Hazar Imam’s Alcohol Business

by venkyhyundai

The complete prohibition of intoxicants was established through the following verse of the Quran:

O you who believe! intoxicants and games of chance and (sacrificing to) stones set up and (dividing by) arrows are only an uncleanness, the Shaitan’s work; shun it therefore that you may be successful. The Shaitan only desires to cause enmity and hatred to spring in your midst by means of intoxicants and games of chance, and to keep you off from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. Will you then desist?

The Holy Quran, Surah al-Maida, Chapter 5: 90-91)

The above verse was revealed after initial verses discouraging the Muslim from praying while intoxicated (4:43) and before that stating that intoxicants do more harm than good (2:219).

The Prophet (pbuh) further instructed Muslims to refrain from selling of alcohol. It was narrated from Jabir bin `Abdullah that he heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying in the year of the Conquest (of Mecca) while he was in Mecca:

“Allah and His Apostle have made the selling of wine unlawful.”

Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Military Expeditions led by the Prophet (pbuh) (Al-Maghaazi), Vol. 5, Book 59, Hadith 590

Furthermore, it was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Wine is cursed from ten angles: The wine itself, the one who squeezes, the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who consumes its price, the one who drinks it and the one who pours it.”

Sunan Ibn Majah, Chapters on Drinks, Vol. 4, Book 30, Hadith 3380

Aga Khan, who claims to be a Muslim leader and a self-proclaimed direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), openly disobeys the Quran. He owns a chain of luxury 5-star hotels known as Serena Hotels (www.serenahotels.com). Alcohol is openly sold in the bars of these hotels.

Wine Tasting at Polana Serena Hotel owned by Aga Khan
Wine Tasting at Polana Serena Hotel owned by Aga Khan

The following is a list of locations where Aga Khan sells alcohol:

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Champagne offerings pictured in the homepage of Serena Lake Manyara. Source: http://www.serenahotels.com/serenalakemanyara/default-en.html

1. Afghanistan
1.1 Pool Bar in Kabul Serena Hotel http://www.serenahotels.com/serenakabul/dining-en.html

2. Pakistan
2.1 Pool Bar at Faisalabad Serena Hotel http://www.serenahotels.com/serenafaisalabad/default-en.html
2.2 Pool Bar at Islamabad Serena Hotel  http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaislamabad/dining-en.html
2.3 Pool Bar at Quetta Serena Hotel http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaquetta/dining-en.html
2.4 Pool Bar at Swat Serena Hotel http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaswat/dining-en.html

3. Kenya
3.1 Pool Terrace and Bar  at Nairobi Serena Hotel  http://www.serenahotels.com/serenanairobi/poolterraceandbar-en.html
3.2 Aksum Bar at Nairobi Serena Hotel http://www.serenahotels.com/serenanairobi/aksumbar-en.html
3.3 Wines, beers, spirits  at Mara Serena Safari Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenamara/dining-en.html
3.4 Wines, beers, spirits at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaamboseli/dining-en.html
3.5 Wines, beers, spirits at Sweetwaters Tented Camp http://www.serenahotels.com/serenasweetwaters/dining-en.html
3.6 Wines, beers, spirits at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenakilaguni/dining-en.html
3.7 Wines, beers, spirits at Serena Mountain Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenamountainlodge/dining-en.html
3.8 Wines, beers, spirits at Ol Pejeta House http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaolpejeta/dining-en.html

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Champagne offerings pictured at the homepage of Serena Lake Manyara. (Source: http://www.serenahotels.com/serenalakemanyara/default-en.html)

4. Mozambique
4.1 Aquarius Restaurant and Bar Polana Serena Hotel) http://www.serenahotels.com/serenapolana/dining-en.html
4.2 The Polana Bar(Polana Serena Hotel) http://www.serenahotels.com/serenapolana/dining-en.html

5. Rwanda
5.1 Lake View Bar and Terrace (Lake Kivu Serena Hotel) http://www.serenahotels.com/serenalakekivu/default-en.html
5.2 Ziwani beach café and bar (Lake Kivu Serena Hotel) http://www.serenahotels.com/serenalakekivu/default-en.html

