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The Fatimid State: Its Origins, Beliefs and Rulings Thereon

Aga Khani Nizari Ismailis in general are unaware of the actual history and beliefs of what they are taught to be the Fatimid Caliphate. The ‘Ubaydi state,  deceptively called the “Fatimid” state, was founded in Tunis in 297 AH and moved to Egypt in 362 AH, where it was firmly established, and its power spread to a large part of the Muslim world, such as Syria and the Arabian Peninsula. Its rule began with al-Mu’izz li Deen-Allaah Mu’aadh ibn al-Mansoor al-‘Ubaydi and ended with al-‘Aadid ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Yoosuf in 567 AH.

The Muslim imams, scholars and historians spoke of the founding of this state and explained that their claims to be descended from Faatimah (may Allaah be pleased with her) were false, and they described how it spread kufr and heresy, persecuted Ahl al-Sunnah, and supported the kuffaar and even cooperated with them against the Muslims. Among these imams and historians were: Abu Shaamah, Ibn Taghri Bardi, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Katheer, al-Dhahabi and many others.

Imam al-Dhahabi said of ‘Ubayd-Allaah al-Mahdi, who was the first ruler of that state:

There are several opinions concerning the lineage of al-Mahdi, which may be summed up by noting that he was neither Haashimi nor Faatimi [i.e., he was not descended from Banu Haashim or from Faatimah]. End quote. 

Siyar A’laam al-Nubala’ (15/151)

And he said:

The genealogists and scholars denied his claims concerning his lineage.

Tareekh al-Islam, events of 321-330 AH, p. 23 

It was narrated that Abu Shaamah – who wrote a book about this state entitled Kashf ma kaana ‘alayhi Banu ‘Ubayd min al-Kufr wa’l-Kadhb wa’l-Makr wa’l-Kayd – said:

They claimed to be descendents of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), although they are descended from a Magian or Jew, until they became known as such, and their state was called al-dawlah al-‘alawiyyah (‘Alawi state – i.e., descendents of ‘Ali) or al-dawlah al-faatimiyyah (Fatimid state). But in fact it is the esoteric, heretic “Jewish state” or “Magian state”.

Siyar A’laam al-Nubala’ (15/213) and al-Rawdatayn fi Akhbaar al-Dawlatayn ((1/216). 

Among the actions and beliefs of the rulers of that state, they claimed to have knowledge of the unseen, and they made claims of Prophethood and divinity, and they demanded that their subjects and followers prostrate to them, and they reviled the Sahaabah. The following sections prore follows proof of the above and more:

1. Claims of Prophethood and Divinity

2. Claim of Having Knowledge of the Unseen

3. People Prostrated to Fatimid Caliph

4. Genocide of Scholars Who Did not Follow The Fatimid Beliefs

5. Close Ties with The Qaraamitah

1. Claims of Prophethood and Divinity

al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) narrated that the fuqaha’ and devoted worshipers supported the Khawaarij in their war against the ‘Ubaydis because of the kufr and heresy of the latter. When Abu Yazeed Makhlad ibn Keedaad al-Khaariji wanted to fight Banu ‘Ubayd, al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

The fuqaha’ and devoted worshippers hastened to make full preparations with drums and banners. Ahmad ibn Abi’l-Waleed addressed them on Friday at Jumu’ah prayers, and he exhorted them and said: Strive against the one who disbelieves in Allaah and claims that he is a lord instead of Allaah. … And he said: O Allaah, this kaafir Qarmati who is known as Ibn ‘Ubayd-Allaah and claims to be divine is denying Your blessings, and He disbelieves in Your Lordship, slanders Your Messengers, disbelieves in Muhammad Your Prophet, and sheds blood. Curse him greatly and humiliate him deeply and send Your curse upon him morning and evening. Then he came down and led them in Jumu’ah prayer. 

Siyar A’laam al-Nubala’ (15/155)

Among those who claimed divinity was the ‘Ubaydi ruler of whom al-Dhahabi said:

The heretic Ismaili who claims to be divine. 

Al-Siyar (15/173). 

He also said concerning him:

It was said that he wanted to claim to be divine and he started to do so, but the prominent figures of his state spoke to him and warned that all the people would rebel against him. End quote. 

Al-Siyar (15/176)

Among those who incited the ruler to make these claims was Hamzah ibn ‘Ali al-Zawzani who was one of those who claimed that the ruler was divine, and who founded the Druze sect in Syria. Al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) also said:

The heretic Durzi was killed because of his claims that the ruler was divine, and some of the ignorant used to say when they saw the ruler: “O One, O One, O giver of life, O giver of death.” 

