How Dasond, Mehmani and Donations are used by Hazar Imam: Stunning Facts Revealed by Toronto Star and Bloomberg

One of Canada’s most reputed news source, The Toronto Star has reported Aga Khan Foundation for “lack of transparency” and as one of the charities which do not release their audited financial statements to the public and refused to provide them to an independent agency that evaluates charities. The report can be seen here:

Aga Khan Foundation is ‘ethically’ bound, if not legally

Charities are not legally bound to disclose their audited financial statements to the public, but it is considered ethical to do so because they take in public dollars, said Greg Thomson, director of research for

enough cash for 8 yearsWhen requested Canada Revenue Agency to dig up the The Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), it was revealed that Aga Khan Foundation had “enough cash-in-hand to operate for up to 8 years without raising even a single penny.”

This is a staggering amount of cash-in-hand, and something major to consider for the donors whether they want to donate to a charity where their money could lie idle for almost a decade as compared to donating to charities which have immediate and sometimes urgent need for donations. also reported that:

• Aga Khan Foundation received $41.9m in government funding in 2013.

• Aga Khan Foundation also gives away a salary between $300,000 – $350,000 to its Chief Executive Officer.

• Aga Khan Foundation holds significant ‘idle’ property valued at $346.2m in F2013, including $27.3m acquired in F2013 and $43.3m in F2012.

The monies collected by Aga Khan Foundation are distinct from those collected within the Ismāʿīlī Centers around the world from members of the Ismāʿīlī community in the name of tithe (also called dasond) to the Aga Khan. These collections too, are often cited for lack of transparency and allocation. While a small percentage of these funds collected in the name of tithe are visibly used for administrative costs for the Ismāʿīlī Centers, the whereabouts of a large chunk of these collections is unknown.

Many of the institutions established by the Aga Khan are profit-based such as Aga Khan Hospital and Aga Khan Museum. Both of these are run like any other business and Aga Khan Hospital in particular is reputed to be the most expensive hospital in the territories it operates – in Nairobi, Kenya and in Karachi, Pakistan.

Lack of transparency for the public charity like the Aga Khan Foundation, coupled with the same lack of transparency for the tens of thousands of dollars of tithes collected in the name of Aga Khan around the world in Ismāʿīlī Centers (also called Jamatkahanas) around the world, together with Aga Khan’s lavish lifestyle, has only increased the level of distrust towards the Aga Khan from within the community and from outsiders such as the Toronto Star.

One glaring example of such lavish expenditures by the Aga Khan is the hundreds of millions of dollars he has invested in a super-yacht called Alamshar which has been 13 years in the making. Aga Khan ordered the boat to be built to break the world speed record for super-yachts of 65 knots, as well as beat the transatlantic record of two days, ten hours and 34 minutes – an average speed of 53.1 knots – set in 1992. When the yacht was initially delivered, it only attained a speed of 30 knots during sea trials off Plymouth. The Aga Khan went on to hire a firm of top international maritime lawyers to handle any potential claim against boatbuilders Babcock Marine, who own Devonport naval dockyard where the Alamshar was built.

The Alamshar in which Aga Khan has invested $300 million.

During an initial test, the turbine blades in its three Rolls-Royce gaspowered engines – which were originally designed for Sea King helicopters – burnt out. They were replaced with engines made by Rolls’s US rivals Pratt & Whitney, which were used to drive water jets.

A source said: “This was supposed to reach 60 knots but it can go only half that speed, so the Aga Khan is taking legal advice. He’s not a happy man.” The boat has cost over US$300 million.


boatMOS2903_468x652Another example of Aga Khan’s spending are the two divorce settlements. The recent one being US$75 million which he paid to his wife Gabriele zu Leiningen (formally known as Begum Inaara) as ordered by a French court after determining that Aga Khan was exclusively at fault due to having an extra-marital affair with an airhostess Beatrice von der Schulenburg.

Before this, Aga Khan paid US$30 million to his first wife Sally Crocker-Poole who was formally known as Begum Salimah during their marriage. She now lives in London with Philippe Lizop, the French lawyer who secured her divorce settlement.

