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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

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 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

Hazar Imam’s “Esoteric” Quran or Allah’s “Clear” Quran?

Aga Khan claims to his followers that he brings an esoteric (baatini or hidden) meaning of the Quran which has not been understood by the Muslim ummah. Ismailis are also made to believe that the Qur’an was time-bound and was not meant to be a universal message for all times and that their spiritual leader, … Continue reading

Aga Khan III vs. Aga Khan IV: Who’s Right?

by Akberally Meherally 1. Views of Aga Khan III on The Qur’an The scanned image below expresses the view of the Late Aga Khan III on the Glorious Qur’an. The image is of a Religious Pronouncement (Farman, also called Rahemat [mercy]), Number 11 made during the Late Aga Khan’s first visit of Africa. The city … Continue reading

Rethinking Ismailism

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