6. Tanzania
6.1 Masahani Bar at Zanzibar Serena Inn http://www.serenahotels.com/serenazanzibar/dining-en.html
6.2 Wines, beers, spirits at Arusha Mountain Village http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaarusha/dining-en.html
6.3 Wines, beers, spirits at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenangorongoro/dining-en.html
6.4 Wines, beers, spirits at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaserengeti/dining-en.html
6.5 Wines, beers, spirits at Lake Manyara Safari Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenalakemanyara/dining-en.html
6.6 Wines, beers, spirits at Selous Wildlife Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenaselous/dining-en.html
6.7 Wines, beers, spirits at Mivumo River Lodge http://www.serenahotels.com/serenamivumo/dining-en.html

7. Uganda

7.1 Mist Bar at Kampala Serena Hotel  http://www.serenahotels.com/serenakampala/dining5-en.html
7.2 The Kigo Bar  at Lake Victoria Serena Resort http://www.serenahotels.com/serenalakevictoria/dining3-en.html

For more information and an audio narrative, please watch the video below:

For further reading, please read our post with evidence where Aga Khan III claims to have consumed ‘oceans of champagne’. Click here to read.

 

Why I chose to leave Ismailism

Bismillahir Rahamanir Rahim.

I have been thinking of writing my journey from Ismaili to Islam for quite some time. Before I start writing anything about my journey towards Islam I want to make it clear to the readers that it is not my intellect that has led to accept the true message of Allah but it is the Kadr of Allah and his Rahma that He guided me to His true deen, otherwise I would have gone astray. As Allah mentions in the Holy Quran clearlyAnd it is not for a soul to believe except by permission of Allah , and He will place defilement upon those who will not use reason. (Ch.10 V.100)I have tried to confine this article with some bullet-ed points which I find it simpler to organize content of this article.

Only the Imam can Forgive Sins

Ismailis believe that in order to seek forgiveness from Allah they need to ask forgiveness through Hazar Imam since he prepossess the noor of Allah. They ask for forgiveness after dua everyday in their daily prayers. Who can forgive our sins except Allah? Hazar Imam is not above Allah so it makes sense for me to worship directly to Him than through Hazar Imam.

On the day of Chandrat/Baitul khyal there are special tables arranged for taking mehmanis for muskil asani and for ease of deceased souls. Mushkil asani dua is 6$ per person. This was the rate in 2007 in Phonix Arizona Jamatkhana and I was the one who payed $12 for muskhil asani for my alive Parents. I still laugh at this incident when I recall it sometimes that I was seeking mushkil asani from a man who himself has to go to court to settle his own issues.

Also please refer to below hadith where the prophet of Allah (pbuh) says to Ibn Abbas to seek help from Allah Alone.

Ibn Abbas RA said: One day, I was riding behind the Prophet (pbuh) when he said, “O boy! I will instruct you in some matters. Be watchful of Allah (Commandments of Allah), He will preserve you. Safeguard His Rights, He will be ever with you. If you beg, beg of Him Alone; and if you need assistance, supplicate to Allah Alone for help. And remember that if all the people gather to benefit you, they will not be able to benefit you except that which Allah had foreordained (for you); and if all of them gather to do harm to you, they will not be able to afflict you with anything other than that which Allah had pre-destined against you. The pens had been lifted and the ink had dried up.

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Absense of Quran and Preachings of Prophet Mumhammad (SAW) in daily proceedings of Jamatkhana

It is quite common if you ask any Ismaili that is there any preaching of Quran inside the Jamatkhanas. Surely the answer is No. And you may sometimes hear from some Ismailis that we don’t need to read the Quran, our Imam is Talking Quran (Boltu Quran). Astagfirullah. I myself have heard this sentence from Ismailis repeatedly.

It is well understood by those who were Ismailis one time and have read the Quran and through Allah’s guidance they could easily distinguish between the preaching of Ismailism vs the Word of Allah Subhanwatala. The thing that surprised me most is that when the Hazar Imam even acknowledged in front of the entire world that Quran is the literal word of Allah and there can be no other place to take guidance other than Quran itself, but the Imam himself has failed to convey the same message to his followers.

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May Allah guide each one of us to read his book and make connection with Him through five daily prayers and implement His book in our daily lives. Aameen. Ismaili are only allowed to read books which are approved by Ismaili Institutions and are sold in Jamatkhanas itself. All the books sold in Jamatkhanas or approved by Ismaili Institutions are Imamat centric and lack the true Preachings of Quran and Sunnah of Rasul SAW.

