Simerg Table of Contents

NOTE: This page lists the complete contents for this website, Simerg, launched in the spring of 2009. We invite you to also visit our two sister websites — Barakah which is dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan; and Simergphotos which has great photo essays on culture, faith and travel.

Monthly posts published in Simerg may also be accessed by utilizing the Archives drop down list that appears below the Search function located at top right of each page.

Simerg’s downloadable publications (pdf)










JULY 2019

JUNE 2019

MAY 2019

APRIL 2019

MARCH 2019








 AUGUST 2018

JULY 2018

JUNE 2018

MAY 2018

APRIL 2018

MARCH 2018









JULY 2017

JUNE 2017

MAY 2017

APRIL 2017

MARCH 2017








JULY 2016

JUNE 2016

MAY 2016

APRIL 2016

MARCH 2016









JULY 2015

JUNE 2015

MAY 2015

APRIL 2015

MARCH 2015










JULY 2014

JUNE 2014

MAY 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

His Highness the Aga Khan Shows Path to Renew and Re-Express the Post Millennium Development Goals Agreed on by World Leaders in 2000

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Light Upon Light by Ikhwan Allani (Canada)

Saturday May 24, 2014

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

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ode to the Indian Dukawala on East African Plains by Kersi Rustomji (Australia)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

For Victoria Day, A Small Dedication to Queen Victoria, with Reflections on Her Majesty by the Aga Khans Compiled by Malik Merchant (Editor, Simerg)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

“Qur’an and Ginan” (Qur’anic Teachings in the Ginan) by Kamaluddin A. Mohamed (Pakistan)

Sunday May 4, 2014

My Mother, Jean Kirk, and Her Collection of Rare Photos of His Highness the Aga Khan by Allison Wallace (Australia)

My Late Mother, Jean Kirk, and Her Special Collection of Rare Photos of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visits to the Aga Khan Primary School in Nairobi (@ Simergphotos, a variation of the version at Simerg)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Toral Pradhan Expands and Publishes Fascinating Ismaili History Article as Dual English-Gujarati Booklet

APRIL 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Simerg’s Exclusive Interview with Mirza Ali and his Sister Samina Baig Who Became the First Ismaili and Pakistani Woman to Reach the Summit of Mt. Everest by Malik Merchant, Editor, Simerg

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A True Account of How Three Ismaili “Shaheeds” Lost Their Lives in a Tragic Accident in 1925 Near Kilosa, Tanganyika by Sadru Meghji (Canada)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Remembering Rai Hussein Khanmohammed of Burma by Hasan Essa (USA)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Concepts of Modern Cosmology and Astrophysics in Two Ismaili Ginans, Choghadia and Mul Gayatri by Shiraz Pradhan (UK)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

(I) Joy and Blessings of Ginans and (II) Recitation and Explanation of Kesri Sinha Sarup Bhulayo by Jalal Jaffer (Canada, poem), Shermina Sayani (UK, recitation), and Shiraz Pradhan (UK, explanation)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Exclusive: The Myanmar Jamatkhana by Muslim Harji @Simergphotos

Spring, Let My Eye Twinkle in Your Joy by Navyn Naran (USA)

Friday, April 11, 2013

“Work No Words” by His Highness the Aga Khan, and Other Rare Ismaili Historical Quotes on Service compiled by Abdulmalik J. Merchant

Sunday April 6, 2014

For Canada’s Volunteer Week, Aga Khan Council President Malik Talib Tells Ismaili Volunteers, “You Are a Beacon of Islamic Ethics” by Malik Talib (Canada)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s Beautiful “Animal Voyage” Now Available in Hardback Edition

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Roshan Thomas – Acting in the Path of God By Jalal Jaffer (Canada)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Story of Noah’s Ark in the Holy Qur’an by Jehangir Merchant (Canada) – a slightly revised version of Simerg’s previously published article

 MARCH 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

“Ba Shokouh” – The Magnificent Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe @Simergphotos by FNDA Architecture Inc

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

To the Memory of Roshan Thomas and Zeenab Kassam by Navyn Naran

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Simerg’s New Downloadable Publication: Nawruz Literary Readings, Poetry and Ginan

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In Ogden Memorial Lecture, Ismaili Imam Speaks About the Communications Revolution and Its Risks, and Says Progress is Possible When Today’s Complex World Issues are Subject to Competent, Intelligent, Nuanced and Sophisticated Dogmatic Free Analysis, and Based Upon What He Describes as “Empathetic Knowledge”

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Brown University’s Ogden Lecture, and a photo of His Highness the Aga Khan that I took in 1996 at Providence which will remain my greatest treasure!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 1983 and 2014 Visits to the Parliament of Canada by Farouk B.K.S. Verjee (Canada)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Historic Visit to the Parliament of Canada: A Collection of Photos and Speech Excerpts (at Simergphotos)

His Highness the Aga Khan at the Parliament of Canada: Selected Excerpts from the Live English Translation of Remarks Made in French

Saturday, March 1, 2014

In a Dynamic and Stirring Address to Members of the Canadian Parliament, His Highness the Aga Khan Shares His Faith Perspectives on the Imamat, Collaboration with Canada, the Muslim World Community (the Ummah), the Nurturing of Civil Society, Early Childhood Education, Voluntary Work, and the Unity of the Human Race


Monday, February 24, 2014

Ismaili Youth and Students Thrilled to Receive Invitations to Massey Hall Gathering to Honour their 49th Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan – Simerg Wants Your Stories and Photos!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Brief Introduction to the Spiritual and Temporal Dimensions of the Ismaili Imamat, and its Precious Work Under the Leadership of His Highness the Aga Khan

Monday, February 17, 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

Saturday, August 15, 2014

Rediscovering a Lost Piece of Ismaili History — First Steps in the Migration of Tanzanian Ismailis to Canada by Sadru Meghji (Canada)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What one Ottawa architect enjoys most about the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building by Kristopher Benes (Canada)

Friday, February 7, 2014

A Christian Artist’s Epic and Noble Journey of Uniting Faiths Continues As He Completes the First 25 Sculptures Depicting Islam’s 99 Names of God by Andrew Kosorok (USA)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Mountain Voices —  Ismaili Testimonies of Life in the Remote Mountains of Pakistan: (I) A Mountaineer’s Adventure, interview of Qudrat (Pakistan)


Monday, January 27, 2014

Ameer Kassam Janmohamed (1931-2014): Leader, Humanitarian and Man of Letters Passes Away in London, UK by Abdulmalik J. Merchant (Canada)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

“Conversations on Three Continents” by M.H.Velshi (Canada)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

His Highness the Aga Khan’s “Never-To-Be-Forgotten” Message to Ismaili Youth – “Keep Clean Soul in a Clean Body”

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

An Explanation of the Ismaili Ginan “Kesri Sinha Sarup Bhulayo” by Shiraz Pradhan

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lessons from Ismaili History, and forthcoming…An Explanation of the Ismaili Ginan “Kesri Sinha Sarup Bhulayo”

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ismailis in China: 48th Imam’s Historical Messages and Quotes, 3 Jamatkhanas, Cemeteries, Maps, Culture and Heritage by Ghulam Panjwani (at

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

14 Inspirational Thank You Letters to Remarkable Ismaili Historical Figures (post with links to  letters in Simerg’s special series – Thanking Ismaili Historical Figures)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection by Ghulam Panjwani (Kenya)



Monday, December 30, 2013

Our Final Post for 2013: Nelson Mandela at Robben Island by Muslim and Ayesha Harji (post links to photo essay published at

Sunday, December 29, 2013

At End of 2013, a Selection of Great Reads from Simerg and Simergphotos…and Coming on New Year’s Day — “Ismailis in China”

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

“Jesus in Islam” by Michael Wolfe and “How the Prophet Muhammad Sought Protection for His Embattled Followers in a Christian Land” by Barnaby Rogerson (post with links to the two articles)

Friday, December 20, 2013

7 Key Themes from the Chancellor’s Speech, With Glimpses of the 2013 Aga Khan University Convocation

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In Photos: The Magnificent Aga Khan University, its Symbolic Logo and the Elegant Jamiapoash Worn by His Highness the Aga Khan for the University’s Convocation

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Photo Essay: Karim Master’s Original Copy of “Fidai” Magazine Published in 1936 to Commemorate the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan (post with link to photos at

Friday, December 13, 2013

Poems for Salgirah: The Noor of Imamat Breathing with the Trillion Stars….and OOops (the Optimistically Out of Poverty Society) by Navyn Naran (USA)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poems for Salgirah: ALI by Sherali Kara (India)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

“Madiba, My Hero” by Zulfikarali Khoja (Canada) and “Renewal and Renaissance” by Nelson Mandela (link to speech)

Pir Sadr al-Din’s Ginan “Eji Dhan Dhan Aajano” with Meaning, and Other Readings for the 77th Salgirah of the 49th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan (post with link to articles)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Compassion and Forgiveness After a Life of Oppression, Struggle and Profound Sacrifice Made Nelson Mandela a Great Human Being

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Royal Architectural Institute Awards Gold Medal to  49th Ismaili Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, for his contribution to Canadian architecture by Abdulmalik Merchant (Editor, Canada)

Monday, November 25, 2013

360° Panorama Photos of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Delegation Building

