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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A SINDHI VERSION OF PIR SHAMS' DAS AVATAAR - An Unpublished Ginan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Challis wato - An Unpublished Granth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Chhatris Kror - An Unpublished Granth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.

Epistle of the Fatimid Caliph Al-Amir (`Al-Hidaya Al Amiriyya'--Its Date and Its Purpose)

This is a PDF scan of the Article from the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society ( JRAS) written by Stern.

You can download the document from the link below.

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.

--------

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
Chart-History-of-Evolution.jpg

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.

Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration: NCAB Canada Submission to Ontario Arbitration Review

His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili
National Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Canada
Submission to Ontario Arbitration Review
September 10, 2004

Please see attached PDF for full text

Ismaili Missionaries

The impediment, which belonged to the inner nature of the preaching of Islam was connected with its conservatism of forms. When the preaching started amongst the heathen Arabs, it was easy indeed to demand that they would learn the new forms of worship and accept the new scriptures in the Arabic language. Perhaps it was not so difficult in the case of Semitic peoples who lived in close touch with the Arabs.

Ismailis in Russia

In Russia, or U.S.S.R., Ismaili villages are only found in the valley of the river Panj which, after its confluence with Wakhsh, or Wakhshab, forms the mighty Oxus or Amu-Darya river of Central Asia. These Ismailis are often wrongly called "Pamir Ismailis", not because they inhabit the plateau of the "Roof of the World", Pamir, but because they reside on its borders, in the gorges which open into the valley of Panj. Only few Qirgniz nomad tribes who with their flocks roam the cold and arid expanse of the Pamir tableland, deserve to be called the real inhabitants of the place.

Jamatkhana

By: Rai Shamshudin G. Tejpar

'Jamat Khana' means 'A house designated as a place of worship in which a congregation gathers for prayers'.

'Jamat Khana' for us also means 'House of ALI and NABI' for it is our faith that the NOOR (LIGHT) of Hazar Imam is present there is all It's Glory.

Holy Qur'an says: -

"(This Lamp is found) in house which Allah hath allowed to be exalted and that His name shall be remembered therein. Therein do offer praise to Him at morning and evening".
Sura Nur (XXIV) - Ayat 36.

(From 'Glorious Qur'an' translated by Marmaduke Pickthall)

Jamatkhana by Alwaez Abdul Sultan hasham

Jamatkhana is a place of worship, inspiration, progress, peace, & protection.
Jamatkhana is an earthly abode paradise. Allah's revelation (Qu'ran) says:
Enter the gateway with humility, posture & words. Allah has manifested his light in
certain houses (Jamatkhanas).

Every one step that you take towards coming to the House of Hazar Imam,
He takes 100 steps towards you. As soon as you make a Conscious decision
to leave your house and come to the House of Hazar Imam, the blessings start
from there.

Coming to Jamatkhana is NOT your choice, it is an EXPECTATION

Kharadhar - Oldest Jamat in Karachi

KARACHI, the biggest city of Pakistan is the Alexander’s haven, the Liverpool of Sub-continent or the Croydon of the East. It is the only city in the world, which became known over thirty times. Crochey, Krotchey Bay, Carnjee, Koratchey, Currachee, Kurrachee and Karachi are its notable appellations, the last however being an official according to The Imperial Gazetteer of India. When Iran did the Greeks under Alexander conquer in the 4th century B.C., the whole Sind came under his supremacy.

Khojki Books in the collection of the Heritage Society

LIST OF PUBLISHED KHOJKI BOOKS

Around 110 books were published in Khojki. Copies of all of them were still in existence in 1989 at the ITREB Library in Bombay Several copies of each were preserved in a closed metal cupboard.

Here is a partial list of the books available for reference only at the Heritage Society:

1.

TITLE: Bhajan Tchitamni (Bhag 1)

PUBLISHER: Hassan Bhay Ladha Khaki

PROCESS: Litho

SIZE: 20 x 13 cm

PAGES: 114

DATE: 1897 A.D. (1st August)

PLACE: Bombay - Gat Pirsad Printing Press

PRICE: 1 roupie

TAPSILO: On pages 108 - 112

KHUTBATAN NIKKAH: ENGLISH TRANSLATION

The Nikkah Khutbah starts with the following. Please see the attached PDF for the full text.

I SEEK REFUGE IN ALLAH
FROM THE ACCURSED SATAN
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL
Praise be to Allāh, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds; the All-Merciful, the
All- Compassionate, Master of the Day of Judgment. You alone we worship and to
You alone we pray for succour. Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those
upon whom You have bestowed Your grace; not of the ones who have incurred
your wrath, nor those who go astray. (1:1-7)

La Phénoménologie Herméneutique d'un "Philosophe de la Métahistoire" Henri Corbin (1903-1978)

LA PHÉNOMÉNOLOGIE HERMÉNEUTIQUE D'UN "PHILOSOPHE DE LA
MÉTAHISTOIRE" HENRY CORBIN (1903-1978) (1)

Ali Alibay et Diane Steigerwald

In The Qur'ân and Philosophical Reflections, p. 77-96.
Jakarta: Indonesian Academic Society XXI, 1998.

 

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