Festivals

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).

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
6 August 2020

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 reminds us of the love, devotion, and sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismail (peace be upon them).
Eid al-Adha reminds us of the love, devotion, and sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismail (peace be upon them).
Eid al-Adha
Eid al-Adha
30 July 2020

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.

Visit the.ismaili/ecards to view the selection of options and send your eCard.
Visit the.ismaili/ecards to view the selection of options and send your eCard.
The Ismaili greeting eCard service
The Ismaili greeting eCard service
28 July 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to relaunch its eCard greeting service. For the upcoming occasion of Eid al-Adha, choose from several unique designs, add a personal message, and send your eCard to multiple contacts at a time. Visit the.ismaili/ecards to get started.

Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon, as Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, Prince Hussain, Prince Aly Muhammad, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden look on.
Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon, as Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa, Prince Hussain, Prince Aly Muhammad, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden look on.
Imamat Day
Imamat Day
10 July 2020

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.

Traditionally, Eid ul-Fitr begins at sunset on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon, marking the beginning of the month of Shawwal.
Traditionally, Eid ul-Fitr begins at sunset on the night of the first sighting of the crescent moon, marking the beginning of the month of Shawwal.
Eid ul-Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr
23 May 2020

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
14 May 2020

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
23 April 2020

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 2020

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
20 March 2020

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.

Mawlana Hazar Imam sends a message for the Jamat
Mawlana Hazar Imam sends a message for the Jamat
20 March 2020

On the occasion of Navroz, The Ismaili is pleased to share a message from Malik Talib, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, which includes a message from Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Video: Navroz greetings from the global Jamat
19 March 2020

Navroz Mubarak from the global Jamat! While we are practicing physical distancing, remain connected to each other and celebrate the new year together with these video messages from all over the world.

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