Serving with a smile in Portugal — By Hannah Sabjaly

Ever since Ismailis began to settle in Portugal in the 1970s, members of the Jamat have contributed their time and talents on a voluntary basis towards the development of the community and wider society. Here, we share the stories and experiences of Portuguese volunteers across generations, united by a lifetime of service.   Volunteers have…

‘Ecstasy and Enlightenment’ — IIS Video | Interview with Professor Ali Asani on the development of the Ginans, Ismaili devotional tradition in South Asia …

The ginans are a large corpus of hymns and poems composed in a variety of Indic languages and attributed to a series of preacher–saints who propagated Ismaili Islam in the subcontinent over several centuries. In the book Ecstasy and Enlightnment, Professor Asani provides an overview as well as a discussion on specific aspects of the…

An Exploration of Eight Ismaili Ginans on Science, Spirituality and Pluralism — by Shiraz Pradhan on Simerg com|

SPIRITUALITY Many Ismaili ginans relate the spiritual experiences of Ismaili Pirs and describe the meditative techniques used as an aid in the spiritual journey, and also the important milestones and inner cosmology corresponding to the different stages (maqamat). However, the Pirs emphatically have stated that the experiences of higher spiritual stations are not describable in…

On Legal Debates, Ismaili Hermeneutics and the Etiquette of Borrowing in the Fatimid Empire: An Interview with Devin Stewart on al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān — Simerg com

“…In the Ismaili tradition, al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān is the most famous author…He debated this Ḥanafī jurist about ijtihād and thought that he’d won, and then he heard afterwards that the man had written a fascicle still arguing his point against al-Qāḍī al-Nuʿmān. So then he thought: I really need to write a serious refutation to put an…

Video: Harvard Lecture – The Shia Ismaili Muslims by Khalil Andani

Ismailism Published on 24 Apr 2015 On February 21, 2014, Khalil Andani (Doctor of Philosophy of Candidate in Islamic Studies, Harvard University) delivered a lecture called “Shi’i Isma’ili Muslims: An Esoteric Tradition in Islam” as part of the Harvard Divinity School Muslim Council Speaker Series called “Diversity in Islam: Communities of Interpretation.” The lecture took…

Aab-i Shifaa, Water that Heals — By Malik Merchant

The reference by the Persian Ismaili Missionary, Fida’i  Khurasani, of the distribution of healing water by Imam Islamshah (a.s.), the 30th Ismaili Imam, is significant, as the practice of drinking water blessed by the Imam is frequently attested in Ismaili Ginans and continues to form part of the Ismaili tradition to this day. The use…

For Canada’s Volunteer Week, Aga Khan Council President Malik Talib Tells Ismaili Volunteers, “You Are a Beacon of Islamic Ethics” — Simerg com

We wish you a lifetime of “enlightened self-fulfillment” Malik Talib The President of His Highness the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Canada, Malik Talib, issued the following message through the community’s weekly newsletter “Al-Akhbar” as the country marks the National Volunteer Week from April 6-12: “On behalf of the Canadian institutions and the entire Jamat,…

IIS (The Institute of Ismaili Studies) Summer Programme on Islam held at the University of Cambridge, October 2013

Participants in Session The eleventh annual Summer Programme on Islam was held at Clare College, University of Cambridge, from 11th – 18th August 2013. Thirty-seven participants from 16 countries, including Australia, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Tajikistan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of…

“Die Before You Die” – Journey Towards the Nur — By Shiraz Pradhan

By Shiraz Pradhan Mention of the word ‘death’ whips up emotions of fear and sadness in most people. This is quite natural, because biological death marks the end of physical life on earth. To people, who are preoccupied with material things and sensual delights, death represents an end to all that. Religion aims to awaken…