Photo Essay: Celebrating Sussex Drive, His Highness the Aga Khan and the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building (post with link to photos at

Friday, November 22, 2013

Photo Essay: John F. Kennedy – the 35th President of the United States of America (post with link to photos at

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ismaili Propagation Before the Advent of the Ginanic Da’wah by Bashir F. Ladha (UK)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Photo Essay: Chitral By Badrudin Kurwa (post linking to photos published on

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Muslim Calendar, Muharram and Muslim and Non-Muslim Expressions on Imam Hussein (a.s.) and the Karbala Tragedy (post with links to articles)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Gulamhusen Alibhai Jamani — An Ismaili Farmer Who Has Served the Mahuva Jamat All His Life by Salman Bheriyani (India)

Friday, November 1, 2013

When His Highness the Aga Khan III First Visited East Africa and the USA by the Late Otto Mahnke and Collection of Newspapers at the US Library of Congress

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Unique Moments from the Extraordinary Life of His Highness the Aga Khan III – the Beloved 48th Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims (post with links to articles)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

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” by Toral Prdhan (India)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Id-e-Ghadir – The Designation of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) as Commander of the Faithful

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ghadir-Khumm – “I Wish I’d Been There” and Other Writings (post with links to articles)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Description of the Hajj by the Ismaili Missionary Naser-e Khosraw – from “One Thousand Roads to Mecca” by Michael Wolfe (USA) – this is a repost.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Description of the Hajj by the Ismaili Missionary Naser-e Khosraw – from “One Thousand Roads to Mecca” by Michael Wolfe (a repost)

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Brief History of the Khoja Ismaili Community in Daman, India, from the Portuguese Period to the Present by Toral Prdhan (India)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

“Happy Days in Hasanabad” – Mawlana Hazar Imam in India

Friday, September 27, 2013

Voices on Nuclear Arms and Energy: “Positive Proliferation” – His Highness the Aga Khan and President Hassan Rouhani

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Stories of Ismaili Volunteers: An Eye Surgeon’s Courageous Journey to Chitral for His Nazrana of Time and Knowledge to Mawlana Hazar Imam by Dr. Badrudin Kurwa (USA)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tragedy in Nairobi Brings Grief to Kenyans and People All Around the World: Pictures and Stories from the Denver Post, Al-Jazeera and the Washington Post

Saturday, September 14, 2013

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ismaili Spirituality in Pir Shams Shabzwari’s Ginan “Ek Shabada Suno Mere Bhai”, accompanied with recitation by Shiraz Pradhan (Canada/UK)

Friday, September 6, 2016

Key links for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Ceremony held in Lisbon on Friday, September 6, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Islam: The Religion of Equality and Universal Brotherhood by Prince Aly S. Khan (a repost of a previous piece)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Nikah in the Noorani Family: Prince Rahim Aga Khan Weds Ms. Kendra Salwa Spears by Navyn Naran (USA)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Spirit of the Ismaili Volunteers at an Extraordinary Place by Jalal Jaffer (Canada)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Exclusive: Architect’s Statement and Photos of the Fabulous New Ottawa Jamatkhana Text by FNDA Architecture and photos by Alia Noormohamed (Canada), published at

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Reflection on the Tragedy in Karachi by Navyn Naran (USA)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Letter from China: Eid al-Fitr at the Huasheing Mosque in Guangzhou by Zulfikar Mulji (Canada)

Wednesday August 7, 2013

Eid ul-Fitr: Sighting of the new moon brings the Holy Month of Ramadan to an end

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Volunteers, the Unsung Heroes of the World-Class 2008 Ismaili Golden Jubilee Games Celebrating the 50th Imamat Anniversary of His Highness the Aga Khan by Mohib Ebrahim (Canada)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Cave of Hira – the Place of the First Revelation of the Holy Qur’an

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Laylat al-Qadr – A Night Better than a Thousand Months by Karima Maghraby (UK)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Photo Essay: Ismaili Muslims Open a Beautiful New Jamatkhana in Canada’s Capital by Malik Merchant (Canada), published at

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rajabali Mecklai, 85, Serves the Vancouver Ismailis and Community at Large with Dedication and Distinction by Nasir Mecklai (Canada)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Imamat: Essential Quotes and Readings

Learning and Sharing Knowledge About Ismaili Jamatkhanas Through Imamat Day Greeting Cards

Monday, July 8, 2013

56th Imamat Anniversary: Magnificent Historical Portraits of His Highness the Aga Khan, with Quotes on the Nature of Imamat and Succession

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Kaleidoscope of Inspiring and Uplifting Poetry for Imamat Day by numerous authors (UK and Europe), a repost of selected poems published previously

Monday, July 1, 2013

Photo Essay: A Glimpse of the 56th Imamat Day Celebrations at the Toronto International Centre  (published at

June 29, 2013

Happy Canada Day 2013: The Celebration of Literacy at Rideau Hall; and His Highness the Aga Khan’s Fondness for Canada  (published at

June 29, 2013

Photo Essay: A 9 Year Old Ismaili Boy’s First Steps of Becoming an Astronaut  (published at

Saturday, June 22, 2013

His Highness the Aga Khan and the Bubonic Plague of 1897: How the Ismaili Imam’s Courage and Leadership Saved Countless Lives by His Highness the Aga Khan (1877-1957)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Munajat – Ya Ali Khuba Mijalas by Sadrudin K. Hassam (UK), a repost of a previously published article

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Letter to My Son by Hazrat Ali (a.s.) Introduced by Azeem Maherali (USA)

June 13, 2013

Historical Photo Essay: The Ismaili Connection with the Town of Amir Pir in Sindh, Pakistan  (published at

Monday, June 10, 2013

Photo Essay: The Aga Khan Foundation World Partnership Walk in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, on June 9 2013  (published at

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mi’raj-e-Rasul – The Night Journey of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) by Jehangir A. Merchant (republished under a new post containing a depiction of the Mi’raj)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ismaili Volunteers and their Stories of Service – A Special New Series for Simerg’s 4th Anniversary Introduced by Malik Merchant, Editor

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Videos of Kofi Annan’s Lecture and Discussion on Diversity and Peace in the 21st Century

Friday, May 24, 2013

Watch a Recent Interview of Kofi Annan and Join Today’s Live Webcast of His Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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

Monday, May 20, 2013

For Canada’s 2013 Victoria Day, A Small Dedication to Queen Victoria, with Reflections on Her Majesty by Ismaili Imams (published at

Friday, May 17, 2013

Honesty – A Story by a Young Writer by Zhang He (Singapore)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

His Highness the Aga Khan Delivers Keynote Address at UNESCO Conference in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Review: Sultan Somjee’s ‘Bead Bai’ Lays Bare the Ismaili Khoja Clan of Early Nairobi by Cyprian Fernandes (Australia)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Remembering Laila Lokhandwalla Through Her Loving Golden Jubilee Tribute to Mawlana Hazar Imam

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Aga Khan in Prestigious Jury for First-Ever Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking (original updated – piece now has remarks made by His Highness the Aga Khan)

How Muslims Can Harness the Creativity of Our Knowledge Society to Impact Humanity by Prince Rahim Aga Khan

April 28, 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 by Navyn Naran (USA)

April 23, 2013

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

April 22, 2013

Book Review: Scholarly Work of Gujarati Communities Across the Globe is Readable, and Also Deals with Ismaili Traditions by Nizar Motani (USA)

April 20, 2013

Farouk Verjee, Former President of the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Canada, Remembers Baroness Margaret Thatcher

April 18, 2013

The Fish With a Dream to See the Forest: A Story for Young Readers

April 8, 2013

Baroness Margaret Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) Performed the Opening of the First High Profile Ismaili Centre in the Western World

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

“Die Before You Die” – Journey Towards the Nur by Shiraz Pradhan (Canada)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Photo Essay: A Baby is Born – Customs in a Rural Muslim Community in Indonesia. (published at

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Rosary (Tasbih) by V.A. Lalani

Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Navroz Readings: (IV) “Amen Khudavind” and “Hope” by Navyn Naran (USA)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Navroz (New Year) Greetings to all of Humanity, with Views of the Earth from the Sun on March 21, 2013 (published at

Monday, March 18, 2013

Recognition of Nowruz by the United Nations and the US Congress

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ismaili Devotee Seeks Out His Spiritual Master on Spring Day by Sadrudin K Hassam (re-publication)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Remarkable and True Story of Mukhi Megji Mulji (1861 – 1933): An Example of Faith, Piety and Service to the Imam of the Time by Sairab Abuturabi and Jaferali Bhalwani

Monday, March 4, 2013

Historical Images: A 1946 Genealogical Chart of Ismaili Imams and a Magnificent Portrait of the Young Prince Karim Aga Khan (published at

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Watch Short Video on Chinese Female Imams – “Educating a Woman Means Educating a Whole Family”

Simerg’s Historical Thank You Series – Prince Sadruddin, Prince Amyn, Pir Sabzali, Hasan-i-Sabbah and Others (a recap post, with links to series articles)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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

Saturday, February 23, 2013

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Tradition of Amulets and Talisman in the Muslim World (published at

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Assessing English Translations of the Qur’an, and Links to Translations on the Internet by Khaleel Mohammed (USA)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

