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2. Ismaili Beliefs, Prayers and Practices

Ya Ali Madad: The Ismaili Greeting

The greeting of Ismailis the followers of Aga Khan is:

“Ya Ali Madad”, and the reply thereto is:

“Mowla Ali Madad”.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Surah an-Noor (24:61):

“When you enter the houses, you should invoke ‘Salaam’ amongst each other, for this prayer of greetings prescribed by Allah (Salaam) is blessed and pure. Thus does Allah make his Revelations clear to you, so that you may understand.”

Moreover, in Surah al-Anaam (6:54):

“When those come to thee who believe in Our Signs say: Peace Be on You: your Lord had inscribed for Himself (the rule of) Mercy: verily if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented and amended (his conduct) Lo! He is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.”

Further, in Surah an-Nisaa (4:86):

“When a greeting of salutation is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things.”

Abdullah ibn as-Salam reports:

“When the Prophet (pbuh) came to Medinah, the people gathered around him and I was one of them. The first words I heard him say were: ‘O people, spread the salutations (of salaam), feed the people, keep the ties of kinship, and pray during the night while the others sleep, and you will enter paradise in peace.”‘

Related by al-Hakim, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmidhi.

The greetings of the believers as taught by Allah and His Last Messenger (saws) is ‘As-Salaam o Alaikum’ and the reply is Wa ‘Aleikum us –Salaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh’. The misguided Aga Khanis have changed the salutations of Islam, and have substituted it with their own words and beliefs of shirk.

Saying Ya Ali Madad or Ya Ali Adrikni is bida’a (innovation). The Prophet (pbuh) never said these words, the companions never said used these words, the Quran never prescribed them, the tabi’in (followers) never said it and the tabi’in of the tabi’in never said it. If you open Quran and read all the supplications of the Prophets within from Moses to Zakaria to Jesus to Mohammad (pbut) you will never find that Mohammad (pbuh) inserts his father Ibrahim’s (pbuh) name in his Dua’a. So whenever you say Ya Ali Madad, who are you calling? Ali (ra) or Allah? The mushrikeen of Mecca during the time of the Prophet (pbuh) used to believe that Allah has created the heavens and the earth but when it came to worshiping they used to pray to stones and figures other than Him and used them as a link between themselves and Allah (swt).

Thus, Allah sent Muhammad (pbuh) to abolish this shirk and tell them to call Allah directly as the Quran states in multiple instances.

What about the Christians? They believe that Allah created everything but when they worship what do they say? They invoke Jesus for help. Why do the Ismailis then call Christians mushriks when the Ismailis themselves do the same? Why is the Christian called a mushrik when he calls for Jesus instead of Allah while we have a blank check to call upon Ali? What do you tell a Chrristian when you want to convert him to Islam? Do you ask him to replace the name of Jesus with Ali and then the Christian will easily become Muslim?

Did Hussein in Karbala say Ya Ali Madad? Did he Say O Grandfather Adrikni?

When the Ismailis greet each other with “Ya Ali Madad” and “Mawla Ali Madad”, the question is that who is this “Mawla Ali”, if not Ali (ra) and by “nass” (delegation) to Karim Aga Khan the 49th Ali. ?

Do these self-proclaimed “educated” Ismailis of the 21st century actually believe that their present and living Imam (who they call “Hazar Imam”) Karim al-Husseini living in France hears their cries and responds? This is not only against Quran, Hadith and Islamic aqeeda, but also against logic and common sense.

It is surprising that such a developed community of Khojas, highly educated, equipped with modern degrees and latest scientific knowledge and intellect, ahead in all walks of life have such illogical, unpractical and idiotic belief against the very spirit of Islamic monotheism.


5 thoughts on “Ya Ali Madad: The Ismaili Greeting

  1. so another asshole trying to teach the world what is right and wrong. Stop copying from Meherally trash.


    Posted by nssjobs | November 3, 2014, 9:50 pm
  2. With abundance of salam,Brother send me your email address. I would be introducing to the greatest defender of Imamat at this time. She has defeated me and educated me in Islam led by Imam. I understand saying Ya Ali Madad is to recall the call of prophet PBUH and HF in Uhad, when all companions had left the prophet PBUH and HF. Prophet PBUH and HF called Ya Ali Madad and then Hadhrat Ali kw came with all the force defeating the opponent. This is the foundation of tradition of calling YA Ali Madam. Obeying the Imam of Time in this age is also mandatory as per verse 4:59. We need to believe in the decree for Imamat and Khilafat of Hadhrat Ali karamullah wajahu. We need to believe in Light. We need to believe in the continuity of Light of Allah as Noorun ala Noor. We can not just hold on self generated ideas to be Imam but we need to have a hand of Allah SwT metaphorically for pledging allegiance. Read verse 8:10. Whose hand is like that of hand of Allah SwT/God/Ishwar in our time. We have this hand of Imam at whose hand ,we need to pledge allegiance. Please read 8:10 and learn about pledging allegiance. With allegiance comes obedience. With obedience ,we are united. With disobedience we are not united. May Allah SwT bless us with abundance of obedience in matters that are decreed. Imam is indeed the living and talking Qur’aan for obedience. In obedience we are muslim, in disobedience we reject indulge in KUFR. Allah SwT is Absolute. We obey Allah SwT through obeying the Imam of Time. Is this clear. Read verse 4:59. I am from non-Shia social background, But ,I can not deny the learnings that I have from understanding the Qur’aan as a text and then understanding from the work of Imam of our time demonstrated to humanity through AKDN http://www.akdn. Be blessed with the best temporally and eternally.


    Posted by Muhammad Mukhtar Alam PhD | November 4, 2014, 3:37 am
  3. Sure, Mr. Alam please feel free to speak to me on Skype. My ID is AkbarKhojaa. Look forward to speaking with you.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Akbar Khoja | November 13, 2014, 11:01 pm

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