35 Short Readings and Messages on Didar and Imamat in Anticipation of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Visit to Bangladesh and India

PLEASE CLICK: Simerg’s Imamat and Didar Series

INTRODUCTION: His Highness the Aga Khan, or Mawlana Hazar Imam as he is affectionately and respectfully addressed by his Ismaili followers, will be visiting Bangladesh and India during the coming month. In July 2011, the 49th Ismaili Imam who is the direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) made a highly successful visit to East Africa and Simerg provided a religious context of the visit by publishing a seven-part series on Imamat and what didar (lit. glimpse of the Imam of the Time) represents to an Ismaili.

Please click on photo to download Imamat and Didar series

Please click on photo to download Imamat and Didar series. Photo: Jehangir Merchant Collection.

We are pleased to provide the entire series which consists of  thirty-five brief  readings such as “Didar: Life’s Ultimate Purpose” by Imam Mustansir-Billah in PDF format. To download this highly educational and inspiring series, please click Simerg’s Imamat and Didar Series. We invite you to share this post with your contacts around the world. 

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Stories of Ismaili Volunteers: At 85, Vancouver’s Rajabali Mecklai Wins Hearts by Serving the Community With Dedication and Warmth

Rajabali Mecklai served in numerous capacities as a volunteer both in Uganda and Canada for many years but he registered as a badged Ismaili volunteer over 30 years ago. His late wife, Maleksultan, was a motivating force of his volunteering activities. She passed away in Vancouver’s downtown Drake Jamatkhana at the call of prayer on Friday, August 16 1996. Rajabali’s deep affection and closeness to Maleksultan is shown by the love letters he wrote in her memory, many of which he shares with his friends and youth of the Jamat….Read more of this first piece in Simerg’s new series

Please click for article on Rajabali Mecklai, the first piece in Simerg's special series on Ismaili Volunteers from Around the World. Image: Simerg.

Please click for article on Rajabali Mecklai, the first piece in Simerg’s special series on Ismaili Volunteers from Around the World. Image: Simerg.

Please contribute your stories, see STORIES OF ISMAILI VOLUNTEERS.

Mi’raj-e-Rasul – The Night Journey of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) by Jehangir A. Merchant

PLEASE CLICK: An Esoteric Interpretation of the Mi’raj and the Prophetic Tradition ‘I Have a Time with God’ (li ma’a Allah waqt) By Jehangir A. Merchant

This painted page from a manuscript shows the Archangel Gabriel with the Prophets Moses (left) and Muhammad (right). Surrounded by angels they discuss the question of daily prayers. This happened during Prophet Muhammad’s ascent to heaven. Because it was forbidden to show Muhammad, his face is veiled. Image: Copyright Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF). Please click on image for literary reading.

This painted page from a manuscript shows the Archangel Gabriel with the Prophets Moses (left) and Muhammad (right). Surrounded by angels they discuss the question of daily prayers. This happened during Prophet Muhammad’s ascent to heaven. Because it was forbidden to show Muhammad, his face is veiled. Image: Copyright Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF). Please click on image for literary reading.

DETAILS OF THE IMAGE

This single sheet probably came from a handwritten work completed for the Ottoman Sultan Murad III (r. AH 982–1003 / AD 1574–95), and is currently housed at the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. It features, between bands of script, the prophets Moses and Muhammad and the Archangel Gabriel conversing in heaven. Angels, perched on five clouds behind these three principal characters, appear to be listening. The scene portrayed is one from Muhammad’s visionary ascension to heaven. Muhammad stands on the right-hand side in a long green robe and turban, and Moses, wearing a long dark red robe, is on the left, in front of his heavenly throne, which is denoted by an inscription in Arabic lettering. Moses is gesturing his hands in speech. Muhammad, with whom he is conversing, stands on the opposite side. A white veil conceals his face, while his hands are hidden in the long sleeves of his gown. The heads of both prophets are crowned with halos, within which their names, written in a black script, can be deciphered. The Archangel Gabriel stands between Muhammad and Moses, turning towards Muhammad. He is characterised by a twin pair of multi-coloured wings and a crown. He is featured in the Old Testament as the gate-keeper of Paradise. As one of two angels standing in the presence of God (Luke 1:19), it was Gabriel who explained the story of the Messiah (Daniel 8:16ff.). In Muslim tradition, the angel brought the Divine Revelation of the Holy Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. In Sura 2 verse 97 it is written that: Gabriel ‘has by God’s grace revealed it [the Qur’an] to you [Muhammad] to your heart’.

