with diminished prospects of rising out of poverty. “The codependent nature of economic deprivation and ethnic diversity,” he said, “is evident throughout most of Asia and Africa.”

As a businessman who grasps economics, and a religious leader acquainted by necessity with the perils and possibilities of diversity, the Aga Khan is well qualified to talk about that linkage. And here in Canada, where his network grows ever more prominent, he’s increasingly assured of being heard.

A holy man with an eye for connections

  1. I had the honor to attend a conference by his highness the Aga Khan in Calgary in 2008, and I wish more people can get a chance to get to know him and also to get to understand his religion, I felt I was seeing someone really holy, like when I first met the Dalai Lama or Pope John Paul II, he is an extraordinary man! And truly, has a very lovely way to put all of this chaos into perspective.

    • All of Aga Khan's personal wealth (now mostly invested in businesses and what not) as well as the charitable contributions in his name can be traced back to financial contributions of his Ismaili followers to him and his families (Ismailis typically give 12.5-20% of their annual income to the Aga Khan, and none of this is documented so no one really knows how it is used or what is done with it).

      To give you an idea, if 1,000,000 Ismailis (there are 5-25 times this number on the planet, in fact) give just $1,000 to the Aga Khan each year, that's $1 billion in collections.

      Last time I checked, the Dalai Lama leads his people without charging them a cent.

      • I believe most faiths have a tithe or zakat…i dpn’t think it’s a “charge”

        Imagine what gets collected. However, with how much need there exists, if they all put it to good use, I suppose we all could give a little more.

        • Yes, most religions do have a tithe of some kinds. However, the tithe is meant to be used ONLY to fund religious- or community-based costs, including charity, normally – not the yacht or many houses or horses or other luxuries of the so-called leader of the religion.

          Also, I've never seen a tithe in any religion as high as that of the Ismaili tithe which is a ginormous 12.5% of annual income before expenses (wow!) – which adds up to several billions collected each year for the Aga Khan. On top of this, Ismailis even have to give money each evening to their Mukhi/Kamadia before starting a ceremony called tawba where the Mukhi/Kamadia will offer to forgive sins on behalf of the Aga Khan (even though it clearly says for Muslims, in the Qur'an, that forgiveness for sins must firstly and primarily be sought from Allah alone).

          Now, no doubt, at least some of the money Aga Khan collects through this 12.5% figure of the annual income of his followers does indeed go toward charity- and community-based costs. If all of it were, though, that would mean Aga Khan's charity network donates several billions of dollar each year – which is not true, as his network actually donates several hundreds of millions but certainly not several billions. So, where is the rest of the money going? Aga Khan keeps a portion for himself and his family, as he's acknowledged in the past (though he refuses to say what share he keeps) – and is in fact completely permitted to keep as much money as he wants under the Ismaili constitution under which the Aga Khan has "unfettered authority."

          To summarize, the problem is we have no idea how much of the billions collected for Aga Khan in Ismaili jamatkhanas from loyal Ismailis actually ends up in his pocket versus for religious and charitable good deeds for the community. What other religion do you know of which requires so much financially for its followers, and under which the leader of the religion is free to do whatever he wants with finances collected – where there is also no financial transparency whatsoever? No financial records are provided to Ismailis of what is done with the money collected and how it is spent. In fact, it is even possible that some of the Ismailis collecting the money are themselves keeping a portion, without anyone knowing.

          • Dear Mike,

            I think, as an individual and collectively, we should focus on the positive initiatives and leave the matter of tithe collection and its accountability which is a personal matter between him and his followers. That is their system, who are we to poke our nose in their matters?

            Peace to all :-)

          • excellent reply Hussain, I was going to write an answer to Mr. Mike, if only we can see beyond things but unfortunately we can see that we lack not only the right education but also big time knowledge for the material world & the spiritual world, money is only a tool to accomplish things & good & fantastic things are being accomplished & even if an Imam or a leader buys horses or a yatch or whatever, in the eyes of the world where he meets different types of dignitaries or politicians, a protocole, a level of things are bsolutely necessary, 1400 years ago times were different, maybe you did not need an expensive suit nor a nice car, even having a beard was ok, things are different, live your day by looking at the future in a brighter way, if only you what faith is instead of all of us keeping on bickering on things, lets work & understand a s a group marvellos things on this earth that we are loosing slowly by our stupidity…Paris

          • Hi Mike,

            U talk too much but never gave a single thot that wen this collection / contribution is all unaccounted / undocumented then why nearly 20 million ppl all over the world faithfully following and giving it religiously to their spiritual leader?..think about it, think twice their must be something to it…so i wud suggest dont poke ur nose into it. jus stay away and dont hurt ppl feelings in ur stupid analysis which may feel logical to u but its just ridiculin the whole ismaili community out there. U have such views coz u know what is told to u or what is visible to u but we 20million ppl also know what we are doin and wat our spiritual leader is doin so kindly dont follow this mentality that all ur views are correct and rest of the world is fool. This is not an argument but just a suggestion that be a wise man and respect other beleifs / faith / views etc…..

            Thank You

            hope tat helps…

            Danish.

