by Akberally Meherally
1. Aga Khan’s Claim to be a Manifestation of God in 1975
In 1975, Karim Aga Khan declared “Imamate” (Imamah) to be explained and understood as the Manifestation of God (Mazhar of Allah) at the World Ismaili Religious & Social Leaders Conference in Paris. Refer below for the scanned images of the resolution passed during this conference which included the following delegates:
Conveners: Count Sir Eboo Pirbhai; Varasiani Gulzar Muller
Canada: Amirali Pirbhai Haji; Dr. Azim Nanji
France:Alijah G. B. Janmohamed
India: Rai Jusabali Pardhan; Itmadi Badruddin Morani; Vazir Amirali Rahetulla; Jafferali ‘Chottu’ Lakhani.
Kenya: Idris Rupani; Dr. Aziz Esmail, Al-Waez Abdulrasul Mawji
Middle East: Kamal Khan (Syria & Lebanon); Dr. Rahmtoullah Abdullah (Beirut); Chief Mukhi Mohamed Adra Salamieh; Al-Waez Sadruddine Al-Mohammad (Syrian Jamat)
Pakistan: Rai Kassim Ali M. Jaffer; Vazir Captain Amirali Currim; Rai Ramzanali Merchant; Miss Zawahir Noorally;
Tanzania: Jafferali H. M. Tejpar; Karim B. Jina; U.K.: Fatehali Damji; Dr. Akber Ladak; Dr. Sadek Assad;
U.S.A.:Alijah Abdul Raheman Laljee;
Secretariat :Rai Eqbal Rupani; Rai Fatehali G. Rashid; Rai Mohamedali R. Janmohamed; Huzurmukhi Nizar Khalfan
2. Aga Khan Declares he is no “Spokesman for Allah”
However, almost a decade later in 1984, Karim Aga Khan during an interview with the Life Magazine (February, 1984 – page 15), asserted that he was neither a god nor “Spokesman for Allah”:
However, Allah reveals in The Qur’an (21:73):
وَجَعَلْنَاهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْهِمْ فِعْلَ الْخَيْرَاتِ وَإِقَامَ الصَّلَاةِ وَإِيتَاءَ الزَّكَاةِ ۖ وَكَانُوا لَنَا عَابِدِينَ
And We made them leaders guiding by Our command. And We inspired to them the doing of good deeds, establishment of prayer, and giving of zakah; and they were worshipers of Us.
3. Aga Khan Declares Quran as the Word of God (2002)
On 23 June 2002, Karim Aga Khan declared before Governor Perry and media at Houston, Texas, US: ”For Muslims the word of Qur’an is the word of God” during the opening ceremony of an Ismaili Jamatkhana (also known as Ismaili Center). In this case, Karim Aga Khan must establish his daily salah, pay his zakah from his personal income and serve his Master Allah by obeying above mentioned commands in the Qur’an as a “living imam” and openly tell his followers that he is a nothing but a “servant of Allah”.
Hazrat Ali (radi Allahu anhu) he prayed as follows:
O my Lord! Thou art the Creator, I am the created: Thou art the Sovereign, I am only Thy servant: I am the beseecher, Thou my Lord! art the Refuge. Thou art the Forgiver. I am the sinner; Thou my Lord! art the Merciful. All-knowing, All-loving: I am groping in the dark; I seek Thy knowledge and Love…”
(Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, Letters and Sayings of Hazrat Ali, Page 89 Published by Khorasan Islamic Centre, Karachi, 1971 Second Edition )
Karim Aga Khan claims that his authority as the 49th Imam of Ismailis comes from Hazrat Ali (ra) who prayed as a servant of Allah. Karim Aga Khan himself prayed his Juma’a prayer at a Sunni mosque in Bombay sitting next to the imam of mosque in 1958, but has failed to maintain this and has never instructed his followers to do the same.