Imamat Day Mubarak to my Nizari Ismā'īli Shia brethren who, as of today, will begin celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the appointment of their current spiritual and temporal leader, H.H. Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini – the 4th Aga Khan and their 49th Imām of the Time.
"Aga Khan" was initially an honorific secular title designated by the Qajar Empire of Persia. It would later be recognized by various communities and become a hereditary title of sorts. In more recent times, "Aga Khan" has been adopted, to some extent, as an added family name to the Imam's household.
The Nizāriyya Ismaili "Agakhani" Shi'i communities are as diverse, dynamic, and complex as their histories. Their organizational institutions, philosophical dispositions, theological orientations, and modes of action/articulation differentiates them from other Muslim sects, off-shoots, and denominations.
Featured somewhat prominently in their belief systems are often concepts pertaining to the infallibility of their blood-based divinely ordained/rationally succeeded leadership; the cyclical natures of time and the emanations of creation; and the emphases given to pluralism and pragmatism while emphasizing an inward striving towards an evolving gnostic or esoteric (batin) doctrinalism.
Many of the interconnected organizations and networks of the modern-day Ismaili Jamat are known for their endeavours in international development and humanitarian work.
The image showcases decorative and devotional items, including photos of Aga Khan IV, a zikar tasbih (similar to prayer beads but designed for numerologically-specific repetitive practices for remembering the Divine), and Aab-i-Shifaa ("water of purity" also called "niyaz" among other names) – this is essentially water that is ritually blessed and sanctified by the Imam.
Gwadar, Old city #JamatKhana and a #newfriend - 2017
Did you know, #Ismailis were the 1st settelers in #Gwadar going back to the 18th century. One of the first four schools, made by #AgaKhan Education Services, was established in Gwadar around 1905.
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