          • @dear Mike: m follower of his highness the Aga Khan i will clear you confusion.. i belongs to pakistan (Gilgit) there is NGO (AKDN) which is operating all over the world specially it is very active in third world countries like Kenya, Pakistan Afghanistan ,Somalia, butane..etc..his high Aga khan use to provide those collected funds to AKDN(Aga khan Development network) which further utilize such funds in third world countries.:

            AKDN:> VThe Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalisation of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programmes without regard to faith, origin or gender…

          • stupid dont get jealous learn something from ISMAILI RELIGION…

      • let me make you aware my dear that the amount of money u talk about goes to provide quality education, health care and economical assisstance for under developed countries like pakistan. i am talking about his highness work in pakistan.educational institutions like AGA KHAN university, AGA KHAN HIGHER SECOUNDEY schools .diamond jubilee schools.if we taik about health u will see institutions like AGA KHAN health service hospitals which are all non profit institutions.before making such comments please visit AKDN WEBSITE

    • MY DEAR u may have some spiritual affiliation with DALIA LAMA AND POPE BUT U CANT COMPARE THEM WITH HIS HIGHNESS PRINCE KARIM AGA KHAN BEAUSE PRINCE KARIM AGA KHAN IS THE ONE AND ONLY SPIRITUAL LEADER.

  2. I MISSED IT..MAY BE NEXT TIME..

  3. You mis-interpret who the Aga Khan is. He is a guide, an advisor and interpreter of the Qu'ran. He is the Imam of Ismailis (http://www.yourdictionary.com/imam).
    Your interpretation of the Ismaili faith is inaccurate as well. Ismailis do not do "sujood" (prostrate) before him, they do "sujood" to God, as they pray "Oh Allah (God), to thee is our prostration and obedience".
    Everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs…they all essentially lead to the same place.

    • Yes, the people who thinks wrongly, may learned from our longterm enomy that we do sujood before him. Our enomy try to put us in denger all the time, and we have been badly discriminated even in our own provice-Badakhshan( they are Tajik in ethnicity and so do we). From chilhood I have heard to do sujood before Allah. My suggetion to everyone who is confused, please read our prayer and interpret it to your own language, or talked to an Ismaili,then you would understand to whom we do our sujood. There is the sujood:
      Allah huma laka sujoodi. You see the word " Allah"-God, to whom we do sujood.

  4. @Gary… I do apologize but your claims are not founded… The philosophy of Ismailis and the Aga Khan is not to spread Ismailism around the world (and killing people by doing so). The faith of Ismailism is rooted in The Holy Quran which points out that the utmost duty of human kind is to praise Allah and testify to His glory and His creation. In the contrary of your claim, the Ismailis believe in the teachings of the Holy Quran that if one were to save a human life, it is as if he saved the human kind (paraphrasing).

    The concept of donation (Dzakat in arabic) (a.k.a. alms) is resent in every religion. One should ask to what use is that money put? The Aga Khan’s work in the world (Aga Khan Development Network), a knowledgable person can testify that the money, you claim is ”extracted” by His Highness, is put to the use towards the betterment of humankind.

    The message the Aga Khan is spreading is simple, lets get rid of a clash of ignorance and seek to co-exist with always having the purpose of helping each other out. Instead of demeaning and bringing down those who do well in this world, lets get together and see what we can do to help. Maybe then the means will justify the end.

    Lastly, to quote his highness: ” …Then how do we build a common humanity? But I think what’s important is to hope for, work for and pray for a cosmopolitain civil ethic where the unity of the human race becomes an ethical purpose for all faiths”

    • very well said Feridun!

  5. My my you most certainly needs to get your facts together and stop hiding behind someone else s name yes i do know you who you are a hypocrite {sorry i could not help it} …..

  6. Yet his ability to present himself, and Ismailis in general, as a constructive, non-threatening face of Islam is a striking achievement in an era when other Muslim groups often struggle even to be heard.

    ***

    Dance Geddes, dance – esp. in that last clause.

  7. What a great person! I wonder why he's never been nominated for a a Nobel Peace Prize? Any one have any ideas?

    • As some are aware of his motto WORK NO WORDS he is never for publicity other wise there is no comparison what so ever with him from any other world leaders past and present …..His other recognitions are enough to balance 100 Nobel peace prizes just my personal opinions…..

      • Those are some grand generalizations Sultan. I can think of a few world leaders or individuals who deserve as much recognition as the Aga Khan including Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and many other great individuals. There is no doubt that the Aga Khan is a great man but let's not boil down arguments to arbitrariness and sweeping statements. As for his other recognition, there is no doubt that the many honorary degrees, awards, medals and honorary citizenship are all important, but I'm sure many would argue that there is none as well known or international in scope as the Nobel. Mind you, the Nobel is highly political so I'm sure that impacts who gets nominated and who wins.

        • He is not involved in politics, all he is doing is humanitary work around the world.

        • Dear Adam.i do agree with you 100% as far as all those great leaders you mention they are very well respected well recognized none less what those indivudals mostly work for was one group or another not for the entire mankind without race.religion. or general geographical area find me another world leader of Aga Khan"s caliber and i will bow infront of you and take my words back God Bless …..

  8. I have respect for the philantrophic works of Agha Khan. HOWEVER, I would like to point out that the practices followed by Ismaelis are not Islamic as the fundamentals of Islam (the majority Sunni and Shia sects) of established prayers 5 times a day and so forth and so on ARE NOT prevalent in Ismaeli practices.

    Again, all the respect for his Philantrophic work but I disagree with the notion of calling him following the practices of the Holy Quran (or the fundamentals if not all)

    • Mustafa,
      as with all religions, there are differences in how people practice their faith, or interpret the writings of 1500 years ago. Ismaili's recite parts of the Koran, follow many rituals and holy days in the lunar calendar, believe in Mohammed's teachings, amongst many other things. Please have respect when making statements regarding Ismail's being part of Islam.

    • actually Mustafa, IN THE HOLY QURAAN IT SAYS TO PRAY AT SUNRISE AND SUNSET! The concept of praying five times comes from a hadith of the holy prophet.