The text above the three personages, which describes the story, is written in Ottoman Turkish. It includes the account of Muhammad discussing with God the number of daily prayers. Both eventually agreed on five daily prayers. Moses is Muhammad’s heavenly adviser and Gabriel is his companion. The direct speech of all those involved is written in Arabic. The text is taken from a biography of the prophet which had appeared from the AH 1st century/AD 7th century on. The generic term for this type of biography is sira, which translates as ‘life facts’ or ‘way of life’.  (Text adapted from the website of MWNF – see link below).

Date posted: Sunday, June 2, 2013.

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Links to a selection of Jehangir Merchant’s pieces at Simerg:

Ismaili Volunteers and their Stories of Service – A Special New Series for Simerg’s 4th Anniversary

By Malik Merchant

Labour for the welfare of others is the best way of improving oneself, because its results are sure and certain. If you work for yourself, you are never happy — His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah (1877 – 1957), March 12, 1924, Recreation Club, Mumbai, India.

 

Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan with Ismaili volunteers and boy scouts of Dodoma (left of runner), and Tabora in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Photo: Sadruddin Khimani Family Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan with Ismaili volunteers and boy scouts of Dodoma (left of runner), and Tabora in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Photo: Sadruddin Khimani Family Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

As publisher-editor of this literary website and its companion photoblog, Simergphotos, I’m always seeking out ideas to enrich the two blogs as well as looking at ways by which readers such as you can contribute meaningfully through submission of photos, stories and articles. The readers’ response has been encouraging as reflected in the number of original pieces we have published including the ones we received for our annual commemorative series such as I Wish I’d Been There (2010), The Jamatkhana (2011) and last year’s Thanking Ismaili Historical Figures

Ideas come from numerous sources, and this year’s 4th commemorative series about Ismaili volunteers was precipitated by a recent chance meeting with an impeccably dressed elderly Ismaili volunteer at the Ismaili Centre and Darkhana Jamatkhana in Burnaby.  Rajabali Mecklai who was born more than seventy years ago in Nagalama, a small Ugandan town, was standing beside his son. I was attracted by the glow on his face and the shining volunteer’s badge he was wearing on his smart navy blue volunteer’s blazer. I was impressed and inspired by the brief account Mr. Mecklai’s son, Nasir, gave of his father who was back on his feet once again as a volunteer following recovery from illness.

Rajabali Mecklai of Vancouver - the Ismaili volunteer who has inspired this series to commemorate Simerg's 4th anniversary

Rajabali Mecklai of Vancouver pictured with a volunteer’s badge at the Darkhana Jamatkhana in Burnaby. Mr. Mecklai inspired this series to commemorate Simerg’s 4th anniversary. Photo: Rajabali Mecklai Collection.

I asked the son to scan the volunteer’s badge his father was wearing, and include with it a brief profile of his dad, possibly with a few photos. So what was intended as an explanatory piece about the badge is now turning into a series about members of the Ismaili community who serve(d)  brilliantly as badged as non-badged volunteers both within and outside the  Ismaili Muslim community.

