Critique

September 11, 2006 at 9:31 pm (Uncategorized)

A Short Critique of Meherally’s

“A Brief History of the Aga Khans”

Meherally has devoted an website to propagate information he feels will damage the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim faith. It is from this website that naive anti-Ismaili Muslims get the files that they then post to various newsgroups. Most Ismailis have been very reluctant to engage him in debate since he has separated himself from their faith by violating his oath to the Imam of the Time, Imam Karim Aga Khan IV. Since I am not an Ismaili, tho I am sympathetic to its beliefs and practices, I have no problem taking this critic on. The following are just a few notes concerning Meherally’s text on the History of the Aga Khans (which is actually a short summary of Meherally’s two books attacking the Ismaili faith and its Imam).

One thing right off I noticed about Meherally is his envy over the wealth of the Imam and the Ismaili community. Page after page in his books and articles show an envy that borders on the pathological. He appears to resent having to pay tithes in cash to his religious institutions and feels that other should do the same. Yet all faiths collect funds from their believers in order to maintain their institutions and clergy. He fails to show how these funds are being misused. He merely shows how he dislikes the way they are collected. Considering how much the Imam spends on Third World development, the world would be a much better place if all religions would spend their monies in the same way (see Akbarali Thobhani’s Islam’s Quiet Revolutionary: The Story of Aga Khan IV).

Meherally states that “the Emperor of Persia” did not give the title “Aga Khan” to the current Imam’s great-great-grandfather since he was “an unsuccessful insurgent.” However, all histories, except for Meherally’s , all show that the Qajar ruler did bestow that title to him and even gave him one of his daughters in marriage. He also made him the governor of the City of Qumm. All of this was in compensation for the murder of his father the 45th Imam in 1817 CE. The Aga Khan I did resist the Qajar State in 1837, when an attempt was made to replace him from his acquired governorship of the province of Kirman, by armed struggle. There is evidence that his removal was related to a power struggle within the Iranian Sufi community with the Aga Khan supporting a faction that the ruling Qajar did not. He was pardoned for his revolt, however, and lived in peace for about two years. Then politics forced his hand (and one needs to keep in mind that Persia had numerous other rebellions during this period) and he led a failed uprising and was forced to go to India (this was in 1841 not in 1840 the date Meherally gives). So Meherally gives a very inaccurate account of Aga Khan I’s activities in Iran.

I find it very interesting that Meherally likes to quote Sir Richard Burton even after calling him an “orientalist” and “British Spy.” As for Burton’s comments that the Aga Khans revolt was “ridiculous” that is his opinion and not facts. The Aga Khan was forced to revolt or be murdered like his father.

Meherally makes a big deal that Aga Khan I assisted the British in their colonial undertakings. Many Muslims did the same during that time and the defenders of Sunni Orthodoxy, the Saudi’s, were British and American puppets.

He states that the British gave the Aga Khans a hereditary title of “Highness”. This is not true. This title must be given to each new Aga Khan upon their succession to the Imamate and is not automatically given (this is covered in Akbarali Thobhani’s “Islam’s Quiet Revolutionary: the Story of Aga Khan IV”).

Meherally makes the claim that the Khojah’s were originally Sunni Muslims before the Aga Khans were given authority over the Khojah community by the British Court in 1866. My question to Meherally is if the Khojah’s were Sunni why did they recite ginans in their services? These ginans can be traced back in written form to the 15th-16th centuries and contain religious teachings which Sunni’s would never have recited. Meherally tries in other texts to claim that the ginans were made up or revised to the current state during the last century thus they did not have the Hindu elements before the Aga Khans came. However, the history of the ginans is well documented and their contents can be confirmed as reflecting the true faith of Khojah Ismaili community. There were many split off groups from Khojah Nizari Ismailism ( which split off before the First Aga Khan came to India) and these groups preserved their own ginans which many are identical to the Nizari ones. The ones that are the most identical are those which present Islamic ideas within Hindu metaphors and myths. Of course, Meherally doesn’t like the ginans as they were the main evidence that the Khojah’s were Ismaili and this was confirmed by several court cases in India.