      Dear Mustafa, I greatly dislike when people like yourself make accusations that have no basis whatsoever. I highly recommend that you educate yourself in regards to the practices of the Ismailis. Moreover, it is not your place to judge Ismailis and accuse them of not being real Muslims.
      godbless

    • Brother mustafa respect your comments .HOWEVER you mention Quran E Shareef in your comments tell me if their is anything about praying five times a day in Quran E Shareef it does tells the believers to pray at the beginning and at the ending of the day and at mddle of the night and sukran ALLAH Ismailies do that now you tell me who is following the Quran E Shareef…..

    • Just wanted to say, if you were to look in the Qur'an you would find that it says (paraphrasing) to pray at the two ends of the day and once at the break of dusk. which adds up to three times. just to let you know.
      I am not trying to start an argument, just simply saying how it is stated in the Qur'an and that this verse may perhaps be interpreted in different ways but there are alternative interpretations.

      • If you read a little more carefully you will also see that it mentions two afternoon prayers.

        That makes for a total of five prayers if I include the ones you mentioned.

        cheers

        • Here you go:

          (1) The Dawn Prayer (Fajr in Arabic) given in 11:114, 24:58
          (2) The Noon Prayer (Zuher in Arabic) , given in 17:78 and 30:18
          (3) The Afternoon Prayer (Asr in Arabic), given in 2:238
          (4) The sunset Prayer (Maghrib in Arabic), given in 11:114
          (5) The Night Prayer (Isha in Arabic), given in 24:58

          • Mike, here is the translation of 17:78
            78. "Establish regular prayers – at the sun's decline till the darkness of the night, and the morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the morning carry their testimony"

            Not sure this refers to noon prayer

            And 30:18
            18. "Yea, to Him be praise, in the heavens and on earth; and in the late afternoon and when the day begins to decline."

            Is this a reference to formal prayer at noon? Is that your interpretation?
            Of course you are entitled to your own interpretation.

            And 2:238
            238. Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers, especially the Middle Prayer; and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).

            Would this be the middle of 3 or 5 prayers?

            Cheers.

          • Hi Curious,

            The following references (which I have revised, based on your comments, Curious – thank you) clearly show that there more than three prayers in a day and there are in fact five prayers in total.

            (1) The Dawn Prayer (Fajr in Arabic) given in 24:58
            (2) The Noon Prayer (Zuhr in Arabic) , given in 30:18
            (3) The Afternoon Prayer (Asr in Arabic), given in 11:114, 2:238
            (4) The sunset Prayer (Maghrib in Arabic), given in 11:114, 30:18
            (5) The Night Prayer (Isha in Arabic), given in 11:114, 24:58

            For example, in 11:114, it states:
            "Establish worship at the two ends of the day and in some watches of the night. Lo! good deeds annul ill-deeds. This is reminder for the mindful."

            This alone shows 3 prayers after the morning (Fajr) prayer [given in 24:58] and the noon (Zuhr) prayer [given in 30:18]. Ismailis only prayer once in the morning (when they wake up, which is normally anytime before noon) and twice at 7:30PM in the evening.

    • Dear Mustafa, No one has a right to judge a fellow Muslim whether he/she is a Sunni or Shia and that what make a person a better Muslim reciting 5 times prayers in day ?? we hear and see everyday Muslims blowing themselves in side the Mosques and Muslim Sufi saints shrines killing other Muslims praying and while performing Namaz, Do you call them Muslims? Just by reciting Namaz and reading the Quran one doesn't become a good Muslim, if you want to know what real Islam teaches about brotherhood, peace, forgiveness, tolerance, unity, building bridges with people of other faith, diversity, dialogue, charity etc..please read some of the lectures of His Highness The Aga Khan to understand the True meaning of Islam. I pray that May God bless you and may you have a peace.

    • The Teachings of Aga Khan and the practices of Ismaili's Muslims are straight from Quaran. It does "NOT" say "specifically" anywhere in Quaran to pray 5 times a day;(it doesn't even uses the world "Namaz") it mention 3 timings, sun rise; before and after sunset. Therefore Ismaili Muslims do follow that. You just have to read Quaran and understand it better.

      Quaran states keep praying(uses the world "Salat") and keep giving Zakat; so that doesn't mean you pray 5, 10, or pray 24 hr and keep giving Zakat of your entire pay check or earnings; therefore you have to read beyond that and understand the timings specifically stated in Holly Quaran. People can pray 5 times a day or even more, its good for you and your soul; but not compulsory.

      Just to give you an example Majority Sunni and Shia sects give 2.5% in "Zakat" since prophet Mohammed and they have not adjusted "infation" for over 1400ys and Ismaili Muslims have; and therefore give 12.5% in the form of Zakat. Quaran is for all time and you have interpret in all times. Also did you know even women have the most rights and freedom in Ismaili muslims than any other muslim sect in the world.

      Do you know Turkish highest authority "SUNNI" Molana had given fatwa last year for every Turkish muslim to pray 3 times a day….. a really good article was written, maybe you should read that.

      • Restaurant tips nowadays amounts to 15% raised from 10%. It's a good point you brought up inflationary consideration on Zakat or church donation/charity, I bet not many church goers of any religion really pay attention to that.

        • When you're taking a % of a total dollar sum, inflation is already factored in – as you're still ultimately given the same % portion of your income that you would have, for example, 100 years ago.

          Basic math.