His Highness the Aga Khan has on many occasions expressed his immense admiration for the work of the volunteers, and has indicated that other communities also envy the Ismaili volunteers. He has blessed the Ismaili volunteers on numerous occasions and has used the word shabash, as his grandfather did, to praise the volunteers. In an interview with Simerg following a fascinating piece on the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Maria Cook of the Ottawa Citizen mentioned a conversation she had with His Highness at the opening ceremony:

“I asked His Highness how he kept his focus and energy. He replied that he surrounded himself with people who were very good at what they do and also many dedicated volunteers. He said he was inspired every day by their efforts and devotion to excellence.” 

A collage of Ismaili volunteers. Centre group - Ottawa Ismaili Junior volunteers with their mentor; Two insets - part of a volunteer team serving at the Toronto Pearson International Airport during the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan.Photo: Malik Merchant.

A collage of Ismaili volunteers. Centre group – Ottawa Ismaili Junior volunteers with their mentor; Two insets – part of a volunteer team serving at the Toronto Pearson International Airport during the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo: Malik Merchant.

There are countless tales of devoted service and we would like to hear from you about Ismaili volunteers around the world who serve, simply wish to serve, without any expectation of rewards. What inspired you or the friend you know or a member in your family to join the Ismaili volunteers or serve as non-badged volunteer in Ismaili or non-institutions and groups, what challenges did the person experience during his/her services, what are the iconic and memorable events that the volunteer carries in the heart which sustains and motivates the person to carry on serving , and what are some of the inspirational moments that can be shared with others.
Two panoramic photos of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps of Bombay. 'The Ismaili' caption says: "....the Aga Khan's volunteer corps of Bombay are rendering yeomen service to the community. Their selfless and often thankless task consists of keeping good order and proper management on the auspicious occasions of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Blessed visits to Jamatkhanas, Hasanabad and other Ismaili Places of Bombay and suburbs. The community is grateful to these young Ismaili stalwarts who are often on duty at great personal inconvenience and even business consideration are made subordinate to the call of duty." Photo: Sadruddin Khimani Family Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

Two panoramic photos of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps of Bombay. ‘The Ismaili’ magazine in its caption said: “….the Aga Khan’s volunteer corps of Bombay are rendering yeomen service to the community. Their selfless and often thankless task consists of keeping good order and proper management on the auspicious occasions of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Blessed visits to Jamatkhanas, Hasanabad and other Ismaili Places of Bombay and suburbs. The community is grateful to these young Ismaili stalwarts who are often on duty at great personal inconvenience and even business consideration are made subordinate to the call of duty.” Photo: Sadruddin Khimani Family Collection, Vancouver, Canada.

 
You may find it useful  to take a moment to glean from other life-experiences of volunteers on numerous volunteer websites (see selected links below).
 
Also, the story need not be confined to serving Ismaili volunteers. It might be related to a retired volunteer or of one who served exceptionally and is no longer with us, whose examples would be of benefit to others.
 
Your contribution - narrative and images –  with your full name, address and phone number should be emailed to Simerg@aol.com, subject “Simerg Volunteer Series”. We wish to hear from you, and look forward  to publishing many stories of heroism and commitment in the next few months.

Date posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013.
Date update: Sunday, August 4, 2013 (new story, link below)

The series so far:

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Links to a few websites which will serve as examples for your narrative for Simerg:
Stories from Australia
Stories at Volunteer match
Stories at Energize Inc
Story at Great Lakes Caring

Inspiring and Educational Readings for Yaum e-Ali, the Birth Anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s.)

Introduction: The birthday anniversary of Hazrat Imam Ali (a.s.) is commemorated on the 13th Rajab. This festival is celebrated by the Shi’te communities and is observed as an occasion to reflect upon the life and teachings of their first Imam. According to the Shi’a doctrine and tradition, Hazrat Ali  was the foundation (asas) of the institution of Imamah. His designation (nass) by the Prophet upon the Command of Allah (al-amr), to guide the believers after the termination of the institution of Nabuwah is central to the Shi’a theology. The Imam’s function is to continue the teaching (ta’lim) and interpretation (ta’wil) of Allah’s Final Message after the demise of the Prophet.