The Khojah’s used Sunnism during the period before the Aga Khan arrived as taqiyya (concealment of one’s true beliefs to prevent oppression). Also the Aga Khan I was practicing taqiyya when he practiced Sufism and Twelver Shiism. Taqiyya has been a historical Ismaili practice and Meherally is well aware of it. He chooses to ignore it to suit his own purposes. In Ismailism the outer form is always an illusion; the center of the faith remains the same. Taqiyya was ended only during the Imamate of the 3rd Aga Khan due to the spread of religious freedom under British rule. The Aga Khan III did not induces new doctrines and practices, he restored to some communities practices that were forgotten during the period of taqiyya. All of the doctrines and practices that the Aga Khan restored can be found in the ginans and in the Iranian Nizari literature on the Imamate written during the late Middle Ages.

I will end my critique now but I could go on and on pointing out the numerous errors which litter Meherally’s texts. I would suggest that those who are interested in Ismaili history to ignore Meherally and study the work of real Ismaili’s. Meherally, while once an Ismaili, is no longer one. Furthermore, he has a major axe to grind against his former faith and therefore is extremely bias against Ismailism. I would suggest reading the already mentioned book by Thobhani as well as anything by Farhad Daftary.

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47 Comments

  1. Sajjad said,

    hi,salam, ya ali madad

    too good article & we need a text to refuse Akber’s wrong allegations.

    i hope to read more errors in Akber’s writting.

    thanks, & regards,

  2. RHP said,

    Yaa Ali Madad

    great ,great article

  3. moez said,

    meherally in his website mentions that he and his wife gulbanoo once had the opportunity to visit the then hazar imam ..Imam sultan mohammed shah, during this visit meherallys wife gulbanu was expecting their second child after 3 months , and they requested the imam to name their child…the unborn child was named ABBAS….Abbas is the second son of meherally . isint it obvious to meherally that only the imam could name an unborn child….there are allso many other instances where after scientific proof of the gender of the unborn child the imam has named an unborn child opposite of the clicinal scientific tests….meherally is stupidly fighting a lost battle

  4. Mohamed said,

    Mehrally makes some good points and unfortunately gets in to petty criticisms which undermines his stance. His point about divinity and Hindu practices need to be discussed asmany of us ask similar questions. Ismailis do not need to fear criticisms. The only way to progress spiritually and intellectually is to question and debate. We can not criticise fundamentalists for not questioning beliefs whilst taking on a fundamentalist position.

    By the way the author of the blog is wrong about the ginans – ginans are more likely of 18th and 19th Century ather than written by Pirs from the 12th century onwards.

  5. shak said,

    Ginans have a lenghtly oral history way before they became texts. Handed down by singer to singer they adapted to the language of their listeners until they became fixed by their textual form. Oral texts are fluid and adapted to change while written texts become fossilized. Thus the ginans of Pir Shams can contain more modern words because their singers were able to use new words to convey original meanings. This process stopped when the ginans became a written text.

  6. ANITA said,

    hi… i do not agree here as i was ismaili too n was very punctual in my rituals and ceremonies but when i came across to read i had same confusions as meher alli stated in his article…lyke ther is nothin unto wateva lyke ALLAH none comapre to allah and in ginans imams r clearly stated to be allah…lyke haq tu pak tu rab tu rehman….
    how can ginan contradict wid quran…quran is divine word of ALLAH say who can forgive sin except Allah n den we pray to imam for forgivness…n there are hundreds of ayats saying contradicting with ismaili faith….quran also says truth stands clear from error how can u ignore words of allah n follow ismailism….?????????????

    • Rahim jindani said,

      Anita see my comments for ur answer about Ginan Haq tu pak tu

  7. Shak said,

    All of creation is a divine word of Allah which is manifest unity.

    I find it interesting that no one has proved wrong a single point of my critique…they merely state their belief that Meherally is right.

    BTW, the ginans at lvery least go back to the split of the Shami’s from the Khoja’s in the the late 1400’s because they preserve a ginanic tradition that uses many of the same ginans. Which still disproves Meherally thesis that they were produced by the Aga Lhans after they entered India in the 1840’s.

    Due to the nature of the medium of conveying the written word in Inda most manuscripts are only a few hundred years old or slightly more. They had to be repeatedly copied. Even the RigVeda the oldes of Hindu scriptures and dates back to the 1200 BCE only exists in manuscripts no later than the 1700’s before being perserved by Westerners and printed on paper instead of palm leaves.