Al-Siyar (15/180, 181)

Al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

I read in a one-volume book of history which describes what happened each year and was written by some good people around the year 630 and was given to the ruler of Egypt, al-Malik al-Saalih, in 667: 

This action (i.e., putting an end to the ‘Ubaydi state) was one of the noblest of the deeds of Salaah al-Deen al-Ayyoobi. What a good thing he did, for these people were baatinis and heretics who called for belief in transmigration of souls and the belief that the divine was physically incarnated in them.  

Al-Dhahabi said: al-Haakim said to his propagandist: How many do you have listed (as followers)? He said: Sixteen thousand who believe that you are god. 

Their poet said: “Rule, for you are the one, the compeller; it is what you wish and not what the divine decree wills” 

May Allaah curse both the praiser and the praised, for this is no less abhorrent than when Pharaoh said:“I am your lord, most high” [al-Naaz’iaat 79:24].

One of their poets said concerning al-Mahdi in Raqqaadah: 

“Adam and Nooh are there, and anything other than Allaah is nothing.

The Messiah is there in Raqqaadah, Allaah in His glory is there.” 

He said:  

This man is worse in his kufr than the Christians, because the Christians believe that the divine was incarnated physically in ‘Eesa only, but these people believe that He was incarnated in the bodies of Adam, Nooh, the Prophets and all the imams. 

This is their creed, may Allaah curse them. 

Tareekh al-Islam, events of 561-570 AH, p. 274-281. 

When ‘Ubayd-Allaah claimed to be a prophet, he brought two of the faqeehs of Qayrawaan to appear before him as he was sitting on his throne, and he ordered one of his servants to say to the two Shaykhs: “Do you bear witness that this man is the messenger of Allaah?” They said: “By Allaah, if he came to us with the sun on his right and the moon on his left, both of them saying that he was a messenger of Allaah, we would not believe that.” So he ordered that they be slaughtered.  Al-Siyar (14/217).

2. Claim of Having Knowledge of the Unseen

Ibn Khallikaan (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

They claimed to have knowledge of the unseen, and there are well known reports concerning that.  

Wafiyaat al-A’yaan (5/373, 374) 

3. People Prostrated to The Fatimid Caliph

The medieval practice of kissing of the Imam's feet continues in today's day and age with Aga Khan IV.
The medieval practice of kissing of the Imam’s feet continues in today’s day and age with Aga Khan IV

They ordered the people to prostrate for them. al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

In 396 AH, khutbahs were given in the two holy sanctuaries under the authority of the ruler of Egypt al-Haakim, and the people were ordered to stand up and prostrate when he was mentioned. Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (Verily to Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return).  

Duwal al-Islam (1/350)

When al-Haakim was mentioned they would stand up and prostrate for him. Al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

They stood up and prostrated in the market place, and in their meeting places. Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon (Verily to Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return). These ‘Ubaydis were an evil that befell Islam and the Muslims. 

Al-Tareekh, events of 381-400 AH, p. 234. 

4. Genocide of Scholars Who Did not Follow The Fatimid Beliefs

Abu’l-Hasan al-Qaabisi, the author of al-Mulakhkhas, said:

The number of those killed by ‘Ubayd-Allaah and his descendents in his torture chamber was four thousand scholars and worshippers, to stop them saying “Radiya Allaah ‘anhum (may Allaah be pleased with them)” about the Sahaabah.              

Al-Siyar (15/145)

5. Close Ties with The Qaraamitah

al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

During the reign of al-Mahdi the Qaraamitah committed crimes in Bahrain. They attacked the pilgrims, killing and taking prisoners, and they violated the sanctuary of Allaah in Makkah and took away the Black Stone. ‘Ubayd-Allaah corresponded with them and incited them, may Allaah destroy him. 

Al-Siyar (15/147)

6. Reviling the Sahaabah

During the reign of al-‘Azeez, the Sahaabah were reviled openly. [Al-Siyar (15/170)]

He ordered that words reviling the Sahaabah be written on the doors of the mosques and in the streets, and he ordered his state workers to revile them in 395 AH.  [Tareekh al-Islam, events of 395 AH, p. 283. ]

And he said:

Reviling of the Sahaabah was widespread during his reign (i.e., al-Mustansir) and the Sunnah was unknown and hidden. [Al-Siyar (15/196)]

In brief, they were baatinis who changed the religion of Islam; they were outwardly Raafidis but inwardly they were heretics. Al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

They changed the religion of Islam. They were outwardly Raafidis, but inwardly they were Ismailis.  [Al-Siyar (15/141)]

Al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

As for the baatini ‘Ubaydis, they are enemies of Allaah and His Messenger. 

