14 Inspirational Thank You Letters to Remarkable Ismaili Historical Figures

Jehangir Merchant’s Thank You Letter to the Fatimid Ismaili Icon, Da’i Al-Mu’ayyad al-Shirazi by Jehangir A. Merchant (Canada)

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Jalaledin Ebrahim’s Gratitude to Amira Dharrab, Abu Najm Sarraj and Hasan-i-Sabbah by Jalaledin Ebrahim (USA)

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Khalil Andani’s Thank You Letter to the School of Isma‘ili Philosophers by Khalil Andani (USA/Canada)

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Navyn Naran’s Ode to Pir Hasan Kabirdin – the Author of Anant Akhado and the Nav Chugga

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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Vali Jamal’s Thank You Letter to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: The 1972 Expulsion of Asians from Uganda by Vali Jamal (Uganda)

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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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Zarina Moosa’s Thank You Letter to Lady Ali Shah Through the Voice of Her Son, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III by Zarina Moosa (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)

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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

EXCLUSIVE: Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection by Ghulam Panjwani

A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
By Abdulmalik J. A Merchant

Abdulmalik Merchant,  Publisher-Editor, Simerg

Abdulmalik Merchant, Publisher-Editor, Simerg

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.

PLEASE CLICK: Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection

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.

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The Story of an Ismaili Farmer Who Has Served the Mahuva Jamat All His Life by Salman Bheriyani

“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

Long serving Ismaili, 77 year old farmer Gulamhusen Alibhai Jamani of Mahuva, India, with a  medal that was presented him during Volunteer Day. Please click on image for story.

Long serving Ismaili, 77-year-old farmer Gulamhusen Alibhai Jamani of Mahuva, India, with a medal that was presented to him to recognise volunteers. Please click on image for story.

Simerg’s Volunteer Series (previous stories):

We invite contributions for the series. Please click STORIES OF ISMAILI VOLUNTEERS.

An Account of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Recent Visit to India: For Ismaili Followers and Volunteers, “An Experience of Being Lifted Away to Another World” by Toral Pradhan

“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

PLEASE CLICK: 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”

Please click on image for article by Toral Pradhan.

Please click on image for article by Toral Pradhan.

Stories of Ismaili Volunteers from Around the World: Spirit at Darkhana by Jalal Jaffer

A spontaneously written piece in recognition of the enormous amount of work the Ismaili volunteers do, day in day out.  Please click The Spirit of the Ismaili Volunteers at an Extraordinary Place

Simerg Special Series - Stories of Ismaili Volunteers. Piece by Jalal Jaffer

Previous in the series:

Volunteers – the Unsung Heroes of the 2008 Golden Jubilee Games for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 50th Imamat Anniversary by Mohib Ebrahim

The 2008 Golden Jubilee Games held in Kenya to commemorate His Highness the Aga Khan’s 50th Imamat anniversary ranks among the most ambitious events staged by the Ismaili community in recent years, and its success is due to the tireless efforts and sacrifices of some 1,200 volunteers from around the world. Mohib Ebrahim takes a look behind the scenes and uncovers the story of the volunteers that made the Games in Kenya such a resounding success….Click Volunteers, the Unsung Heroes

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Previous post in Simerg’s special series on Ismaili volunteers: Rajabali Mecklai, 85, Serves the Vancouver Ismailis and Community at Large with Dedication and Distinction

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

Sultan Somjee’s First Novel, BEAD BAI, is Uplifting and Lays Bare the Khoja Clan of Early Nairobi

Book Review: BEAD BAI

“….if like me, you look at the face again after reading the  450-page tome, you would be forgiven for losing yourself in sheer  rapture of the woman who has made you fall in love with her story. Why?  Because a male writer has given birth to her in his book and clothed her with the ghosts and memories of Kenya history’s past”  Excerpt from a review by Cyprian Fernandes

Bead Bai is drawn from domestic and community life of Sakina evolving around two objects of women’s art that are depicted in this image. Both are of considerable social and artistic values among two culturally different people living side by side as separate yet in some ways inter-reliant societies on the savannah. One object is the revered bandhani shawl of the Khoja Ismailis (left) and the other is the emankeeki, a beaded neck-to-chest ornament of the Maasai. For a review of the book please click on image.

Bead Bai is drawn from domestic and community life of Sakina evolving around two objects of women’s art that are depicted in this image. Both are of considerable social and artistic values among two culturally different people living side by side as separate yet in some ways inter-reliant societies on the savannah. One object is the revered bandhani shawl of the Khoja Ismailis (left) and the other is the emankeeki, a beaded neck-to-chest ornament of the Maasai. For a review of the book please click on image.

Faith, Piety and Service to the Imam of the Time: The True and Inspiring Story of Mukhi Megji Mulji

THE REWARD OF THE TWO MANGOES

….For a long time they had cherished a desire to carry some mangoes to Mawla at his bungalow….”But who would let us enter the bungalow?” Perturbed by these thoughts and yet ignoring them on this specific day, with hope and faith they set out early in the morning with the mangoes…. Both were clad in simple clothes…Holding  their hands against their eyes to keep sway the burning sun from their faces, they were gazing intently toward the bungalow….Read Complete Story
Tales from Pyara Imam ni Pyari Wato -The Story of Mukhi Megji Mulji

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A Story from ‘Pyara Imam ni Pyari Wato’: Historical Memories by Sairab Abuturabi and Jaferali Bhalwani

Loving Tales of our Beloved Imams: (I) Farazdaq’s Praise and Support of Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s.)

“…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…”

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