  8. ali khan said,

    i as a muslim fully agree withthe commentsd and openions of Mr.A.Meharlai and i wouldike to say that aga kah and his mushrik followers r not muslims and never will be muslims .They prostratye the aga khan as a living god, and they say thataga kahn is walking and talking

  9. ali khan said,

    i as a muslim fully agree withthe commentsd and openions of Mr.A.Meharlai and i wouldike to say that aga kah and his mushrik followers r not muslims and never will be muslims .They prostratye the aga khan as a living god, and they say thataga kahn is walking and talking quran hell to him and his followers who bow before THE PHOTOO OF AGAKHAN ISMAILIS DONT HAVE NAMAZ,ZAKAT,FAST,HAJJ KALAMA ETC. THEY R PURE THAN QADIANIS JEZAK-ALLAH

    • Salim said,

      One day We shall call together all human beings with their (respective) Imams: those who are given their record in their right hand will read it (with pleasure), and they will not be dealt with unjustly in the least. (17:71)

      • Salim said,

        And We made them Imams who guided (people) by Our command, and We revealed to them the doing of good and the keeping up of prayer and the giving of the alms, and Us (alone) did they serve;(21:73).

        Allah said in Quran”There is no community without gudie, How can be present era without guid. Allah is all just. he treat all equally. there was H. Ibrahim, H. Isu, Salwatula alaihi and then Imam. Even historian says that there was event of gadir-e-khum. read more about davat-e-asira

  10. ismailism said,

    Once again no refutation of my article just re-hash of crap already stated.

  11. Idetrorce said,

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  12. ismailism said,

    How am I wrong?

  13. Suleman shah said,

    THERE IS NO DOUBT that ismailis r pure than qadianis, they r Muslim only in name. but in fact they and his so called imam agakhan a illegitimate child of a white man whose mother was pregnant when she married prince ali khan so called father of present agakhan.-!!!!!1? Agakhanis ismailis say that agakhan is WALKING AND TALKING QURAN.- They offer total devinety to agakhan prostrate before his photoo,they dont have namaz,dont keep fasting in ramdan,they pay monthly Tex dasont 12 percent to agakhan dont pay zakat,thet say that to see glimpse of aga khan is hajj 4 ismailis . They SHOULD BE DECLARED NON MUSLIM KAFARS IN OPEN PUBLIC IN PAKISTAN .Agakha !s grand father once said in his holly nonsense fermans sermons that HELL AND PARADISE IS IN MY HAND HELL TO HIM AND HIS FOLLOWERS ISMAILIS

  14. imran said,

    Suleman shah I am a sunni muslim and must defend ismailism for i have learned alot about them and come to a conlusion that they are infact muslims. This conclusion has been made for several reasons. I cant go into all the details but i will cover the main ones. Ismailis believe in the hadith “I am leaving behind two things the quran and the ahl al bayat follow these two and you will never go wrong”. This hadith says that if you follow the ahl al bayat you cant go wrong and the ismailis believe they are following the ahl al bayat. With that being said lets examine the five pillars.

  15. imran said,

    1)hajj- the ismailis believe in hajj but they believe there are some requirments before going on hajj. You must have the money, your family obligation must be fullfilled, you cant be in debt, if you leave for hajj your family must be able to survive and the most important one is that if you know some on who needs money more then you you must give it to them. The last one the ismailis say is the most important and that if one person is whithout food and you go on hajj the hajj wont be accepted but if you give the hajj money to somme one who needs food or needs the money it is like going on hajj. If there isnt any one who needs the money only then you can go.
    2.roza- they believe in roza and in fact some do fast on Ramazan BUT THEY BELIEVE IN A YEAR LONG ROZA ALSO. SEEING NO EVIL, SPEAKING NO EVIL, TALKING NO EVIL AND HEARING NO EVIL

    • abdullah said,

      bhai IMRAN,
      we ismailis do not beleive in HAJJ,
      and let me tell you, all muslims who go for a

      • abdullah said,

        WE ISMAILIS DO NTO BELEIVE IN hajj, nor the SAHADA,
        let me tell you, who ever muslim go to hujj,he is a zakath payer, and the zakath payer helps his felo muslims.
        we ismailis, r not muslims, we are the self-cheaters, cheating our own self.
        in whole of the universe there is our comunity only, who is so dumb, that it cheates ,itself. ha ha ha