The Dasond Factor

Islam says you have to yearly pay 2.5 percent of zakat to the poor and needy person. But Ismailis have a zakat which they call it dasond with an inflated rate of 12.5 percent, paid monthly instead of yearly, which you only have to pay it in the Jamatkhana. This dasond is collected and goes directly to the Hazar Imam. Imam is the sole owner of dasond. Ismailis have been paying dasond to Agakhan III and Aga Khan IV since decades. I would rather give my zakat at the rate of 2.5 percent directly to the person who is poor and needy rather than a billionaire businessman who is self sufficient.

Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “A dinar you spend in Allah’s way, or to free a slave, or as a charity you give to a needy person, or to support your family, the one yielding the greatest reward is that which you spend on your family.”

Sahih Muslim

Righteousness is not (merely) that you turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteousness is that one believes in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the Book and the Prophets, and gives wealth, despite (his) love for it, to relatives, and to orphans, the helpless, the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and (spends) in (freeing) slaves and observes the Salah (prayers) and pays Zakah___and (the act of) those who fulfill their covenant when they enter into a covenant, and, of course,those who are patient in hardship and suffering and when in battle! Those are the ones who are truthful, and those are the God-fearing. 

Quran, 2:177

Closed Door Policy

Between 2004- 2006, I was in Kampala when there came an Ismaili doctor from Canada for an educational trip. Jamat was encouraged to listen to him after Jamatkhana proceedings. He was closely associated with Agakhanic Institutions and was also doctor by profession. Before starting the lecture he started the camera recording. The lecture was more of personal hygeine and emphasis by Hazar imam to educate his jamat about it. Since he was also able to answer jamats question on Ismailism he was asked questions related to Dasond and other practices, he immediately turned off the camera recording and started answering question. That moment led me question my belief on why this tariqa of Hazar imam is so scared to tell the public about their matters inside jamatkhanas. My doubt about Ismailism grew and the quest for Allahs deen grew even deeper.

Disconnect of Imam with the Jamat

There have been only 2 possible forms of communication for the present Imam which I have known. Which are sending Talika (letter) to the Jamat or visiting the jamat once in a decade at least. I understand being an single Imam for few millions of Ismailis around the world, it is impossible for him to be present with every murid. But he is also considered as Hazar and Nazar Imam (Present and who listens). Really ?

The jamat will receive 3-4 talikas in a year mostly dealing with quality of life and education and importance of learning English in todays world. The jamat is in his thoughts and prayers, Thats it. What about Allahs book ? I have never heard a single aayah from Quran quoted in his farman nor any hadith.

Don’t question

In Ismailism, the Jamati leaders are appointed based on their status in the society, who are well to do financially,who comes to jamatkhana regularly. That is the basis of selecting an Mukhi/Kamadiyas and other jamati leaders who is influential in society and who can handle the jamats issues. But Surprisingly you don’t have to have the ilm (knowledge) of the deen. That is not required at all.

I have seen and met Mukhi and Kamadiyas in couple of countries who are financially well to do but their behavior tells us those are far away from the teachings of Quran and Sunnah. Jamati Leaders running liquor shops and are sitting at the front row as the delegates of Imam to forgive jamats sins.

If you have doubts or questions related to tariqa, you are looked down with a strange look. What kind of Ismaili are you? You are questioning the Imam? …and so on. You ask the question to the leaders but they will not be able to answer your questions, instead you will be humiliated because that is the best they can do to make you feel bad about it.

I had so many doubts to clear but I did not get a single answer. I was waiting for the Hazar and Nazar (Present and Listening) Imam who could answer my questions, but that did not happen at all.

Too Much emphasis on betterment of this life than the life Hereafter

Hazar Imam has done a marvelous job on improving the quality of life of the jamat through his continuous emphasis of worldly education. There is nothing wrong with it, but he has done a very little on educating the jamat about the life after death which is why we are here in this duniya. I have listened to many farmans from him regarding education and improving quality of life but have seldom heard in any farman to focus on the hereafter as well.

And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion but the home of Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah. Will you not then reason?

Quran, 6:32

Hazar Imams Personal Life and Businesses

What Hazar Imam had claimed to be follower of Quran has neither implemented anything for his Jamat from the Quran, neither he has taken heed for himself.

  • Liquor is haram in Islam, still there are hotels run by Agakhans name sells liquor in it.

Click here to get the proof that hotels run under Aga Khan’s name are selling alcohol.

