What Ismailis Believe
The Persian word khudavind or khudawand means, “a king, prince, lord, master; or man of great authority.” Many Persian and Central Asian empires used this term throughout history to refer to people of high standing, including, at times, the sultan (ruler), wazir, government officials, and patrons.
Sunni and Shia Muslims share many central beliefs, including a belief in the Oneness of Allah (tawhid), and that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was the final Messenger of Allah, who received Divine revelations recorded in the Holy Qur’an.
As part of our series What Ismailis Believe, this short film details the historical origins of the Holy Qur'an, its significance to Muslim societies, and its inspiration in our daily lives.
Both Sunni and Shia Muslims believe in intercession. Believers ask those considered close to God to intercede with the Lord on their behalf.
This short film explores the meaning and history of Navroz, and highlights the diverse ways in which the festival is celebrated in different parts of the world.
The Imams of the Shia Ismaili Muslims are direct descendants of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family).
As part of a new series entitled What Ismailis Believe, Professor Ali Asani explains the significance of the recently observed festival of Mi’raj - the night journey of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family).