Al-Siyar (15/373). 

He also (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

 How these ‘Ubaydis tampered with and changed the religion of Islam is indescribable. 

Al-Siyar (16/149). 

Al-Qaadi ‘Iyaad (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Abu Yoosuf al-Ra’eeni said: The scholars in Qayrawaan are unanimously agreed that Banu ‘Ubayd are apostates and heretics. 

Tarteeb al-Madaarik (4/720); see also al-Siyar (15/151). 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Radd ‘ala al-Bakri:

The ‘Ubaydis, who are inwardly heretics, follow the beliefs of the philosophers and Magians and have mixed them with Raafidi views. The best they show of commitment to Islam is the Raafidi way, but inwardly they are heretics, worse than the Jews and Christians. 

Hence the scholars said concerning them that they are outwardly Raafidis, but inwardly their belief is pure kufr. They are among the people who venerate shrines the most, and believe in astrology, and other religious practices of the mushrikeen. They are the least likely of people to venerate the mosques which Allaah has ordered to be raised (to be cleaned, and to be honoured), in them His Name is remembered (cf. al-Noor 24:36).Their legacy in Cairo proves that. 

And he said (may Allaah have mercy on him) in al-Radd ‘ala al-Mantiqiyyeen:

The ‘Ubaydis were outwardly Muslim and said that they were Shi’ah, so they appeared to be Raafidis but inwardly they were heretics as Abu Haamid al-Ghazaali said in al-Mustazhari: Outwardly they are Raafidis but inwardly their belief is pure kufr. What Abu Haamid said about them is that on which there is consensus among Muslim scholars. 

He said (may Allaah have mercy on him) in Minhaaj al-Sunnah:

They (the rulers of the ‘Ubaydi state) are well known for their heresy, opposition to Allaah and His Messenger, apostasy and hypocrisy.  

Ibn Katheer said in al-Bidaayah wa’l-Nihaayah (11/386):

When the khateeb mentioned al-Haakim the people would all stand up out of respect. They also did that in Egypt, and in addition to that they would prostrate for him. They would prostrate when he was mentioned. So those who were praying would prostrate and those who were in the marketplace would prostrate when they prostrated. May Allaah curse him. 

Such was the ‘Ubaydi state, and these are some of their evil deeds. Thus it is clear that the one who says that the ‘Ubaydi state was an Islamic state and ignores the blessed states and times in which Islam ruled

We ask Allah to bring the Muslims back soundly to their religion.

See the study entitled Mawqif al-Imam al-Dhahabi min al-Dawlah al-‘Ubaydiyyah nasaban wa mu’taqadan by Dr. Sa’d ibn Moosa al-Moosa, assistant professor at the Faculty of Sharee’ah in Umm al-Qura University, which was published in Majallat Jaami’at Umm al-Qura, issue no. 24, Rabee’ al-Awwal 1423 AH/May 2002 CE.

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

Encyclopedia Iranica –

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 ( 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:

Champagne offerings pictured in the homepage of Serena Lake Manyara. Source:

1. Afghanistan
1.1 Pool Bar in Kabul Serena Hotel

2. Pakistan
2.1 Pool Bar at Faisalabad Serena Hotel
2.2 Pool Bar at Islamabad Serena Hotel
2.3 Pool Bar at Quetta Serena Hotel
2.4 Pool Bar at Swat Serena Hotel

3. Kenya
3.1 Pool Terrace and Bar  at Nairobi Serena Hotel
3.2 Aksum Bar at Nairobi Serena Hotel
3.3 Wines, beers, spirits  at Mara Serena Safari Lodge
3.4 Wines, beers, spirits at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
3.5 Wines, beers, spirits at Sweetwaters Tented Camp
3.6 Wines, beers, spirits at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
3.7 Wines, beers, spirits at Serena Mountain Lodge
3.8 Wines, beers, spirits at Ol Pejeta House

Champagne offerings pictured at the homepage of Serena Lake Manyara. (Source:

4. Mozambique
4.1 Aquarius Restaurant and Bar Polana Serena Hotel)
4.2 The Polana Bar(Polana Serena Hotel)

5. Rwanda
5.1 Lake View Bar and Terrace (Lake Kivu Serena Hotel)
5.2 Ziwani beach café and bar (Lake Kivu Serena Hotel)

6. Tanzania
6.1 Masahani Bar at Zanzibar Serena Inn
6.2 Wines, beers, spirits at Arusha Mountain Village
6.3 Wines, beers, spirits at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
6.4 Wines, beers, spirits at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
6.5 Wines, beers, spirits at Lake Manyara Safari Lodge
6.6 Wines, beers, spirits at Selous Wildlife Lodge
6.7 Wines, beers, spirits at Mivumo River Lodge

7. Uganda

7.1 Mist Bar at Kampala Serena Hotel
7.2 The Kigo Bar  at Lake Victoria Serena Resort

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.