    • Mustafa,

      Please reference Sura Hud, Ayat 114 (Chapter 11, Verse 114):
      (11:114) "Establish worship at the two ends of the day and some watches of the night…"

      • There are in fact five prayer times referenced for each day in the Qur'an, contrary to the urban myth propogated by many Ismailis:

        (1) The Dawn Prayer (Fajr in Arabic) given in 11:114, 24:58
        (2) The Noon Prayer (Zuher in Arabic) , given in 17:78 and 30:18
        (3) The Afternoon Prayer (Asr in Arabic), given in 2:238
        (4) The sunset Prayer (Maghrib in Arabic), given in 11:114
        (5) The Night Prayer (Isha in Arabic), given in 24:58

        • Mike,

          As referenced in 2:256 "there is no compulsion in religion" so don't feel pressured to change your beliefs. However, upon following up on your references….

          Here is the translation of 17:78
          78. "Establish regular prayers – at the sun's decline till the darkness of the night, and the morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the morning carry their testimony"

          Not sure this refers to noon prayer

          And 30:18
          18. "Yea, to Him be praise, in the heavens and on earth; and in the late afternoon and when the day begins to decline."

          Is this a reference to formal prayer at noon? Is that your interpretation?
          Of course you are entitled to your own interpretation.

          And 2:238
          238. Guard strictly your (habit of) prayers, especially the Middle Prayer; and stand before Allah in a devout (frame of mind).

          Would this be the middle of 3 or 5 prayers?

          Cheers.

          • Hi Curious,

            The following references (which I have revised, based on your comments, Curious – thank you) clearly show that there more than three prayers in a day and there are in fact five prayers in total.

            (1) The Dawn Prayer (Fajr in Arabic) given in 24:58
            (2) The Noon Prayer (Zuhr in Arabic) , given in 30:18
            (3) The Afternoon Prayer (Asr in Arabic), given in 11:114, 2:238
            (4) The sunset Prayer (Maghrib in Arabic), given in 11:114, 30:18
            (5) The Night Prayer (Isha in Arabic), given in 11:114, 24:58

            For example, in 11:114, it states:
            "Establish worship at the two ends of the day and in some watches of the night. Lo! good deeds annul ill-deeds. This is reminder for the mindful."

            This alone shows 3 prayers after the morning (Fajr) prayer [given in 24:58] and the noon (Zuhr) prayer [given in 30:18]. Ismailis only prayer once in the morning (when they wake up, which is normally anytime before noon) and twice at 7:30PM in the evening.

        • thr is also a verse in quran ""lakum din u kum walia din"… ur religion for u and my religion for me ………..so plz practice urz and dnt gt in a state where u r nt ready to understands others point of view..

    • Mr. Mustafa,

      i totaly disagreed wt u said abt the faith of Ismail's, for your kind information if u recite the Holy Quran then you will never delivered the statements like above. i wana to inform u that there are couple of verses in Quran about the prayer for three times and rest of the two are sharia…Ismailis are doing the same things wt is said in the Holy Quran….so plz i request u to know more and more abt the ppl b4 u gona to say anything wrong abt them….give respect and take respect.

  9. Mustafa, you have every right to agree or disagree with how the Ismailis or for that matter any brunch of Islam practise their faith; I would like to suggest to you, though, to gather your courage to do a good study of Islam, its real message to humanity and its teachings. Rest assured that it will help you get a way better understanding of Ismailis. For now please note as to what manifests by what Ismailis do (Peace); peace with their families, peace with their neigbours, peace with thier fellow citizens, peace with the humanity and isn't that paving the path to peace with the Lord of heavens and the earth whom we all call (Allah)??!! And what is it that the word Islam means in the first place anyway??:Peace??!!

    May Allah bless you with peace.

    • Only Allah can hear your prayers and he does not accept the prayers of one who prays to idols. Aga Khan is an idol to you.

      First of all, if he was really an Imam, he would actually go to jamatkhana himself and lead you in prayers just like Imam Ali led his mu'min in prayers. Why do neither Aga Khan nor his family go to an Ismaili jamatkhana for worship? Did you know that Aga Khan and his family actually go to mosques and perform namaz five times daily like all other Muslims?

      Every night in jamaat khana, do Ismailis not call upon Aga Khan (even though he isn't present) to accept their prayers?

      Do Ismailis not say in the tasbih of the Ismaili du'a, "Ya Hazar Imam…"?

      Do Ismailis not ask Aga Khan for forgiveness of their sins every night in jamatkhana (after giving a coin to the mukhi or kamadia for collection)?

      Do Ismailis not give Aga Khan 12.5% of their annual income each year (even though they are given no records of what is done with their contributions or given any receipts for their contributions)?

      Let's ask ourselves whose really following the Qur'an here. Sure doesn't seem like Ismailis, as far as the mainstream Muslim community is concerned (which only prays to Allah – as He is the only one who can hear them – and does so in accordance with the specific teachings of the Prophet).

    • Islam actually means "submission [to God]" – not "peace."

      Secondly, most of the 1.6 billion people on earth who call themselves Muslims are also peaceful people – both by nature, and by what their religion teaches. Peace is always preferred over fighting. There is nothing unique about Ismailis in calling themselves peaceful. Indeed, you are suggesting that your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters do not also strive to live in peace – which is wholly incorrect and truly un-Islamic to suggest.

    • Indeed, it,s the most appropriate response to a all knowledgeable Muslims and other human beings.,,,,,Very simple,,Islam means,,,,,peace,

    • Good job with answering to Mustafa! You got the message through.

  10. Mariam@ : great ..:)

  11. Islamists concerns aside, I have known many Ismailis and you can't find a nicer people. Too bad that many Islamic sects refuse to emulate them. They are one of the best examples of what it is to be moderate Islam. Sad though, that they also suffer from descrimination among Islam's larger sects.