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  • Aga Khan’s son Rahim has has gone far beyond and continued the legacy of his grand father and has married to American Fashion Model Kendra Spears.
  • Prince Husain divorsed his wife weeks after the marriage of his brother Rahim.
  • Aga Khan’s wife herself filed a divorce case and grabbed 50 million Euros in divorce settlement. (Reason for divorce : Affair with an air hostess.)

The Imam is unable to teach Islamic values to his family, then forget about teaching Islamic values to Ismailis.

Fashion Show in Jamatkhana in the name of Moderation

This is one of the biggest problem in Ismailis Jamatkhanas now a days that while coming to Jamatkhana they come as they are attending a wedding party or something. There is no issue with wearing good clothing as Allah has given you so you should wear it but when you cross the limits then it becomes a problem. This has been a problem in every jamatkhana in the world especially with the youth. Women come in skirts and sleveless dresses and lead the dua and read farman in front of entire congregation. Wearing headscarf is a distant dream altogether. I have discussed this issue with few elderly Ismailis and they had the same concerns which I have mentioned here. According to them, Jamatkhana is a place of worship but today’s women come in such a way that  you just wonder “Are they really focusing on prayer wearing such dresses?

May Allah have mercy on the Ummah of Islam. May Allah guide and unite all the brothers and sisters who are gone astray from the straight path of Islam. Ameen. May Allah guide me first and us all to the Straight Path of Islam.Whatever written of truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the only Source of Strength.

Ismaili to Islam

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Bismillahir Rahamanir Rahim….

I have been thinking of writing my journey from Ismaili to Islam for quite some time. Before I start writing anything about my journey towards Islam I want to make it clear to the readers that it is not my intellect that has led to accept the true message of Allah but it is the Kadr of Allah and his Rahma that He guided me to His true deen, otherwise I would have gone astray. As Allah mentions in the Holy Quran clearly

And it is not for a soul to believe except by permission of Allah , and He will place defilement upon those who will not use reason. (Ch.10 V.100)
I have tried to confine this article with some bullet-ed points which I find it simpler to organize content of this article.

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My Encounter with a Ismaili Student

by Akberally Meherally

During the week end of February 11, 2001 I met a young Ismaili Student who attends the religious study classes in the Burnaby Jamatkhana. I mentioned to her the Arabic text of “Tawassalu Indal Masaib” which they mention in their daily prayer. She confirmed that they do recite it and added that their Hazar Imam Karim Aga Khan has the special “Noor (light) of Allah” which he has inherited from Hadhrat Ali and hence Karim Aga Khan has that special divine power.

My question was that when and where did Ali (ra) acquire that “Noor of Allah”?

She answered that it was from the Prophet at Gadhir-e-Khumm when he made Ali “Mawla”.

I asked if the Prophet ever claim he had that kind of special divine power which he was passing on to Ali (ra)? Can the Prophet (pbuh) delegate or give something that he himself did not possess? Can you give me $100 if you had only $10 with you? Did the Ummah of his time used to pray to the Prophet (pbuh) or to Allah in the time of difficulties?

The Fatimid Ismaili Imams had declared themselves as the representatives of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on their Gold and Silver coins during their reign from 297 A.H. to 487 A.H., in North Africa, Egypt and Syria and that was and is the truth. See the collection of coins by Mr. Fatehali Kala Sidi of London. Is the present Hazar Imam greater than the Fatimid Ismaili Imams?

Allah hath said: Choose not two gods. There is only One God. So of Me, Me only, be in awe. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and the earth, and religion is His for ever. Will ye then fear any other than Allah? And whatever of comfort ye enjoy, it is from Allah. Then, when misfortune reacheth you, unto Him ye cry for help.

Holy Qur’an 16: 51-53

May Allah guide the ummah to his deen based upon his revealed words. Ameen

 

Hazar Imam: Community Leader or God on Earth?

by Akberally Meherally

Ismailis claim that Karim Aga Khan is no more than a “community leader”, but they don’t know what they are reciting in their daily prayers.

The following Arabic text of  Ismaili prayer is formulated and promulgated by the Aga Khan. Every Ismaili recites this verse, thrice a day as a part of the Holy Du’a:

Tawas-Salu ‘Indal-Masayibi, Bi-Mawlakumil-Hadiril-Mawjud Shah Karimil-Hussainy

Translation:
Seek at the time of difficulties, the help of your Lord, the present living Shah Karim al-Hussainy

(The above translation is reproduced from an authorized Ismaili publication)

A vast majority of the young Ismailis who claim Karim Aga Khan to be no more than their “Community Leader” do not know what the  Arabic passage means. You can seek help in the time of  difficulties only from someone who can and will hear your cries for such help, from any part of the world and at any time, and respond to them.