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

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

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?

Ismailism and Islam: Oil and Water

Oil and water do not mix – which too is the case with Ismailism and Islam. They have nothing in common. The following are the unislamic beliefs of Ismailis which categorically violate the fundamentals of Quran, Sunnah and Tawheed and therefore prove how different Ismailism and Islam are from each other.

1. The Authority of Aga Khan over Allah

Karim al-Huseini, Aga Khan IV has acquired powers of issuing verdicts of  Halal and Haram and Ismailis have distanced themselves from Quran and Sunnah to an extent that one would not find the Holy Quran in most of Ismaili homes.

2.Involvement with Riba

The Aga Khan has made Halaal for the Ismailis that which Allah has made Haraam for the mankind. Involvement with Interest (Riba or Usury) is not forbidden by the religious instruction classes run by the “Tariqah Board” of the Ismailis. In fact, the Aga Khan has recently acquired one of the largest banks in Pakistan, Habib Bank Limited which openly engages in Riba transactions through conventional banking.

3. Quran was “Time-Bound”

Ismailis all professedly believe that the Qur’an was time-bound and was not meant to be a universal message for all times. They believe that their spiritual leader, Karim Aga Khan, is the “walking and talking Qur’an” and his “religious pronouncements”, whatever they may be, are the “guidance” for the present times. The fundamental article of faith that there will not be any new revelations or after the Qur’an, is being completely violated by the Ismailis.

4. Aga Khan is Manifestation of Allah on Earth

The Aga Khan has officially declared himself, before his followers, as the “Mazhar of Allah on Earth”. The word “mazhar” means “copy” or “manifest”. Consequently, these Ismailis who call themselves Muslims prostrate before Aga Khan. Therefore even the primary axiomatic principle of Tawheed is being fundamentally violated by Ismailis.

5. Ignoring the Islamic Ablution, Salah, Fasting and Hajj

The Ismailis are not instructed to offer the Islamic Salaah, observe Saum or perform Hajj. They have replaced Salaah with their own shirk-infested Dua’a (one in the morning and two combined in the evening) and singing Ginans in the form of Hindu-inspired hymns.

The ritual of Dua’a is performed without performing any ablution and through ignorance of all principles of purification (taharah) prescribed in the Shariah.

Similarly , Ginans are songs which are sung in their Jamatkhanas, which are places of worship where Ismailis go to instead of going to Masjids. These Jamatkhanas have recently been re-branded as Ismaili Centers in the western countries.

Ismailis are told that their Hajj is a personal “glimpse” (deedaar) of Karim Aga Khan.

Until recently, all Jamatkhanas were equipped with life-size pictures of Aga Khan in front of which Ismailis used to prostrate during their prayer of Dua’a.These pictures from the front walls have recently been removed due to criticism inside the Ismaili community.

Ismailis do not face the Qibla during their prayer (Holy Dua’a). In the book “Ismaili Tariqah , written by a famous Ismaili Missionary, Abu Aly A. Aziz, it is mentioned on page 184: “Facing the Qibla in prayer is not a fundamental principle of Islam, it is a tradition.”

6. Aga Khan has the Authority to Forgive Sins

The Aga Khan and his appointees ‘forgive the sins’ of the followers on a regular basis. Ismailis are misled into believing that they will not be questioned on the Day of Judgment for the sins since their sins are already forgiven in their Jamatkhanas. Whereas forgiving sins is the exclusive prerogative and privilege of Allah (swt) alone. (Qur’an 3:135).

The above is just a sample of the shirk- and kufr-infested beliefs of the Nizari Ismailis, who claim to be the “second-largest sect inside Shia’a Islam”. In reality, they have nothing in common with Islam

ISMAILIES insist on being called Muslims but they indeed do not profess and practice Islam based on quran and sunnah.Instead they believe that Karim aga khan of Paris is the Ultimate authority in Islam and in order to prepare room for this belief they interpret few aayats of quran in a way different from the rest of the ummah and reject whole remaining quran .The ummah has rejected their interpretation of quran  and Karim Aga Khan claims for which this interpretation is devised.Consequently they are unbelievers and out of the fold of ISLAM.

