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Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, showers his paternal and maternal blessings on his spiritual children around the world in light of the present crisis

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, has sent a message with blessings for his global Ismaili followers, which is shared here by Malik Talib, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. The message is reproduced from the official website of the Ismaili community. – Ed.

By MALIK TALIB
(Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum)

On the occasion of Navroz, our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam blessed us with a Talika Mubarak conveying special blessings for Mushkil Asan, and prayers for our health and well-being. Today, I am pleased to share with you that, recently, in a communication to the International Steering Group coordinating the efforts to ensure the Jamat’s safety and wellbeing, Mawlana Hazar Imam was pleased to bestow blessings for the Jamat as follows: 

“Please convey my best paternal and my best maternal loving blessings to my worldwide Jamat, and tell them that I think of them every minute of the day, each day, and I pray for Mushkil Asan and for their peace and happiness. We must remain strong and prepare to build, and to build well, when this crisis passes.”

It is in our Tariqah’s long-standing tradition that Mawlana Hazar Imam provides guidance to the Jamat at all times, including during crises, and the Jamat relies on the Imam of the Time’s blessings and direction. Hazar Imam’s message also stated the following:

“The world is facing a challenging time, and in these moments it is important that the Jamat remains united and focused on helping those who will need assistance and hand-holding.”

Hazar Imam expressed his happiness that all the institutions are working collectively to address the challenges that the Jamat is facing under the current circumstances, and reiterated that the Jamat’s safety, security and wellbeing is paramount.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread at an alarming rate, it is clear that the single most important action that we can take is to meticulously follow the advice of global health authorities by prioritising the requirements of “physical distancing” to protect ourselves, our families, and our Jamats. This means staying home as much as possible, and following the guidelines for washing hands regularly and thoroughly, avoiding contact with others, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and self-isolating if symptoms arise.

This is a difficult time. We all miss attending Jamatkhana and meeting our family and friends. But for their safety and your own, we must stay strong. Through this period, let us stay connected with our family, friends and neighbours over the phone or through technology. Physical distancing does not mean social distancing – we must stay united as One Jamat and support each other. And let us remember to draw at all times on our faith for comfort and solace by calling on the tasbih as guided by Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Looking forward, Mawlana Hazar Imam has encouraged us to turn our focus to rebuilding, and perhaps in some cases repositioning, when this crisis passes, and focus our efforts to build a stronger future for the global Jamat.

Let us submit our humble Shukrana to Mawlana Hazar Imam for his blessings, encouragement and hope, and pray for the global Jamat’s safety, well-being and Mushkil Asan.

Ameen.

Date posted: March 29, 2020.

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Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

Malik Talib was appointed as Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum by Mawlana Hazar Imam on the occasion of his 83rd Salgirah on December 13, 2019. Prior to that he was the President of His Highness the Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Canada for a period of seven years. Malik follows the tradition of members of his family who have before him served the Jamat and the Imam of the Time for generations.

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A guide to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee Farman Mubarak quotes that will uplift our hearts, and reaffirm that we are always in his care, presence and protection

By MALIK MERCHANT
with contribution from NURIN MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos)

Over the weekend, the Ismaili published a message from Chairman Malik Talib of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF) which includes the following blessings from Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan:

“Please convey my best paternal and my best maternal loving blessings to my worldwide Jamat, and tell them that I think of them every minute of the day, each day, and I pray for Mushkil Asan and for their peace and happiness. We must remain strong and prepare to build, and to build well, when this crisis passes.….The world is facing a challenging time, and in these moments it is important that the Jamat remains united and focused on helping those who will need assistance and hand-holding.”

The Jamat was also blessed by Mawlana Hazar Imam in a Mubarak Talika sent on the occasion of Navroz. His prayers for our mushkil asan (protection from difficulties), health and well-being has been providing us much needed strength and courage to face and deal with the difficult times the COVID-19 pandemic has brought us.

We are additionally fortunate that thousands of Ismaili families around the world now have access to Farman Mubarak made by Mawlana Hazar Imam between 2011 and 2018. A set of two books was published recently, including a stand-alone volume of 45 Farman Mubarak delivered in 11 countries during the Diamond Jubilee year.

With the Farman book set missing an essential index, we felt it appropriate to prepare a guide to the Farmans that you may wish to read at a time in our lives when the COVID-19 pandemic has everyone worried, and has many of us cooped up indoors. What better way to spend your day than snuggling into your favourite chair with a nice hot cup of chai, reading the Imam’s guidance and blessings that he has bestowed upon us.