The above quoted enigmatic text is recited by the Ismailis after they recite the opening chapter of the Qur’an — Surah Al-Fatiah, in their ritual prayers. This text negates the portion of Al-Fatiah which reads:

Iyyaka Naabdu Wa Iyyaka Nastayeen

Translation:
To Thee (Allah) Alone we worship and from Thee (Allah) Alone we seek help

Do these educated Ismailis of 21st century really believe that their “community leader”, the Aga Khan, their Hazar Imam, Karim al-Husseini living in France does hear their cries and responds?

If their answer to the above question is yes, then Karim Aga Khan has the power and ability that even the messenger of Allah had never claimed. Consequently their Lord  – Hazar Imam is greater than Prophet (pbuh) and is therefore God on Earth.

But it has already been revealed to thee as it was to those before thee “If thou were to join (gods with Allah) truly fruitless will be thy work (in life) and thou wilt surely be in the ranks of those who lose (all spiritual good).”

Holy Quran 39: 65

If their answer to the above question is a “No”, then their prayers are in vain and the money that they pay to Karim Aga Khan’s agents (mukhis) in the Jamatkhanas are wasted.

Unto Him is the real prayer. Those unto whom they pray beside Allah respond to them not at all, save as (if the response to) one who stretcheth forth his hands toward water (asking) that it may come unto his mouth, and it will never reach it. The prayer of disbelievers goeth (far) astray.

Qur’an 13: 14

The next time you open up your wallets in the Jamatkhanas or your Ismaili Centers, think. You better give that money to the needy and earn their honest blessings. Is it not better than wasting money and earning the sin of shirk?

Ismaili Karim Kamdar kills Wife, shoots his children and commits suicide | Ismaili Terrorism

Whereas Ismailis are famous for claiming credit for the “Ismaili community” wherever possible, they are also quick to shurg off the “Ismaili” tag when they are caught doing honor killings, frauds and ponzi schemes. One such example is that of Karim Kamdar – a Ismaili who murdered his own family in Texas. He used to own and operate the Superway Store in Richmond and his wife owned a day care center called American Heritage Academy and Child Care in Rosenberg.

Here is the news from the news sources:

Texas: Pakistani Ismaili Karim Kamdar shoots wife, two kids, turns gun on himself

A husband and wife killed in a Texas shooting in which their two children were injured have been identified. Authorities have ruled the deaths of Karim and Nikhat Kamdar as a murder-suicide.

Early on Monday morning, the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office says an emergency call was made by the family’s daughter.

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Dead: Karim Kamdar, 46, and his wife Nighat, 37, were found dead in their Texas home. Cops believe Mr. Kamdar murdered his wife before attempting to kill both children and then finally taking his own life.

 

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Something went wrong: For nearly 12 years, Karim Kamdar ran a supermarket but was forced to close down last year. His wife owned a day care center. 

Deputies say they arrived to find the couple’s 15-year-old daughter, in the front yard of the house with a gunshot wound. Her 11-year-old brother had also been shot. Inside the home, deputies say they found Karim Kamdar, 46, and his wife, Nikhat Kamdar, 37. Police believe the father shot his wife to death before attempting to kill his two children by firing at them before ultimately committing suicide and taking his own life.

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Unhappy family: Karim Kamdar first killed his wife, Nighat, before shooting his teenage daughter in the leg and attempting to take the life of his 11-year-old son. He then committed suicide. The children are recovering in the hospital and are expected to survive.

Both children were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where they underwent surgery and are now listed in stable condition. Authorities say both children are expected to recover.

Police believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute and remains under investigation.

For nearly 12 years, Karim Kamdar rented and operated the Superway Food store in Richmond, however a year ago, he was forced to pack up and leave.  Mrs. Kamdar owned a day care called American Heritage Academy and Child Care in Rosenberg, according to friends.

Missed: Nikhat Kamdar was a loving mother and wife. Relatives have spoken of her inner beauty, kind and considerate nature

The family have released statement: This is a time of profound grief and sorrow for our family. No words can express the pain and loss we feel.