      • Rahim jindani said,

        Dear brother u just talking about haj … can u tell me what is hajj and why it is been performed by other Muslims…. hajj actually is the tradition of Sunah ( the actions of Nabi Muhammad (PBUH). tell me one thing dear. do muslims offer Hajj as Nabi ji used to do. on the Animals back while traveling miles and miles. no na … so why the tradition has changed because world has changed Kaba sharif is Air Conditioned now … but not at the time of Nabi ji. so where is the tradition of Nabi pak…. one more thing i want to add for u is there is four Stages in Islam Sharyar, Tariqat, Haqiqat and marfat. we at two last stages of Haqiqat and marfat.. so the sharya is not our part of practices if so one wanna go back he can but cant come back without the authority of Imam. I think u did not see Islam or u are the victim of Wahabi tradition of Islam there is 72 interpretations in Islam but only we Ismailies has Imam who claim us for nijad… no one else can claim this other then Imam with Noor-e-Hidayat . in history people claimed but vanished… so dear open ur eyes and study the roots of ismailiesm

      • Rahim jindani said,

        Dear brother u just talking about haj … can u tell me what is hajj and why it is been performed by other Muslims…. hajj actually is the tradition of Sunah ( the actions of Nabi Muhammad (PBUH). tell me one thing dear. do muslims offer Hajj as Nabi ji used to do. on the Animals back while traveling miles and miles. no na … so why the tradition has changed because world has changed Kaba sharif is Air Conditioned now … but not at the time of Nabi ji. so where is the tradition of Nabi pak…. one more thing i want to add for u is there is four Stages in Islam Sharya, Tariqat, Haqiqat and marfat. we at last two stages Haqiqat and marfat.. so the sharya is not our part of practices if any one wanna go back he can but cant come back without the authority of Imam. I think u did not see Islam or u are the victim of Wahabi tradition of Islam there is 72 interpretations in Islam but only we Ismailies has Imam who claim us for nijad… no one else can claim this other then Imam with Noor-e-Hidayat . in history people claimed but vanished… so dear open ur eyes and study the roots of ismailiesm

  16. imran said,

    3- PRAYERS- Ok this one i had a heard time understanding on what they are doing but i finally understood. They do say salat of course it has been sortened to three times a day besides five times. OUR BELOVED PROPHET MOHUMMAD PRAYED THREE TIMES A DAY WHEN HE DIDNT HAVE THE TIME. Also they believe that the imam of the time has the right to change the salat and the numbers because there is a quranic verse that gives Prophet Abrahim and his desendents to do this. forgot the ayat number.

    zakat- they do believe in zakat and give the most 12.5% of there full income.(wow a big chunk).

    shahada- they believe in it.

    • abdullah said,

      bhai, even the prophet (PBUH) had no right to alter the time of namaaj,nor had the right to lessen the namaaj.
      now ,let me tell u , prophet never had a KAZAA -namaaz, he (PBUH) has never ended up with 3 times ,he has always done 5 times namaaz.
      Quran never said, the prophets can alter or lessen the namaaz, u r cheating your self. by telling lie.
      ALL MUSLIMS pay 2.1/2 % zakat at the year end, which is a month of RAMZAN.
      and we ismailis pay 12.5×12=150% per year.
      what a g8 CORPORAT SCAM.
      AND lastly, u say that they beleive in shahada, we ismaili donot beleive in shahada, we just resite by tongue, and not by the inner heart, its JUST A SHOW-BIZ OF AGAKHAN, its a way of PEGANS(MUNAFIKS).
      ALLAH says in holy quran ,, beware OF MUNAFIKS.(ISMAILIS)

  17. RKD said,

    About the fasting: I was raised as an Ismaili and have left the faith, and all other faiths. Haven’t read the critique in question but I would like to say this much. As a child, I attended religious education classes every weekend (very common for Ismailis), and about halfway through class, we were given a lunch time snack. Except for during the month of Ramadan.

  18. Khadim said,

    First i like to thank the person who wrote the above article for pointing out and questioning the pet pee points of Merhallys objections.
    I had an unfortunate experince of knowing and meeting Merhrally and his family. Even to-day his wife and some member of his family go to JK. This is right out of the horses mouth. This whole thing of Mehrally converting from Ismailisim to Sunni faith( not Shia) was caused by his jealousy of money collected by the Isamilis and spending for the the projects of the AKDN foundation and let me explain before he converted to Sunni faith he was the teacher of religoius school and had a concept of how and what should be taught there and in order to do that he wrote a book which he wanted the council to approve it and fund it for printing( he caould have asked his family in Pakistan to print it for him he owned a printing press)
    But he was so pissed that he was rejected to meet with the Aga Khan and present his case that he approched the Saudi for funding to discredit the Ismailis and for sometime he got that funding but then his paymaster refused untill he converted to Sunni faith so he made the jump from Shia Ismail to Sunni(Wahabism)This is a short history of his miserable life and also dont forget that he is a cult leader of his own group of disoriented navie people.