Aga Khan Promotes Himself as Manifestation of God (Mazhar of Allah)

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)
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

Report of the Ismailis Association Conference Paris - April, 1975Mazhar-of-God-2a1Mazhar-of-God-2b-300x54Mazhar-of-God-7

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”:

Life Magazine, 1984

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.

On 21st March 1958 at Jamia Mosque in Bombay, India
On 21st March 1958 at Jamia Mosque in Bombay, India

Who are the Ismailis?

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Ismailis are a self-proclaimed sub-sect of Shia Islam, and are led by Karim Aga Khan, who is a half-European billionaire, a former world-class skier and the one-time stepson of Hollywood’s legendary sex symbol, Rita Hayworth.

He claims direct descent from the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), much like thousands of Muslim ‘syeds‘ living in the South Asian sub-continent, but has rarely been spotted inside any Masjid (Mosque) of the world or offering any prayer, and has never been to the Holy Kaaba, the place where millions of Muslims from around the world gather for the annual Pilgrimage (Hajj) at least once in their lifetimes.

Ismailis, the followers of Aga Khan, practice none of the five pillars of Islam:

  1. Shahadah: Ismailis do not have the same Shahadah as the other Muslims. Their shahadah is ‘There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger, and Ali is the ameer-ul-Momineen, Ali is Allah”.
    (Read more on the Ismaili creed in The Nizari Ismaili Trinity)
  2. Prayer: Ismailis do not pray five times a day like the other Muslims do in a Mosque/Masjid. Instead, they offer three prayers a day in their community centers known as Jamatkhanas.
  3. Fasting: Ismailis do not fast during Ramadhan. Instead, they fast three to four days a year on the occasion of “Shukarwari Beej” – the days when Friday coincides with sighting of the moon.
    (Read more: Ismailism on Fasting: Saum or Shukrvari Beej)
  4. Zakat: Ismailis do not pay 2.5% Zakat on their wealth to the poor like other Muslims do. Instead, they pay a monthly tithe of 12.5% directly to the Aga Khan. This tithe is called ‘Dasond‘. Ismailis are disallowed to pay Dasond to any charitable organization or to the poor. It has to be paid directly to the Aga Khan through their community centers.
    (Read more: The Rejection of Zakat in Ismailism)
  5. Hajj: Ismailis do not go for Hajj, Instead, their Hajj is the sight/glimpse of the Aga Khan himself. At the end of their daily prayer, Ismailis wish the person next to them with the greeting of ‘Shah Jo Deedar’ (meaning that ‘May you have a glimpse of the Shah’). The term Shah is used by the Ismailis to refer to Aga Khan, who is also known as ‘Shah Karim al Husayni’.

Details on the Ismaili Aqeedah

A Ismaili kissing the feet of Karim Aga Khan.
A Ismaili kissing the feet of Karim Aga Khan.

1. The Ismailis (followers of the Aga Khan) all professedly believe that the Quran was time bound and was not meant to be a Universal message for all times. They believe that their spiritual leader, Karim Aga Khan, is the “walking – talking Qur’an” and his “religious pronouncements”, whatever they may be, are the “guidance” for the present times. The fundamental article of faith that there will not be any NEW revelations or “wahy” after the Qur’an, is being completely violated by the Ismailis.

2. The Aga Khan has officially Declared himself, before his followers, as the “Mazhar of Allah on earth”. The word “mazhar” means “copy” or “manifest”. Consequently, these Ismailis who call themselves Muslims do “sujood” before him. So even the primary axiomatic principle of Tawheed is being fundamentally and formally violated by them.

3. The Ismailis are not instructed to offer the Islamic Salaah, observe Saum or perform Hajj. They have replaced Salaah with certain shirk-infested Dua’as (thrice a day). They are told that their Hajj is a personal “Glimpse” (Deedaar) of Karim Aga Khan.

4. The Aga Khan and his appointees ‘forgive the sins’ of the followers on regular basis. Ismailis are misled into believing that they will not be questioned on the Day of Judgment for the sins that are already forgiven in their Jamatkhanas (community centers). Forgiving of sins is the exclusive prerogative and privilege of Allah (swt) alone. Qur’an 3:135.

5. Against this backdrop, most of the poor (spiritually poor) Ismailis who are not introduced to al-Furqan are confused and misguided. Hence, Ismailis are very easy prey to missionary efforts by various Christian groups and Baha’is. I have known a couple of young ex-Ismailis who are today preaching “Pauline Christianity” to Ismailis as evangelical missionaries.

