Sunrise alpenglow on Mount McKinley, Alaska.

Ismaili Mountaineers and the Goal to Conquer Seven Summits

Following Simerg’s recent exclusive interview with Ismaili mountaineers Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali Baig here is an update about their goal of conquering the “Seven Summits.” Please click “Seven Summits” Goal Within Reach for Ismaili Mountaineers Samina Baig and Mirza Ali and be sure to read their fascinating interview should you have overlooked…

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

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

For its fifth anniversary, 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…

Light Upon Light: Evershining Light of Imamat

Light Upon Light: Evershining Light of Imamat

Ikhwan Allani of Toronto, Canada, is fascinated by the beauty of poetry, especially in the expression of mystical knowledge and devotion. In his new piece for Simerg he illustrates a technique to embed an esoteric aspect of the Ismaili tariqah through a universal medium such as poetry. Click here to read:

Roshan Thomas – Acting in the Path of God By Jalal Jaffer « SIMERG – Insights from Around the World

Roshan Thomas – Acting in the Path of God By Jalal Jaffer

Acting in the path of God Eliminates limitations, restrictions, conceptions In pursuit of noble actions To sustain, promote, achieve Enhancement, progress, understanding Amongst God’s most beautiful creation The human being. With clarity of mind Determination against any odds It was but natural That Roshan picked a far-away geography Hoping and pursuing and working towards A…


For Canada’s Volunteer Week, Aga Khan Council President Malik Talib Tells Ismaili Volunteers, “You Are a Beacon of Islamic Ethics”

We wish you a lifetime of “enlightened self-fulfillment” The President of His Highness the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Canada, Malik Talib, issued the following message through the community’s weekly newsletter “Al-Akhbar” as the country marks the National Volunteer Week from April 6-12: Summary of Ogden Memorial Lecture at Brown University Summary of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Ogden Memorial Lecture at Brown University

1. Stephen Ogden, Prince Rahim, and The Aga Khan Development Network 2. 1996 and Now 3. Communication technologies – fulfilled hopes and disappointments a. Risks: fleeting attention spans, impulsive judgments and isolation b. Risk: greater connectivity # greater connection c. Risk: contribution to fragmentation d. Risk: knowledge gaps…becoming empathy gaps 4. The worsening knowledge gap,…

Ismaili Youth and Students Thrilled to Receive Invitations to the Gathering Honouring His Highness the Aga Khan

Ismaili Youth and Students Thrilled to Receive Invitations to the Gathering Honouring His Highness the Aga Khan

Many dozens of Ismaili youth and university students living and studying in close proximity to Metro Toronto were pleasantly surprised to receive an email invitation for a gathering on Friday, February 28th at 2pm at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall in which His Highness the Aga Khan will be present. This event will follow his historic address in Ottawa…

A Brief Introduction to the Spiritual and Temporal Dimensions of the Ismaili Imamat, and its Precious Work Under the Leadership of His Highness the Aga Khan

An Introduction to Imamat and its Precious Work under the Leadership of the Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan will be addressing the Canadian Parliament on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Simerg’s newest post introduces its readers to the notion of Imamat and highlights the precious worldwide work of the 49th Imam with pertinent quotes. Compiled and presented by Abdulmalik J. Merchant – Publisher-Editor, Click here to read: A…