    • It,s a long history of hatred by our fellow Muslims to Ismailis,,,,,it was there when our splendid Fatimid Dynasty in Eastern Africa,,when Fatimid Dynasty was committed with improvement of quailty life, in spreading education and doing scientific researces in at era,,,,and the hatred is still now! but it can,t change our attitude of peace for humnabeings,

  12. What matters is not how people practice their faith, but how people impact the lives of others. I've happened to see many so-called religious people who like to show that they prostrate and pray and do all the good stuff in that regard, but then do little in terms of good deeds unto others. Respect people for who they are, regardless of what you believe, and then you'll probably be following your religion a little better yourself. Peace.

  13. Salaam Alaykum Musti,
    I am an Ismaili, Alhamdullilah. I hear you and I understand that is your take on Ismailis (me).
    To all the khoja replies…Su waat che!
    Musti, My Muslim brother, I'll tell you a little secret I discovered..but I had to work very hard to discover the secret, after-all Allah can hide them in mysterious ways! I think this secret may help you, but if you don't like it then please just ignore it. For at least 2 weeks carry out the following task, if you carry them out with your clean heart(filled with the 5 times Namaaz recited daily and on time) then you may realize the secret. So here's what you do:
    1). If you don't have anything good to say then don't comply yourself of saying anything bad, even if you think and know that you are right.
    2) Try to see the common ground and try to see the positives.You CAN condition your mind to see the positive in absolutely anything.

    • This is the first time I've ever seen an Ismaili say the prophetic greeting of "Assalaamu 'alaykum."

      Normally, they always say "Ya Ali Madad" – which means "Oh Ali, help." Never mind the fact that Imam Ali (RA) is not on this earth and that Allah is the only entity a Muslim should worship and that can hear the prayers of a Muslim.

      • Only a mind that is open to the acceptance of differences can truely change itself.

        It appears to me Muzammil, that your principle is to live by literalist theories fossilized in time so it's difficult for you to accept that anyone such as the Isailis can apply reasoning to interpret the Quran to modern times or that symbolic gestures really represent different meanings in different times. One can either approach this issue by accept and propogate the strengths of diversity thought one may not understand it, or undertake a lot more open-minded study of Ismailis and their traditions to begin a debate before accepting diversity.

  14. I am proud to be an Ismaili.

  15. Mustafa, Praying five times a day does not make you a Muslim. Terrortists, who kill innocent people including Muslims pray five times a day too. So-called Muslims who go to Mecca for Pilgrimage, and molest women hajjis, pray five times a day. Praying five times a day Mullahs and Ayatollas do not hesitate stoning women for adultery. This is not even prescribed in the Qur'an but in the Bible only difference being Bible asks to stone men too.

    Truly you are the misguided ones.

    • 24:2 of the Qur'an speaks about the punishment of adultery:

      "The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication,- flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment."

  16. Mustafa, Praying five times a day is not enough for Ismaili Muslims! Imam tells them to remember Allah S.W.T., and Prophet S.A.W., throughout the day. Please read Sura LXXIII 7,8. They can do so while going to work, sitting at their desk, sitting in University lectures, etc.!

    Sitting in glass houses and throwing stones at people without truly understanding their teachings and the Qur'an does not show your intelligence but diminishes it. First study Islam and the Qur'an and then see if the Ismailis are practicing true Islam or not.

    I asure you they will come at the top!

    Mohgul

  17. Regarding the percentage of Zakat mentioned by a couple of people here. Inflation has not been taken into consideration by Ismailis. Please stop misleading people. In the Qur'an there are two Suras that mention Ushr, which means 10%. Ismailis pay Ushr, plus 2.5% as mandated by the Prophet. That adds up to 12.5%. Tithe or 10% is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments. Dasance or 10% percent is mentioned in Hindu scriptures. However, most Muslims, except for Ismailis, short change Allah S.W.T. and pay 2.5% and then claim to follow the Qur'an and call Ismailis non-Muslims! How pathetic!

    Now you know who are the misguided ones!

    • Sharia (Islamic law) prohibits the administration of sadaqah (charity) or zakat (tax) to Muhammad's kin (including the Banu Hashim), as Muhammad forbade this income for himself and his family.

      Instead, they are to receive a portion of Khums only (10%). I would be interested in knowing how Ismailis calculate Khums. It seems most Ismailis pay khums on their entire annual income, which is incorrect as per the Sharia.

  18. Brother Mustafa-
    The discretion to judge who is a Muslim or not is reserved by ALLAH (SWT), so please leave it to the Almighty to decide whether one is a Muslim or not.

    Khoda Hafiz.

    • Can you explain where it says in the Qur'an or the sayings and teachings of the Prophet of Islam that no Muslim is allowed to call another person a non-Muslim?

      In fact, Islam gives Muslims the permission to judge people based on what is known of them. And, what is known of Ismailis by the orthodox Muslim community makes it very much appear to said community that (Nizari) Ismailis are not Muslims.

      For example, Ismailis do not fast in Ramadhan, do not perform Hajj, and do not perform the five daily namaz prayers. These are three things, that, right away, 99% of the 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide consider obligatory, but which Ismailis do not even incorporate in their faith.

      • how dare you say that Ismailis don't fast I am a proud Ismaili and I fasted this Ramadhan, just because certain people do not fast, doesn't mean that they are not supposed to.

        THIS MISCONCEPTION OF YOURS IS THE GREATEST INDICATION OF YOUR IGNORANCE IN REGARDS TO ISMAILIS!
        stop spreading rumors and listening to heresy, you are not qualified to have opinions about Ismailis!

  19. Ismailis are not considered Muslims by the broader Muslim community. They are unique in that they do not let other Muslims attend their services and simultaneously refuse to join fellow Muslims in prayers at local mosques.

