[A]s I have explained in my Memoirs for the whole world to understand there are two worlds — the world of material intelligence and the world of spiritual enlightenment. The world of spiritual enlightenment is fundamentally different from the world … Continue reading Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah on the spiritual enlightenment resting with the Imamat
Each decision involved big issues. Symbolising the expansion of [the Aga Khan’s] interests, he took delivery of the new Gruman [sic] Gulfstream jet, twice the size and cost of the old Mystere: “It will enable me to visit my community … Continue reading Mawlana Hazar Imam on the Imamat’s aircraft ~ NanoWisdoms
Interviewer: Do you see yourself as a reforming or conservative Imam? Aga Khan: I think that is terminology which just does not apply in the sense that the essentials are the essentials and have remained the essentials for centuries. So … Continue reading Mawlana Hazar Imam: A conservative or a liberal? Neither!
The Imam must direct Ismailis on the practice of their religion and constantly interpret the Qur’an for them according to our theology. On the spiritual plane, the Imam’s authority is absolute. Ismailis believe therefore that what the Imam says is … Continue reading Mawlana Hazar Imam on the Imam’s authority and discretion in interpreting the Qur’an
The Christian burial ceremony and the prayers then said by the presiding ecclesiastics refer to resurrection in a way that implies some kind of similarity with the supposed historical resurrection of Christ three days after his death…. The Hindu and … Continue reading Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah: Reincarnation or Companionship On High?
Portugal is a very important country … I have been to several other places. But Portugal has very important factors: in the Portuguese society, pluralism is a social construction which functions and that is relevant in any society, whether it … Continue reading Mawlana Hazar Imam on Portugal, the new global seat of the Ismaili Imamat: “A very important country”
[As Muslims] we don’t make the divide between faith and life in the same way as parts of the Christian world do, not all of it but there are large parts of the Christian world which make that divide. We … Continue reading Mawlana Hazar Imam: Live your faith everyday
We Ismailis now in the same spirit [as Hazrat Ali had done] accept the Khalifat of the first Khalifs and such other Khalifs as during the last thirteen centuries helped the cause of Islam, politically, socially and from a worldly … Continue reading Mawlana Sultan Muhammad Shah: The final reconciliation between the Shia and Sunni doctrines
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”