It is our humble hope that the references provided below will encourage you to read the Farman Mubarak quotes, and that by doing so, your hearts will be filled with joy, being reminded that Mawlana Hazar Imam is always present with each one of his murids at all times. We are confident that in the process of reading the references, you will be inspired to read the Farmans in full. Parents may wish to highlight the Farmans for their children, and also ask them to read the Farmans aloud, which can help build their confidence in public speaking, and enhance their oratory skills.

We also encourage the youth of the Jamat to read the Farmans, as this will enable them to better understand Mawlana Hazar Imam’s guidance, as well as the expectations and aspirations he has for every one of us, in every facet of our lives.

We will continue with this endeavour with more Farman Mubarak references in the coming days and weeks.

A guide to Farman Mubarak made by Mawlana Hazar Imam during his Diamond Jubilee Year: Part 1

Title: Farman Mubarak of Mawlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, Diamond Jubilee: 2017 – 2018.
Details: Softcover, 236 pages; published in 2019 by Islamic Publications Limited, Aga Khan Center, London, UK, under exclusive license from His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Contents: Preface + 45 Farman Mubarak made in France, Uganda, Tanzania, Canada, Pakistan, UAE, India, USA, Kenya, UK and Portugal.
Availability: Jamatkhana literature counters.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, during his Diamond Jubilee visit at Taus, Pakistan
Mawlana Hazar Imam Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee Darbar at Taus, Yasin. Photo: The Ismaili.

Preface

  • Page (p.) 7; top: Noor of Imamat

Farman Mubarak 1, Aiglemont, France

  • p. 12, 2nd para: Imam of the Time, Importance of Faith of Forefathers, Getting Comfort from Faith;
  • p. 12, last para. to p. 13, 6th para: Blessings

Farman Mubarak 2, Kampala, Uganda

  • p. 15, 2nd and last para: Role of Younger Generation, Education, Faith, Intellect

Farman Mubarak 3, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

  • p. 21, 2nd para: Education, New Knowledge, Best Practices

Farman Mubarak 4, Toronto, Canada

  • p. 25, 2nd para: Youth, Sense of Mission
  • p. 25, 3rd and last para., and p. 26, 1st and 2nd para: Soul, Tasbih, Allah’s Remembrance
  • p. 27, please read entire page: Education to Reduce Poverty, Role of Younger Generation, Blessings

Farman Mubarak 5, Toronto, Canada

  • p. 28, 4th and last para. to p. 29, 4th and last para: Upholding Faith, Inspiration from Faith, Islam, Science, Intellectual Vanity

Farman Mubarak 7, Toronto, Canada

  • p. 39, please read entire page: Mehmani Acceptance, Imam’s Happiness, No Such Thing Like a Final Mulaqat

Farman Mubarak 8, Montreal, Canada

  • p. 43, 1st para. (in italics): Imam with Jamat at all Times

Farman Mubarak 9, Montreal, Canada

  • p. 47, 1st para: Imporatnce of Laughter and Happiness, Working Together for Future Capacity

Farman Mubarak 10, Garamchasma, Chitral, Pakistan

  • p. 49, 2nd para: Living Peacefully with People Around You
  • p. 51, 2nd para: Blessings for Ruhani
  • p.51, 3rd para: Volunteers

Farman Mubarak 11, Booni, Chitral, Pakistan

  • p. 55, 3rd and last para. with continuation on p. 56, 1st para: Drugs and Respecting Imam’s Wishes
  • p. 57, 4th para: Imam’s Assurance He is Always with Us.

Farman Mubarak 12, Taus, Ghizer, Pakistan

  • p. 58, 3rd para: Meaning of Social Relations, Bringing People Together
  • p. 59, 2nd para: Faith Principle, Ethics, Avoid Evil
  • p. 59, 3rd para: Childhood Education
  • p. 59, 4th para: More Ethics
  • p.61, 3rd para: Nazrana and its Multiplication, Mushkil Asan

Farman Mubarak 13, Hunza, Pakistan

  • p. 65, 2nd para: Blessings, Smiling Faces

To be continued….

Date posted: March 29, 2020.
Last updated: March 31, 2020. (typos, page # corrections)

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Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

Barakah welcomes your feedback. Please complete the LEAVE A REPLY form below or send your comment to simerg@aol.com if you don’t see the comment box. Your letter may be edited for length and brevity, and is subject to moderation.