A Bloomberg report in 2005 said that unlike the pope, who received $51.7 million in 2004 from Catholic contributions known as Peter’s Pence, the Aga Khan won’t say how much he raises from his followers each year or break out how the money is spent. Nor will he disclose all the sources of the $325 million that his development network, which has diplomatic status in 10 countries.

And he won’t give performance figures for the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development SA, a Geneva-based holding company that owns stakes in 90 companies. All profits and dividends from the companies and projects are reinvested, he says.

The original Bloomberg report can be found here:

And it’ s mirror preserved on can be found here:


In addition to money from his Ismaili followers, the Aga Khan obtains bank loans and grants from Western governments and aid organizations to finance his empire. The Aga Khan’s companies, with total sales in 2004 of $1.36 billion, stretch from Pakistan’s No. 2 lender, Habib Bank Ltd., to Kenyan bean farms, to the just-opened Serena Hotel in Kabul, where rooms start at $250 a night — about what the average Afghan makes in a year.
He also owns stakes in two car dealerships in Edmonton, Alberta: Mayfield Toyota Ltd. and T&T Honda Ltd.

A collage few of the companies and agencies owned by the Aga Khan under the guise of Aga Khan Fund for Enocomic Development. A large majority of these companies are for-profit institutions.

The Aga Khan has also expanded the institutions started by his grandfather into a nondenominational network of 325 schools, two universities, 11 hospitals and 195 health clinics in 30 countries. Most of the institutions charge their clients — even the poorest — fees.

A 74-acre (30-hectare) public park he opened in March 2005 in Cairo charges three Egyptian pounds (52 U.S. cents) to enter.

In 2003, the Karachi-based Aga Khan University got $4.5 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development to start a new, Western-style exam board for schools. That angered conservative clerics and politicians who view the U.S. with suspicion.

In Afghanistan, the development network, the Aga Khan’s umbrella organization, has built schools, hospitals, roads and bridges and owns 51 percent of Roshan, the country’s biggest cell-phone service company.

The Aga Khan’s personal fortune includes stud farms in France and Ireland that have yielded four English Derby and three Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners since 1981. In the 1960s and 1970s, he developed a virgin strip of coast on the Italian island of Sardinia into Costa Smeralda, where Italy’s billionaire prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and others have vacation homes.

And in 1992, the Aga Khan and his friend Gianni Agnelli, the late Fiat SpA chairman, smashed the transatlantic speed record with their 220-foot (67-meter), 50,000-horsepower speedboat Destriero.

The Aga Khan currently owns an undeveloped piece of coast on the Spanish island of Ibiza, and he’s considering plans for a luxury development on Malta and a project to transform a military arsenal on the Italian island of La Maddalena into a harbor for big yachts, says Enzo Satta, 60, a Sardinian architect who says he has worked for the Aga Khan on the ventures.

Ismailis dismiss questions about the Aga Khan’s wealth and private life. “What’s important is the guidance he gives and the development of the unique network he has created,” says Naguib Kheraj, 41, a British Ismaili who’s chief financial officer of Barclays Plc, the U.K.’s third-biggest bank.

The companies held by AKFED (Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development) currently employ 30,242 people. It’s profits are undisclosed.

The Aga Khan owns all but seven of the fund’s 175,000 shares, according to the Registre du Commerce in Geneva. The fund is the economic arm of the Aga Khan Development Network, which also has units covering culture and social development projects such as schools and hospitals. The network employs 20,000 people.

The Aga Khan, who travels the world in a Bombardier Global Express jet, declines to comment on how much of the money for his philanthropy comes from his own personal wealth and how much from followers.

“I’ve never discussed my personal income, and I wouldn’t do that. Every generation of the family has made its investments, and fortunately, some of them have been very, very good indeed.”

– Aga Khan IV

Money Laundering – A Secret Religious Duty?

memoirs of aga khan cover
Cover of Memoirs of Aga Khan. The Aga Khan confesses that he keeps a “small fraction” of dasond and mehmani money for himself.

In “The Memoirs of Aga Khan”, published by Cassel & Co. in London in 1954, the present imam’s grandfather wrote that he kept a “small fraction” of his followers’ offerings for himself.