Our grief and pain is compounded by the unknown circumstances that have led to this tragic event. We would like to thank our neighbors and friends for their concern and support, and the law enforcement officials for their efforts to investigate the circumstances leading to this tragic event.

We would also like to thank the press for respecting our need for privacy and allowing us to bereave our beloved family member’s death with dignity.’

Principals at Brazos Bend Elementary School and Travis High School, where the two children attended school, sent letters home to parents making them aware of the incident. Counselors will be made available at both schools if any students need to talk.

Child Protective Services officials say they now have custody of the couple’s children and they are trying to get in contact with relatives in Pakistan and India.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2622655/Husband-shot-wife-death-attempted-kill-children-taking-life.html

Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) and Aga Khan – A Fair Comparison?

One of the attributes of Allah, is that He is the al-Muizz, The Bestower of Honor. We, as mu’mins, are commanded to believe every word of Allah in the Holy Qur’an and believe and follow every word of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who spoke nothing but the absolute truth. Thus the best way to realize the position and maqaam of Ameer ul Mu’mineen Ali ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) is to see what our Prophet (pbuh) had to say about him and his qualities.

When the Prophet (pbuh) arranged brotherhoods among his companions (between the muhajireen from Makkah and ansaar of Madinatul Munawwara), Ali (ra) came weeping to him  and said, “You have arranged brotherhoods among your companions, but you have arranged no brotherhood between me and anyone.” The Prophet (pbuh) replied, “You are my brother in this world and the next.”

The Prophet (pbuh) said in one of the battles: “Tomorrow, I will give the banner (make commander of the army) to a man who loves Allah and His Messenger, and Allah and His Messenger love him.” The Prophet (pbuh) gave the banner to Ali (ra) the following day.

Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “Paradise is desirous (waiting anxiously) of three people: Ali (ibn Abu Talib), Ammar (bin Yassir) and Salman (al Faarsi).”

When Allah’s Messenger (saws) alighted at the pool of Khumm, he took Ali by the hand and asked those present, “Do you not know that I am closer to the believers than they themselves?” They replied, “Certainly.”He then asked, “Do you not know that I am nearer to every believer than he himself?” They replied, “Certainly.” He then said, ” O Allah, he whose ‘maula’ I am, has Ali as his ‘maula’. O Allah, be friendly to those who are friendly to him and hostile to those who are hostile to him.”

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “O Allah, show mercy to Ali! O Allah, cause the truth to accompany him wherever he goes!”

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The most learned in legal matters, is Ali.”

Allah’s Messenger (saws) said: “Ali, verily I like for thee what I like for myself, and I disapprove for thee what I disapprove for myself.”

The Prophet (pbuh) said to Ali (ra), “Will you not be pleased from this, that you are to me, like Haroon was to Moosa?”

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “He who reviles Ali has reviled me.”

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “A hypocrite does not love Ali and a believer does not hate him.”

Ali (ra) said: “By Him Who split up the seed and created something living (Allah), the Prophet (saws) gave me a promise that no one but a believer would love me, and none but a hypocrite would nurse grudge against me.”

It is evident from the above authentic narrations of the Prophet (saws) what position and maqaam did Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) hold in Islam. He was one of the most noble companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). It has been reported that he was between 10-13 years old and one of the first ones to embrace Islam when the Prophet (saws) announced his mission. He migrated from Makkah to Medina for Islam. He was known for his courage and bravery, and fought all the major battles of Islam with the Prophet (pbuh). He was, without a doubt, one of the most noblest companions of the Prophet (pbuh).

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 59 Surah Hashr verse 8, in appreciation of the early companions of the Holy Prophet who migrated for Islam amongst whom Ali (ra) was there:

They (the companions who migrated from Makkah to Medina) seek Allah’s bounty and His goodwill, and are ever ready to succour Allah and His Messenger. They indeed are the truthful.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 100:

Allah was well pleased with those Muhajirs and Ansaar who were the first to respond to the invitation of the Faith, and with those also, who followed them in their righteous conduct, and they too, were well pleased with Allah. Allah has got ready for them Gardens, underneath which, canals flow, and they will abide therein for ever. This is the greatest success.

Ali (ra) is definitely amongst the first of the muhajirs to accept Islam. Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) have themselves praised Ali (ra) and his ‘maqaam‘ in Islam.