Today, the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, in addition to the celebration of Yaum e-Ali, commemorate the birthday anniversary (Salgirah) of their present living Imam (Mawlana Hazar Imam), His Highness the Aga Khan, who is the direct lineal descendent of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) through Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and Bibi Fatima (a.s.).

His Highness the Aga Khan seen giving his commencement lecture at the American University in Cairo on June 15, 2006. The excerpt on Hazrat Ali, from whom the 49th Ismaili Imam is directly descended, is from the address. Photo Credit: American University in Cairo.

His Highness the Aga Khan seen giving his commencement lecture at the American University in Cairo on June 15, 2006. The excerpts on Hazrat Ali are from the lecture. Photo Credit: American University in Cairo.

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NADE ALI IN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHY

Transliteration

Nade Ali, Nade Ali, Nade Ali
 Nade Aliyyan mazhar al-ajaib
 Tajidahu awnan lakafin-nawaib
 Kullu hammin wa ghammin
 sayanj-i Ali Bi wilayatika,
Ya Ali! Ya Ali! Ya Ali!

Naad-e-Ali in Ottoman calligraphy. Photo Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum. Copyright.

Naad-e-Ali in Ottoman calligraphy. Photo Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum. Copyright.

Translation

Call Ali call Ali call Ali,
the manifestation of marvels
He will be your helper in difficulty
Every anxiety and sorrow will end
Through your friendship.
O Ali, O Ali, O Ali

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LINKS TO TWELVE READINGS

The Love for Ali by Altaf Hajiyani

Hazrat Ali’s Example: What We Can Do Today by Pervis Rawji

The Naad-e-Ali, “Call Upon Ali….oh Ali, oh Ali, oh Ali” by Hussein Rashid

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Blessed is one
who is humble regarding himself,
whose livelihood is good,
whose inner thoughts are virtuous,
whose character is good,
who spends the surplus from his wealth
and removes superfluity from his speech,
who keeps his evil away from people — Hazrat Ali

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The Wisdom of Hazrat Ali: Selections from Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People (II) - Hazrat Ali

An Englishman Reflects on the Nature of Imam Ali by Barnaby Rogerson

Islam’s Great Striver: Hazrat Ali by Lt. Col ‘Abdullah Baines-Hewitt

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One who perseveres patiently
will not be without success,
even if it takes a long time – Hazrat Ali

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Surrender and Realisation: Imam Ali on the Conditions for True Religious Understanding by James W. Morris

Hazrat Ali’s Principles of Good Governance – Early Muslim Style

The Wisdom of Hazrat Ali: Selections from Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People (I) - Hazrat Ali

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One who is headstrong and opinionated perishes,
while one who seeks the advice of others
becomes a partner in their understanding — Hazrat Ali

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Ethics in the Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali by Farouk M. Topan

Nasir-i-Khusraw on The Excellence of ‘Ali by Nasir Khusraw

Discourses of Hazrat Ali by Tajdin Dhala

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A MESSAGE BY HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN
ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AGA KHAN FOUNDATION

"The closer you come..." by Akber Kanji, Toronto, Canada

“The closer you come, the more you will know him” by Akber Kanji, Toronto, Canada

“This is a time of new freedoms, but it is also one in which new choices must be made wisely. In exercising freedom and making choices, our institutions must be guided, as they have been in the past, by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace of Allah be upon him), and the tradition of our tariqah, which is the tradition of Hazrat Ali: A thinking Islam and a spiritual Islam – an Islam that teaches compassion, tolerance and the dignity of man – Allah’s noblest creation.” — His Highness the Aga Khan, May 14, 1992.

Date Posted: May 22, 2013.