  19. RAY said,

    I AM ISMAILI TOO AND I’M NOT AGREE WITH THAT GUY WHOMEVER HAS PROBLEM. AND I JUST READ SOME ARTICLES FROM SOME OTHER GUY AND AFTER THAT I REACHED SOME POINT THAT HE WENT TO SHAH SULTAN MOHMMAD SHAH AND NAMED HIS SECOND CHILD BY THAT HE SHOULD HAVE MORE FAITH THEN HE HAD, AND IM PRETTY SURE THAT IMAM NAMED HIS SECOND CHILD NAMED AS SUNNY BECOSE HE NEW WHTES GONE HAPPEN.

    TO BE HELL WITH MAHERALI AND ALI KHAN MAHERALI AND ALI KHAN SHOULD NOT USE NAME ALI A PAAK AND PAVITRA NAME OF ALI WHOS PANJTAN PAAK WITH PROPHET MOHAMMAD AND THEY’V SOULD REMEMBER OF PROPHET MOHAMMADS WORD ON GADIR-E-KHUMM WHERE THE 124000 PEOPLE TOGETHER
    ONCE AGAIN GO TO HELL ALL OF YOU WHOME EVER HAS PROMBLEM

  20. ray said,

    as an ismaili i would like to say something to anita whos even ismaili too.
    anita i dont know that you ever gone read this article from this web site but i still like to say something the artivle you wrote above,
    AS a IASMSILI you should know that our hazar imam is true leader and hes the only one who own this world and hes sinless hes purely clean he never ever comited any sin hes been very mrcy on us and hes been and if still have confusion than tell you what that nothing left for you but i have somethin for you every single moment as many time you can resite than E-MAIL me on rozirizu@gamil.com

    • abdullah said,

      TO;RAY
      buddy, you mean to say that agakhan is ALLAH? OR what??
      JUS GO TO THE GOOGLE AND KLICK prince aly salmaan khan, or princess yasmeen agakhan, and HAA ! JUST KLICK “RITA HAYWARTH” and you will see what is your imam up to.
      IMAM`S FAMILY IS a yahoodi by caste, who r the ENEMIES OF ALLAH, just read quran and see what ALLAH says about YAHOODIES.

      IF U R

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  22. Abdu ar-Rahman said,

    Why was my comment deleted? There was nothing insulting in it, simply the truth. It was better and more polite than some of the stuff that is left on here.

  23. ismailism said,

    Abdu, your comments were deleted because they had nothing to do with the topic on hand.

  24. AA said,

    Please delete my comment as well. Thank you. Glad to see some facilitation here, keeping unmoderated comments on religious blog is never advisable.

  25. Haroon al-ameri said,

    The origin story of

    Mr. Akberally Mehrally lives in Vancouver. He was once the member of a committee in Bombay to awaken the Ismailis for midnight bandagi. His father was a generous and was the biggest donor in the Diamond Jubilee of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah in Bombay in 1946. His grandfather had gone to Central Asia with Pir Sabzali in 1923.

    He came in Karachi and continued his khidmat in the Jamatkhana. He was the Mukhi of Life Dedication Mandali, the President of the Regional Council and the Chairman of the Ismailia Youth Service in Karachi. He was the owner of two printing press, one of which he gifted to the Tariqah Board in 1975 when he left Karachi for Canada. Soon after his arrival in Vancouver, he entered into the the jamati politics and disputed with the leaders and at last he started propaganda against the leaders through leaflets. Ultimately, he began to speak against our ceremonies and went as far as against our beloved Imam.

    It is said that the anti-Ismaili camp cooperated with him, especially the Saudi Arabia. He was financed in his campaign against Ismailis and wrote many books for this purpose.

    In 1989, the Council of British Colombia excommunicated him officially, whose announcement was made in the world Ismaili Jamatkhanas. This is the brief account of Akber Mehrally.

    Akbarally, the son of Mehrally or Akbarally Mehrally is the owner of a shoes store in Vancouver, just behind the residence of late missionary Abu Aly. He is over 70 years old and suffers with diabetic. He is virtually blind by one eye. He came in Vancouver about in 1975 and was then a staunch Ismaili, but due to his dispute with the leaders of the Canadian Council (I dont know nature of his dispute), he began to rebuke him verbally and then through leaflets. It was actually a trial period of his faith (iman), but he did not control himself and began to broadcast his anti-propaganda against the Ismailis and then openly against our faith and Imam. At least he was outcast from the community in 1989.

