As part of Simerg’s special series on Jamatkhanas, we published a piece under the title Happy Days in Hasanabad (please click to read the historic piece). We mention this because the Jamats in Western India have just witnessed and experienced the happiest days of their lives in the historic Hasanabad complex in the intimate company of their beloved 49th Imam, Mawlana Shah Karim al-Hussaini, His Highness the Aga Khan, whose magnificent 11-day visit to India concluded on September 28, 2013.
In the coming days we hope to be able to present accounts and narratives from members of the Indian Jamat on various aspects of the visit, including the immensely happy days that they spent with their Imam in Hasanabad.
In the meantime, we invite our readers to view the official video of the banquet ceremony that was hosted in Mawlana Hazar Imam’s honour by the Indian Jamati institutions. The happiness of our beloved Imam is indeed evident as he attentively listens to two live musical pieces “Bismilllah” and “La Fatah Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar” (there is no hero except Ali, and no sword except Zulfiqar) that were presented during the banquet. In Shia Ismaili theology, all Imams are generally referred to as Ali (the first Shia Imam) because each Imam is the bearer of the same Noor (light) in the continuum that is Imamat – a Divine Institution that was ordained by Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) at Ghadir-Khumm with the proclamation “Man kuntu mawlahu fa Ali mawlahu” (He of whom I am the Mawla, Ali is also the Mawla).
To watch the video, please click on the following image or The Ismaili – Banquet Video.
Date posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Shukar Al Hamdulilah
So utterly watchable. Be prepared for a tear or two – tears of joy. Be prepared for an emotional experience. As a British Ismaili of Indo/African origin, this touched many chords in my heart.