Festivals

An Arabic-script ambigram, where ‘Muhammad’ upside down is read as ‘Ali’ and vice versa.
An Arabic-script ambigram, where ‘Muhammad’ upside down is read as ‘Ali’ and vice versa.
Eid-e Ghadir
Eid-e Ghadir
26 July 2021

This week, Shia Muslims across the world observe Eid-e Ghadir, marking the anniversary of an important event in Muslim history. According to Shia belief, tradition, and interpretation of history, this occasion commemorates the pivotal gathering at Ghadir Khumm, when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) — based on a divine command from Allah — designated Hazrat Ali as his successor and the first in the continuing line of hereditary Imams.

Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha
19 July 2021

This week, alongside our sisters and brothers in Islam, we commemorate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. The occasion recalls the monotheistic ethos at the heart of the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Imamat Day
Imamat Day
10 July 2021

Foremost among the principles of the Shia Ismaili Tariqah of Islam is the recognition of the Imam of the Time. Imamat Day is an occasion to reaffirm this principle, express gratitude to Mawlana Hazar Imam, and to reaffirm our spiritual allegiance to the Imam and our commitment to the ethics of the faith.

Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr
12 May 2021

Muslims around the world look forward to Eid ul-Fitr as an occasion of peace, happiness, joy and festivity. It is a day for special prayers and the extension of forgiveness and generosity.

“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the leave of their Lord, with every command; peace it is until the break of dawn.” (Surah al Qadr, ayats 3-5)
“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the leave of their Lord, with every command; peace it is until the break of dawn.” (Surah al Qadr, ayats 3-5)
Laylat al-Qadr
Laylat al-Qadr
4 May 2021

Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, commemorates one of the most significant events in the history of Islam. It is the night when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) received the first revelation from Allah. 

Together with other Muslims, Ismailis celebrate Ramadan as a month of special felicity.
Together with other Muslims, Ismailis celebrate Ramadan as a month of special felicity.
Ramadan
Ramadan
10 April 2021

In Muslim tradition, Ramadan is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification through special observances such as fasting, the performance of good deeds – including charitable giving and voluntary service – and through personal sacrifices of material comforts. These observances can lead to spiritual fulfilment and a sense of renewal.

The first day of spring brings an outlook of hope and optimism.
The first day of spring brings an outlook of hope and optimism.
Navroz
Navroz
20 March 2021

This week, Ismaili Muslims worldwide observe Navroz (Nowruz), a festival that marks the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring. More generally, it signifies a time of spiritual renewal and physical rejuvenation, as well as a spirit of gratitude for blessings and an outlook of hope and optimism.

The folio depicts several angels, along with Buraq, the winged horse the holy Prophet is said to have ridden on Mi’raj.
The folio depicts several angels, along with Buraq, the winged horse the holy Prophet is said to have ridden on Mi’raj.
Mi‘raj — The night journey
Mi‘raj — The night journey
9 March 2021

This week, Ismailis around the world join many of their brothers and sisters in the wider Muslim Ummah in observing Mi‘raj. Esoteric interpretations of Islam tend to emphasise the spiritual significance of Mi‘raj, which is seen as a symbol of the journey of the soul, and the human potential to rise above the trappings of material life.

In this work of art, the sun and star bear the name of Hazrat Ali, while the wood panel from the Fatimid period pays homage to the rich historic artistic traditions of the Ismaili community.
In this work of art, the sun and star bear the name of Hazrat Ali, while the wood panel from the Fatimid period pays homage to the rich historic artistic traditions of the Ismaili community.
Yawm-e Ali
Yawm-e Ali
23 February 2021

This week, Ismailis and other Muslims mark Yawm‐e Ali, which commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali. On the occasion of Yawm-e Ali, Ismaili Muslims renew their commitment to the principles that Hazrat Ali exemplified, particularly the ethics of care, compassion, generosity, integrity, tolerance, forgiveness, brotherhood, and service to others.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a cake on behalf of the worldwide Jamat on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a cake on behalf of the worldwide Jamat on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Salgirah
Salgirah
12 December 2020

On 13 December 2020, Ismailis around the world will celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 84th birthday — an occasion to reflect on the unique spiritual bond that links each murid to the Imam-of-the-Time.

Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Milad-un-Nabi
Milad-un-Nabi
27 October 2020

This week, Muslims around the world commemorate Milad-un-Nabi, literally meaning the “birth of the Prophet.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was born in Mecca in the year 570 CE and grew up to be a respected merchant, known for his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from Allah, marking the commencement of his mission as Allah's last and final messenger.

To mark Muharram in some countries, processions take place in which alams are carried afloat. This alam dates back to the 16th century and features the mirror-image inscription of "ya Allah, ya Muhammad, ya Ali."
To mark Muharram in some countries, processions take place in which alams are carried afloat. This alam dates back to the 16th century and features the mirror-image inscription of "ya Allah, ya Muhammad, ya Ali."
Muharram
Muharram
20 August 2020

Muharram is a month of remembrance in the Islamic calendar, observed every year as a time to honour and respect the life and deeds of Hazrat Imam Husayn (peace be upon him).

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