    If one has faith, it does not mean that he is a true follower of the Imam. Faith can be dwindled during the trial, therefore, the Imam emphasised upon us to pray for the strength of the faith daily. A building cannot be raised without a long program of its construction, but the same built building can be easily demolished. Likewise, faith cannot so easily be strong, but it needs time, but it breaks in twinkle of eyes. Regards.

    • abdullah said,

      hello bhai, the story you r giving here is not the truth, .
      Actually, he was blessed with the actual imaan, from ALLAH , (SWT) ehich opened his EYES.and now akber ali is trying to open the eyes of we all ismailis.
      bro ,y r u taking pains to enter the HELL =FIRE?? by quoting the wrong story.JUST TO SAVE THE IMAGE OF AGAKHAN.
      WHAT EVER AKBERALLY SAYS IN HIS TEXT is 1000% RIGHT.

      • Nurali Lakhani said,

        Sir, Could you pl give me email ID of Akbarally Maherally–would like to write to him.You know you can awake a man who is really sleeping but not one who is pretending to sleep

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  27. Amin Jiwan said,

    surah 2 ayat 31 and he taught adam all the names, then shoed them to the angels,saying:Inform me of the namesof these if ye are truthful.ayat 32.they said :be glorified we have no knowldgesaving that which thou hat taught us,Lothou only thou art the knower the wise.ayat 33 He said :O Adam,Inform them of their names, and when he had informed them of their names, He said : Did I not tell you that I know the secret of the heavens and the earth? And I know that which ye disclose and which ye hide.Ayat 34 And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, They fell prostrate , all save Iblis. He demured through pride and became a disbeliever. Through the above ayats Akbarmaherali should realise that though knowledgeable he too is misguided by not following the Imam of the time

    • abdullah said,

      hi sympathier, aka khoja.i know you very well as i was a friend of you ,once upon a time ,we used to sit and chat in khoja ismaili`s TORONTO council, at the time when you posted this article , BUT let me tell you I M ALSO NOW REVERTED TO ISLAM .
      I M TALKING TO (you)THE PERSON WHO HAS GIVEN THE REPLY ON THE AKBERALI MAHERALI`S TEXT.
      ((((Since I am not an Ismaili, tho I am sympathetic to its beliefs and practices, I have no problem taking this critic on. The following are just a few notes concerning Meherally’s text on the History of the Aga Khans (which is actually a short summary of Meherally’s two books attacking the Ismaili faith and its Imam))))).pl jhoot ku chupane ke liye ,,jhoot ka sahara mut Loo.

      even hindus or any other relegion will not agree with any of the religious beleifs of khojas.
      i m sure u r in a pretex of someone else, BUT i m sure that u r a (FRAUD=khoja)because i know u very well, AND YOU TOO WILL COME TO KNOW ABOUT ME IN YOUR JAMAT KHANNA..
      u know that what ever u r doing is all the FAKE-ceremony in the name of religion, ACTUALLY , ISMAILI-ISM IS NOT ANY ISM, its a CORPORATE business of AGAKHAN.
      Fooling ppl ,from GUJRAT ( this khoja-ism started from gujarat and then mumbai, as many of gujrati khojas moved to mumbai in search of jobs.
      SO PL STOP FOOLING WITH YOUR OWN SELF.
      BE SMART and not be a dumb.
      yours friend ,
      now reverted to islam.
      ABDULLAH. canada.

      • abdullah said,

        hi sympathier, MR SOMJEE !! from TORONTO.
        I FORGET TO GIVE YOUR NAME ABOVE< AS YOU KNOW ME VERY WELL ,LAST WEEK WE HAD A TELEPHONIC CONVERSATION reg THIS ARTICLE.
        aka khoja.i know you very well as i was a friend of you ,once upon a time ,we used to sit and chat in khoja ismaili`s TORONTO council, at the time when you posted this article I WAS ALSO THE MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL LIKE YOU,and i was also sitting besides you ,when u posted this article, TO SAVE THE lizy-busy SKIN OF AGAKHAN.
        ,,,,,,NO MATTER ,the dated may be in a jumble for a month or a year, akberali is not a historian, but AGAKHAN IS A FRAUD. we all REVERTED ismailis know well and i pray to ALLAH that one day will come ,even YOU WILL EMBERACE ISLAM, like me.
        , BUT let me tell you
        I M TALKING TO (you)THE PERSON WHO HAS GIVEN THE REPLY ON THE AKBERALI MAHERALI`S TEXT…….. WHICH reads below.
        ((((Since I am not an Ismaili, tho I am sympathetic to its beliefs and practices, I have no problem taking this critic on. The following are just a few notes concerning Meherally’s text on the History of the Aga Khans (which is actually a short summary of Meherally’s two books attacking the Ismaili faith and its Imam))))).

