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9. Ismaili History

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History of Ismailis: From Assassins to Aga Khan [Video]

A brief overview of the history of modern-day Ismailis, from their beginnings as the feared Assassins to the modern-day Aga Khan with evidence from various independent sources, including the History Channel.

Institute of Ismaili Studies shames their own Imam in “Advent of the Fatimids”

Every Ismāʿīlī child is made to believe that Fatimid period was a glorious one when sciences, arts, social justice and tolerance reached their peak and after the decline in Fatimid rule, ʾIslām has been on the decline and never recovered its glorious past. In this article, we discuss publication by the Institute of Ismāʿīlī Studies … Continue reading

A Brief History of Khoja Community

A history of when Aga Khan I came to India and ordered the Khoja community to either pay up his version of charity called “Dasond” directly to him or leave the community. This is when Habib Ibrahim and eleven of his brothers (collectively known as “Barbhai” or “Bara Bhai” or “Twelve Brothers”) stood up against Aga … Continue reading

Who was Imam ʿAlā Dhikrihi’s Salām?

Foundation of the Ismaili Faith is based upon Karim Aga Khan having an unbroken hereditary link with  Ali (ra) who was appointed as Mawla. Ismailis recite in their Holy Dua (daily prayers), the names of their 49 Imams, the consecutive descendants of Ali (ra). Ismailis claim that this uninterrupted lineage for the last 1400 years … Continue reading

Aga Khan 3.5: How Aly S. Khan Became The Spiritual Child of His Own Son

For many years, Ismailis have devised and followed a certain criteria for designating the living Imam (or Hazar Imam). These criteria have not only been followed throughout their history, but are also taught to all Ismailis. In this article we will look at the principles of Nizari Ismaili Imamate over the centuries, birth and background … Continue reading

Disconnected Ismaili History: Imam Ismail Died Years Before His Father Died

Can a son succeed his father and become the next “Living Imam” (or Hazar Imam) if the son predeceases the father? If not, then those who call themselves as Shia Ismailis have to think harder before calling themselves the followers of Imam Ismail who did not live long enough to become the next Hazar Imam. Here is … Continue reading