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Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan III, on a World War (III) of a different kind

By MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos)

I have been ever so reluctant to raise this matter and share something that grabbed my attention during one of my longer stays at my parent’s place over the past 20 years. During those multi-week stays, I had the opportunity of going through my late dad Jehangir Merchant’s archives of family letters, hand-written notes as well as old magazine and newspaper articles that he had preserved for many, many years. For example, I discovered letters exchanged between my mum and him from the early 1950’s. I came across a 1961 penciled letter that my dad wrote to my mum from an internment camp in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique, a few days after my mum had given birth to my youngest brother. During my latest visit, I read a very descriptive letter that he had penned to my mum from both Aswan and Cairo when Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah was permanently laid to rest in 1959. It was, in a sense, a kind of a serialized letter because there were “to be continued” notes throughout the letter.

Some of the material I found in my dad’s archives has been published in Simerg, Barakah, and Simergphotos. One such piece published in Barakah recently was Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah’s historical visit to Iran in 1951.

Anyway, one of my most astonishing discoveries took place several years ago, long before any of my websites were created. It was a very tiny report that appeared on the front page of either the Tanganyika Standard or the East African Standard from the 1950’s.

At first glance, I did not notice anything of significance on the page, aside from the fact that it was over 65 years old. However, I knew that my dad was detail-oriented, and kept important and historical clippings regardless of their sizes, so my curiosity was deepened.

As I examined every column on the page, I came across a very tiny, perhaps even smaller than a 1.5″ x 1.5″ column, on Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah. I had never seen such as small report on the late Imam considering its importance. It concerned a question the Imam was asked – whether he believed that there would be a World War III. The Imam replied in the affirmative, but said that it would be a totally different kind of a war! There was no further elaboration in the newspaper.

From that day onwards, I have remained quite puzzled about what that “different war” might be. Today, as the COVID-19 crisis deepens, and given its status as a worldwide pandemic affecting the lives of billions of people, I’ve begun to read headlines such as ‘It’s World War III’: local health officials bracing for surge in COVID-19 cases. In a brief introduction to Morgan Housel’s article Common Enemies that appears in Collaborative Fund, Dale Roberts pens as follows in Fighting Covid is World War 3. “Who knew that World War 3 (WWIII) would be against a virus that we cannot see? That would be almost no one. But that is the case. That is the reality…..Fighting COVID-19 is World War 3.” It is worth reading Dale’s introduction as well as Housel’s insightful article in which he writes: “World War II united most of the world against a common enemy in a way that’s incredibly rare. Cooperation within, and between, countries surged….The fight against COVID-19 is nearly identical in that respect. This may be the first time since the 1940s that so much of the world is united so firmly against such a specific foe.”

Of course, the COVID-19 crisis has not been officially declared as World War III. However, we have a deepening world crisis which has seen the USA come up with a 2 trillion dollar bailout for its economy. Other countries have taken similar steps. The numbers of confirmed cases and deaths reported in worldometers keep on rising. There are more than 130 countries with COVID-19 cases ranging from 30 in Uganda to 122,246 in the USA. As of March 28, 2020, there were more than 662,800 coronavirus cases, with over 30,800 deaths around the world.

I am of course determined to locate that astonishing clipping in the coming years as I get an opportunity to review my parent’s literary archives once again after having successfully separated ‘the wheat from the chaff’ in the last two decades.

At this time, I can only assure readers that I vividly remember Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah’s very brief interview report. My recollection is 100% accurate. I just have to find the clipping, and when I do find it I will share its image with Barakah’s readers.

Finally, I am also reminded of a Farman following the dissolution of the Soviet Empire in which Mawlana Hazar Imam said that inshallah there won’t be any wars in the future. Let that wish always be our hope and prayer.

Date posted: March 28, 2020.

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Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

Barakah welcomes your feedback. Please complete the LEAVE A REPLY form below or send your comment to simerg@aol.com if you don’t see the comment box. Your letter may be edited for length and brevity, and is subject to moderation.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam sends talika on the occasion of Navroz with special blessings for mushkil asan, and prayers for the Jamat's health and well-being

[The message is reproduced from the official website of the Ismaili community. The sub-titles shown in this post are our own and not part of the original article in the Ismaili – Ed.]

By MALIK TALIB
(Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum)

On the occasion of Navroz, our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam has most graciously sent a Talika Mubarak to be shared with our global Jamat, which reads as follows:

My dear Malik,

On the occasion of Navroz, I send to my worldwide Jamat my best blessings for peace and happiness in their lives.