This ‘maqaam‘ was given because Ali (ra) loved Allah and His Messenger (pbuh), feared Allah Alone, and spent his whole life, and gave unlimited sacrifices with the Prophet (pbuh) in the propagation and for the victory of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) himself, gave the good news of paradise to Ali (ra) during his own lifetime. This honor was given only to ten companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), who were told in their life time that Allah has granted them Paradise. And our beloved Prophet (pbuh) never spoke anything from himself, but it was revealed to him by Allah, the All Wise, All Knowing.

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said to Ali (ra): “You have a resemblance to Jesus, whom the Jews hated so much that they slandered his mother, and whom the Christians loved so much that they placed him in a position not rightly his.” Ali said afterwards, “Two people will perish on my account, one who loves me so excessively that he praises me for what I do not possess, and one who hates me so much that he will be impelled by his hatred to slander me.”

During his reign there rose a band of misguided so called Muslims who were later termed khawaarij. They were extremists in religion and labeled most of the companions of the Holy Prophets (pbuh) as renegades and disbelievers or kuffar.

On the other hand, there also rose a band of people, who loved Ali (ra) so much, that they began to revere him as god, and took him to a position in reverence which did not rightly belong to him. They revered him so much, that in their love, they positioned him equal to the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) and even gave him some of the attributes that belong to none other than Allah alone.

Today Ismailis perfectly trace their origin to this misguided group who are made to believe by their so called missionaries that Ali is Allah and by nass i.e., designation, Aga Khan is the present-day imam and possessor of all power that Ali (ra) possessed. It is clear misguidance, extreme exaggeration and complete shirk and open kufr which has been forbidden by the Qur’an in various instances.

Ismailis invoke Ali (ra) like they invoke Allah, and give him names such as ‘mushkil kusha’ (The Reliever of Peril), and ‘haajat rawaa’ (The Provider or Fulfiller), Aliyuallah (Ali is Allah) and invoke Aga Khan in same manner considering him imam from his progeny. Ismailis call out his name in invocation by saying “Ya Ali Madad” (Oh Ali Help) whilst sitting, standing and lying down, and in salutation when meeting and greeting each other.

Allah Alone is the Reliever of all Peril and the Provider and Fulfiller of the believers’ prayers. Ismailis in their reverence and love of Ali (ra) have become misguided just like the Christians who elevated Jesus to a position which did not belong to him, and thus earned Allah’s wrath. It has been reported from the traditions of Ali (ra), that during his reign, some people who loved and revered him as a demigod, came to him and expressed their opinion and wanted to bow down in prostration (sujood) to Ali (ra). Ali (ra) warned them that no one had the right to be bowed down to except Allah Alone, but they did not pay heed to his warnings. It has been reported that Ali (ra) then sentenced them to death.

How can the Ismaili invocation be justified when Ali (ra) himself denied and condemn it? False stories are circulated of nusayris to brainwashed Ismailis, Please visit below link to read :

http://www.ismaili.net/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=1335&start=0

Here is a screen capture from the above link:

Ismaili propaganda on Ali (ra) being Allah. (Source: Ismaili.net)

This misguided Ismailis not only revered and invoked Ali (ra) but also worship and invoke him and Aga Khan as his progeny. Ismailis thus have elevated him to the position of a demigod, which is absolutely against the principles of the Holy Qur’an, and Islam.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 134:

They were a people who passed away.They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you shall have the reward of what you will earn. And you will not be questioned as to what they did.

The correct view should be that Ali (ra) was an obedient slave of Allah. He was one of the most ardent followers of the Prophet (pbuh). He was a soldier of Islam, and spent his life in the service of Allah and His Messenger (pbuh). He always kept his mission of Paradise and the Mercy of Allah in view, and never cared much for the luxuries and wealth of this world. He used to earn his meager livelihood as a water drawer and lead a very simple life, even when he was elected the Leader of the Faithful or Ameer ul Mu’mineen, and had half of the then known world under his leadership. That was the noble character of our leader and Imam, Ameer ul Mu’mineen, Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him). We should love him for what he was and what he did in the service of Allah, His Messenger, and the propagation and victory of Islam.

May Allah reward Ali (ra) with the highest degree in Paradise. May Allah make us to follow the traditions of noble companions of our beloved Prophet (pbuh) like Ali (ra). May Allah guide us to the Straight Path of Islam, as followed by our Prophet (pbuh), and his noble companions like Ali (ra). Ameen.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s assistance and guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah alone knows best and He is the only source of strength.