In Brief: Little Known Facts From Ismaili History  – (I) The Imitation of Fatimid Gold Coins in Christian Kingdoms

Simergphotos – Where You Will Find A Collection of  Stunning Images and Informative Photo Essays

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

“The Blue Manuscript” by Sabiha Al Khemir – An Intriguing Fiction About the Hunt for a Priceless Fatimid Qur’an by David Skinner (USA)

Averroes – The Islamic Scholar Who Gave the West Modern Philosophy by Robert Pasnau (USA)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Important Areas of Tanzania and Other African Countries from Space (published at

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Salamiyya and Syria: “Peace Will be Again” by Elia Badruddin (USA)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Peaceful Times and Fond Memories of Salamiyya, Syria….Then Terror Strikes Violating the Qur’anic Injunctions on the Sanctity of Life by Muslim and Nevin Harji (Canada) with additional text by Malik Merchant (Canada)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Islam – A Mosaic, Not a Monolith by Vartan Gregorian (USA) – a downladable PDF file essay

Thursday, January 24, 2013

1952 Historical Recordings of Mukhi Allidina Jamal’s Ismaili Songs in Kiswahili at SAMAP

Modern Ismaili Imams on Shia-Sunni Reconciliation and Enriching the Ummah and the World Through a Common Islamic Ethic

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Merits, Teachings and Universality of Allah’s Last Prophet: Reflections by Three Ismaili Imams

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nativity of the Prophet Muhammad by Omid Safi (USA) – repost of a previously published piece on this website

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Readings on Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.): Ismaili Ginanic Literature, Two Songs and a Maulid in Lamu – (links to reposts of previosuly published pieces)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Webcasts: Jonathan Lyons, Bernard Lewis and the late Mohammed Arkoun on Islam and the West

Photo Flashback: His Highness the Aga Khan at NATO Headquarters in January 2007 (published at

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Exclusive Photos and Story: The Investiture Ceremony of Prince Amyn Mohamed as Chief of Ismaili Scouts (published at

Monday, January 7, 2013

Historical Images: The Naad-e-Ali, “Call Upon Ali….oh Ali, oh Ali, oh Ali,” in Ottoman Calligraphy, and Other Shia Inscriptions in the British Museum’s Islamic Collection (published at

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mohezin Tejani, Brilliant Author, Humanitarian and Global Nomad Dies at 61

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Blue Qur’an from the Fatimid Period, “A Spiritual Piece” @Simergphotos  (published at

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

“Crystal Clear” – A New Year Observation by Navyn Naran (by Navyn Naran, USA)



Monday December 31, 2012

Simerg’s 2012 “Insights from Around the World” From (just under) 50 Authors – A Click Away

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mo Tejani, An Ismaili Essayist of Distinction at Simerg

Friday, December 28, 2012

Simerg’s Most Popular Articles Published in 2012: Did You Miss Them?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday Reading: 9 Inspiring Ismaili Stories That You SHOULD Read and SHARE with Your Family and Friends (Numerous authors)

2012 Simerg Photo Collection (published at

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Verses of the ‘Immaculate Conception’ of Jesus Christ in the Holy Qur’an and their Lasting Impact on a Christian Emperor by Barnaby Rogerson (UK)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Birth of Jesus and the Status of Mary in the Qur’an (with link to Jesus Through a Muslim Lens by Michael Wolfe, USA)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

“The Seven Ages of Man Redux” by Mo Tejani (Thailand)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Historical Images: Ibn Sina and His Canon of Medicine (published at

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mowlabapa’s 76th – Only For Us by Noorani Datoo (Canada)

Monday, December 10, 2012

“Shukr Mawlo, Shukr Mawlo” – When Hope is All You Have Left, a Story for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Salgirah by Gulnor Saratbekova (Uruguay/Tajikistan)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

13th December, 2012: Celebrating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 76th Salgirah – Photo Essay, Readings and the Ginan “Eji Dhan Dhan Aajano” with Meaning

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the Rights of a Foetus: A Shia Muslim Perspective from Iran by Zayn Syed

Monday, December 3, 2012

Historical Images: President Thomas Jefferson’s Copy of the Qur’an (published at

Sunday, December 2, 2012

America’s Founding Fathers and Islam: A Brief Discussion Based on Documents at the Library of Congress by James Hutson (USA)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Executive Jets of His Highness the Aga Khan (published at

Friday, November 23, 2012

 Piecing the Alamut Puzzle Together by Nadirshah Mackwani (France)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tales of Ismaili Women of Shimshal: Hussn Bibi and Her Journey to New Zealand to Study English By Pam Henson (New Zealand)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Tribute to President Barack Obama on His Re-election: Endearing Photos from the White House (published at

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Historical American Newspapers on His Highness the Aga Khan’s ‘Incognito’ Visit to the USA in 1906-1907 by Malik Merchant (Canada)

Wednesday, November 8, 2012

Naser-e Khosraw’s Dangerous Homeward Journey: From “One Thousand Roads to Mecca” by Michael Wolfe (USA)

Tuesday, November 7, 2012

Beautiful People and Places of Zanzibar and Tanganyika: Photos from 1936 (published at

His Highness the Aga Khan with Ismaili Leaders and Volunteers at the London Ismaili Centre’s Rooftop Garden (published at

Monday, October 29, 2012

Photo Essay: The Historical Jubilees of His Highness the Aga Khan (1877-1957), the Imam of the Socio-Economic Revolution (published at

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Photo Essay: Historic Signing of Agreement in Alberta Between His Highness the Aga Khan and Premier Alison Redford (published at

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Naser-e Khosraw’s Pilgrimages to Mecca: From “One Thousand Roads to Mecca” Edited by Michael Wolfe (USA)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Naser-e Khosraw in Fatimid Cairo: From “One Thousand Roads to Mecca” Edited by Michael Wolfe (USA)

Monday, October 15, 2012

One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Naser-e Khosraw’s Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage edited and introduced by Michael Wolfe (USA)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tales of Ismaili Women of Shimshal: Eid Festivities, Celebrations after a Dangerous Trip, and Stories of a Health Worker and a Wood-Cutter by Pam Henson (New Zealand)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Simerg Photo Blog Updates: Kitengela Sculptures, The Aga Khan’s Work at a Glance, Bagamoyo and Tashkorgan Jamatkhanas, and South Dakota’s Colossal Faces by Simerg

Sunday, October 7, 2012

2007 Aga Khan Golden Jubilee Flashback: The Launching of the Bujagali Dam; now set to open Monday October 8, 2012 for Uganda’s 50th anniversary compiled by Malik Merchant, Editor, Simerg

Friday, October 5, 2012

Remarkable Voices of Ismaili Women from Shimshal, a Remote Village in the Karakoram by Pam Henson (New Zealand)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

“Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet” – A Film Created and Produced by Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe (USA)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thank you Letter to Hasan-i-Sabbah by Jalaledin Ebrahim (USA)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Under Siege: Timbuktu, Mali’s Fabled ‘City of Saints’ by Jocelyne Sambira (United Nations)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rumi’s Tomb in Konya, a Dervish Monastery in Bosnia, and an Iconic Bookstore in Paris by Gulshan Chunara (UK)

Friday, September 21, 2012

On Simerg’s Photo Blog: Mausoleums of Ismaili Pirs, Karim Master’s Rahe Rast, His Highness the Aga Khan, Alamut, Fatimid Glass, Iran and Jerusalem

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mawla Fulfilled My Wish” by Sakerkhanu Gulamhusain (Pakistan)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Treasure Trove of Photo Essays from Around the World: A New Blog by Simerg

Friday, September 7, 2012

Photo Essay: 2 Award Winning Aga Khan Projects in the Mountainous Areas of Pakistan Compiled from Ashden Awards (UK)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Scenes from America: Five Colossal Faces, a Beautiful Lake and a Needle’s Eye in the Black Hills of South Dakota by Malik Merchant (Editor-Publisher,, Canada)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

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

Monday, August 27, 2012

Farmon Khona by Shujjat Ali (Pakistan)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Flashback into the 1960′s: Admiration for His Highness the Aga Khan by President Senghor (Senegal) and A K Brohi (Pakistan)

Monday, August 21, 2012

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

Saturday, August 18, 2012

PASSINGS: Honouring Lives Lived – A New Simerg Initiative  by Malik Merchant (Editor-Publisher,, Canada)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

1. An Opportunity of a Lifetime – Recitation of Qur’anic Verses in the Presence of His Highness the Aga Khan by Ahamed Ismail (Canada)

2. Fire by Mohezin Tejani (Thailand)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

On Meeting the Noorani Family – My Voyage to Europe by Badrudin Adatia (Canada)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Scenes from America by Malik Merchant (Canada)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Imamat As Depicted Through the Ages in Ismaili and non-Ismaili Writings (numerous authors)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Azeem Maherali’s Thank You Letter Inspired by Prince Amyn Mohammad Aga Khan’s Exceptional Service to the Imamat by Azeem Maherali (USA)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Reading for Canada Day: His Highness the Aga Khan’s Fondness for Canada

Thursday, June 28, 2012

RSVP Rice and Stew Very Plenty – Memories of Growing Up in Jinja by Nazlin Rahemtulla (Canada)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