    Few Ismailis are even familiar with the teachings of the Qur'an, as they don't normally read it. Same goes for the hadiths of the Prophet. Indeed, Ismailism is whatever Aga Khan says it is – and not necessarily what the Qur'an or the Prophet taught.

    These facts are what limit the Aga Khan from becoming a larger presence or leadership source within the worldwide Muslim ummah (nation).

    • Ismailis are extremely familiar with the Quran and the ahadith ! They recite the Quran daily ! and as for the tradition, can anyone know this better than the Prophet's family ? Allah says "Obey the Olil Amr" ! – so should they follow the mullahs who fly in all different directions and have barely any clue about Islam? or should they follow their Imam who is their Olil Amr? did the Prophet not say that only a small Jamat will stay on the Straight path ? The majority does not mean they are right ! It simply means that all the fools are on one side !

      • Yes, there are some verses of the Qur'an that Ismailis recite in their daily prayers, but they do not recite the Qur'an separately from that. Nor do they study it or its commentary, or the hadiths which are used to interpret it. They are blind followers of what their Imam tells them to do, in other words. In fact, they're told by Aga Khan's representatives that the only Ismaili interpretation of the Qur'an that Ismailis will find is in the farmans (speeches) of the Aga Khan – and that any interpretation other than Aga Khan's interpretation is incorrect.

        As for following the Ulil-Amr, please see 4:59 of the Qur'an, where it says:
        "O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it [back] to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination."

        Please tell me why we are to refer back to the Messenger if we differ amongst ourselves, and not to those charged with authority? Please tell me who those charged with authority do not have final authority and why the Messenger supersedes them? Please also explain to me how we refer to the Messenger today (hint: I believe it is by looking to the authenticated recorded sayings and teachings of the Prophet, as 99% of Muslims on this earth attempt to do)?

    • Mishal, tell me how many other Muslims leaders around the Muslims world e.g Mullahs , Moulvis, Imams and Ayotoullahs are as famous as HRH The Aga Khan around the Globe??? How many heads of the countries and Government listen to them, what have they done for the educations, irrgations, peace, health problems for the poor people around the Globe?, and yes! why blame Ismailis only did you ever been to the Bohra Jamat Khanas, or a Druze Mosques, or Ishnashari Mosques ? aren't they all Muslims too? and let me ask you who are you to judge that Ismaili Shai Muslims don't read the Quran? Aga Khan teaches peace and love towards people of different faiths tell me how many of the leaders in the Islamic countries teaches about loving your fellow humanbeings and to be faithfull to the country where they are born or they are residing or to their adoptive countries. Let me assure You Aga Khan is a World Leader and will always be as he represent the true Islam which is PEACE andfor that he dont need a certificate from a person like you .

    • This is very interesting point that you have brought up here my friend. Let me ask you one question, and answer in the most sincerity of your heart. During the times of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), what was the total population of Muslims compared to the non-believers? Just think about it and answer it. Even today, what is the population of Muslims compared to Christians? My point here is, those who are on the right path are never in majority. Look at us Ismailies compared to the rest of the Muslims, we are in minority. Yet we struggle to make the world a better place with the inspiration of our beloved Imaam (direct descendent of Prophet Muhammad throught Hazrat Ali). I feel sorry for the person who has put all this into your head. If you consider yourself a good Muslim, let alone a good Muslim if you consider yourself a Muslim you will not carry this judgement in your heart.
      We believe to make this world a better place through acts of kindness and helping out the poor. This again ties into how much we give in zakat compared to the rest of the Muslims. If we were not Muslims, trust me we would not try so hard to help the west understand and accept Islam as a religion of peace and brotherhood.

  20. my dear brother Mishal
    so according to our Suuni or Shia people 9 11 was a Jahad.
    what do u think of that? imagine killing 100000 of innocent people is Jahad?
    can u please explain in which Sura in Quran says killing innocent or explode urself is Jahad
    I am a proudly Ismaili and I will be….

    • Can you please explain what portion of the 1.6 billion Muslims that compose the Muslim Ummah supported the actions of 9-11? Don't be a prejudicial beast.

      You can't even spell "jihad" and you want to tell others what it's supposed to mean?

      Go on being a proud Ismaili. Last time I checked, the Qur'an only addresses its followers as Muslims.

      • Mike,

        How much more ignorant can one get? We are Shiya Ismaili Muslims, do your homework and find out why we are called Shiya Ismaili Muslims. You read the Quran, Does the Quran teach you to bother or judge other religions? We are Muslims, and this is the treatment we get from people like you. Khudawand (Allah) did not intend for you to judge non-muslims. So you tell me now, why do we get this judgement from you?

  21. I fail to understand of peoples` mind who are fitting for interpreting religious or religious matter infect all religious is nothing but just like a political party and each one is rival to another but be a spiritual no one is Allah or Goad in earth so follow only your heart and do best for peace and your own spiritual power

  22. I agreed. AKDN is for human kind not only for the ismaili communittee but it is also true that Ismailies are working according to the guidance of His Highness to grow the Ummah all over the world.

    • What are you talking about, fatima re: growing the ummah? What world are you living in?

      It's a pillar of the Ismaili faith not to preach Ismailism to non-Ismailis. Also, it's well known in the Ismaili community that one is not supposed to speak to others about the beliefs and practices of Ismailis other than in a very general way, as these things are supposed to be kept secret. Furthermore, any specific information on Ismailism is supposed to be sought only directly from the Aga Khan or his representatives, and not his followers.

  23. You sunnis ridicule and contradict the message of the Holy Prophet and the Holy Qu'ran, so lets not get into a debate about who's a true Muslim and who is not. Your 3 Caliphs (Abu Bakr, Uthman and Umar) stabbed the Prophet and Imam ALI in the back the very moment the HOLY PROPHET shut his eyes for good.

