Retrospective: His Highness the Aga Khan – the Shahada and Tawhid bind the Ummah in an eternal bond of unity

Islam is Allah’s final message to mankind, the Holy Quran His final Book, and Muhammad, may peace be upon him, His last and final Prophet. These are the fundamental principles of faith enshrined in the Shahada and the Tawhid therein, which bind the Ummah in an eternal bond of unity.”
– His Highness the Aga Khan,
49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili Muslims
Message to The International Islamic Conference – Amman, Jordan

Ten years to this day, an International Islamic Conference was held in Amman, Jordan from July 4 to 6, 2005 to tackle the challenges threatening the Ummah’s internal stability, “and even integrity, as well as undermining its historic role of constructive interface with other cultures and traditions.”* Hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Conference brought together more than 170 religious leaders and scholars from 40 countries.

In advance of the Conference, messages and declarations had been invited from the leading Muslim authorities, including His Highness the Aga Khan, who said:

“I am happy that we have been invited to participate in the International Islamic Conference being held in Amman, from the 4th to the 6th of July, 2005, under the auspices of the Hashemite Kingdom. In light of the purpose of the Conference, I find it appropriate to reiterate, in my message of greetings, the statement that I made in a keynote address at a gathering of eminent Muslim scholars from 48 countries who attended the Seerat Conference in Karachi on Friday, 12th March, 1976, nearly 30 years ago, which I had the honour to preside at the invitation of the then Minister for Religious Affairs, Government of Pakistan.

His Highness the Aga Khan's Message to The International Islamic Conference Amman, Jordan.
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Message to The International Islamic Conference Amman, Jordan. (Image via Facebook)

In my presidential address, I appealed to our ulama not to delay the search for the answers to the issues of a rapidly evolving modernity which Muslims of the world face because we have the knowledge that Islam is Allah’s final message to mankind, the Holy Quran His final Book, and Muhammad, may peace be upon him, His last and final Prophet.

These are the fundamental principles of faith enshrined in the Shahada and the Tawhid therein, which bind the Ummah in an eternal bond of unity. With other Muslims, they are continuously reaffirmed by the Shia Ismaili Muslims of whom I am the 49th hereditary Imam in direct lineal descent from the first Shia Imam, Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib through his marriage to Bibi Fatimat-az-Zahra, our beloved Prophet’s daughter.”

References:
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Message
The Official Website of the Amman Message
* The International Islamic Conference, Amman, Jordan, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

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