I am also sending my special blessings for Mushkil Asan for my Jamats wherever they may be, and I pray for their health and their well-being.

Yours affectionately,

Aga Khan

I convey warm Mubarak to the global Jamat on the occasion of Navroz and, on behalf of all the murids world-wide, I express humble shukrana to our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam for the gracious Talika.

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Guidance Central to Ismaili Institutions’ decision making during the COVID-19 crisis

….Malik Talib’s message continues below

The festival of Navroz is a time for hope, optimism, renewal, and faith – even in times of uncertainty and difficulty.

I would like to assure the Jamat that all Jamati institutions and leaders around the world are doing everything possible to ensure the Jamat’s safety and security.

For so many of us, the temporary suspension placed on Jamatkhana gatherings is perhaps the most difficult among the wide array of disruptions to our everyday lives. The decision to temporarily suspend our Jamatkhana gatherings was not taken lightly, and was implemented in accordance with Hazar Imam’s guidance to comply with government and public health guidelines around the world.

While we appreciate that this indeed is a very difficult disruption, and that we are no longer able to gather physically at the present time, we remain unified in our faith, in devotion and compassion.

These bonds of community have sustained throughout the vagaries of time and history, and will continue in the difficult weeks and months ahead. As we prepare ourselves, we will work together as a united Jamat.

It is of great importance that we follow the directions given by the Jamati institutions who are working with the AKDN [Aga Khan Development Network] to ensure compliance with government measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

Ours is an esoteric faith. Our Imam has time and time again reminded us of the importance of spiritual contemplation, reflection, personal search and prayer. In these moments we will find peace and solace to overcome our current challenges. We would be well advised to recall Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Farmans regarding engaging in personal prayer, when we are unable to attend Jamatkhana. It is my conviction that adhering to this guidance will bring us comfort in these challenging times.

Virtual Jamatkhanas are inappropriate

….Malik Talib’s message continues below

The temporary closure of our Jamatkhanas has resulted in the appearance of electronic and digital channels offering a “virtual Jamatkhana”. This is clearly inappropriate, as a Jamatkhana may only be established and function under the Imam’s authority, through his institutions and appointed Mukhi-Kamadias.

At this time in particular, it is critical that we understand the risks of misinformation and miscommunication, and rely only on credible government and Jamati institutional sources – including The Ismaili – the official website and social media channels for the Jamat.

At a time of increased economic anxiety, it is also imperative that we act rationally, with prudence and sound judgement.

COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s thoughts

….Malik Talib’s message continues below

The current developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic have been at the forefront of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s thoughts, and I would like to inform the Jamat that, following Mawlana Hazar Imam’s guidance, an international Steering Group has been established to coordinate the efforts to ensure the Jamat’s safety and well-being, and to support the responses being undertaken in each national Jamati jurisdiction.
 
These are difficult times. However, as one Jamat, our faith unites us, and gives us the strength, courage and hope to face this adversity, and emerge from it, a stronger community, bound by our values, and our allegiance to the Imam-of-the-Time.

Let us offer shukrana for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s continued love, grace, protection and guidance, and pray for the Jamat’s safety, good health and Mushkil Asan.

Ameen.

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A Note from the Publisher/Editor of Barakah

By MALIK MERCHANT

Nothing can be more gratifying for a murid of Mawlana Hazar Imam than receiving his blessings on the occasion of Navroz, as well as special blessings for Mushkil Asan at this particular time of a world wide novel coronavirus pandemic. Instead of celebrating Navroz in Jamatkhanas, we will be observing it in our unique ways in our homes. This is unprecedented in recent history! However we have received the Imam’s Blessings as we would in Jamatkhanas. That should bring contentment and happiness in our hearts and give us immense strength and hope for the future.

The message from Malik Talib, the Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, has outlined our responsibilities as members of a universal brotherhood. It is important that we follow the instructions of the leaders at this time of crisis, and act according to the wishes of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Date posted: March 21, 2019.

We invite our readers to share their feelings, Navroz greetings, and unique experiences during the extraordinary events that are taking place in light of COVID-19. Please complete the LEAVE A REPLY box below. If the form is not shown, please send your comment to Simerg@aol.com.

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Malik Talib was appointed as Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum by Mawlana Hazar Imam on the occasion of his 83rd Salgirah on December 13, 2019. Prior to that he was the President of His Highness the Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Canada for a period of seven years. Malik follows the tradition of members of his family who have before him served the Jamat and the Imam of the Time for generations.

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Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

Please join/like Barakah at http://www.facebook.com/1000fold and also follow us at http://twitter.com/simerg.