Lack of transparency got an Ismaili leader into jail in the U.S. On May 18, 1987, Nizamudin Alibhai, an Ismaili community leader in Texas, boarded an American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport with $1.1 million stuffed in a burgundy flight bag.

Prosecutor Stewart Robinson said Alibhai took $27.3 million out of the U.S. on a total of 33 journeys, breaking a law requiring transfers of more than $10,000 to be declared. Alibhai was charged in Dallas with money laundering for five specific transatlantic journeys, in which he took a total of $4.3 million to London from 1985 to 1987. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Alibhai’s lawyer said he was performing a secret religious duty. In his memorandum in support of the motion for a reduction of the sentence, defense lawyer Vincent Perini wrote, “A history of persecution by repressive African governments and fundamentalist Muslim groups have required the Ismailis to keep their activities private.”

The cash was deposited in London because there were no reporting requirements in the U.K. at the time, Perini wrote. His memorandum also included a letter dated March 8, 1990, from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, the imam’s Washington-based lawyers, which said the Aga Khan had set up a U.S. bank account for Ismaili tithes following the trial.

“Our client does not direct or control the system of offerings,” the letter said. “The contributions, and their collection, have always been conducted by volunteers. These offerings are then primarily used by the Aga Khan to support religious activities and to support a multitude of development projects in the third world.”

Funding Sources

The Aga Khan’s followers are unable to answer detailed questions about the sources of funds for their projects. Sher Lakhani, a Canadian Ismaili manager of Geneva-based Aga Khan Education Services SA, doesn’t know the breakdown of the $20 million used to build a high school in Mombasa on Kenya’s coast.

Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Nairobi-based managing director of Serena Hotels, doesn’t know how much of the $19.3 million plowed into the Kabul hotel in the Aga Khan’s name came from the imam and how much came from Ismailis. “All I know is, construction has never been stopped for lack of funds,” says Mohamed, 52, a Kenyan Ismaili.

Some of the money for the Aga Khan’s projects comes from grants and loans from Western governments through organizations like the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 2004, the Aga Khan Foundation, which kick-starts health, education and rural development projects, got commitments of $71 million from donors like the U.S. government, says Tom Kessinger, 64, the foundation’s American general manager.

Partnerships and Funding from World Bank and Blackstone

“The staff is among the most qualified in the region,” says Dwight Smith, USAID’s assistant mission director in Kenya. USAID granted $35 million to the Aga Khan’s projects in Asia and Africa from 1999 to 2004, says Harry Edwards, a Washington-based spokesman for the organization.

The Aga Khan’s companies borrow from commercial and development banks and raise funds from investors. In 2003, the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. unit lent $7 million to help build the $36 million Serena Hotel in Kabul.

Development funds owned by the Norwegian and Dutch governments also invested $5 million each in the hotel. In April 2005, Afghan mobile-phone company Roshan got $35 million from the Asian Development Bank, which is owned by a group of Asian governments.

Commercial partners include Blackstone Group LP, which is raising the world’s biggest buyout fund. In Uganda, the Aga Khan’s Industrial Promotion Services is planning a $500 million hydroelectric dam with Blackstone’s Sithe Global Power LLC, a New York-based power producer.

In Afghanistan, the Aga Khan’s partners include a company controlled by Bracknell, England-based Cable & Wireless Plc, which owns 37 percent of Roshan. The Afghan cell-phone company has raised more than $160 million of loans since 2002, with $24.5 million coming from the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, says Altaf Ladak, Roshan’s chief marketing officer.

Roshan has 600,000 customers and 500 employees. The company is profitable, says Chief Executive Officer Karim Khoja, a Canadian Ismaili. He won’t say how much it earned on sales of $93 million in 2004.

In remote tribal areas, where women traditionally wear head-to-toe burqas and aren’t allowed out of family compounds, Roshan has found a way of boosting its sales and helping vulnerable women with no male relatives: The company uses them as sales representatives, selling them prepaid phone cards to sell to other women.

Nation Media is one of 16 Kenyan companies in which the Aga Khan’s fund for economic development owns stakes. The others include Frigoken, the bean exporter, and the Kenyan unit of Serena Hotels, Tourism Promotion Services Ltd., which is also listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.

