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Synergy: Simerg | The Garden of Ideas: An Example of Collaboration & Partnership – Aga Khan Museum, Artists & Corporate Sponsors

“The Garden of Ideas” is a collection of fascinating, inspiring and vibrant works of art by a team of six Pakistani artists in the gallery spaces inside the Aga Khan Museum as well as outside in the Park. The exhibition received a major boost when three international corporate sponsors stepped in with a generous donation. The three…

Images of some stamps and coins issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran between 1990 and 2010 commemorating the Idd-e-Ghadir. The inscriptions inlude the Shahada, Qur’anic ayats and the declaration made by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir Khumm, “Mun Koontu Mawla, Fa Hada, Aliyun Mawla” meaning “He of whom I am the Mawla Ali is also the Mawla.” (Simerg.com)

Simerg | Ghadir Khumm in Images and Quotations

‘Id-e-Ghadir is celebrated by the Shi ‘ite communities to mark the event that took place at Ghadir Khumm. This event commemorates the designation (appointment by way of nass) of Hazrat Ali as the ‘Amir-ul-Mu’minin (commander of the faithful) and Imamul-Muslimin’ (the Imam of the community of believers) at Ghadir Khumm when the Prophet (s.a.s.) was…

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Simerg | Photo Essay: The Ismaili Centre – “Peace Through Prayer” and “A Splendid Reality”

Today marks the four weeks anniversary of the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum by Mowlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It is also three weeks since the Centre was opened for congregational prayers . Simerg continues to do a  phenomenal job of capturing this epic “moment” in the life…

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto - “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto – “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Shariffa Keshavjee of Nairobi, Kenya, in a beautiful and thoughtful piece for Simerg reflects on the newly opened Jamatkhana at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. She sees the establishment of each Jamatkhana, in recent and past history, as the planting of a seed of faith. Her poetic lines speak about the nurturing of the murid-murshid,…

Joint Simerg-Ismaili Artists Collaboration Results in Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World

Joint Simerg-Ismaili Artists Collaboration Results in Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World

Simerg with the support of Ismaili artists from around the world is pleased to release the first official version of A Compendium of Ismaili Artists, following a preview version that was circulated about a month ago. The new publication profiles more than thirty Ismaili visual artists from around the world – professionals and non-professionals alike.…

Simerg - September 19, 2014- Historical Day for the Ismaili Imamat and the Worldwide Jamat – Photos and Videos of the Opening Day of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Canada

Simerg | September 19, 2014: Historical Day for the Ismaili Imamat and the Worldwide Jamat – Photos and Videos of the Opening Day of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Canada

Simerg brings to life the jubilation felt by the Jamat and Volunteers on the opening day of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Several video interviews and photos punctuate the article to bring you different perspectives of how the Ismaili Centre is a turning point in the life of the Ismailis in Toronto and around the world.…

Simerg.com: Reading for the Holy Night of Lailat al-Qadr

Simerg.com | Reading for the Holy Night of Lailat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr is the auspicious night when the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) first received the revelation of the Holy Qur’an, thereby conferring upon him the mantle of prophethood at the age of forty. The Shia Ismaili Muslims observe Laylat al-Qadr on the 23rd night of Ramadan, in keeping with traditions received through Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and his wife Hazrat…

Studying Ismaili History Through Objects: New series for Simerg.com's 5th anniversary

Studying Ismaili History Through Objects: New series for Simerg.com’s 5th anniversary

For its fifth anniversary, Simerg.com announces a NEW series about objects that are linked to Ismaili history. Simerg is delighted to announce Studying Ismaili History Through Objects to mark its fifth year on the world wide web! Since 2009, Simerg has launched a special new series to mark each anniversary. Over the past years, the themes that have been…

The Influence of Esoteric Tradition of Islam

The Influence of Esoteric Tradition of Islam on Western Civilization

“….throughout history we find people convinced the great religions are a necessary ‘outer shell’ veiling a Primordial Wisdom that alone can reveal humanity’s real origin, purpose and destiny….Some of Europe’s leading seekers after ancient secret wisdom were convinced that in the Muslim lands of the Orient could be found a Primordial Tradition transmitted from generation…

Letter of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) to His Son

Letter of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) to His Son

Introduced by Azeem Maherali In celebration of Father’s Day, I wanted to salute all fathers, grand fathers and father like figures in their continuing efforts to keeping their families strong, safe and happy. In addition to being great role models, they have in their many ways inspired us to be better individuals, make a difference…

What is Neoplatonism?

What is Neoplatonism?

Neoplatonic Thought, Return to the One and Ismaili Thinker Avicenna The philosophical school of Neoplatonism provided ways that the individual could ascend the ladder of being through theoria – contemplation of the Divine. The ultimate goal of life is to achieve mystical union with the Divine (the One)…Many people think that Neoplatonism flourished only in…

Ode to the Indian Dukawala

Ode to the Indian Dukawala

This work is a small tribute to the unsung intrepid pioneering Indian traders and very often their families, who braved the unknown hazards of the “Dark Continent”, carried on regardless of disease, lack of comforts, privations, ill-health, and even death, which they knew was their constant and real possibility. “While the tribute is aimed at…