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Remarks at the International Forum Against Human Trafficking

PLEASE CLICK: Remarks by Highness the Aga Khan at the International Forum Against Human Trafficking Held in Luxor, Egypt

Ten years after the Palermo Protocol, top world personalities convened from December 10-12, 2010, in an International Forum in Luxor, Egypt, to outline a roadmap for ending human trafficking. The Forum was organized by End Human Trafficking Now! and The Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT).

His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the Opening Remarks during the Award Ceremony

His Highness the Aga Khan delivering the Opening Remarks during the Award Ceremony

“I am convinced that, over time, the most effective weapon to combat human trafficking will be civil society’s rejection of these vile activities” – His Highness the Aga Khan

As part of this initiative the 49th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, was among those in the jury (see photo, below) who presented the first-ever award in history to recognize a business executive‘s energy and commitment in tackling human trafficking.

Members of the Jury attending the Award Ceremony (Luxor, 12 December 2010): HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium, HH the Aga Khan, Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, Mr. Bjørn Haugland, Mr. Georg Kell.

Members of the Jury attending the Award Ceremony (Luxor, 12 December 2010): HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium, HH the Aga Khan, Mr. Antonio Maria Costa, Mr. Bjørn Haugland, Mr. Georg Kell.

The Ismaili Imam also delivered opening remarks at this forum, which are now been incorporated into our original piece Aga Khan in Prestigious Jury for First-Ever Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking.

Date posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013.

“Mubarak…Khushamadeed” – A Poem for Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Ms. Kendra Spears as their Engagement is Announced by His Highness the Aga Khan

PRINCE RAHIM AGA KHAN – A BRIEF PROFILE

His Highness the Aga Khan and Prince Rahim touring the Sosuco sugar factory in Banfora, Burkina Faso. - Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

His Highness the Aga Khan and his oldest son Prince Rahim touring the Sosuco sugar factory in Banfora, Burkina Faso. – Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

Date and place of birth: October 12, 1971, Geneva, Switzerland.

Relationship to His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Ismaili Imam: Prince Rahim Aga Khan is His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan’s second of four children, the others being older sister Princess Zahra and younger brothers Prince Hussain Aga Khan (all three born to Begum Salimah Aga Khan) and Prince Aly Muhammad (born to Princess Inaara Aga Khan).

Post Secondary Education and Specialization:

(1) 1996 – Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Literature, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island;
(2) 2006 – Executive Development Programme, Management and Administration, University of Navarra IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.

Current Responsibilities: Executive Director of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED); Executive Director at the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance(AKAM).

His Highness the Aga Khan presents Prince Rahim Aga Khan to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre being constructed in Toronto. Photo: Gary Otte. Aha Khan Development Network.

His Highness the Aga Khan presents Prince Rahim Aga Khan to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre being constructed in Toronto.   Prince Hussain Aga Khan is seen at left. Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte.

Based at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont, north of Paris, France, Prince Rahim is an executive Director of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) — the economic development arm of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). He also serves as an Executive Director at the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM).

His Highness the Aga Khan presents his brother Prince Amyn and his son Prince Rahim to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who welcomed them to Buckingham Palace during the Golden Jubilee of His Highness. Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

His Highness the Aga Khan presents his brother Prince Amyn and his son Prince Rahim to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who welcomed them to Buckingham Palace during the Golden Jubilee of His Highness. Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

A graduate of Brown University, Rhode Island, USA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Comparative Literature awarded in 1996, Prince Rahim received his secondary education at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. In 2006, Prince Rahim completed an executive development programme in Management and Administration at the University of Navarra IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Prince Rahim travels regularly to Asia and Africa to oversee the industrial plants, hotel properties and financial institutions, including microfinance programmes, of the Aga Khan Development Network.

His Highness the Aga Khan, center, with his son Prince Rahim and daughter Princess Zahra overlooking the entrance hall of the Ismaili Centre Dubai from the balcony above on the opening day on March 26, 2008. Photo: akdn/Gary Otte.