In Mombasa he has a $20 million school built out of white coral-rock bricks and modeled after Andover, Massachusetts-based Phillips Academy, whose alumni include U.S. President George W. Bush and the Aga Khan’s son, Prince Rahim.

Religion isn’t even part of the syllabus at the school, which opened in 2003 and has 525 students, ages 5 to 19. Fees at the academy are $2,700 a year — more than double the average Kenyan’s annual income.

Aga Khan also owns Property Deelopment and Management (PDM) – a luxury development company in Kenya which has built and manages high-profile projects such as Nation Centre in Kenya’s Central Business District, Courtyard along General Mathenge Drive, Westlands and the DTB Centre in Kampala.

PDM is also a part of Aga Khan Development Network, (AKDN), and its major shareholders are Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), Jubilee Holdings Limited, and Nation Media Group Limited, both of which are part of AKDN.


It appears that the Aga Khan’s confession of ‘keeping a small fraction’ of dasond (tithe) money for himself has grown more than just being a small fraction. Until there is transparency in the collection and disbursement of dasond (tithe) money, Ismailis as well as non-Ismailis will always be doubtful of where the dasond money goes.

Documented @ Last: Ismaili Evening Prayer and Tasbih

President of Ismaili National Council offering post-prayer Tasbih. The Ismailis pray without gender segregation, not facing the Qiblah.
President of Ismaili National Council offering post-prayer Tasbih. The Ismailis pray without gender segregation, not facing the Qiblah.

The claim that Ismailis do not invoke Aga Khan in their prayers is often made by Ismailis when their secret prayer is exposed. While the doctrine of Ismaili Trinity was exposed in our article “Ismaili Trinity” earlier (click here to read), in the current article we will quote the post-prayer supplications recited by the Ismailis in their prayer halls or Jamatkhanas (called Ismaili Centers in the Western world). In these post-prayer tasbihs, they specifically ask for protection, health, wealth and happiness from their Hazar Imam, the Aga Khan.

The Ismaili Evening Tasbih

The word for post-prayer supplication used by Ismailis is called Tasbih, which is a type of Dhikr. This dhikr is performed by Ismailis at the end of their evening prayers. It is mentioned below word-for-word along with an explanation. The quotes in red are recited by the congregation leader who is facing the Ismaili worshipers. The black text is a translation produced here for understanding of the shirk-infested ‘Tasbih’:

  1. Tasbih Kadho Giriyazariji: Ya Ali, Ya Noor Mawlana Shah Karim Al-Husayni Hazar Imam tun gat jamatji kul mushkeliun aasan kar.

Translation: Oh Ali, Oh our Mowlana Shah Karim al-Husayni, The Present Imam, please ease all difficulties for the Jamaat.

  1. Ya Ali, tun tasbih kadhaan wareji kul mushkeliun aasaan kari nek umedu puri kar.

Translation: Oh Ali, please ease all difficulties for all those who are doing this dhikr

  1. Ya Ali, Tun Rahem Kar, Fazal Kar, Daya Kar, Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali (33 times silently)

Translation: Oh Ali, have mercy on us, be graceful towards us, be generous towards us, oh Ali, oh Ali, oh Ali (the dhikr of “Oh Ali” is recited 33 times by each individual)

  1. Aliyullah, Tasbihji Venti Toje Huzur Me Kabul Kar Noor Mawlana Shah Karim Al Husayni Hazar Imam

Translation: Ali Ullah, O Light our Mowlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazar Imam please accept this dhikr and humble request made to you.

  1. Tasbih Kadho Satadeji Venti Ji: Ya Ali, Tun Satada Sthapan Wareji Kul Mushkeliun Aasan Kari Nek Umedu Puri Kar (this dhikr is made on an occasion called Satada)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Ya Ali, Ya Muhammad (11 times aloud, in congregation)

Translation: Perform the dhikr of satada venti: Oh Ali, please the difficulties of all those who are observing the satada.

  1. Aliyullah, Tasbihji Venti Toje Huzur Me Kabul Kar Noor Mawlana Shah Karim Al-Husayni Hazar Imam
    Translation: Ali Ullah, O Light our Mowlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazar Imam please accept this dhikr and humble request made to you.
  2. Aliyuallah, Allahumma Ya Mawlana Anta Salaam……Hazirul Maujood

Translation: Ali Ullah, O Allah, Oh Our Mowla You are Peace … Here and Present.

