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A History of Medieval Islam - IX The Turkish Irruption

The entry of the Seljuk Turks into Western Asia in the second half of the eleventh century forms one of the great epochs of world history.

A SINDHI VERSION OF PIR SHAMS' DAS AVATAAR - An Unpublished Ginan

By Dr. Gulshan Khaki

This paper is partly based on one of my previously published paper [1] and draws freely from it.

An Introduction to Chogadia Ginans

By Mumtaz Ali Tajddin Sadiq Ali

The word gadi means "time", corresponding with the Koranic term, sa’a. During the Ancient times in India, day and night were measured in gadi instead of hours or minutes. According to the Holy Koran: "They are indeed in loss who give lie to the meeting with God until when the hour (al-sa’a) comes upon them all of a sudden." (6:31) Here, the hour (al-sa’a) stands for the gadi (moment) of death, which is also depicted in the following lines of a ginan:-

Sayan’ji mor’e dar lago ek din’ko

An Ismaili Interpretation of the Fall of Adam

During a recent stay in Cairo, I found in the Taimuriya library a manuscript copy of an interesting Ismaili work entitled Kitabu'l-idah wa'l-Bayan, by the Yemenite da'i Husain ibn 'Ali (*1)

Antiquities of the Illuminati - 4. THE PURE BRETHREN OF BASRA

4. THE PURE BRETHREN OF BASRA:
Isma'ili, Yezidi, Sufi.

IT IS an impossible task, presenting an entire history of schismatic Islamic
sects and Secret Societies in a short chapter. None of the sects which we shall
be surveying in this section fall under the category of Sabian, proper. However,
since there have been misunderstandings in the West as to the term Sabian, Sabaean,
etc., and to the connections between the Templars, Rosicrucians and Sufis, "Suphees",
"Sufees" "Sophees", "Sophis", etc., the Assassins,

Cairo - "From the Pages of Glorious Fatimid History"

The history of Cairo dates back to about B.C. 5000 when King Mina united Upper and Lower Egypt and chose Memphis as the capital of the New Kingdom. Memphis survived several dynasties and invaders and finally was rebuilt in 969 A.D., by Jawhar al-Siqily, of the army commanders of the Fatimid Caliph al-Muiz Ladin Allah, and given the modern name of Cairo.

Catalogue of Khojkî Manuscripts available through the Heritage Society

I. Introduction

Challis wato - An Unpublished Granth

by Mukhi Abdulsultan Rahemtulla

Chhatris Kror - An Unpublished Granth

By Dr. Shiraz Ismail

The name Chhatris Kror literally means three hundred and sixty million. It refers to the number of Pir Sadardin's followers out of whom Baar Kror or one hundred and twenty million attained salvation. This granth was composed by Pir Sadardin. It has never been published. From a brief note in one of his books, we learn that Mukhi Lalji Devraj was aware of its existence and intended to publish it. However, for reasons that we do not know it never got published. With Mukhi Devraj's death most of the Ginan publishing activities came to a standstill.

Chiragh-I-Rawshan - An Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia

The
word chiragh is derived from the Syriac shrag or shragh,
meaning lamp, and Chiragh-i Rawshan means shining or luminous
lamp,
which is one of the oldest surviving Ismaili traditions in the
regions of the Central Asia. It is an assembly (majalis) of the
believers, where a lamp is illumined, which is its hallmark, and the Koranic
verses are chanted for the eternal peace of the departed soul, or for the
prosperity of one who is alive.

Dua - Namaz in Shia Ismaili Tariqah

The Shia Muslims were almost united in the period of the first Imam Hazrat Ali (d. 40/661) and Imam Mohammad Bakir (114/733), and during which period, they offered Namaz (Salat) jointly with the Sunni Muslims.

Expedition to Khorassan

(Following is a brief provisional report of the Expedition to Khorassan in 1967 by Mr. Peter Willey regarding the Ismaili Forts and throwing light upon the Nizari Ismailis - their movements and achievements)

1. OBJECTS OF THE EXPEDITION.

(a) General Background:

HAJI BIBI v. H.H. SIR SULTAN MOHAMED SHAH AGA KHAN

Haji Bibi Case

THE BOMBAY LAW REPORTER

ORIGINAL CIVIL.

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Before Mr. Justice Russell

HAJI BIBI

v.

H.H. SIR SULTAN MOHAMED SHAH,

THE AGA KHAN *

Haji Bibi Case Part 1

The Aga Khan has absolute property over the offerings made to him - Members of the Aga Khan's family not jointly entitled to such offerings - Succession to the estate of the Aga Khan is not joint - Khoja are Shiah Imami Ismailis and not Asnasharis - History of the Aga Khan family - History of Shia Imami Ismailis - Judge entitled to exclude the public from the court or to let the evidence likely to arouse religious or political disquietude be published.

Haji Bibi Case Part 2

Witness No. 3, Nathu Virji, is neither Shia Ismaili nor Shia Ashnashri. He cannot say what sort of a Shia Khoja he is. He does not understand what is meant by Shia Ismailis nor Shia Ashnashris. But he believes only in the 12 Imams. He also says that the Bibis of the Mursheds are regarded only as their Bibis. He has never heard the Doowa in which the names of the 48 Imams are recited. He admits that the Khojas of Cutch do not regard Coochick as Dharamguru, as they regard the present Aga Khan, and he says as follows:- "The present Aga Khan is on the gadi.

Haji Bibi Case Part 3

Whether it was fraudulent I proceed to discuss.

Haji Bibi Case part 4

I find on the issues as follows, and I direct that the issues and my findings thereon be mentioned in the decree, as I am assured that this is a convenient course to adopt:-

1. Whether the offerings and presents received by the first Aga Khan and each of his ancestors since A.D. 1770 and earlier from the Khojas in Bombay and elsewhere and also from Ismaili Shias or the investments now representing the same form part of the entire estate of the first Aga Khan's own family as alleged in para 2 of the plaint?

No.

Health

THE AGA KHAN HEALTH SERVICES

Background Information

History in Ginans

INTRODUCTION

Our Holy Ginans are full of details about evolution. Following are some points written by Alwaez Abualy Alibhai Aziz.

EVOLUTION

Imamate Enthronement Disk Set

THE ISMAILI SECT

On the death of Prophet Mohammed in A.D. 632 his followers split into two groups, the Sunnis, who comprise the vast majority of Muslims, and the Shias. The point of issue was the devolution of the authority of the Prophet upon his death.

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