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Video: Ismaili Engagements with the Qur’an: The Ismaili Khojas of South Asia by Dr. Ali Asani

Held in March 2016, The Communities of the Qur’an conference brought together eminent scholars and practitioners of various Islamic traditions to discuss and deliberate each traditions’ respective interpretations of Qur’anic verses. The conference — the first of its kind — … Continue reading Video: Ismaili Engagements with the Qur’an: The Ismaili Khojas of South Asia by Dr. Ali Asani

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Q & A: Why Does Joining a Majlis Require a Monetary Offering? ~ Ismaili Gnosis

The Question Why do certain majlises cost certain amounts in “entrance fees”? How does this relate to the notion of “equality” and “equal opportunity” in our faith? Isn’t this practice discriminatory against those Isma’ilies who cannot afford to join majlises? … Continue reading Q & A: Why Does Joining a Majlis Require a Monetary Offering? ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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Spiritual Status of Prophet Muhammad in the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

Modern discussions about the Prophet Muhammad tend to portray him as merely the deliverer of the Qur’an, akin to a “scriptural fax machine.” This limited viewpoint is grossly incorrect. According to the Qur’an itself, the Prophet of Islam is not … Continue reading Spiritual Status of Prophet Muhammad in the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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Life of Qadi al-Nu’man (Excerpt from Code of Conduct for the followers of the Imam)

Editorial note: Note that we have updated spellings and nomenclature of the original text to reflect current standards and usage. Preface The Research Department of the Ismaili Association, West Pakistan, Karachi, is pleased to bring out the first publication of … Continue reading Life of Qadi al-Nu’man (Excerpt from Code of Conduct for the followers of the Imam)

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Q & A: Why is Bandagi performed in the early morning? ~ Ismaili Gnosis

The Question Why is Bandagi practised in the morning and not a more regular aspect of our faith practiced in evening Jamatkhana ceremonies, particularly if Ismailism is focused on spirituality? The Answer Firstly, Baytul Khayal Bandagi, according to Mawlana Hazar … Continue reading Q & A: Why is Bandagi performed in the early morning? ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan’s passion for parks and gardens ~ NanoWisdoms

This week the Aga Khan Park, Toronto was officially opened. The park is the latest of some two dozen parks and gardens created, or committed to, by His Highness the Aga Khan and illustrated on the graphic. Click here, to … Continue reading The vision and rationale behind the Aga Khan’s passion for parks and gardens ~ NanoWisdoms

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From Ismaili to Ignorant: “IsmailiToIslam” Blog Refuted ~ Ismaili Gnosis

Too often, as the world grows more complex, the temptation for some is to shield themselves from complexity, we seek the comfort of our own simplicities, our own specialities. As has often been said, we risk learning more and more, … Continue reading From Ismaili to Ignorant: “IsmailiToIslam” Blog Refuted ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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The Imamat declares God’s “final message”, “last prophet” and “final messenger”

In the face of this changing world, which was once a universe to us and is now no more than an overcrowded island, confronted with a fundamental challenge to our understanding of time, surrounded by a foreign fleet of cultural … Continue reading The Imamat declares God’s “final message”, “last prophet” and “final messenger”