His Highness the Aga Khan, center, with his son Prince Rahim and daughter Princess Zahra overlooking the entrance hall of the Ismaili Centre Dubai from the balcony above on the opening day on March 26, 2008. Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte.

The engagement of Prince Rahim to  Ms Kendra Spears, of Seattle, Washington USA, was announced on Friday, April 26, 2013, to the joy of Ismailis around the world, who celebrated the news with sherbet and cake.

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“Mubarak…Khushamadeed”

On 26 April 2013, His Highness the Aga Khan announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim, to Ms Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States. Photo: Gary Otte/The Ismail

On 26 April 2013, His Highness the Aga Khan announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim, to Ms Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States. Photo: The Ismaili/Gary Otte.

By Navyn Naran

there is an expectant joy in the air
as we welcome the news our Mawla has shared
and He is happy for a love of two
a new beginning for all, here paired.
this joy paralleled e’en by the spring
the breeze gently caressing the face of each
we share in their love and welcome the new
an understanding and acknowledgement in this niche.

our Prince has met a partner in life
and Benevolent the Grace enveloping this match
how happy we feel for that special bond and trust
and pray this development manifest strong in latch.
the sacred Truth as once was shared,
and Knowledge beckoned Adam and Hawa in this life
so meeting in mind, heart and soul in twain
is Blessed by the Creator as man takes wife

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Ms. Kendra Spears

there is joy in our community for the Noorani family
sherbet and cake to enjoy for all
and cherry blossom beckon another fresh day
as brother and sister welcome this Call.
for the arduous tasks You take under Your wing
shall flourish and strengthen as this Bond to be
 and mighty as Zulfiqar, the sword,
in Trust and Respect always between.

Khushamadeed Ms. Spears, Mubarak O Prince,
Mubarak! our hearts smile, Mubarak! and since
a Unity weaving as Iman does hope
we welcome you Kendra to this lineage’s rope.

our Mawla, Mubarak! devotedly we serve
Your happiness is ours also, let us not bend nor swerve
a nikkah is called, a love unending for two
Khushamadeed Kendra, a most respectful welcome to you.

Date posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Date updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 (typo)

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“Mubarak…Khushamadeed”: A Poem for Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Ms. Kendra Spears

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Please visit http://www.theismaili.org to view more photos of Prince Rahim Aga Khan and his fiance, Ms. Kendra Spears. Please click on http://www.akdn.org for a press release, with photo.

Photo Essay: Street Foods of India by Muslim Harji @Simergphotos

Simerphotos, the companion photo blog for this literary website,  launches a series about India through the lens of Muslim Harji of Montreal, PQ, Canada. His previous photo essays on Iran, Syria and Jerusalem have been widely acclaimed by readers of Simerg and Simergphotos. The India series commences with a splendid photo essay about its street foods.

PLEASE CLICK: India’s Street Foods

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Simerg’s Historical Thank You Series – Prince Sadruddin, Prince Amyn, Pir Sabzali, Hasan-i-Sabbah and Others

SIMERG INVITES YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THIS CONTINUING SERIES

“A very beautiful tribute to Prince Sadruddin”

“Thank you for sharing this wonderful insight into the life of Prince Amyn Aga Khan”

Simerg Special Thank You Series: A Thank You Letter to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan from Mohezin Tejani

“Great piece with lots of invaluable historical information” 

“MashaAllah, it really raised my emotion and my spirit” 

These are a few of the many comments we have received for Simerg’s series Thanking Ismaili Historical Figures. We invite your contribution. The series so far:

Series details at Thanking Ismaili Historical Figures

Preparing the Soul for Akhirat (Life Hereafter) By Ghulam Abbas Hunzai

 The concept of soul is related to the concept of akhirat for the reason  that it is the soul which is going to exist after the bodily death. The survival of the soul can only be possible if there are other forms of existence beyond this life and which are not physical….An enlightened, pure and healthy soul acquires satisfaction and contentment because it is through these conditions that it finds nearness to its Origin…

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