The Roles of Mawlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazar Imam – Aga Khan IV

The Roles of Mawlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazar Imam - Aga Khan IV
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The Roles of Mawlana Shah Karim al-Husayni Hazar Imam – Aga Khan IV

Imamat Roles

By Divine Support


  • Receives divine inspiration (ta’yid) from God through Nur of Imamat
  • Divinely-guided & appointed to provide gnosis for human salvation
  • Manifests Divine Names as human virtues & ethics; protected from all sins
  • Possessor of Divine authority (ulu’l-amr) over humankind
  • Transmits divine blessings, favours, and guidance from God to humanity

Imamat Roles:

Tariqah Realm for Murids (Spiritual Children)


  • Imam, Mawla (Guardian) & Murshid (Guide) of his murids through bay’ah
  • Gives ta’lim and ta’wil of Divine Revelation according to changing times
  • Intercedes / mediates between believers and God in all matters
  • Ensures the safety and security of his Jamat
  • Purifies the souls of his murids and forgives their sins
  • Receives religious dues/offerings (zakah, sadaqah) for rightful use
  • Interprets the Ismaili Tariqah of Islam according to the time and context
  • Prescribes farmans for his Jamat’s spiritual enlightenment & quality of life
  • Bestows blessings and prayers for the wellbeing of his Jamat
  • Grants spiritual beatific vision (didar) & audience (mulaqat) to his Jamat

Imamat Roles:

Public Realm

  • Founder and Chairman of AKDN to uplift quality of life for all people
  • Gives guidance (irshad) for wellbeing of Muslims and non-Muslims
  • Advocates & represents interests of the Muslim Ummah in the world
  • Delivers high profile addresses with guidance for human wellbeing

Personal Activities:

Private Realm


  • Education: Le Rosey, Harvard; Sports: Soccer, Hockey, Olympic Skiing
  • Business: past: Sardinia Costa Smeralda, Meridiana Airline & Ciga;
    present: Bahamas Island, Superyacht; Aga Khan Studs Horse Breeding
  • Family Life: Husband, Father: Marriages and Children
  • Social Life: Friendships with several families, leaders & dignitaries



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