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On the birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali, 10 principles that will assist us for spiritual growth during the coming Navroz

Compiled and prepared by MALIK MERCHANT
(Publisher-Editor, BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos)

As Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, how can we grow closer to the Noor of Imamat and experience spiritual growth? No doubt, our spiritual practices aid us in the process of spiritual development. However the fruit of that practice for spiritual barakah (happiness) multiplies many folds when we seek to apply meaningful virtues in our daily lives. These include the cardinal virtues of honesty, patience, kindness, generosity, courage, justice and prudence.

As we commemorate the birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) on 13th Rajab (March 7, 2020) and also celebrate the New Year, Navroz, on March 21, let us reflect on some of Hazrat Ali’s principles that will bring us immense happiness in our daily lives as well as give us a boost in our religious and spiritual practices.

On this happy and auspicious occasion, we offer our humble and deep shukrana (gratitude) to Mawlana Shah Karim al Hussaini Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, for guiding his spiritual children on the path of Sirat al-Mustaqim (the Straight Path), a 1400 year legacy from the time of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (S.A.S.) and our first Imam, Hazrat Ali.

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Introduction: The Prophet’s Household

To them (the Household of the Prophet)
pertain the noblest of human virtues described in the Qur’an,
and they are the treasures of the Beneficent Allah.
When they speak, they speak the truth,
but when they keep quiet, no one can out strip them… Hazrat Ali

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10 Inspiring Teachings of Hazrat Ali

PRAYER

Commit yourselves to prayer
and be watchful over it.
Pray as much as you can
and seek nearness to God through it

A TENDER HEART

Have a tender heart,
as tender as a fistful of green grass;
be not arrogant and stiff as a tree
upright in a forest.

Be as soft as silk.

CONDUCT

Gold remains in this world,
but right conduct (adab) enable you to meet your lord.

CONSULTATION

One who is headstrong and opinionated perishes,
while one who seeks the advice of others
becomes a partner in their understanding.

PATIENCE

One who perseveres patiently
will not be without success,
even if it takes a long time.

STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY

A tree is toppled in a storm,
but grass bends and sways happily with the wind.

THE PRECIOUSNESS OF TIME

The waters of a river do not turn back;
neither does one’s age.

WEALTH AND GENEROSITY

The best of wealth is that
which is spent in the Name and way of the Lord

KNOWLEDGE

One who acts without knowledge
is like one who walks off the road.
Then his deviating from the clear path
takes him farther and farther away from
his destination.
But one who acts with knowledge
is like one who walks on the clear path.
Therefore, one should see
whether he is moving forward
towards his goal or going backwards

SUMMARY: VIRTUES OF THE BLESSED

Blessed is one
who is humble regarding himself,
whose livelihood is good,
whose inner thoughts are virtuous,
whose character is good,
who spends the surplus from his wealth
and removes superfluity from his speech,
who keeps his evil away from people.

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In difficult times, invoke Nadi Ali

Nadi Ali by Ottoman artist. Credit: Trustees of the British Museum. Barakah.com
A Nadi Ali calligraphy in nasta’liq script by 17th century Ottoman artist Fakhri of Busra (d. 1618). Photo Credit: © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Nadi Ali, Nadi Ali, Nadi Ali
Nadi Aliyyan mazhar al-ajaib
Tajidahu aunan lakafin-nawaib
Kullu hammin wa ghammin
sayanj-i Ali Bi wilayatika
Ya Ali, Ya Ali, Ya Ali.

Translation

Call Ali, Call Ali, Call Ali
Call Ali who is the manifestation of marvels;
You will find him your helper in calamities.
Every anxiety and grief will come to an end
Through your friendship,
O Ali, O Ali, O Ali.

Date posted: March 5, 2020.

Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

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Barakah welcomes your feedback. Please complete the LEAVE A REPLY form below or send your comment to simerg@aol.com. Your letter may be edited for length and brevity, and is subject to moderation.

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This website, Barakah, is a special project by http://www.Simerg.com and is dedicated to the textual and visual celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan and members of his family, as well as the Ismaili Imamat.

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Further reading: Hazrat Ali’s aphorisms and wise counsels got translated into numerous languages across the Muslim world. The Kalame Mawla is a moving poetic rendition of his teachings in Hindustani. The work exhorts the believers to observe virtues such as brotherhood, honesty and generosity. Please see Farouk Topan’s excellent piece on Kalame Mawla in our sister website Simerg

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