7.1.Ya Ali,Ya Noor Mawlana Shah Karim Al-Husayni Hazar Imam,Toji Chhatra Chhaya Asaanke Nasib Thai Aay, Ane Toje Tarafthi Navajesh Thael Din Duniya-Ji Niyamato Badal Asaan Toja Lakho Shukrana Ada Karonta.

Translation: O Ali, O Light our Mowlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazar Imam, we have your shade over us, and your wordly and spiritual blessings upon us and we thank you for all these blessings.

7.2. Ya Ali,Tun Gat Jamat Mathe Rahem Kari Gat Jamat Ja Kul Gunah Maaf Kar

Oh Ali, bless all the Jamaat and forgive all of our sins.

7.3. Ya Ali,Tun Gat Jamat Jo Iman Chhele Dam Sudhi Salamat Rakhij

Oh Ali, keep our faith ever-lasting.

7.4.Ya Ali,Tun Gat Jamat Mathe Koi Diwas Parakh Ma Vijaj

Translation: O Ali, don’t put trials on the on us

7.5. Ya Ali,Tun Gat Jamat Mathe Hamesha Raji Roj

Translation: O Ali, please stay happy with us, your Jamat

7.6. Ya Ali,Tun Gat Jamat Ke Haqiqati Samaj De

Translation: O Ali, give the real understanding to the Jamaat

7.7. Ya Ali, Tun Gat Jamat Ke Toja Farman Bardar Moman Banaay

Translation: O Ali, please make us your obedient momins.

7.8. Ya Ali,Tu Gat Jamat Ke Dasond,Sukrit,Ibadat Me Pura Rakh.

Translation: O Ali, enable us the Jamaat  to complete our duties of dasond, sukhrit and worship

7.9.Ya Ali,Tun Gat Jamat Je Samp,Salaah,Ikhlaas Ane Muhobbat Me Vadharo Kar.

Translation: O Ali, increase the Jamaat in sincerity and love

7.10. Ya Ali,Tun Gat Jamat Ji Roji,Kamani Me Barkat De

Translation: O Ali, bless our rizq and earnings

7.11.Ya Ali, Tun Din Ja Dushman Dafe Kar

Translation: O Ali, eradicate all enemies of our religion

7.12.Ya Ali,Tu Satpanth Ji Chharti Kar

Translation: O Ali, raise the Satpanth (the true sect)

7.13.Ya Ali,Tun Kul Ismaili Ke Sawaar Saanj Jamatkhane Achanji Ane Poteji Dhaarmik Farajo Niyamit Adaa Karanji Ala,Himmat,Shakti Ane Prerna De

Translation: O Ali, enable all Ismāʿīlīs to attend Jamatkhana every morning and evening

7.14.Ya Ali,Tun Kul Ismaili Jo Jaan,Maal,Aal,Aulad,Izzat, Aabru Ane Iman Salamat Rakh

Translation: O Ali, bless the lives, wealth, children, honor and faith of every Ismāʿīlī

7.15.Ya Ali,Tun Duniya Je Matra Ismaili K Harek Taklif Ane Musibat Methi Ugari Gini Saday Sukhi Ane Abad Rakh

Translation: O Ali, ease difficulties of all Ismailis around the world and grant them peace and prosperity

7.16.Ya Ali,Tun Duniya Methi Ashanti Dur Kari,Sukh Shanti Ane Abaadi Felay

Translation: O Ali, eradicate all worries of the world and spread peace all over it.

7.17.Ya Ali,Tun Aan Paanije Bhandar Me Barkat De

Translation: O Ali, give us blessings in the treasure of water

7.18.Ya Ali,Ya Hazar Imam,Tun Asan Je Desh Ji Sukhshanti Ane Abadi Me Vadharo Kar

Translation: O Ali, O Hazar Imam bless and spread peace in our country

7.19.Ya Ali,Ya Hazar Imam,Tun Gat Jamat Ke Toja Zaheri Ane Batuni Noorani Deedar Nasib Kar

Translation: O Ali, O Hazar Imām, please bless us with your real and spiritual luminous didar

  1. Aliyullah, Gat Jamat Ji Giriyazariji, Araj Venti Toje Huzur Me Kabul Kar Noor Mawlana Shah Karim Al-Husayni Hazar Imam

Translation: Ali Ullah, O Light our Mowlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazar Imam please accept this dhikr and humble request made to you.