    So keep hating and killing in the name of religion because that is what you guys do best!!!

    • I never said I was a Sunni. Why don't you discuss your faith openly and honestly instead of hiding behind the guise of criticizing the first three Sunni caliphs?

  24. I am sorry to say that though you have a beautiful Name Muhammad, your heart is full of hatred toward the fellow Muslims, and if people like you can't accept and respect fellow brothers and sisters in Islam, How can one expect from people like you to respect and love other fellow human beings like Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhist brothers and sisters?

  25. i feel sorry for people who take it in perpetuate ismailies or others in negative way. i have never written a blog before but the above coments did not leave me with any other option.

    1) The Purpose of AKDN is to work for the betterment of a human's wellbeing no matter the person is muslim or not.
    2) If you are a muslim, you might know that our last prophet P.B.U.H. said that there will be 72 types in islam. my point is who are you to comment.
    3) people who say that you guys recite prayers 5 times and we recite three times a day. my dear you guys recite 17 rakhs and ismailies recite 18 rakats a day.
    4) The purpose of this world as a muslim is to find who is the creator, who is ALLAH. this is the main reason why he or she is born. it doesnt matter who you are every one has their own belief.
    5) praticing culture and traditions physically will not make any difference in your spritual lives. For e.g. every body fast just in the month of ramdhan. according to me a muslim should fast every day which counts (honesty, peace, positive intentions) it not only to stop ur self from hungriness.
    6) Last but not the least if you research the types of islam. ismailies are the only one whose imamat (ALI) is still continued if you understand what am tryin to say.

    Well if you guys have anythin to ask am happy to reply.

    All i what to say is who are we to say ismailies are hypocrites or are not muslims. we do not have any right to say that. Allah is the one who will decide that. Its their own practices let them follow.

    If you have any mis conception clear it out. please dont take it negatively and do not forward you negative perceptions to others. all i say is to respect. you think your religion is right. fine follow that. i respect what ever you follow.

    Thanks

  26. Dear friends,

    Let me write one more thing regarding Ismaili's, Ismailism is an esoteric branch of Islam, believes on esoteric meaning of Quran and Sharia, so necessity of Imam in all times (Khalifa-tulllah on earth), and it is not special with Ismailism, it's the basis of Shaiism in general, and can be seen in Ismailims in practice today.

    So, follow Islam your way and allow others to live with their faith (LAKUM DENUKUM WALIA DEEN)

    And of course, I am an Ismaili, a proud one.

    God bless everyone.

  27. For all those who think that Ismailis don’t know Quran, for everyone speaking about the roots of Ismailism in Quran and any one who really want to study and know how and why are we different from the other sects of Islam, yet are alhamdolillah always able to find a common ground where peace reside; visit the website http://www.iis.ac.uk
    and you will know from the Research and Publications, literary readings and the graduate programs who WE are :)

    Proud to be an Ismaili :) shukranAllah wa al hamdolillah

  28. Haji Saheb, a wise Islamiyat / Deenyat teacher during my childhood taught that when it comes to matters of faith, only Allah can know and judge what is in the heart of any human being. If a person has professed the Kalma with conviction, that makes him or her Muslim. To call that person a "kafir" is to judge and so to abrogate to themselves what is Allah's haq. Who then is the kafir?

    Should prayers and the number of prayers said only be a matter of rote? How do you judge the many Muslims, Sunni and Shi'a alike, who do not perform regular salaat even three times a day, much less five? Do you remove the apellation "Muslim" from one who has indulged in social vices such as the rape of young boys known to occur in some madrassahs? Which is true humility and submission to Allah?

    So I put it to those who are so quick to pass negative judgement on Ismailis and the Prince Aga Khan: Why not observe those persons on the basis of their philanthropy, social conduct and humility instead?

  29. I am very proud to be an Ismaili!

  30. There are millions of fellow Muslims like who believe in rumors, speculations and un-reliable resources based on their narrow vision, mind set, extremist mentality and above all lack of real research/knowledge. We the Ismailia believe in ending of Prophesy (i-e Prophet Muhammad PBUH is the last prophet, Quran Pak is our Holy Book revealed on our beloved Prophet Muhammad PBUM) and Hazrat Ali AS is the 1st Imam. Hazrat Ali AS and his successor Imams (Including present Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan 4) carried forward the teaching of Islam complied by Prophet Muhammad PBUM. You must open your heart and eyes at accept this fact that Holy Quran & Teachings of Prophet Muhammad are the core pillars in our sect and in our Religious Schools, we urge rather it,s the prime obligation to recite and understand the Holy Quran. You must understand that Our Imam, recites / understands the Holy Quran, based on which he extend guidance to his followers, as Holy Quran is core source of knowledge and guidance.

  31. There is nothing out of Quran in our practices. Our prayers are the compound of verses from Holy Quran.Yes, we donate to our Imam which is spent in all over the world for the betterment of the Human Beings ESPECIALLY MUSLIMS, where as your donations / zakat is spent by individuals for their personal luxury and wrong things.All I have to say is open your mind and eyes and 1st do research carefully then speak out, if you are a knowledgeable person.

  32. YA ALI MUSHKIL KUSHA ..MOULA ALI MADAD FARMA … WHEN RASSUL ALLAH WAS IN TROUBLE HE CALLED MOULA ALI FOR HELPING HIM … JAZAQ ALLAH … EM VERY PROUD THAT I WAS BORN AS ISMAILI AND I WILL BE TILL MY LAST BREATH

  33. yes i m very lucky to have born in the religion call ismaili and i m also very proud to b ismaili

    shukhar mawla for whatever u r doing for us AMEEN

  34. we proud of our imam.So, follow Islam your way and allow others to live with their faith (LAKUM DENUKUM WALIA DEEN)

  35. His Highness very aptly did a prognosis of the current issues with Muslim societies and in the developing countries of South Asia, East Africa and Central Asia where his network has experience of working with grassroots communities for over five decades now.

    Obviously pluralism is a refuge for ethnic and political minorties any where in the world. We see here in the mountains of central asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan how 'codependent economic deprivations, ethnic diversity' and bad governance are in marginalizing and enslaving the poor, whether they belong to this or that faith, speak this or that language, they are all enchained through a vicious cycle of dependence.

    Irrespective of creed, cast and colour, the AKDN in this part of the world is acting as catalyst to foster self-help groups to overcome their problems through local solutions, and the promote peaceful co-existence.

    His goodwill and respect is well ingrained in these societies.

    Amin Beg

    Gilgit

  36. dear mustafa i agree that ismailis are not following and hate such practices which other sects of islam do e.g bomb blasts, suicide attacks and love guns…ismailis are the real manefistation of islam…this is what world considers..

  37. For those people who give fatwa(proclamation) of ismailis being non muslims please see the .http://ammanmessage.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=60

    the Organization of Islamic Conference in Amman, Jordan in 2006 it was categorically and unanimously stated and concluded that seven madhahib (paths or interpretations of Islam) were officially accepted in Islam. Ismailism was one of the seven officially recognized madhahib of Islam.

    I

  38. what a great leader

  39. Yes, majority of us don't speak Arabic, and why should we learn it? This is more of a hatred that seems like is coming from an Arab who feels their language is ignored.
    Quran is written in Arabic and we all know that, it was sent to the Arabic speaking people( Saudi Arabia, where prophet Muhammad is from). It was written in Arabic and yet a guide was needed to interpret it for the people whose mother language was Arabic. Then how can you claim that you are interpreting it right without the help of the Prophet??? Our Imaams help us understand the Quran through their Farmans.
    We don't read or accept the Hadiths? You are so ignorant to a point that it's funny!

  40. It is you guys who are in tolerant of other religions, and as far as it goes about non Ismailies not allowed in Jamat Khana it is because of "Bayat". If you haven't done that, you are not an Ismaili and thus not allowed in our Jamat Khana.

    "Man konto Mawlaha fahaza Ali-an Mawla" is this not one of Prophet Muhammad's Hadith? Why don't you follow it, or why didn't any of your ancestors follow it? You know where you guys screwed up? I will lend you a helping hand, i will tell you. It was when you guys mixed politics with religion. After the death of prophet Muhammad Omar, Abubakr and Uthman all wanted to be Caliphs(for political reasons), and what about the religious reasons? Why was prophet's last message ignored? Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, he is leaving two things among us: the Quran and his Ahl-Bait. What happend to this Hadith? Why did the majority of Muslims fail to follow/accept these two Hadith?

  41. Excuse me! don't even think of throwing your dirty laundry on us (Al-Hakim), we dont have an Imaam with that name. Especially during the time of his reign. It is pathethic how you refer to wikipedia, which i am sure you edited yourself or one of your mullahs did it.
    For your kind information, our 16th Imaam was Imaam Al-Aziz not Al-Hakim. Al-Hakim was a mad man, as a consequence of his actions Pope Innocent preached the Crusade to take over Jerusalem. Get your facts straight! Just read the rest of that stupid article that you are referring to and see that he was a Caliph not Imaam. The Imaam before Imaam Al-Aziz was Imaam Al-Moiz. I hope this sinks in your head.
    This is funny! What's your next accusation going to be? Are you going to accuse us that Bin-Laden is an Ismaili too? (astaghfir)

  42. Proud to be ismaili ………………… the great religion………….the relgion of peace , honesty , and mustafa u better go and research more and then come and comment here first learn abour ur religion .Hazrat Mohmmamd Said
    1 I am leaving amongst you 2 things after me the Quran and my Posterity,verily if you follow them both,you will never go astray.Both are tied with a long rope and can not be separated till the day of judgement.

    2 Ali is with Quran and Quran is with Ali.

    3 He of whom ever I am master Lord {Mowla} Ali is his master lord.

    4 Ali is of Me and I am of Ali.

    .So now mustafa why sunis didn't accpt what mohmmad said and lost ur way . whre is ur imam of the time , but we are lucky we have our imama of the time and he guid us in sertatul mustaqim …

  43. i am married to a sunni muslim and i follow ismaili religion i do not find much difference in the religion as everything practiced in the ismaili religion is based on the holy Quran.so why is there so much of all these discrepancy about prayers about salat and ritualsAllah SWT has made five fingers and all 0f them do not look alike.Please muslims unite and do not fall apart we say Laila ha illa la Muhammadan Rasullah.Ismailis are very peaceful people and very helpful everything we do is in the nameof Allah and we do not associate any one with Allah.For your information Quran mentions about Imam and we have one who is guiding ismailis also he did not say he is God' he often says do everyday good deeds so that whenyou die on the death bed you will answer to him who is the most high it will be so nice to see everyone love eachother start from today.dont waste time on the negativity.Allhamdulliah i am Ismail Muslim and love all Muslim.Islam is my religion.I live one day at a time and live every minute of my breath for Allah and i am succesful because i will not criticise my fellow muslim sister or brother as my children are Muslims So when i say Aslaam Aleikhum i mean it with my heart.Whats wrong in saying YaAlly madat.This is the beautiful name of Allah Ya Al-Ally. Munira

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