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2. Ismaili Beliefs, Prayers and Practices

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The Nizari Ismāʿīli Trinity

Nizari Ismailis recite the Ismaili Holy Du’a (called Du’a) instead of the Muslim prayer (called salāt in Arabic and namaz in Persian and Urdu). In Urdu-speaking countries, Ismailis insist that since the word namaz does not appear anywhere in the Quran, the namaz which is recited by the Muslims is never commanded by the Quran … Continue reading

Stepchildren Petition Aga Khan Over Karim Hirji of Imperial Group of Hotels [Ismaili Community Frauds]

Businessman Karim Hirji is embroiled in a legal feud with his three stepchildren, who accuse him of grabbing the estate of their late mother Ziba Nanyonga Hirji alias Charm. After lodging a civil suit in the Family division last December accusing Hirji of selling off the late Charm’s property illegally, the children have now petitioned … Continue reading

Five Daily Prayers in Qur’ān and the Ismāʿīlī Rejection of Allāh’s Commandment

Ismāʿīlīs usually question if the five times prayer is proved by the Qur’ān. In this question, is hidden their rejection of all hadith and all prophetic traditions along with rejection of the method of the prayer. The only prophetic saying which the Ismailis believe in, is that of the hadith of Ghadir-e-Khumm. Other than this hadith, … Continue reading

Position of Ramaḍān in Ismāʿīlism

Ismāʿīlism is based on the abrogation of the Islamic law – which means that ever since their imām made a historical declaration at Alamut in 1164, Ismāʿīlis have absolved themselves of all Islamic practices including ṣalāt (prayer), wuḍūʼ (ablution), ṣawm (fasting), hajj (pilgrimage), zakāt (charity), abstinence from ribā (interest) and other obligations placed upon a … Continue reading

Understanding Ismailism – Chapter 9 [Audiobook]

Here is a free preview of our upcoming audiobook Understanding Ismailism which is an audio rendering of Akbarally Meherally’s acclaimed book of the same name. The book has been appreciated in a large number of scholarly circles and has been translated into Urdu and Gujarati and re-published a number of times. The Inside Ismailism and Rethinking … Continue reading

Cult of the Dead in Ismailism

Introduction In the anthropology of religion, a funerary cult is a body of religious teaching and practice centered on the dead, in which the living are thought to be able to confer benefits on the dead in the afterlife or to appease their otherwise wrathful ghosts. Rituals were carried on for the benefit of the … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part IV: “Taʾwīl” in the Qur’ān

In the last of our series of episodes on esotericism, we will analyze the mentions of the word taʾwīl in the Qur’ān and explore the exegesis and tafsīr of these verses, and look at how bāṭenists have been promoting their false interpretations. The word taʾwīl means: to return, or to revert. The allusion is those … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part III: The Antagonism between Islam and Ismāʿīlīsm

Esoterism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition Part III: The Antagonism between Islam and Ismāʿīlīsm Continuing from the works cited from al-Sijistani’s works, we continue by quoting from another source on Ismāʿīlī bāṭenism or esotericism. Following are refereces from Dr. Marakem in his book Philosiphical Significance of the Imām in Ismāʿīlīsm. “Knowing the imām is the perfection … Continue reading

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīli Tradition Part II: Tawil of Allah and the system of four roots

  Continuing our research into the deception of esotericism, let us go back to theological sources and find the definitions for both esotericism (the hidden reality) and exoterism (the external or the apparent). Finding the Definition of Esotericism and Exotericism from Theological Sources The definitions of exotericism (ẓâhir) and esoteric (bāṭen or taʾwīl) vary, the … Continue reading

What They Didn’t Tell You About Dasond in Your Jamatkhana

Christians pay ten percent (or ‘tithe’) to the church every time they visit. This is exactly where the name ‘dasond’ comes from. By definition, dasond means ‘tenth’. Ismāʿīlīs pay anything but 10% on their savings. They actually pay at least 12.5% on their income, not knowing what the background of this payment towards their Imām … Continue reading