[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
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
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
We are pleased to publish the NanoWisdoms Archive Introductory Video for you to share with your family, friends and Jamats. The short video is in 1080p … Continue reading NanoWisdoms Archive Introductory Video ~ NanoWisdoms
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
The NanoWisdoms thematic charts provide selected quotes from Mawlana Hazar Imam’s speeches and interviews in attractive, easy-to-digest, one page synopses making them ideal teaching aids, seminar … Continue reading Mawlana Hazar Imam explains the Imamat and Ismailism ~ 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
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”
In his 2005 Jeune Afrique interview the Aga Khan made, what is perhaps, one of his most significant statements. He said, “the ethics of Islam guide … Continue reading Graphic timeline of awards and honours accorded to His Highness the Aga Khan ~ NanoWisdoms