Karim Aga Khan's daughter Zahra Aga Khan
Karim Aga Khan’s daughter Zahra Aga Khan

6. Karim Aga Khan’s own daughter Zahra having married a practising Christian has opened the gates for young Ismailis girls to follow the footsteps of a family member of their beloved Imam-e-Zaman. The parents of the Ismaili girls who wish to marry outside of Islam have no recourse but to let them go.

7. The Aga Khan has made Halaal for the Ismailis that which Allah has made Haraam for the Muslims. Taking of interest (usury) is not forbidden by the religious instruction classes run by the “Tariqaah” board of the Ismailis. As a matter of fact, the much publicized “Venture Capital” program (details on the website of FORBES Magazine – search under “Aga Khan”), of loaning funds on interest by the AKFED (Aga Khan Fund &  Economic Development), has been a great success. Similar entrepreneurial projects are now being actively promoted and introduced to poor Muslims of Tajikistan and neighboring areas.

8. The Muslim Ummaah and the various Muslim leaders are not fully aware of these Un-Islamic acts and beliefs of this community of less than two million members, who claim to be the Ismaili Muslims. Surprisingly, their leader Aga Khan claims himself to be a spiritual leader of 15 million Muslims and a Direct Descendant of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).

9. Earlier, one did not have authentic books on Ismailism, but it is not so anymore. There are two authentic books as well as one comprehensive web site exposing the inner practices of the Ismailis and the Proclamations (Farmans) of the Aga Khans. Hence, now you have no “hujjah” argument or excuse left before Allah (swt) for not taking up the task of inviting the misguided “Ismaili Muslims” towards the Deen of Allah (swt) and not safeguarding them from committing unpardonable sin of Shirk.

10. The Aga Khan in collaboration with so many Western powers and aid, has set up the world-wide Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) which runs several institutions and service companies both in the profit and not for profit sectors. This network is very actively operating in Pakistan, India, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Bangladesh, and has now started concentrating its efforts in Tajikistan and the neighbouring areas where there is a concentration of Muslims who have not known or openly practised Islam for the decades. By taking up economical, social, educational and rural development efforts through NGOs (Non-Govt. Organizations) within the AKDN, the Ismailis and the Aga Khan have gained wide acceptance amongst these countries and masses.

2. History of the Nizari Ismailis

a. Birth of the Fatimids

Karim Aga Khan's daughter-in-law, Kendra Spears on the cover of Woman Magazine [Austria] in July 2015. She married Karim Aga Khan's son, Rahim Aga Khan on 31 August 2013.
Karim Aga Khan’s daughter-in-law, Kendra Spears on the cover of Woman Magazine [Austria] in July 2015. She married Karim Aga Khan’s son, Rahim Aga Khan on 31 August 2013.
The Fatimid dynasty was founded by Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah in 909, legitimising his claim through the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Fatimah as-Zahra, and her husband Ali ibn-Abi-Talib, who was the first Shi’a Imam. The dynasty was known as al-Fatimiyyun “Fatimid.” It began in Ifriqiya which is today’s Tunisia and Eastern Algeria.Abdullah al-Mahdi soon controlled  over all central Maghreb which represents today’s Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, ruled from his newly built capital in Tunisia, Mahdia.

In 900 AD, the Fatimids conquered the Ikhshidid dynasty in Egypt and found a new capital at al-Qahira (Cairo) in 969. After Egypt the Fatimids expanded and ruled from Tunisia to Syria and into Sicily and southern Italy. Palestine, Lebanon, the Red Sea coast of Africa, Yemen and Hejaz all came under their rule. The Fatimids were trading in the Mediterranean, India and China in the Middle Ages. The Fatimids were very liberal and their government was staffed on meritocracy and thus included appointments from other branches of Islam as well as non-Muslims. This liberalism had its exceptions in “Al-Hakim bi-amr Allah.”

b. Decay and Fall of the Fatimids

The Fatimid governors of North Africa, the Zirids, were influenced by Sunni  Islam and declared their independence from Cairo in 1040 which triggered the Banu Hilal invasion of the lands controlled by the Fatimid’s. Fatimids lost control of the Levant coast as well as parts of Syria by 1070 being challenged by the Turks, and later the Cursaders also destroyed much of their control in that area, and the Fatimid empire shrank to just Egypt. The crusaders captured Jerusalem in July 1099 from the Fatimid garrison following 5 weeks of siege.