      • Nurali Lakhani said,

        Dear Sir,Do we need any religion at all? It is all blind faith, surprise is how such highly educated well read people shia or Sunni can believe in all this Ali Allah –I am sure religion is man made thing and has brought immense unhappiness and misery to human race

  28. abdullah said,

    TO;RAY
    buddy, you mean to say that agakhan is ALLAH? OR what??
    JUS GO TO THE GOOGLE AND KLICK prince aly salmaan khan, or princess yasmeen agakhan, and HAA ! JUST KLICK “RITA HAYWARTH” and you will see what is your imam up to.
    IMAM`S FAMILY IS a yahoodi by caste, who r the ENEMIES OF ALLAH, just read quran and see what ALLAH says about YAHOODIES.

    if you r really a human being u will kill your self, after reading the text of PRINCE ALY KHAN & RITA HAYWORTH, Its killingggggggggggg
    IF U R

  29. Rahim jindani said,

    Dear friend… One thing i want you all to remember is that “when Allah created Adam He ordered Malaeeks (Angles) to bow down to him. Now the question arises that do Adam was not man so why Allah ordered to bow down to Adam…because of that action of Allah can we speculate that Allah Himself did Shirk? I think no… Allah dose not order to bow down to Adam till He did not put His Noor in this sculpture of Adam. So we as Ismailis never bow down to body of Aga Khan but the Noor He has… when we see Quran-pak we often found the Ayas about Allah’s powers and the things He can do. so the point is that Allah who just say qul the things automatically be done. He the powerful Al-mighty can’t come to earth as Human. If Allah does so, that would be very small thing for Him…. I think u got the point that is why Pir.Shams said in Ginan Haq tu Pak tu ……

  30. akbar kabira said,

    m also khoja esmaili i often go 2 j.k but let me tel u rahim jindani….dan allah also said ther is no bow except him…if sum1 does it he vil do shirk… N der is no forgivenes of duin shirk lyk v do…n our womens do they cum 2 jamat khana in d name of prayers n wear jeans tshrt sumtimes shorts n do flirt wth guyz n exchanged numbers…n do makeup lipstick which is haraam,n dese all khoja grls dresup lik yahudi n enter to j.k… V itself on recite ..alhamdullilahil rabbil aalamin arrahmanirahim n v itself on do rhirk haraam gunah by bowin dat bhikari chor aaga khan? Y ? Jagjao .mashallah ma whole family converted to islam… Allhamdullilah summa alhamdullah

  31. Mehrun said,

    I have just perused some remarks and I would like to say this:

    Allah has not left mankind without a guide from time immemorial. From the 1st man, Adam, who was the first prophet to Prophet Muhammad, (puh) God sent a total of 124,000 prophets who came to different parts of the world, speaking different languages to teach the people about one God. Even when Moses left his people for a mere 40 days, to go up the mountains, he appointed his brother Aaron to take care of the Jews. Why would Allah therefore decide to leave no guidance for mankind after Prophet Muhammad?

    Prophet Muhammad (puh) had said when he left the world:

    “I am leaving behind me two weighty things, the Quran and my Ahl-al-bayt (the Prophet’s Family). “They are tied by a long rope (Ismailis believe that “rope” to be the rope of Imamat, one Imam following another). If you follow them both, you will never go astray and they will meet me on the Day of Judgment”.

    Prophet Muhammad (puh) also during his last piligrimage at Ghadir Khum held Hazrat Ali’s hand and said: “Ali is the Mowla of those whose Mowla I am”, etc. etc. (The Sunnis up until recently were denying this incident ever took place, today they agree that this incident indeed took place but are now questioning the word “Mowla”. This incident is reported in the Islamic Encylopaedia.)

