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4. Quran and Ismailism

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The Quran: Outdated or Timeless?

One of the major doubts instilled in the minds of Ismāʿīlis by Aga Khan and his missionaries is that the Qurʼān can no more can be used as a source of guidance in the present day and age, and is outdated. They are taught that Aga Khan’s farmāns are interpretation of  Qurʼādn in accordance to … Continue reading

The Case Against Aga Khan

Over the past many years of writing on the Inside Ismailism blog, I have received a number of acknowledgments from ex-Ismaili Muslims the course of whose lives were changed by the Inside Ismailism blog, and they left Ismailism to embrace the light of Islam. There were Muslims too, who read about the practices of Ismailism on the … Continue reading

Leaving Ismailism: From Darkness to Light

Many times my friends and people I came across ask me about the specific clear verses of the Qurʾān which guided me from the darkness of shirk and kufr to noor-e-hidaya. Instead of giving a long list, I would like to go by the episodes that occurred in my life and how did these events … 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

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

Esotericism in the Ismāʿīlī Tradition, Part I: Fragile Foundations

After my previous article Takmil-e-Deen, a question was haunting my mind: If there is no place of the doctrine of Imamat in Islam, then what can be the origin of the prevailing doctrine of the Imamat? Here I was caught in the wilderness of a novel doctrine: exoteric and esoteric concept. Here I quote Ivanow to … Continue reading

Aga Khan and Sunnah: The Validity and Importance of Hadith and Prophetic Traditions

Lately, I have noticed Ismaili missionaries picking up Quranists’ arguments and defending Aga Khan and in turn, modern-day Ismailism, on the basis of these Quranists’ arguments. For the average Ismaili brother who doesn’t know, Quranists are a small group of people who reject the prophetic traditions (called sunnat al-Nabi or just “sunnah” for simplicity) and … Continue reading

Ismā’īlīsm and Ignorance of Qur’ān

Not understanding and not following the clear and open guidance and teachings of the Holy Qur’ān is nothing but rejecting it. Following anyone like Hazar Imam blindly, without any authority from the Qur’ān, is rejecting it. Believing someone’s promises over and in contradiction of the clear promises of Allah in the Qur’ān is rejecting it. … Continue reading

Hazar Imam’s Status as “Ulil Amr” in the Light of Quran and Hadith

Aga Khani Ismaili missionaries drill into the mind of average Ismaili from childhood that “Ulil Amr” is Aga Khan himself, including his predecessors and successors. The basis of this claim is Chapter 4:Verse 59 of the Qur’an: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ … Continue reading