(After sitting down)

Ash-Shahadu Ann La Illaha Illallah,
Ash-Shahadu Anna Muhammadar Rasulullah,
Ash-Shahadu Anna Aliyyan Amirul Mu’mneen Aliyuallah.

I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship other than Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah
I bear witness that Ali is the Ameer ul Momineen, Ali is of Allah

Hai Zinda – Qayam Paya

Translation: (The Imam) Is Living – (The Imam was) Found For Ever

Wine into Water: Ismaili Imamat’s Guidance on Alcohol Consumption


Aga Khan IV at a party with a table full of champagne and wine.
Aga Khan IV with a table full of champagne and wine.

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

For a list of hotels owned by Hazar Imam where alcohol is sold openly, click here.

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Teradata Magazine Q4 2014 cover featuring the Berry Bros. case study.

Recently, Britain’s oldest wine retailer, Berry Bros. & Rudd, featured in the Teredata magazine’s edition of Q4, 2014 mentions it’s proud history by mentioning it’s largest customer. Among the top three of them, is none other than the Aga Khan. Here are the pages from the Berry Bros. case study which is titled Cheers to the Customer. It is mentioned that “The traditional British wine retailer builds a solid customer base by serving many famous patrons, including the British royal family under King George III. Other prominent customers in Berry Bros. & Rudd’s history include William Pitt the Younger, Aga Khan and Lord Byron.

The website of Berry Bros. & London also mentions that:

“We are Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, established in the 17th century. Our flagship store has been located at 3 St James’s Street, London since 1698 when it was founded by the Widow Bourne in London. A supplier to the royal family since the reign of King George III, historic customers have included Lord Byron, William Pitt the Younger and the Aga Khan.”

Below are the pages of the 2014 Teradata case study which proudly introduce Berry Bros. & Rudd’s largest customers.

Berry Bros. Case Study Page 2. Among the four largest of their customers, is Aga Khan.
Berry Bros. Case Study Page 2. Among the four largest of their customers, is Aga Khan.

The complete Teradata Q4 2014 magazine can be downloaded here.

Other evidences of Aga Khan III exhibiting his love for wine and champagne are provided below with references:

“I am so holy that when I drink wine, it turns to water.”

(Lokhandwalla, S. “Islamic Law and Ismailis”. p.162, footnote 16. Citing Greenwell (1952). His Highness Aga Khan)

“He neither smokes nor drinks hard liquor such as cocktails, only wine.

Greenwall, H. J. (1952) His Highness the Aga Khan. p.52

“Tell me, how is it that you can drink this wine; I thought your religious principles prevented you drinking wine.” The Aga Khan looked at me and he said : “You see, I am so holy that as soon as I drink the wine it turns to water.

Greenwall, H. J. (1940) I hate to-morrow. p.255.

Also quoted in Group, Diagram Little Giant Encyclopedia of Toasts and Quotes p.66

“The Aga’s 21st birthday party waxed gayly until 5 a.m. at the Savoy Hotel and the spiritual ruler of 20 million Ismaili Moslems kept the champagne flowing to the end for the 300 guests.”

“Aga Khan Dates Mexican Beauty”. Beaver Valley Times. 16 December 1957.

“I last saw the Aga Khan in January, at the Aqua Santa Country Club in Rome. He came in a wheelchair, accompanied by an attractive nurse with whom he shared a bottle of wine. I remembered the story Somerset Maugham told us, of the day the Aga Khan drank champagne in his house. Maugham asked if drinking spirits was not against his religion. The Aga Khan replied that as a god he passed a miracle just as the wine touched his lips, and turned it into water.

Lyons, L. “Aga Khan – Avid Pleasure Seeker”. St. Petersburg Times. 17 July 1957.

