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2. Ismaili Beliefs, Prayers and Practices

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Are Ismailis Muslims?

Some say that anyone who testifies – says the kalimah ‘lā ilāha illā -llāh, muḥammadur rasūlu -llāh (There is none worthy of obedience and worship except Allāh and Muhammad is the final Messenger of Allāh), makes them a Muslim and we have no right to question that. Sincerity, however, is subject to proof. First of … Continue reading

Holy Terror: How Ismailis laid foundations of terrorism in the name of Islam

During the Crusades, the Ismailis, then known as the Assassins, tamed more powerful enemies using a shocking means: murder. The ancestors of Ismailis are still remembered and honored today as ‘fidais’ (فدائی) in the Ismaili Jamatkhanas. Continue reading

Aga Khan Foundation official declares Muslims as ‘cancer’ of society

Aga Khan-led institutions are operated and managed by anti-Muslim Ismaili and Hindus who have deep prejudice against Islam and Muslims in general. There should be no doubt that what their actions reveal is just the tip of the iceberg and what their hearts conceal is far worse than what their actions and tongues reveal. On … Continue reading

Aga Khan’s claim of ‘interpreting the Qurān’ is far from what the Ahl-ul-Bayt practised

Out of the many unsubstantiated claims of Ismāʿīlism is a one that Aga Khan interprets the Qurʾān for them. It is interesting that Aga Khan has never publicly or privately within his followers, interpreted any part of the Qurʾān. He has claimed to believe in the Qurʾān in interviews and has claimed descent from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) through his cousin ʿAlī bin Abi Ṭālib, but actions speak far louder than words and his actions are nowhere close to the teachings of the Qurʾān. Continue reading

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