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2. Ismaili Beliefs, Prayers and Practices

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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

“Ismailis Worship Me” – Aga Khan III

One of the most stunning discoveries which have been made through our dive into the banished 20th century Ismaili texts, is the claim of Aga Khan III himself where he claimed that Ismailis worship him. This statement was previously shunned away as being ‘cooked up’ by the Western gossip press, but now, one of the books published by none other than the Ismailia Association of Pakistan. The book is titled “Ever Living Guide” and is authored by Jaffer Kassim Ali. Continue reading

Aga Khan: Secret Agent by Harry J. Greenwall

In the book “His Highness The Aga Khan: Imam of the Ismailis“, the foreword of which is written by Aga Khan III himself, Harry J. Greenwall talks about Aga Khan’s services to the British and how one of his missions led to the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate. A must read for any Ismaili. The … Continue reading

Truth About Ismāʿīlī Gināns

Ginans (devotional songs in Indian languages) are the basis and foundation of Ismailism. Disputing the preaching of a Ginan by a Ismaili would be similar in significance to the contradiction of the teachings of the Quran by a believing Muslim. Any study of the Ismaili Tariqah, without the study of the origins of Ginans and … Continue reading