Baba Ismail: The First Shamsi Convert in the History of the Gupti Ismailis of Punjab by Khizar Hayat

Baba Ismail: The First Shamsi Convert in the History of the Gupti Ismailis of Punjab

In 1910 a young man in twenties went to see the 48th Ismaili Imam, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III (1877 – 1957), in Bombay at his Walkeshwar bungalow. Fortunately, he got the opportunity to have a personal audience with the Imam of the time. When asked for the purpose of his visit, he said (in Urdu) “Ya Mawla, I am a Shamsi Ismaili from Multan and wish that Mawlana Hazar Imam give me a Muslim name…..”