As November 2 marks the 138th birth anniversary of our beloved 48th Ismaili Imam – His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III, we take a moment to reflect on the Concept of Imamat drawing on the words of our Imam when he ascended to the throne of Imamat at a tender age of 7 (1885-08-17). The same spirit is also articulated in the Preamble of “The Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.”
“O Jamat do not consider me small. I am the descendant of the Prophet and my grandfather is Hazrat Amirul Mominin (Hazrat Ali) and my grandmother is Khatoon-e-Janat (the Lady of Paradise) Hazrat Bibi Fatima. I am the Light (Nur) of both Hazrat Ali and the Prophet (Muhammad). Though young in age I am exalted.
We Imams change the physical bodies in this world but our Nur is eternal and originates from the very beginning. You should therefore take it as one Nur. The Light of God is ever present. The Throne of the Imamat of Mawlana Murtaza Ali continues and it will remain till the Day of Judgement.”
— excerpts from “Le Renovation du Shiisme Ismailien en Inde et au Pakistan” by Michele Boivien.
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The Preamble of “The Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims”
(B) In accordance with Shia doctrine, tradition, and interpretation of history, the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) designated and appointed his cousin and son-in-law Hazrat Mawlana Ali Amiru-l-Mu’minin (a.s), to be the first Imam to continue the Ta’wīl and Ta‘līm of Allah’s final message and to guide the murids, and proclaimed that the Imamat should continue by heredity through Hazrat Mawlana Ali (a.s) and his daughter Hazrat Bibi Fatimat-az-Zahra, Khātun-i-Jannat (a.s).
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