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

Friday, June 22, 2012

An Imamat Day Picnic in Canada’s Capital on Father’s Day by Nurin Merchant (Canada)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jerusalem: A Photo Essay of the Holy City by Muslim and Nevin Harji (Canada)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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 (Canada)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Olivier Galibert: Ismaili Portraits from Tajikistan by Olivier Galibert (France)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Dubai’s Jewel: The Ismaili Community’s Congregational Space by Muslim and Nevin Harji (Canada)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

An Ismaili Reflects on the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II by Ameer Janmohamed (UK)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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

Readings for the Birth Anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s.): Kalam-i Mawla, Nahj al-Balaghah for Young People, and more @Simerg (links to articles on Hazrat Ali)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bagamoyo’s Historic Ismaili Jamatkhana Through Pictures, Poetry and Prose by Shariffa Keshavjee (Kenya)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Historical Photos from the Archives of Master Khimani of South Africa – Part III

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Historical Photos from the Archives of Master Khimani of South Africa – Part II

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Brief Note on Master Khimani’s Service to the South African Jamat, and Historical Photos from His Family Archives Introduced by Abdulmalik J. Merchant (Editor,, Canada)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

 Thank You Letter to East African Pioneers Kassam Ali Paroo, Lutafali Merali and Aziz Esmail by Salim J. Kanji (Canada)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

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

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Reminiscences of Two Great Ismaili Missionaries, Pir Sabzali and Meghji Missionary by Izat Velji (Canada)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Reflections on the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat as it Receives Governor General’s Medal in Architecture compiled by Simerg

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Thank You Letter to Pir Sabzali and the Ismaili Pirs of the Ginanic Tradition by Ameer Janmohamed (England)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Exploring Belgium – the Modern and the Medieval by Mohezin Tejani (Thailand)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hatim Mahamid’s Thank You Letter to the IIS by Hatim Mahamid (Israel)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Simerg’s Third Anniversary and the Blog’s Popular Pieces (2/2)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Words of Wisdom from Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan to the Canadian Jamat

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Treasures of Iran, with Excerpts on Hafiz by His Highness the Aga Khan III by Muslim and Nevin Harji, Canada

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Simerg’s Third Anniversary and the Blog’s Most Popular Pieces (Part 1 of 2) by Malik Merchant, Editor, Canada

Friday, April 20, 2012

A “Thank You” Letter to the Person of the Institution of Imamat by Aziz Kurwa, London, UK

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Thank You Letter to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan – “A Man of Multiple Visions” by Mohezin Tejani, Thailand

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The 1955 “Jubilee Ball” of His Highness the Aga Khan III at the Savoy by Ameer Janmohamed, UK

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Photo  Gallery: Ismaili Portraits From Tajikistan (I) by A. M. Rajput, UK

Friday, April 6, 2012

Isma‘ili Muslim Perspectives on Jesus” and “Shia Isma‘ili Islam” – Two Absorbing Presentations by Khalil Andani

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Compendium of Works of Art by Ismaili Artists by Malik Merchant, Editor, Canada

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Historic Photos and 48th Imam’s Recognition of Services Rendered by the Family of Itmadi Kassam Kothari (an update)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A “Thank You” Letter to the Makers of the Blue Qur’an by Andrew Kosorok, USA

(This is the first letter in a special new series Thanking Ismaili Historical Figures)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fond Memories of Salamieh, 51 Kensington Court, and Yakymour by Abdul Mamdani, Canada

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A “Thank You” Letter to an Ismaili Historical Figure – Examples to Assist You by Malik Merchant, Editor,, Canada

Friday, March 23, 2012

51 Kensington Court, and a Memorable Function Hosted by His Highness the Aga Khan III at London’s Savoy by A. M. Rajput, UK

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Remembering the Heroism and Ethic of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) in the Persian New Year by Hussein Rashid, USA

Navroz 2012: Four Poems

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Common Word for a Common Humanity: The Underlying Essence of the Message as Rooted in the Holy Scriptures of Islam and Christianity by Nadim Pabani, UK

Saturday, March 10, 2012

1953-1957: Ismailia Social and Residential Club and Jamatkhana at 51 Kensington Court, London W8 by Ameer Janmohamed, UK

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hazrat Hasan: Ahead of His Time and Perhaps Would Be If He Were With Us Today by Barnaby Rogerson, UK

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Starry Night at Alamut, The Milky Way Across Alamut; The Earth from Space introduced by Malik Merchant, Editor,, Canada

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Simerg Special Series: A “Thank You” Letter to an Ismaili Historical Figure introduced by Malik Merchant, Editor,, Canada

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hunza’s New Lake: The Story Behind the Birth of Lake Gojal by Natasha Vizcarra

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Photo Essay: The Ruins of Alamut by Muslim and Nevin Harji, Canada

Friday, February 24, 2012

Springtime Renewal” –  Invitation to Contribute Poetry for Navroz, the Persian New Year, and Win an Anthology

Monday, February 20, 2012

Photo Essay: Iran Through a Canadian Lens by Muslim and Nevin Harji, Canada

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jesus Through a Muslim Lens by Michael Wolfe, USA

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq’s Legacy to the Community by Nadim Pabani, UK

Friday, February 3, 2012

How a Muslim Sees Muhammad by Michael Wolfe, USA

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Two Songs for Miladun-Nabee by Izzat Muneyb, UK

Monday, January 30, 2012 

Inca Gods by Mohezin Tejani, Thailand

Thursday, January 26, 2012

“New Hampshire Twilight” and “Iguazu” by Mohezin Tejani, Thailand

Gems from His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech at the University of Ottawa by Malik Mirza, Pakistan

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ute Visions by Mohezin Tejani, Thailand

Friday, January 13, 2012

His Highness the Aga Khan Receives His 20th Honorary Degree From the University of Ottawa

Honorary Degrees Conferred on His Highness the Aga Khan since 1967: A Pictorial Record with Citations, Tributes and Remarks by Azeem Maherali, USA

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The 1979 London Didar: The Setting and The Experience by Farah Ramzan, UK



Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Selection of Images from Readings Published in 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Simerg Blend – A Selection of Readings Published in 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

At the Ismaili Centre by Izzat Muneyb, UK

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan – Part II

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan – Part I

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Review of His Highness the Aga Khan’s “Where Hope Takes Root” by Nizar Motani, USA

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Muslim and non-Muslim Expressions on Imam Hussain

Friday, December 2, 2011

An Ismaili Youth’s Rare Moment With Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah by Akber Premji, Canada

Thursday, December 1, 2011

His Highness the Aga Khan: Three Readings for His 75th Birthday including the Ginan “Dhan Dhan Aajano”

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Unique Event Fifty Years Ago: The Review Process and Presentation of Recommendations to Mawlana Hazar Imam for a New Ismaili Constitution in Africa by Ameer Janmohamed, UK

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Letter to Charles Darwin from Galapagos by Mohezin Tejani, Thailand

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pomp and Celebration in Fatimid Egypt During the Flooding of the Nile by John Freeney, New Zealand/Egypt

Friday, November 11, 2011

Reflections and Historical Quotations on Ghadir Khumm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Five East African Serena Resorts in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cairo in the Light of Nasir Khusraw’s Safarnama by Hatim Mahamid, Middle East

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Please click to Download Simerg’s special series on His Highness the Aga Khan III.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Ismailis: From the Earliest Times to the Fall of the Fatimid Empire, Ali M. Rajput, UK

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Reflection on Wajhullah (‘The Face of Allah’), Kamalludin Mohamed, Pakistan

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Proofs of Islam by (Late) Martin Lings, resided in the UK during his lifetime

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Brief Note on Ahlul-Kitab or ‘The People of the Book’

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Story of Noah’s Ark in the Holy Qur’an by Jehangir A. Merchant, Canada

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“Birds Began It All” by Barnaby Rogerson, UK

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Traditional Ismaili Greeting “Ya Ali Madad” by Maleksultan J. Merchant, Canada

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Times in Hasanabad by Aziz R. Kurwa, UK

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Simerg’s Imamat and Didar Series (download complete series in PDF)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park – The Story of the Trees by Jim Bowie, Toronto

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Two Orations of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (AS)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park: Winners for “Why I Like This Photo”

Friday, September 2, 2011

Seeking the Forgiveness of the Imam of the Time: A Short Explanation (II) by Ismailignosis

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Incredible ‘Yellowstone’ Holiday: Part III – The Yellowstone Caldera and Geysers of the Old Faithful Basin by Malik and Nurin Merchant, Canada

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Brief Introduction to the Muslim Calendar and Major Muslim Festivals and Religious Observances

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Incredible ‘Yellowstone’ Holiday: Part II – Wild Life Safari at Grand Teton National Park  by Malik and Nurin Merchant, Canada

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Seeking the Forgiveness of the Imam of the Time: A Short Explanation by Ismailignosis

The Noble Qur’an –  An Inexhaustible Well-Spring of Inspiration and Knowledge by His Highness the Aga Khan

Tuesday, August 16, 2011



“Why I am Excited About the Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park” by Emmanuel Iduma, Nigeria


“Why I am Excited About the Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park” by Zohra Nizamdin, USA

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Incredible Yellowstone National Park  by Malik and Nurin Merchant, Canada

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Fountain Pen and its Fatimid Origins

