H H Aga Khan as a Muslim Leader has achieved much more in many aspects.
I knew both Jalal Jaffer as a younger brother of Khairoon Jaffer and his wife Shamshad who was a brilliant and a favourite pupil in my class when I taught at Aga Khan school from 1959-1964 or so. I met her again during the book launch at MHI’s Golden Jubilee in London.
When Idi Amin, the President of Uganda, followed up on his dream, and ordered the expulsion of all Ugandan Asians within 90 days, whether those Asians were Ugandan for one generation or multiple generations, the Asians were gripped with fear and absolute panic. They were required to say good-bye to the only country that most had known; to hand-over all their life long possessions and assets, and simply go!!! Where would they go — how would they go — who would help them — and many such questions completely consumed them. These were traumatic times.
However, almost miraculously, Mike Molloy and a team of dedicated and empathetic Government officers and administrative staff descended from Canada. It was clear that they had instructions from the very top, to do whatever was necessary, to facilitate and process the migration of some 6,000 Ugandan Asians to Canada, within a matter of a few…
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1. SUCCESS STORY: THE CONSTITUENTS WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
An emotional and an equally proud and humble moment for Shamsh Kassim-Lakha as he receives the Doctor of Humane Letters from His Highness the Aga Khan for being a torchbearer of the Aga Khan University since its creation in 1983. He served as the founding President of the University for more than two decades. His successor, Firoz Rasul, is seen in the centre. Dr. Lakha has been serving the Ismaili Imamat in numerous capacities since the 1960’s, and continues to provide his wisdom to the Government and people of Pakistan.
“I am delighted, first of all, to extend my warmest congratulations to our graduands and to your families. Bravo! We wish you enormous success in your future careers, knowing that your success will be a mark of our success….As graduands you will be joining an illustrious family of earlier graduates…
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Wow! What an exhaustive article with so much packed in for anyone not aware of The Rope of Imamat in Ismaili ethics to study.
Our branch of Shia Islam, in that particular generation of the family, accepted the legitimacy of the eldest son, Isma‘il, as being the appointed Imam to succeed and that is why they are known as Ismailis.
Forty-Ninth Hereditary Imam of the Shi‘i Isma‘ili Muslims
Dedication: This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Hakeem Seth Carney (1979-2007) whose hidden services and loving devotion to the Isma‘ili Imamat shall always be remembered. He will forever be a spiritual (ruhani) presence in the Isma‘ili Muslim Jamat.
The Isma‘ili Muslims take their name from the fact that they affirm the Imamat of Mawlana Isma‘il ibn Ja‘far as the hereditary Imām after the Imām Ja‘far al-Ṣādiq – as opposed to the Twelvers who believe that Musa al-Kāẓim was the Imām after Imām al-Sadiq. The issue became complicated because most historical sources confirm that the Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq publically designated…
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What a long journey through Abdul Malik Merchant’s well researched Weblog of http://www.simerg.com! Bless him.
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I. 1885: Enthronement at Age Seven as 48th Ismaili Imam
November 2, 2015, marks the 138th birth anniversary of the 48th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah. Born in Karachi in 1877, he succeded his father, Imam Shah Aly Shah (a.s.), Aga Khan II, to the hereditary throne of the Ismaili Imamat in August 1885, when he was only seven. Soon after assuming the Imamat, he reminded his followers of his noble status as well as lineage from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.), and instilled in them courgage, confidence and hope at a time when they felt sad at the loss of their beloved 47th Imam. The seven year old Imam declared:
O Jamat do not consider me small. I am the descendant of the Prophet and my grandfather is Hazrat Amirul Mominin (Hazrat Ali) and my grandmother is Khatoon-e-Janat (the Lady of Paradise) Hazrat Bibi Fatima. I am the Light (Nur) of…
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