In 1160 the Fatimid political system collapsed.The Zengid ruler Nur ad-Din with his general Shirkuh took over Egypt in 1169, but Shirkuh died two months later and his nephew, Saladin took over power, beginning the Ayyubid Dynasty.

c. From Fatimids to Assassins to Nizari Ismailis

Ismaili spiritual leader, Karim Aga Khan, right, shows his delight with jockey Mick Kinane, left, after his horse Azamour won the Prince of Wales Stakes during the second day of Royal Ascot at York racecourse, York, England, Wednesday June 15, 2005. (AP Photo/John Giles/PA)
Ismaili spiritual leader, Karim Aga Khan, right, shows his delight with jockey Mick Kinane, left, after his horse Azamour won the Prince of Wales Stakes during the second day of Royal Ascot at York racecourse, York, England, Wednesday June 15, 2005. (AP Photo/John Giles/PA)

After the collapse of the Fatimid in the 12th century, the “Assassins” survived in Persia (Iran) as the Nizari Ismaili, considered a heretical branch of the Shia sect. However, the Shah of Persia, granted one of their member the title of the Aga Khan in 1818. But in 1840, there was an abortive coup on the next Shah, and the Aga Khan decided to flee Persia for India. In India the Aga Khan and his descendants remained leaders of the Agakhani Ismailis till today.

The Aga Khan is internationally known for his association with thoroughbred racing horses in the racing world in Europe and America. Then the world learned of Aga Khan III’s gift from his followers of gold, platinum, and diamonds equal in weight to his body weight. Then the famous marriage of Prince Aly Khan Karim Aga Khan’s father to actress Rita Hayworth and his role as leader of Pakistani’s delegation to the United  Nations. Again Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan served as High Commissioner for Refugees in the United Nations. And more recently Karim Aga Khan was named Commander of the French Legion of Honour for services to humanity.

However, the ancestors of the Aga Khan Ismailis were Hindus who were converted to the Ismaili faith by Pirs (authorised preachers) who came from Persia some 7 centuries ago. These converts adopted the Islamic Tariqah.

The original Ismaili  faith grew from the Fatimid Caliphate in Cairo described above. Fatimid Ismailis recited the canonical Islamic prayers in mosques five times a day, as opposed to the conventional Islmaili (Agakhabi Ismailis) who pray 3 times a day. They observed Ramadhan and  the Hajj.

The roots of the Agakhani Ismailis, who are Shia Imami Khojah, evolved in  the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, and their conversion from Hinduism has gone through various phases of proselytisation. Thus for the past 150 years, Agakhani Ismailis have digressed so much from the original Fatimid Ismailis that todays Agakhani Ismaili practices bear little resemblance to that of the original practices.

Under Article 14 of the Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims (1986), any Ismaili who prints, publishes, or circulates any material or makes any statement of convenes a meeting or assembly purporting to be  on behalf of, or in the name of, or relating to, the Imam, the Ismaili Tariqah, the Jama’ at (a congregation of community,) and any Ismaili Council or Institution without the written permission of the national Council within whose jurisdiction he or she resides shall be liable to disciplinary action, and the offender can be expelled from the community.

3. Ismaili Practices

Ismailis claim to be an off-shoot of Shia, however the Shia unanimously reject them. Ismailis believe in the succession of the Imams to the present.

A Ismaili priest performing a ritual
A Ismaili priest performing a ritual

Ismaili beliefs are syncretic (reconciliation with other beliefs), including philosophies from Aristotle, Plotinus, Pythagoras, gnosticism, the Manichaeans, Judaism, Christianity, and Eastern religions. Their beliefs of the creation of the world is idiosyncratic.  Their ecumenism, tolerance of religious differences, and religious hierarchy is equally idiosyncratic. The Ismaili separation of Islamic theology into exoteric (conservative Shariah) and esoteric (mystical exegesis of the Quran and inner truth) creates the mysticism that makes the sect extremely complex and mysterious. All these practices and beliefs are veiled in secluded secrecy and the Ismailis believe that these beliefs should be guarded and shielded from unbelievers of their faith. Hence Ismailis believe in the practice of “Taqiyya” for self-protection of their faith. Taqiyya is a practice adopted by most Shia and is is also permitted in the Sunni Sect. In fact it is a practice in Islam as well as in the larger Islamic community.

Ismaili priest performing a ritual

4. The Separation of Ismailis from Orthodox Shia

A disagreement arose over the successor to the 6th imam, Ja’far al-Sadiq.  The Ismailis chose Isma’il tracing the imamat through Isma’il’s son Muhammad and his progenies. But the majority of the Shia recognised the 12 imams, descendants of Ismail’s brother Musa al-Kazim. Thus the separation of the ways began. The Ismailis two main branches in India are the Musta’lis (Bohras) and the Nizaris (Khojas) who are led by the Aga Khan.