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Imamat in Ismaili Qasidas

Note: No updates were made between July 17-30, 2011 as the editor was on vacation.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (VII) – Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (VI) – The Merciful Glance, The Manifest Imam, Jawhar’s Devotion, Love for the Imam and True Faith

Friday, July 8, 2011

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (V) – Ya Ali Khuba Mijalas, Patience, Beatific Vision, Fatima’s Progeny and Ships of Salvation

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (IV) – Aab-i Shifa, Nur of Imamat, Obedience, Beneficient & Supplication

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (III) – Ode on Imam’s Essence, Cosmic Necessity, Ismu’l Azam, Quhistani, Venti

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (II)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Preparing for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Didar: Short Essential Readings (I)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kitengela Sculpture at Aga Khan Hospital Seeks to Inspire Hope and Brighten Lives of Patients  by Malik Merchant, Canada

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Memories of Nairobi’s Majestic ‘Town Jamatkhana’, formerly the ‘Darkhana’ of Kenya

Monday, June 13, 2011

Prince Aly Khan: Rare Photos from Nagpur and Lourenço Marques

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Islam’s Great Striver: Hazrat Ali

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Journey of Discovery: A Recent Visit to the Mausoleums of Pir Sadardin and Pir Hasan Kabirdin by Malik Mirza, Pakistan

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dai Nasir Khusraw Play “The Ruby Shines On” is now on Simerg’s Youtube Channel

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Parables on Integrity & Honesty, Allah’s Bounty and Keeping Allah Constantly in Our Hearts

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Script – “The Ruby Shines On”  (Click to download PDF file)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

“The Ruby Shines On” – A Play About the Life of Nasir Khusraw

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Islam: The Religion of Equality and Universal Brotherhood by Prince Aly S. Khan

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

How Are Essential 21st Century Innovations Vested in the Abbasid and Fatimid Dynasties? by Fatima Nanavati, Canada

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Darkhana, Canada: A Building of Graceful Architecture and Spiritual Nobility

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

5 Palace Gate when it was a privilege to be in England by Vali Jamal, Uganda

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Editor’s Choice: Photos of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan and Prince Karim Aga Khan

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Brief Discussion on Avicenna’s Madhab

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NanoWisdoms – The First Website Dedicated to Ismaili Imamat’s Speeches, Interviews and Writings

Monday, April 25, 2011

Young Ismaili Achievers: An Interview with Serena Taj

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In the Beginning….The Qur’an and Muslim Thinkers on Creation

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

5 Palace Gate by Navyn Naran, USA

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Averroes and Maimonides: Masterminds of 12th Century Medieval Thought

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Persians in Fatimid Egypt: (III) Their Role in Commerce, the Economy and Trade by Hatim Mahamid, Middle East

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Young Ismaili Achievers: An Interview with Zul Kapadia

Friday, April 8, 2011

Childhood Games by Mohezin Tejani, Thailand

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rubina Rajan: “Nur i”, “Fury of Insight”, “Knowledge i”, “Breeze” and “Masai”

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Young Ismaili Achievers Speak About Family and Faith, Aspirations, Interests and Social Networks

Friday, April 1, 2011

Persians in Fatimid Egypt: (II) Their Role in the Da’wah and Ismaili Doctrines  by Hatim Mahamid, Middle East

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Persians in Fatimid Egypt: (I) Their Role in the Army  by Hatim Mahamid, Middle East

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pir Nasir-i Khusraw on the Gateway and Key to Paradise

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Remembering Kampala Jamatkhana: Special in so many ways

A Unique Digital Portrait of  His Highness the Aga Khan by Akbar Kanji

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Celebrating Navroz, the Persian New Year; Ginan and Poetry

Friday, March 18, 2011

Avicenna on the Aims of Education, Stages of Education and Methods of Teaching

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Great Muslim Thinkers: Avicenna on Education

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two Tales from Rumi: The Snake-Catcher and the Serpent & The Elephant and the Travellers

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Nargis Mawji: Creative Artistic Renderings of Nine Ismaili Jamatkhanas From Around the World (temporarily unavailable)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Jamatkhana in Tashkorgan, China

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Memories of Kenya: Vintage Photos of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah and Mawlana Hazar Imam

Sunday, February 20, 2011

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Historic Visit to the Island of Pemba in November 1957

Friday, February 18, 2011

Exchange of Letters Between Sultan Malik Shah and Hasan-i-Sabbah  by Ali M. Rajput, UK

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 Simerg Essay Writing Contest – $1000.00 in Cash Prizes

Friday, February, 11, 2011

Nativity of the Prophet Muhammad: The Mevlud/Mawlid Tradition by Omid Safi, USA

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ismaili Dawa and Politics in Fatimid Egypt

Monday, February 7, 2011

Writings of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan; A Friend of Endangered Species, the Vulnerable Habitat and the Monk Seal

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Great Moments in Ismaili History: Ismaili Castles in Syria

Friday, February 4, 2011

Voices: Good Sufi, Bad Muslims

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Photos of Mausoleums of Ismaili Imams of the Dawr Satr Period

Monday, January 31, 2011

Photos of the Ruins of the Fatimid Capital, al-Mahdiya, and the Ajdabiyah Fortress Palace

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Great Moments in Ismaili History: The Establishment of the Fatimid Caliphate

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Henry Corbin and his Understanding of Ismailism

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pir Nasir Khusraw’s Theory of Intellectual Education

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sideline: Lessons from the Life of “the greatest,” Heavyweight Hero Muhammad Ali

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pir Nasir Khusraw’s Concept of Intellect and Theory of Intellectual Education

Wednesday, January 11, 2011

Hamida Madhani: “Mystical Dance”, “Mubarak”, “Essence of Life” and “The Majestic Horse”

Friday, January 7, 2011

Imam of the Time: “The Straight Path”

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Hijra: Movement of God’s People



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Home page (New post, Simerg 2010 Blend)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wladimir Ivanow: Why Ismailis Should Study Their Faith and Its History

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Brief Intuitive Note on the ‘Void’ with Reference to the Ginan “Aad Thaki”

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Tradition of Hazrat Ali: A Thinking Islam and a Spiritual Islam

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Imam Hussein (AS): “The Chief of the Youth of Paradise”

Monday, December 13, 2010

Simerg Launches Short Essay Contest on the Aga Khan Projects in Toronto: Prizes “The Memoirs of Aga Khan” and “Animal Voyage” by Hussain Aga Khan

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Aga Khan in Prestigious Jury for First-Ever Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Salgirah and the Depth of His Love for the Jamat

The Preamble Of “The Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

“Ismaili Centre is My Home”

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Letter from Badakhshan

Thursday, December 2, 2010

PHOTO ESSAY: In the Making – The Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: Some of the Causes for the Refugee Crisis – Injustice, Intolerance and Lack of Respect for Human Rights

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: A Rare and Insightful Interview With The UNESCO Courier

The Frontispiece of the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Mashhad, Iran

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Climb to ‘Sacred’ Alamut, Where Every Stone Tells a Story

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The 11th Cycle of The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Memoirs of Aga Khan – World Enough and Time: A Translator’s Voice

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Translation and Brief Commentary of Pir Sadardin’s Ginan “Jem Jem Jugatsu Preet Kareva”

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yakimour 1954: A Golden Moment for an Aspiring Student – An Audience with the 48th Ismaili Imam, Aga Khan III

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Reflections on the Scope of Knowledge in Islam

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bashir Ladha: Writing the History of Tomorrow (at Wynford Drive)

Tuesday, November 2 , 2010

Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah – An Astonishing and Extraordinary Personality

Friday, October 29, 2010

Aga Khan Gifts Brown University in Honour of Vartan Gregorian

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Excavation of a Byzantine Shipwreck and Discovery of Fatimid Artefacts

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Life Under the Fatimids: Clothing, Women’s Undergarments, Veiling and…A Winter Image of Fatimid Cairo!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Socio-Economic Aspects of the Fatimid Caliphate

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Aga Khan Graces 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

Friday, October 15, 2010

One on One: Peter Mansbridge Interview with His Highness the Aga Khan



 Summary: Ismailis throughout the world celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their 49th Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Shah Karim al-Hussayni, during the period July 11, 2007 – December 13, 2008. Part of the commemorative festivities in Europe included an exclusive project, entitled “Festival of Poetic Expressions.” The following are the links to the poems published on this website.

