Reflection: Ismaili Gnosis | Mawlana Imam Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III on My Flag

Mawlana Imam Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in red and green (Image Ismaili.net)
Imām Sulṭān Muḥammad Shāh Āgā Khān III

In reply to your letter of 8th October, the colours of our family are, as you know, Red and Green. The reason being that we represent both the (offices of) Shāh [Imām] and Pīr. The Shāh was Ḥusayn and the Pīr was Ḥasan. Ḥasan had the Pīr’s colour of Green, but Ḥusayn’s martyrdom was so enormous in events and was so opposed to even the smallest laws of war that the colour of his Holy Blood, namely Red, was accepted with the Green of the Prophet’s flag as a souvenir and remembrance of that terrible day.

– Imām Sulṭān Muḥammad Shāh Āgā Khān III, (Letter to Dr. Pir Muhammad Hoodbhoy, October 16, 1954)

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Imam al-Husayn’s family and companions surrounded by an Umayyad army numbering over 40,000 troops.

Via Mourning for Ma‘rifah: Imam Husayn at Karbala | Ismaili Gnosis


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