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PANI COMPANY

Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

"Pani company or water-supplying is an institution in the Jamatkhana. It supplies water to the faithful daily and during the festive occasions. The word pani means water and company means assemblege, collection or multitude of things. The Arabic word birka means drinking-place or kafas al-ma means water-cage. The word ma' (pl. miyah or amwah) means water, which occurs over 60 times and river over 50 times in the Koran, while fountains, springs, rain, hail, clouds and winds occur less frequently. The Koran says: "And We send water from the sky and give it to you to drink" (15:22), "We provided you with sweet water" (77:27), and "We send down pure water from the sky, that We may thereby give life to a dead land and provide drink for what We have created


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