NOTE: For articles posted in other categories of this blog, continue scrolling down.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

“The Spirit Within” by Moez Mitha

“A Nazrana For You” by Zain Velji

Saturday, October 30, 2010

“Expressions” by Aliyana Hirji

“What is the Releationship Between You and Me?” by Maherun Nisa Pradhan

Friday, October 22, 2010

“Jamatkhana” by Raziyyudin Jamani

“Our Love for Mawlana Hazar Imam” by Sadaf Sherbari

Friday, October 15, 2010

“Golden Jubilee” by Kaycia Jinnah

“Purity of Faith” by Shehroz Bharwani

Monday, October 11, 2010

“Fifty Years” by Fazila Bhanvadiya

“Jubilee Golden” by Rahim Valli

Sunday, October 10, 2010

“A Beautiful Voice” by Hala Khalaf-Alhaj

Saturday, October 9, 2010

“Padhramni” by Aliya Solanki

Thursday, October 7, 2010

“O The Light of Imamat” by Abbas Hunzai

Sunday, October 3, 2010

“My Ultimate Desire” by Niema Victoria Alhaj

Friday, October 1, 2010

Zahira Virani: ”The Morning Sun”

“The Dancing Heart” by Greg Traynor

“Kaleidoscope of Faith” by Zainul Nasser

Thursday, September 30, 2010

“The Noor of Hazar Imam” by Aiman Verjoosei

Sunday, September 26, 2010

“Mabruki, Mabruki” by Neemat Koraci

Saturday, September 25, 2010

“Born of the Light” by Amin Mawji

“The Key” by Farrah Sheikh

Expressions of the Golden Jubilee: “The Festival of Poetic Expressions” (Introduction to the series)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada: A Profound Affinity – But Why Canada?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Photos: Canada’s Governor General David Johnston Receives His Highness the Aga Khan at Rideau Hall on Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

An Introduction to the Office of the Governor General of Canada and Some Recent Memories with the Aga Khan

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Canadian Governor General’s Leadership Conference

November 1, 1983: His Highness the Aga Khan Conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by McGill University

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Name is…Illustrious Lives from Ismaili History

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rays of Light: “Thank you for restoring my faith in the human race”

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Professor Mohammed Arkoun: A Courageous Intellectual Who Advocated A Tolerant, Liberal and Modern Islam

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ismaili Studies: Book Briefs (II)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Navyn Naran: burning a Tower, burning a Book

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Egypt’s present-day Shias live on Fatimid legacy

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ismaili Studies: Book Briefs (I)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Foresight and Wisdom at Age 20

Monday, August 23, 2010

“Al-Kalimah” by Marlene-Luce Tremblay

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Voices: “The Power of Wisdom” – His Highness the Aga Khan’s Interview with Politique Internationale (English translation)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Matthieu Paley: Journey to the Roof of the World (Portraits of Ismailis)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A redesigned  home page. Please click Home page

Friday, August 13, 2010

Henry Dallal: Portraits from the Hindu Kush (Portraits of Ismailis)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Ramadan Lantern – A Fatimid Tradition

Literary Reading: Some Considerations of the Term ‘Imam’ in the Holy Qur’an

Monday, August 9, 2010

Nurin Merchant: “Fish”, “Anasazi Pot”, and “Whale Tea Set”

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Nurin Merchant: “The Nature of Prayer”

Friday, August 6, 2010

Art of the Fatimids: Metropolitan Museum of Art (link to museum Web site)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Background Explanation of the Sculptures of the Beautiful Names of God

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

99 Most Beautiful  Names – a sculptural presentation of the names for God from the Qur’an

Monday, July 26, 2010

Voices: Seeking Sufism

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Parable of Moses and Khidr in the Holy Qur’an

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fatimid Object: Door Wings of Imam al-Hakim bi-Amrillah

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Navyn Naran: “will you be mine on the journey to Mawla” and “Your Birthday”

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fatimid Monument: Great Mosque of Mahdiyya

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Navyn Naran: Transcendence

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Please click for links to articles on “The Imamat – Perpectives Through the Ages”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

1957 Aga Khan IV Ceremonial Installation: Presentation of “Sword of Justice” Signified Ismaili Imam’s Role as “Defender of Faith”

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fez Meghani: The Pen in Rumi’s Hands

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I Wish I’d Been There Series – PDF (complete series downloadable)

Monday, June 28, 2010

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


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ghadir-Khumm and the Two Weighty Matters (last in the series)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ikhwan al-Safa

The Love for Ali

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Eid-i Qiyama!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Al-Qahirah: Then and Now

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Khawja Nasir Tusi’s Tales

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pir Satgur Nur: Miracles in Ginan ‘Putla’

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ismaili Penmanship in 1906

Discourses of Hazrat Ali

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ibn Ridwan and Supernova 1006

Monday, May 17, 2010

Light the Candle of Wisdom in the Heart

A Fida’i Mission: Into Saladin’s Tent

Friday, May 14, 2010

His Name is Jawhar

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Inferno of Alamut

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Fatimid Learning Spirit

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Young Murid Aspires to Understand Commonalities

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hazrat Ali’s Example: What We Can Do Today

August 8, 1164: The Great Resurrection

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Varas Ismail Gangji: The Turning Point

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Topan, Paroo and Visram – The Three Kings Without Crowns

Monday, April 26, 2010

“Riding Forth to Open the Canal” with Nasir Khusraw

Weaving a Web of Silence, Only to Know

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Christian Envoy at the Ghadir Khumm Campsite

Volunteering at the Dawn of Imamat

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Unveiling at Sijilmasa


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Wish I’d Been There: Another Shalimar

I Wish I’d Been There: A Unique Moment in the Life of the Punjab Jamat

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Faith of My Forefathers

Avatar Discourses; Aga Khan III Investiture; 1907 – Aga Khan III in New York

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Mind of Yazid, the Faith of Hussein (First article in the series)

» Special Series: I Wish I’d Been There (Introduction to “I Wish I’d Been There”)



Friday, May 28, 2010

SPECIAL REPORT – Prime Minister Harper Bestows Ismaili Imam With Honorary Canadian Citizenship at Foundation Ceremony for Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park – See Home page

Sunday, May 16, 2010

“Islam Explained” –  A Brief Note.  See Home page

Friday, May 12, 2010

New Moon Anticipation – A Poem on the Home page

Monday, May 10, 2010

Literary Reading: Farmanbardari – Obedience to the Imam of the Time

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Voices: Best Wishes to the “Daily Nation” from a Vagabond Reporter

Al-Karim Jaffer: Craving Souls

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Voices: World Renowned Photographer Sarite Sanders Portrays Mysterious Radiance of a Fatimid Tomb and the Elegance of the Aga Khan Mausoleum

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Literary Reading: Key Themes of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speeches Made During His Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Aly Sunderji: A Disciple of the Flower…

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sayyid Shamsi’s Devotional Ginan “Eji Navroz na Din Sohamna”

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Laila Lokhandwalla: A Spring Poem for Shah Karim

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Home page (New Historical Photograph – 1958, Lourenço Marques, His Highness the Aga Khan seen waving from the plane

Friday, March 12, 2010

“Hashish Assassin” – Pulling Back the Silk Curtain

Home page(New Historical Photographs – 1946, Mumbai , His Highness the Aga Khan III, Diamond Jubilee Celebrations)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Literary Reading: Key Themes of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speeches Between 2000 and July 2007

Special Series: His Highness The Aga Khan IV

Saturday, March 6, 2009

Literary Reading: Shi’a Ismaili Tradition in Central Asia – Evolution, Continuities and Changes

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Voices: Unravelling the Dark History of the Medieval Ismaili Community

Friday, February 26, 2010

Voices: A Western Correspondent’s Account of the Aga Khan’s Historic First Visit to His Followers in Gorno-Badakhshan

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Voices: Alluring Istanbul Links Cultures, Religions and Two Continents and Offers Something for Everybody

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Parable: Traditional Sufi Stories About the Intricacies of Life

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Literary Reading: Some Guidelines On Being a Good (Jamati) Leader

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

Parable: Looking for the Tree of Immortality

Home page (New Historical Photograph – 1945, Nairobi, His Highness the Aga Khan III at Scouts/Guides Rally)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Collection: Special Selection – Out of Print Books on the Art and Architecture of the Fatimid Period

Friday, February 12, 2010

Literary Reading: Doctrine of Imamat During the Fatimid Period

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Literary Reading: Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Literary Reading: Qadi al-Nu’man on the Distinction between Islam and Iman

Home page (New historical photo – 1946 Mumbai Diamond Jubilee)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Home page (New historical photo –  telegram from Aga Khan III to Count Jindani)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Literary Reading: Timeline of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Awards and Honours

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Collection: “The Aga Khan’s Horses” – 1938 Limited Edition, Number 81, Signed by the Aga Khan

Historical Photos: Life in the Ismaili Community (1875 – 1957)

Simerg Launches Historical Photographs: Aspect of Life in the Ismaili Community

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Literary Reading: Karim Master’s Legacy Lives on Through Students He Taught…and a Beautifully Illustrated Journal, “Rahe Rast”

Monday, January 18, 2010

On home page, historical photo of Aga Khan III, 1905 Zanzibar visit  – now relocated to Historical Photos: Life in the Ismaili Community (1875 – 1957)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Literary Reading: In Ismaili Ginanic Literature Prophet Muhammad is Symbol of Moon-Light, a Mercy to All Nations, and Intercessor

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Nazmu Mamdani: Artist Profile and Statement

Nazmu Mamdani: Rafi, My little Boy; Peggy’s Cove; and Beejoe

Nazmu Mamdani: Yellow Shafted Flicker; Chippy; and Dozing Cougar

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Collection: “The Memoirs of Aga Khan” – 1st Editions in Seven Languages



SPECIAL SERIES ON AGA KHAN III (November – December 2009)

Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Literary Reading: Hazrat Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III: The Face of Imamat

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Literary Reading: Hazrat Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Long Reign Ends

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – 48th Ismaili Imam’s Platinum Jubilee: World Evolved from Candle Lights and Horse Carriages to Nuclear Physics and Jet Travel

Friday, December 11, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The Diamond Jubilee: “An Incomparable Occasion in the World”

Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III: Lakhpaty’s Intriguing Poster for 48th Ismaili Imam’s Diamond Jubilee Shows Artistic Ingenuity

Monday, December 7, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Ismailis Celebrated Longest Imamat in History with Three Magnificent Jubilees

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The 48th Ismaili Imam at the Ritz: “Calm Mind, Clear-Thinking and Wise”, A Reporter’s 1933 Story

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Imam Speaks of Burmese Patriotism; Memorial Plate at Jamatkhana Honours 31 Ismaili Lives Lost in WWII Bombardment

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Historic Photos and Imam’s Recognition of Services Rendered by the Family of Itmadi Kassam Kothari of Jamnagar

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Titles, Decorations and Honours Conferred on 48th Ismaili Imam; 72 Year Reign Spanned Six British Monarchs and Seventeen PM’s

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Eloquent Persian Quatrain by 48th Ismaili Imam Graces a 1923 Invitation For Talk About Imamat

Monday, November 16, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Defender of Islam, Activist for Justice and Equality, Confidence Booster, And Deliverer of Joy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The Road to Happiness and The Concept of Life

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Imam’s Message in South Africa Addressed Artificial Barriers, Unity, Education for All, and Damaging Social Habits

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Stories from Readers (I)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Voices: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Recollection of Imam’s Visit to a Family Shop; A Story about the Diamond Jubilee Scale and…Does it (Still) Work?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Literary Reading: Hazrat Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – A “Mendicant” Who Transformed a Dream into Reality and Stirred the Soul of a Bitter Critic

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Literary Reading: Hazrat Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Links to Movies at British Pathe

Friday, November 6, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – A Muslim’s Analysis of Lessons that Can be Learnt from the 48th Ismaili Imam

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – The Imam of the Socio-Economic Revolution

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Literary Reading: Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III – Successor and a Son Reflect on Accomplishments of the 48th Ismaili Imam



 Saturday, December 19, 2009

Literary Reading: Part II – Worldwide Honours For Prince Karim Aga Khan Underline Impact of Ismaili Imamat’s Contribution to Humanity

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Literary Reading: Worldwide Honours For Prince Karim Aga Khan Underline Impact of Ismaili Imamat’s Contribution to Humanity (Part I)

Saturday, December 5th, 2009  

Literary Reading: In Metaphoric Ginan “Eji Dhan Dhan Aajano” Pir Sadr al-Din Asks Mu’mins to Act Righteously and Gain Spiritual Recognition of Imam-e-Zaman

Literary Reading: Pir Sadr al-Din and the Da’wah in India – A Brief Note

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sideline: Ismaili Imam’s Visit to Los Alamos Lab 50 Years Ago Impressed Scientific Hosts and Revealed He Was In Top Physical Condition

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Collection: Acquire a Rare Piece of History – Framed Stamps Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Objects – Glass Weights Bearing the Names of Imams al-Zahir and al-Mustansir

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Objects – Exquisite Gold Earrings, Pendants and Bracelets

Friday, October 23, 2009

Shamas Nanji: Jesus & Muhammad

 Monday, October 19, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Objects – Four Ivory Panels

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Shamas Nanji: Ballad for Bistami

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Object – Fragment of Robe Attributed to Imam al-Mustansir

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Voices: A Review of Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s Photo Exhibition in Washington D.C.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Shamas Nanji: Fana and Baqa

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Parable: Hodja on the Deathbed; The Donkey’s Bray or the Wise Hodja?

Literary Reading: Fatimid Monuments – The Al-Hakim Mosque and Bab al-Futuh (Gate of Conquest)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Object – Textile Fragment Attributed to Imam al-Aziz

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shamas Nanji: Light-Speed Web

Parable: “Paying for Aroma” – Hodja’s Verdict

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shamas Nanji: “Abraham” and “Abraham’s Land”

Literary Reading: Fatimid Monument – Aqueduct in Kairouan, Tunisia; Patron Imam al-Mui’zz

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Literary Reading: “If You Perform the Pilgrimage…” – Nasir Khushraw’s Advice To a Pilgrim

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Parable: Countering Criticism, Hodja’s Way

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sideline: In Remote Badakhshan, Community Funds Spearhead Economic Independence

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ataullah Asmate: “Waves off the Moon” and “Communications 5″

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Literary Reading: Imagery in Ginan, “Ooncha re Kot…”, Underscores Soul’s Yearning for the Beloved

Friday, September 11, 2009

Literary Reading: Imams Muhammad al-Baqir and Ja’far as-Sadiq on Love for the Imam

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Literary Reading: “Ahl al-Bayt” – An Understanding Based on the Holy Qur’an, Hadith and Historical Events

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sideline: Rumi Movie Should Not Gloss Over Important Aspects of Mystic’s Life

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Literary Reading: Imam as Divine Guide, Proof of God and Source of Salvation in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Collections (Extraordinary Books, Extraordinary Objects)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bilaal Rajan’s Amazing Summer of Extremes: In Mandela’s Land and Amongst the “King of the Arctic”

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sideline: Senator Edward Kennedy’s Passing Away – Obama Issues Proclamation

Sideline: Remembering Col. Atilla Altikat, twenty seven years after his assassination in Canada’s Capital

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hot and Spicy at Toronto’s Harbourfront: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to visit Toronto and Vancouver for Readings, Cooking Demos and Signings

Mehboob Dewji: Magnificent Digital Islamic Patterns (VI)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Literary Reading: Suddh-Buddh and Other Key Terms in Ginan “Bindrare Vann Manhe Sukh Charere Gavantri”

Friday, August 21, 2009

Laila Lokhandwalla: Reflections on the Golden Jubilee

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Literary Reading: Service to the Imam, the Greatest Source of Happiness – Diwan Sir Eboo Pirbhai

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Voices: Ambitious Iranian Ismaili, Mansour, Reflects on His Musical Career and Life in the UK

Friday, August 14, 2009

Literary Reading: The Inward Odyssey in Two Key Ismaili Ginans, “Brahma Prakash” and “Sakhi Mahapada”

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Literary Reading: Faith (Iman) and its Foundation

Monday, August 10, 2009

Literary Reading: An Aspect of Imamat as understood by Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Parable: Easying One’s Journey to the Lord of Creation

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sideline: Karzai ventures into remote Ismaili territory for election support

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Coins at the David Museum in Copenhagen, Part III

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mehboob Dewji: Magnificent Digital Islamic Patterns (IV)

Mehboob Dewji: Magnificent Digital Islamic Patterns (V)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Coins at the David Museum in Copenhagen, Part I

Literary Reading: Fatimid Coins at the David Museum in Copenhagen, Part II

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Aly Sunderji: “Within the Strand of Saffron”

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Voices: 30 Questions for Columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Mehboob Dewji: Magnificent Digital Islamic Patterns (III): “Dawn”…and more

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mehboob Dewji: Artist Profile and Statement

Mehboob Dewji: Magnificent Digital Islamic Patterns (I): “Diversity”…and more

Mehboob Dewji: Magnificent Digital Islamic Patterns (II): “Starlight”…

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sideline: A Unique Opportunity to Acquire “Animal Voyage” Signed by Hussain Aga Khan

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Narmin Hemnani: Artist Profile and Statement

Narmin Hemnani: “Ahl al-Bayt Family”, “Remembrance of Allah”, and “Standard”

Friday, July 10, 2009

Literary Reading: The Munajat – Ya Ali Khuba Mijalas

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Literary Reading: “The Pure Progeny” and “The Ascension of Intellect”

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Purchase “Animal Voyage” by Hussain Aga Khan

Sideline: Book Review of Hussain Aga Khan’s “Animal Voyage”

Sunday-Monday, June 28-29, 2009

Voices: Sunrise Over the Alamut (A ‘story’ by two young girls sent on a mission to rescue Ismaili Literature in the Alamut)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Parable: “The Mouse and the Camel”, by Rumi

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Salim-el-azhar Ebrahim: Dialog – the Concept; Excellence; Descartes You Erred; The Art of Thinking

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sideline: For Obama, Prayer and a Faith in God Are a Guiding Force to Build a Better World

Monday, June 22, 2009

Shahira Patni-Tejpar – “Multi-Colored Matungi”, “Funky Blue Bowl” and “Vertical Vessel”

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Voices: Babul Talks about Identity, Aspirations for the Family and the Jamat, “An Ismaili Academy”, Family Pursuits, Frontierless Brotherhood, and Allah’s Blessing

Salim-el-azhar Ebrahim: Epigrams I (Update to profile, with new publication by Salim-e-a Ebrahim)

(Friday, June 19, 2009

Literary Reading: Islamic Teachings Of Shared Responsibilities and Ethics Guide Work of the Aga Khan Development Network

Parable: Not Being Afraid of Seeking Out the Truth

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sideline: Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s “Animal Voyage” Embraces the Living World

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Part III: Voices: Babul on Science Funding, Muslim Scientists, Intelligent Design and Neurosciences

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Parable: To Each, His Own Faith – A Story by Saadi

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sideline: In Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s Photography, Animals and Nature Do the Talking

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Sideline: Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s “Animal Voyage” Embraces the Living World

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Shahira Patni-Tejpar: Artist Profile and Statement

Shahira Patni-Tejpar: “Chai Time” and “Lapis Lazuli Free Fall”

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Voices: Babul on the Bootes Void, Galaxies, Benefits of Studying Science, Creation, God and Intellect