    Sayings of Prophet Muhammad (puh) re Hazrat Ali (the 1st Imam of Shias and the 4th Caliph of Sunnis):
    “I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its Gate”.
    ” Ali and I are of the Same Light.”
    “Ali is to me what Aaron was to Moses”

    I think all the above sayings of the Prophet are self-explanatory but I would just like to dwell on the first one. The Prophet is saying I am the one with the knowledge but to get to me, you have to go through Ali.

    There are many more sayings of Prophet Muhammad about Hazrat Ali that I will not go into because I am not writing a history book about Ismailism. Those who are interested could read books about Ismailism from the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS). These are authenthic books published after a lot of research and the IIS is not a prejudicial body that publishes garbage, like Meherali does. It has well learned Muslim scholars not just Ismailis but Christians, Sunnis, twelver shia, etc. Two books I would highly recommend are “The Ruby of Badakshan” by Alice C. Hunsberger and “Early Shii Thought” by Arzina Lalani.

    Ruby of Badakhan traces the path of one parsi by the name of Nasir Khusraw who had an easy fun loving life. One night a voice tells him to “:wake up” and in that dream he sees the “Ka’aba”. Soon after that he changes his life completely and started his journey in search of a religion. He started reading about various religions. Then he read the Quran and there was one part of the Quran that was troubling him. Ayat 48:10 which says, paraphrasing: “that those who take allegiance from Prophet Muhammad, is as if they have taken alliegiance from Allah himself”. So he thought that Allah is not that unjust that Allah would only give preferance to those people who were born during the time of the Prophet and not to those after or before the Prophet. So he thought that because Allah was not unjust that there must be someone in this world that he can take alliegiance from, that would amount to taking alliegance from Allah Himself. So he had to look for that someone. And then Nasir finally after Mecca and Medinah, ends up in Cairo, where our Imams were Fatimid rulers and he remembers the saying of Prophet (puh) that “He is the City of Knowlege and Ali is its Gate. I would highly recommend this book.

    As Ismailis we have had 48 Imams, Hazrat Ali is the first and the present Imam, Shah Karim is the 49th, direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Bibi Fatima.

    There is some talk that Ismailis do not follow 5 Pillars of Islam, Ismailis actually have 7 pillars, not 5.

    Ismailis pray 3 times a day but we are told to think about Allah all the time 24/7. There is nowhere in the Quran, where it says Muslims have to pray 5 times a day. I have read the Quran and it says that Muslims should pray three times a day at the two ends of the day (i.e. dawn and dusk), which Ismailis do. (Pillar 1)

    Ismailis give to charity. Our Aga Khan Development Network serves not only poor Ismailis, or the Muslims but the Third world through its programs of education, healthcare, social, childcare, welfare, etc (Pillar 2)

    Fasting: Has a deeper meaning than not to eat for just one month of Ramadhan. It actually means that you will not open your mouth to commit sins by speaking bad about others, not have bad thoughs, think about those who don’t have food, etc etc. What’s the point of fasting by not taking any food or drink for one month and the next month commit murder or whatever? Committing sins on one hand but fasting from food is not fasting. So for Ismailis, we have to fast throughout the year, not just one month of Ramadhan. (Pillar 3)

    Hajj: Hazrat Ali was born in the Kaa’ba. The only person ever to be born in the Ka’aba. The Sunnis don’t dispute that fact. We believe that the light Prophet Muhammad had and that was passed to Hazrat Ali is the same light that our 49th Imam has and that light will continue until the day of Judgment like the Prophet said. (Pillar 4)

    Jihad: doesn’t mean a physical war. It means that you have to fight your inner battles with yourself. Sometimes, you want to do something bad, or you think bad of someone, then you have to do an inner struggle i.e. a jihad to fight that bad thought. Ismailis have to fight a jihad in that sense and that’s what the Quran means.

    Finally, on the question of “burka”. There is no mention in the Quran of wearing burka. The Quran only says that women should be dressed decently.

    Also, the Quran is very specific that men and women should be treated equally and have the same rights. Prophet Muhamad (puh) also treated women fairly and gave both the sexes equal rights. As Ismailis, the women have the same rights as the men. So what’s wrong with that? .

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  33. Nurali Lakhani said,

    Sirs, You can’t reject every thing Maherali says.Very idea of calling himself God or God like and followers –well read and educated believing this is only blind faith, In fact Maherali like that child in story shouting King is naked,has given opportunity to so called believers to think seriously

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