“He was chairman of the British Indian delegation to the Round Table Conference in London; presided over the All-India, All-Parties Moslem Conference; led the Indian delegation to the League of Nations five times and served as the organization’s president. To mark his election to the presidency he gave the biggest party in Geneva’s history – 3,000 guests and 2,500 bottles of vintage champagne.

“It must be with some difficulty that those who know the sporting Aga Khan of the days at the races and the nights at the champagne parties (he is reputed to have drunk nothing but champagne for many years), are able to associate him with the Aga Khan who prays for an hour a day and ministers to the spiritual needs of the millions of Ismailis who believe him to be divine.”

McKeown, R. “Those Incredible Khans of Cannes”. Ottawa Citizen. 21 January 1956.

“On September 13, 1937, the Eighteenth Assembly had celebrated the opening of the magnificent new Assembly Hall. The League Palace cost $15,000,000. The new Council Chamber was decorated with murals by Sert, donated by the Spanish Republic, depicting the liberation of mankind from tyranny, intolerance, and injustice. Aga Khan supplied 2,500 bottles of champagne.”

Schuman, F. L. (1948) International Relations. p.324.

Reportedly offered to drink champagne with Hitler:

“The Khedive of Egypt, who is also here, had agreed with him that on the day when the Fuehrer puts up for the night in Windsor, they would drink a bottle of champagne together

Shirer, W.L. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. p.751

At the wedding of Prince Aly Khan, son of Aga Khan III and father of Aga Khan IV:

Among stores sent to Prince Aly’s Riviera Chateau in the last few days are 600 bottles of champagne and 40 huge lobsters.

Dense Crowd at Hayworth Wedding”. The Age. 28 May 1949.

Zahra Aga Khan breaking a bottle of champagne on her boat's rudd.
Zahra Aga Khan breaking a bottle of champagne on her boat’s rudd.


Zahra smoking Camels with some Whisky. This photograph was taken at Paddy Miles and Allegra Fitzgibbons' Wedding in November 1996.
Zahra, daughter of Aga Khan, smoking Camels with some Whisky. This photograph was taken at Paddy Miles and Allegra Fitzgibbons’ Wedding in November 1996.



Ismaili Boy Murders Muslim Girl, Commits Suicide

The incident took place at Gulshan-e-Fatima in Garden East, Karachi when 16-year-old Ismaili boy Nauroz used a pistol and shot his paramour Saba Bashir, before shooting himself on Tuesday morning (September 1, 2015).

The 16-year-old boy belonged to the Ismaili Community while the girl, 15, was from the Hazara.

A Facebook profile screenshot of the boy. His alleged message “Tomorrow I will die” also appears on his page. (Image Courtesy: ARY News)
A screenshot of the Facebook profile of the girl — is a photograph of Indian actors Emran Hashmi and Vidya Balan from the recent film ‘Humari Adhuri Kahani’
A screenshot of the Facebook profile of the girl — is a photograph of Indian actors Emran Hashmi and Vidya Balan from the recent film ‘Humari Adhuri Kahani’. (Image Courtesy: ARY News)

A glaring difference in both of the above profiles shows that the girl was not prepared for the incident.

Police claimed that letters were found from the class wherein the boy had asked girl to bring pistol of his father plus two suicide notes. All of them appear to have been written in the same handwriting in an effort to dismiss the murder-suicide case as a ‘mutually planned’ one. Here are all three of them:

Note from the Ismaili murderer asking the girl to arrange a gun. Why would such a request be made in writing? (Image Courtesy: ARY News)
Note from the Ismaili murderer asking the girl to arrange a gun. Why would such a request be made in writing? (Image Courtesy: ARY News)

Why would the boy request the girl to bring the gun, in writing? Weren’t they on talking terms?

Suicide note written by the Ismaili murderer. (Courtesy: ARY News)
Suicide note written by the Ismaili murderer. (Image Courtesy: ARY News)
Suicide note allegedly written by the Muslim girl who was murdered. (Image Courtesy: ARY News)
Suicide note allegedly written by the Muslim girl who was murdered. (Image Courtesy: ARY News)

Meanwhile on the media and on the internet, the Ismaili community has been trying its best to keep the Ismaili identity of the murderer irrelevant to his act.


Here is another one: