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Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

The term Hazar Imam means an Apparent Imam. It is the term specially refers to the Present Imam in the lineage of Ali bin Abu Talib. He is the legitimate Imam of the age according to the Ismaili tariqah. The word hazar means the present and apparent, which can be perceived physically in the world. Different terms are also used for the Hazar Imam, such as Imam-i Zaman, Imam ad-Dahr, Imam al-Asr, Imam-i Mubin, etc. The Present Hazar Imam or Mawlana Hazar Imam is the 49th Imam, Prince Karim al-Husayni, known as the Aga Khan IV.

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