Mi’raj-e-Rasul – The Night Journey of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) by Jehangir A. Merchant: LITERARY READING ON THE MI’RAJ AND A DEPICTION OF THE EVENT IN AN OTTOMAN WORK — Simerg com

Introduction: The night journey (al-isra) and the ascension (al-mi’raj) of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) is observed on the 27th Rajab (for 2013, this Islamic date will fall on June 5/6) . This is an event of great spiritual significance because the exalted spiritual experience of the Prophet is viewed by all Muslims as an example…

Send a Salgirah eCard greeting! through Ismaili Org

Send a Salgirah eCard greeting! Send a Salgirah eCard to your friends and family. Photo: TheIsmaili.org As Ismaili Muslims worldwide prepare to celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s birthday, TheIsmaili.org is pleased to offer its email greeting card service. The free service makes it easy to send Salgirah greetings to up to 50 friends and family members at a…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Reading Guides – IIS Homepage

In order to promote its publications to a wider audience, to make them more accessible, and to assist the non-specialist reader, The Institute has developed a number of Reading Guides.   *****   Towards a Shi`i Mediterranean Empire‐Fatimid Egypt and the Founding of Cairo Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia Word of…

Ismaili Texts and Translation Series – Institute of Ismaili Studies

Recent advances in Ismaili studies have been initiated by the recovery of Ismaili texts. A large number of such texts, written in Arabic, Persian and Indic languages, are preserved in the collections of The Institute of Ismaili Studies Library. The Ismaili Texts and Translations Series aims to produce critical editions together with English translations and…

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (III) – Ode on Imam’s Essence, Cosmic Necessity, Ismu’l Azam, Quhistani – By Malik merchant

SHORT ESSENTIAL READINGS III In Celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to East Africa Mawlana Hazar Imam pictured at the Olympia Hall, London, during his weeklong visit to the United Kingdom Jamat in September 1979. With him on the stage are Mukhi Noordin Jivraj and Kamadia Nizar Dhanani. Photo: Jehangir Merchant Collection. ASPECTS…

Islam’s Great Striver: Hazrat Ali – Simerg com

His Highness the Aga Khan seen delivering his commencement speech at the American University of Cairo on June 15, 2006. The excerpt on Hazrat Ali, from whom the 49th Ismaili Imam is directly descended, is from his speech. Photo Credit: American University in Cairo. Editor’s note: According to tradition Hazrat Ali (A.S.) was born on the 13th day…

The Encyclopaedia Iranica: “Anjudan” by Dr Farhad Daftary at Institute of Ismaili Studies

                  This is an edited version of an article that was originally published in The Encyclopaedia Iranica, 1985, available at http://www.iranicaonline.org/. Download PDF version of this article Anjudan is avillage located 37 km east of Arak (former Sultanabad) in Markazi province. A relatively large and prosperous market in medieval times, Anjudan is chiefly associated with…

Yawm-e Ali – The Ismaili

Calligraphic rendering of “Ali”. Copyright: The Institute of Ismaili Studies Yawm‐e Ali — literally the “Day of Ali” — commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), and, in accordance with the Shia tradition of Islam, is the first in the line of…

“The Ruby Shines On,” A Play About Nasir Khusraw, Written and Directed by Amina Ishani

Simerg Exclusive Internet Telecast “The Ruby Shines On” will unfold Ismaili thinker and missionary’s life to world wide audience  By Malik Merchant (Editor-Publisher, Simerg.com) The telecast of  “The Ruby Shines On”, the story of the extraordinary journey of faith and intellect undertaken by the celebrated Ismaili poet, philosopher and missionary Nasir Khusraw, is one of the most exciting events…