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