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Video: 60 Ismailis attend 2015 Ismaili Gnosis Retreat to learn about Imamat

At the end of August 2015, 60 Ismaili students, young adults, parents and seniors from across North America descended on Chicago to attend a unique 3-day event: the inaugural Ismaili Gnosis Retreat. The theme of the retreat — Recognition (ma’rifah) … Continue reading Video: 60 Ismailis attend 2015 Ismaili Gnosis Retreat to learn about Imamat

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Q & A: What Does Mawlana Hazar Imam Do with the Religious Dues given by the Community? ~ Ismaili Gnosis, NanoWisdoms

The Question What does Mawlana Hazar Imam do with all the religious dues and offerings — such as dasond and mehmani — made by the community? Shouldn’t there be financial transparency or disclosure over these funds? The Answer We consider … Continue reading Q & A: What Does Mawlana Hazar Imam Do with the Religious Dues given by the Community? ~ Ismaili Gnosis, NanoWisdoms

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How the Ismaili Imam teaches the Esoteric Interpretation (ta’wil) of the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

You see, my mission is situated on three levels. Firstly, religious: it concerns a symbolic exegesis of the Qur’an: interpreting the Divine Word, the adapting the needs of each community to the time; refashioning the law, constantly and relentlessly. Wherever … Continue reading How the Ismaili Imam teaches the Esoteric Interpretation (ta’wil) of the Holy Qur’an ~ Ismaili Gnosis

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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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Beyond Relativism: The Aga Khan on Personal Search, Universal Ethics and Pluralism ~ Ismaili Gnosis

How can we inspire people to reach beyond rampant materialism, self-indulgent individualism, and unprincipled relativism? Mawlana Hazar ImamSchool of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, (New York, USA), May 15, 2006 Relativism — the worldview that suggests there are no … Continue reading Beyond Relativism: The Aga Khan on Personal Search, Universal Ethics and Pluralism ~ 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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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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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