The fame of the Aga Khan and his family through their prominence in the international political, economic, and social circles has served to aggrandise the Ismaili faith even though this sect represents approximately 0.1 percent of the Muslim world.

Shia Islam vs. Aga Khani Ismaili

(Aga Khani Ismaili practices seen as blasphemous by orthodox Shia Muslims.)

(1) The orthodox Muslim’s article of faith that there will not be any new revelations or “wahy” after the Qur’an. This is violated by the Ismailis. Agakhani Ismailis believe that the Qur’an was time bound and therefore not the immutable word of Allah. Ismailis believe that whatever their spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, may pronounce will be  the guidance for the present. (This challenges the immutability, “wahy” of the Koran.)

(2)  The principle of Tawheed has been violated by the Ismailis because The Aga Khan as declared himself the “Mazhar of Allah on earth.” Mazhar is translated as “copy” or “manifest” and hence has defied Muhammad as the “Last of the Prophets.” [5] This is a very serious point with orthodox Islam, that Muhammad is the last of the prophets. That all those who come after him are but false prophets.

(3)  The Agakhani Ismailis are not commanded to offer the Islamic Salaah, observe Saum, or perform Hajj. They have replaced Salaah with Dua’as (thrice a day.) They are told that their Hajj is a personal “Glimpse” (Deedaar) of Karim Aga Khan.

(4)  Qur’an 3:135 clearly states that the forgiving of sins is the prerogative of Allah (swt) alone. Yet, the Aga Khan and his appointees will “forgive the sins” of their followers  and will not be questioned on the Day of Judgement for sins that are already forgiven in their Jamatkhanas (Ismaili community centres.) Thus defying the authority of Allah.

(5) Thus these esoteric views, deviant from orthodox Islam and the Qur’an can be very confusing and divisive to both Ismailis and orthodox Muslims and weakens the orthodox ideologies.

(6)  The Aga Khan has made Halal for the Ismailis that which Allah has made Haraam for Muslims such as the matter of Usury (interest on loans).   Usury is not forbidden by the “Tariqaah” board of the Ismailis. The Aga Khan lends funds on interest by the AKFED (Aga Khan Fund & Economic Development.)

A History of the Ismaili Movement and Conclusion of the World Muslim League
Ismailis were Muslims in name only, as they adhered to their ancient occult  traditions of the Sabians. Although the earlier Ismailis did not deviate from the central tenets of Islam, it was through the influence of Abdullah ibn Maymun that the movement became subversive of Islam and also of all other religions. All this began when a charismatic leader, Abdullah ibn Maymun, a member of the Brethen of Purity, became the leader of the Ismaili movement around 872 AD.

Maymun was a follower of the Mesopotamian Gnostic heretic Bardasanes and a Soroastrian dualist and was a Gnostic and well versed in all religions  of the time. Maymun used Islam as a front. It was he who created the seven degrees of initiation for the Batinis.

One of Maymin’s devotees was Hamdan Qarmat the founder of Qaramintah which was predominant in Arabia. He introduced concepts from the Gnostic dualism that permitted them to pillage, to abandon prayer, fasting and other traditional Islamic rituals. This resulted in the growth of popularity of the Qaramintah sect  that grew, similar to the growth of Islam in Muhammad’s era, into a powerful and fearsome band of brigands. The Qaramitah dominated Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain and extended their ravages westwards. They controlled Mecca after the slaughter of 30,000 defending Muslims.

However, the majority of Ismailis believed in the succession of the Imam in keeping with the traditions of the Fatimid dynasty who had their own caliph and had their capital in Cairo in 973. The founder of the Fatimis Dynasty was Ubeidullah, known as the Mahdi, who claimed descent through  a line of “hidden imams,” from Muhammad, son of Ismail, and through him, from Fatimah the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. However, after the Fatimid establishment of their power in Egypt, the substance of the Fatimid teachings was little different from the code of Abdullah Ibn Maymun, and his more violent initiate, Qarmat.

So we conclude that by the 10th century, the Fatimids, Bardasanes, the Soroastrians, the Qaramintah ideologies had all but amalgamated into one  intermingled ideology and tradition. Ismailis were in fact a splinter group that were only Muslims in name, and had deviated from the Sunni and Shia traditions and ideologies of Islam. Preceding the Qadianis by almost 1,000 years, the Ismailis were not of the fold of Islam as defined by The World Muslim League.

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