In promoting the sanctity of human life, the Qur'an-e Shariff says that good health, like knowledge, is a divine gift. The family unit nurtures the lives of its members, assisting them in their physical and spiritual endeavours. The wellbeing of individuals, in-turn, contributes to the overall health of the family, and that of society at large.
Join us from the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, on 16 November 2019 for the annual Milad-Un-Nabi lecture to be delivered by Dr Yousef Casewit entitled "The Names of the Prophet."
Highlighting excellence in all aspects of education, State of Texas leaders met with representatives from the Aga Khan Academies, President of Council for Central USA, and Rizwan Sheikh, member of the Steering Committee for the Texas Agreement of Cooperation at Plano Jamatkhana on August 21, 2019.
Join us from the Ismail Centre, Lisbon, on 11 October 2019 for an International Lecture to be delivered by Professor Athar Sultan-Khan, Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Geneva School of Diplomacy. The theme of the lecture will focus on Multilateral Diplomacy in a Complex World. The event is due to begin at 5:00 PM UTC+1 and will be webcast at the.ismaili/live.
Join us at the Ismaili Centre London today, 2 October 2019, for a moderated panel discussion to celebrate 150 years of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s birth anniversary and the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence. The event is due to begin at 8:15 PM BST, and will be webcast at the.ismaili/live
The internal divisions of the Shi‘i community - as highlighted in the first part of this article, which was published in the last edition of The Ismaili USA - can be traced to the dispute over the succession to Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq (d. 148/765 CE). After his death, the majority of his followers eventually recognized his son Musa al-Kazim (d. 183/799 CE) as their next Imam. However, the other Shi‘i groups acknowledged the Imamat of Musa’s eldest half-brother Isma‘il, the eponym of the Isma‘ili Shi‘ia, or his son Muhammad b. Isma‘il as successors to the Imamat. Little is known about the life and career of Muhammad b. Isma‘il, the seventh Imam of the Isma‘ilis, who went into hiding, initiating a period of concealment (dawr al-satr) in early Ismaili history. This period of concealment lasted until the foundation of the Fatimid caliphate when the Ismaili Imams emerged openly as Fatimid Caliphs. Henceforth Imam Muhammad b. Isma‘il acquired the epithet al-Maktum (the hidden one), in addition to al-Maymun (the fortunate one).