Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah (a.s.) was born 137 years ago on November 2, 1877, and during his Imamat of 72 years, the longest in Ismaili history, the world evolved from candle lights and horse carriages to nuclear physics and jet travel. As his successor, Mawlana Hazar Imam, noted, “through 72 years of Imamat, he guided his spiritual children to happiness and prosperity.”
More than 1200 years before him, Imam Hussein (a.s.) took a stand against a corrupt and tyrannical ruler and made the ultimate sacrifice as he stood to defend the values of equality, honour and fundamental rights of his jamat. The Imam’s legacy lives on until today inspiring hundreds of millions of people around the world.
– Malik Merchant, Simerg Publisher-Editor
Our beloved 48th Imam, Hazrat Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah (a.s.) was born in Karachi on November 2, 1877.
He assumed the Imamat at the age of 7 in August 1885, and became the longest serving Imam in Ismaili history.
He passed away on July 11, 1957, at the age of 79, bequeathing the hereditary throne of Imamat to his grandson, Mawlana Shah Karim al Hussaini Aga Khan, the current 49th Imam who has been on the throne for 57 years. In his tribute to his grandfather, Mawlana Hazar Imam said, “Through 72 years of Imamat, he guided his spiritual children to happiness and prosperity.” …
Our beloved second Imam, Hazrat Hussein (a.s.) was born on January 8, 626 AC.
He began his reign as the 2nd Ismaili Imam* on the death of his father, Hazrat Ali, on January 27, 661.
Imam Hussein was martyred in the Battle of Karbala on the 10th day of the Muslim month of Muharram, or October 10, 680, at the age of 54. He was succeeded to the hereditary throne of Imamat by Imam Zainul Abideen …
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