“…This tale belongs to ages past. It goes back to the era of Hazrat Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s.), our third Imam, from whose veins was to ensue the Divine Line of the Imams. He was the Imam who, on the battlefield of Karbala, received the nass of Imamat from his father, Hazrat Imam Hussain (a.s.) with the blessing: “Through you the line of Imamat will continue till the Day of Judgment…”
In this piece Kamaluddin Mohammed, a prominent and highly respected Ismaili scholar and missionary explains the importance of studying the Holy Qur’an, and gives an anecdote from a religious night school visit made by the current 49th Imam of the Ismailis, His Highness the Aga Khan, during his visit to India in 1967.
On May 19, 2013, at precisely 7:40 am, Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to reach the peak of the world`s highest mountain, Everest, and proudly place on it the flag of Pakistan as well as that of the Ismaili Imamat, which is often referred to as ‘My Flag’ by members of the Ismaili community. She spent 10 minutes on the summit as her mentor, trainer and proud older brother, Mirza Ali Baig, watched her unique accomplishment from a few hundred metres away….Continue Reading This World Exclusive Interview
“This account of a Jamati tragedy that occurred almost ninety years ago, in 1925, is based on an authentic Gujarati narrative that was prepared by an officer of the Aga Khan Council in Dar-es-Salaam, just four days after the accident that took the lives of three Ismailis, namely Khudabaksh Talib, Karmali Dahya and Lalji Ladha, who were bestowed with the title of Shaheeds….” — Sadru Meghji
Simerg Welcomes Eye Witness Accounts of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Parliament Address and His Presence at the Iconic Massey Hall
Many dozens of Ismaili youth and university students living and studying in close proximity to Metro Toronto were pleasantly surprised to receive an email invitation for a gathering on Friday, February 28th at 2pm at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall in which His Highness the Aga Khan will be present. This event will follow his historic address in Ottawa at the Canadian Parliament on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the invitation of the Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.
Recipients of the email were left wondering whether the email invitation was indeed some kind of a spam, and many youth were contemplating on not replying to the invitation. But with key government of Canada phone numbers and details listed in the email most were expected to confirm their attendance by the February 24th deadline.
An elderly Ismaili who also received an email invitation proudly forwarded it to his contacts, including the editor of this website. The invitation to him read:
Dear (name withheld),
The Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper is pleased to invite you to an event in honour of His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
Prime Minister Harper will be joined by Minister Baird, Minister Kenney, Minister Alexander, and other Ministers and Parliamentarians.
The event will be held at Massey Hall on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Toronto, Ontario in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, to honour him on the occasion of his visit to Canada and address to Parliament the previous day.
The dress code for this event is business attire.
Please confirm your attendance and mailing address by replying to this email no later than February 24th, 2014. Upon confirmation of your attendance, additional details regarding the event at Massey Hall will be sent to you.
Kindly note this invitation is personal and non-transferable.
Name and contact information withheld
Congratulations to him and all others who will participate at the historic ceremonies.
If you are at the Parliament on Thursday or at Massey Hall on Friday we would like you to share your experience and story for the benefit of this website’s world-wide readers. Your contribution will be appreciated by everyone. Please click on Leave a comment and provide as much information from the event(s) as you can, including your own personal and memorable experience. If you have a Facebook or other social media page or blog provide the link. Photos (as well as your narrative) may also be submitted to Simerg@aol.com.
A special post will be created with everyone’s stories and photos to mark the historical occasion!
Date posted: Monday, February 24, 2014.