Monday, June 8, 2009

Voices: Brilliant Astrophysicist, Arif Babul, in Conversation with Simerg

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Literary Reading: Allah in Kufic Script basis of Aga Khan Award for Architecture Logo

Parable: For Hodja, Pretending to be Foolish has its Rewards…

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sideline: In Cairo Speech, Obama Asks Youth to Reimagine and Remake the World; Progress Must be Shared

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

About the Simerg Banner

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sideline: In Hawaii, Honolulu Hideway Showcases Unique Collection of Islamic Art

Aly Sunderji: Snow and Souls

Sideline: Presidents at the White House – the Humble Jimmy Carter

Monday, June 1, 2009

Literary Reading: Nasir Khushraw – “Foundations of the Faith of Muhammad”

MAY 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sideline: Work Portraying the Struggles of the Ismailis in the Middle Ages Receives International Honours

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sideline: In Ottawa, Magnificent Stamp Exhibition Kindles Memories of the Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Thurday, May 28, 2009

Naznin Virji-Babul: Sept 11

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Literary Reading: “Mu’izz, The Glory of Our Time” and “Imam, You are the One…”

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sonny Sultani: Artist Profile and Statement

Sonny Sultani: Whirling Sufi

Salim-el-azhar Ebrahim: The Pragmatist, High in the Hindu Kush and The Samurai

Monday, May 25, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Rock Crystal Ewers, Most Valuable Objects in Islamic Art

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Naznin Virji-Babul: Woman Making Roti and Struggle

Parable: Three Hodja Stories, Put to the Test Twice and Tipping the Right Way

Parable: Hodja’s Uneven Distribution

Friday, May 22, 2009

Visual Arts: The Artists and their Works

Naznin Virji-Babul: Artist Profile and Statement

Naznin Virji-Babul: Kashf (Unveiling) and Touched by the Essence

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nazim Bhimani: Who Am I?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Parable: Hodja and the Fur Coat

Sideline: For New Yorkers A Treat, as the Silk Roads Ensemble Arrives in the Big Apple for Three Performances in June

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nazim Bhimani: The Deaf World

Nazim Bhimani: Hurricane Katrina

Monday, May 18, 2009 (Victoria Day, Canada)

Arif Babul: Midnight Meditation

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sideline: Fatimid Art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C.

(Please also see a note at the end of the page about an event taking place on May 26, 2009 at the Freer Gallery)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kalam-i Mawla, Part One

Poetic Expressions: The Poets and their Poetry

Salim-el-azhar Ebrahim: Epigrams

Fez Meghani: The Violin Cries for You

Shellyza Moledina: Mawla’s Eyes and other poems

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Literary Reading: Imams are Ships of Salvation

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Parable: Learning from Tragedy, the Story of the Imprisoned Parrot

Monday, May 11, 2009

Modern Artistic Expressions: Guidelines for Submitting Images and Poetry

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sideline: Three Presidents Meet in Pivotal Meetings

Literary Reading: Aga Khan Foundation Logo, Characterized by a Universal Symbol of Skill and Caring

Friday, May 8, 2009

Literary Reading: True and Unconditional Love

Sideline: In Egypt, Imam Hussein’s Maulid Celebrated with Joyful Devotion

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Literary Reading: Ethics in the Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali, Part Five

Monday, May 4, 2009

Literary Reading: Ethics in the Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali, Part Four

APRIL 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Personal Reflections: Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Literary Reading: Ethics in the Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali, Part Three

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Parable: Hodja’s Hospitality, Taken For Granted

Sunday, April 26. 2009

Literary Reading: Ethics in the Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali, Part Two

Friday, April 24, 2009

Literary Reading: Ethics in Kalam-i Mawla of Hazrat Ali, Part One

Sideline: President Obama’s Remarks to the Turkish Parliament

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Parable: Don’t Blame Me, by Shams Tabriz

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Parable: The Plight of the Unwise…why the donkey was gone!

Parable: The Noble Kingdom of Hodja

Monday, April 20, 2009

Parable: The Clay’s Sweet Fragrance

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Launch of a new page, Parables

Parable: Watermelons and Walnuts

Sideline: Carnegie Corporation, New York, Invests $10 Million to Deeper Understanding of Islam, Muslim Societies

Sideline: Vartan Gregorian’s Tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan at Brown University in 1996

Friday, April 17, 2009

Launch of a new page, Sidelines

Sidelines: What will you do on Earth Day?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Literary Reading: Nasir-i-Khushraw on The Excellence of ‘Ali

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Voices: For Volunteer’s Week, Bilaal Urges us to become ‘Barefooters’

Literary Reading: Healing Water

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Literary Reading: Fatimid Scientist, Al Hazen, Inspired by the Spirit of the Qur’an

Revisions to home page,

Monday, April 13, 2009

Literary Reading: Enduring Teachings of Hazrat Ali

A reformatted thumbnail photo gallery. Please visit:

♦ Voices: Thumbnail Photo Gallery of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Design changes to page layout and graphics.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

♦ Voices: Photo Gallery of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Burnaby, Canada

♦ Voices: Thumbnail Photo Gallery of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Friday, April 10, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: The Imam, Manifest in the World

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

♦ Voices: Bruno Freschi, Architect of the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, in Conversation with Simerg

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

♦ Vij’s, a Great Restaurant, and Mr. Bruno Freschi, the Beloved Architect

Monday, April 6, 2009

Simerg launches a unique endeavour for Visual Artists and Poets. Please visit:

Modern Artistic Expressions

Sunday, April 5, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: Beholding the Face of the Imam

Friday, April 3, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: Qadi No’man on Obedience to the Imam

♦ Literary Reading: The Essence of Imam – An Ode by Imam ‘Abd al-Salam

Thursday, April 2, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: The Historical Roots of Imamat

♦ Literary Reading: How to Strengthen One’s Faith

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: The Founding of al-Mahdiyya

MARCH 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

♦ Literary Reading – Where there is Bliss and Prosperity

Friday, March 27, 2009

♦ Literary Reading – The Inspiration for the Aga Khan University Logo

Thursday, March 26, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: Fatimid Astronomer’s Account of the Lunar Eclipse and Planetary Conjunctions

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: Imam as the Source of Salvation

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

♦ Literary Reading – Imam’s Recognition and Love for an Outstanding Murid

Monday, March 23, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: The Vision That Transformed Nasir Khushraw

Sunday, March 22, 2009

♦ Voices: Remarkable Bilaal Rajan – Lofty Goals, Noble Achievements at Age Twelve

♦ Literary Reading: The Ginanic Literature of the Ismailis

♦ Literary Reading: Text and Explanation of “Eji Shah Islamshah Amne Maliya”

Saturday, March 21, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: The Light of Imam and the Festival of Nawruz

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Profile and Reflections

Monday, March 16, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: On the Fall of Pride

Sunday, March 1-15, 2009

♦ Literary Reading: Beatific Vision of the Imam

Voices: Alice Hunsberger on Nasir Khushraw – Poet of Substance

Voices: John Nuraney, Member of Legislative Assembly, British Columbia

Voices: Maria Cook of the Ottawa Citizen on the Delegation Building

Literary Reading: On the Fall of Pride

Literary Reading: Imam Mustansir bi’llah on the Importance of Zaheri and Batini Aspects of Didar

Literary Reading: The Devotion of Nizar Quhistani

Literary Reading: The “Light” that will keep on burning

Literary Reading – Imam Muizz’s Love for Books and Reading

Literary Reading: Pir Sadr al-Din on the Beatific Vision of the Imam

Literary Reading: The Greatness of Fatimid Cairo

Literary Reading – Imam’s Favours for his Murids

Literary Reading: Spiritual Enlightenment Under the Imam’s Guidance

Literary Reading: “Dazzled by the Light” – An Encounter with the Imam of the Time

Literary Reading: The Mystery of the Missing Mount Nasir Khushraw

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13 thoughts on “Simerg Table of Contents

  1. Masha Allah! Great job well done!! It is my hope, prayer and wish some of the ALL TIME GREAT articles be handpicked and presented in a book form, which will be a great gift to the avid readers, kept for quick references for scholars and waezen, and teachers around the globe! Please think about it if you have not yet!! Thanks much!!

  2. What an astonishing collection! What a dedication & I am truly speechless, to find such a great work of yours, Malik Merchant, The Editor! Congrats & a lot of good wishes….

  3. Well done, historical efforts to wide open the door of treasures of wisdom, best for intellectual and spiritual awareness, growth and development processes. May Mawla Pak, bless you and the members of your team !

  4. I’m visiting this site for the first time and it feels very nice and interesting. I went through many contents, I got lot of information about our history and one thing I appreciate is the use of pictures and other material which clarify one’s mind. I’m really glad to be a part of this site and to be able to share my comments with my brothers and sisters who have done this nice job.

  5. I read your site with great interest and joy, and am very proud of the wonderful work. May Mawla grant you more stamina and strength to carry on this great work. Amen.

  6. May Mawla Pak bless you all with more Barkat for your sincere effort. This information is very inspiring for all our spiritual brothers and sisters around the world and of immense help to me for my research paper.

  7. Great site! May Mawla bless all involved and their family members with Barkaat. Ameen.
    Keep it up.

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