- His Highness the Aga Khan to Become 5th Muslim Since 1939 to Address Joint Session of Canadian Parliament on February 27, 2014: The ABC’s of the Event Including Past Distinguished Speakers
“…In the Diamir Face, Nanga Parbat is one of the most difficult and technical mountain to climb. Where there is 100 metres of negative incline climbing, and in that wall there are stairs in four places and one has to hang on those places….You cannot rest freely on the climbing route of Nanga Parbat, if you walk for eight hours then you have to stay on the rope for eight hours for having rest. It is not like G-2 and Broad Peak where you can rest, you can sit and then continue your climbing. But in Nanga Parbat you have to stay bent on the rope continuously for eight hours with no possibility of sitting down…”
Jehangir Merchant’s Thank You Letter to the Fatimid Ismaili Icon, Da’i Al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi by Jehangir A. Merchant (Canada)
Jalaledin Ebrahim’s Gratitude to Amira Dharrab, Abu Najm Sarraj and Hasan-i-Sabbah by Jalaledin Ebrahim (USA)
Khalil Andani’s Thank You Letter to the School of Isma‘ili Philosophers by Khalil Andani (USA/Canada)
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A Thank You Letter Inspired by Prince Amyn Mohammad Aga Khan’s Exceptional Service to the Imamat by Azeem Maherali (USA)
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Salim Kanji’s Thank You Letter to Three Ismaili Pioneers in East Africa by Salim Kanji (Canada)
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Reminiscences of Two Great Ismaili Missionaries, Pir Sabzali and Meghji Missionary by Izat Velji (Canada)
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Ameer Janmohamed’s Thank You Letter to Pir Sabzali and the Ismaili Pirs of the Ginanic Tradition by Ameer Janmohamed (UK)
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Hatim Mahamid’s Thank You Letter to the IIS by Hatim Mahamid (Israel)
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A “Thank You” Letter to the Person of the Institution of Imamat by Aziz Kurwa (UK)
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A Thank You Letter to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan – “A Man of Multiple Visions” by Mohezin Tejani (Thailand)
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A “Thank You” Letter to the Makers of the Blue Qur’an by Andrew Kosorok (USA)
Has anyone in Ismaili history from the earliest times to the modern period inspired you and left an indelible mark on your life? How would you thank that one individual and what would you say in your letter to the person or groups of persons? We invite your contributions for this on-going imaginative series which began during this blog’s 3rd anniversary.
Please send your contribution to Simerg@aol.com, Subject: “Thank You Series.” All contributors will be contacted before their letters are published. Contributors must include their full name, address and phone number, and accompany their information with a brief profile and, optionally, a photo.
Date posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Abdulmalik J. A Merchant
Between Simerg and its photo website Simergphotos, I have published almost 900 pieces (see Table of Contents) since I began blogging in early 2009. I am thrilled about every piece that I receive, review and publish. I work closely with the many contributors, and collaborate with them every step of the way until the piece is finally published. Readers’ feedback varies from article to article, but the best response has always been reserved for the photo pieces. The photos of the Tashkurgan Jamatkhana in China which I published almost 3 years ago (see A Jamatkhana in Tashkorgan, China) precipitated a tremendous outpouring of interest due to the mystery surrounding the Ismailis in China. Readers were captivated and wanted to know more. I did not have enough material to satisfy their curiosity on that subject.
All that changed with a truly remarkable collection of photos that I started receiving recently from Ghulam Panjwani of Nairobi, who over the past several years has made numerous trips to China. He and his wife Mumtaz prepared a comprehensive narrative about the Chinese Ismailis including their social and religious customs and traditions.
That the Panjwanis have decided to share their valuable experience and inside knowledge via Simerg is a source of immense happiness to me, and I am deeply grateful to them for their special contribution, as we embark on a new exciting year at Simerg and Simergphotos.
The goal is to reach more and more readers, and you can help in this process by informing your friends and relatives as well as your contacts about both www.simerg.com and www.simerphotos.com. A free subscription is only a click away at the top right of this page.
I welcome your feedback at Simerg@aol.com and invite you to contribute original pieces for the two blogs. You have a wide choice of topics you can write about.
I hope you enjoy Ghulam’s piece for the New Year! My parents, Jehangir and Maleksultan Merchant, and daughter Nurin join me in wishing you and your families a very happy and joyous 2014. May all your wishes be fulfilled.
Please click on image below or Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection
“The jamatbhai…was blind and for ‘wudu’ he used to draw water from a nearby well. Gulamhusen made sure that he was there to help the jamatbhai in the daily ritual. Through acts such as this, Gulamhusen began to serve the jamat of the town”….Read More
Simerg’s Volunteer Series (previous stories):
- His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to India: For His Ismaili Followers and Volunteers, “A Dream Come True” and “An Experience of Being Lifted Away to Another World”
- Stories of Ismaili Volunteers: An Eye Surgeon’s Courageous Journey to Chitral for His Nazrana of Time and Knowledge to Mawlana Hazar Imam
- The Spirit of the Ismaili Volunteers at an Extraordinary Place
- Volunteers, the Unsung Heroes of the World-Class 2008 Ismaili Golden Jubilee Games Celebrating the 50th Imamat Anniversary of His Highness the Aga Khan
- Rajabali Mecklai, 85, Serves the Vancouver Ismailis and Community at Large with Dedication and Distinction
We invite contributions for the series. Please click STORIES OF ISMAILI VOLUNTEERS.
“The car door was left open waiting for him to sit in, but Hazar Imam was instead moving around the compound as if unwilling to leave the premises…..This is a sight that is difficult to erase from the mind” — Toral Pradhan