The Historic Jubilees of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III

Beginning in the 16th century, the Mughal Emperors in India held ceremonies twice a year where they were weighed against precious metals. The money collected was distributed to the poor and the needy. It was against this backdrop that the Ismaili community conducted weighing ceremonies for Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, where members of the Jamat from around the world voluntarily contributed their own wealth as a symbol of their allegiance to their Imam. While these traditions have changed over the years, the focus has remained one of joyous celebration, re-commitment to faith, and service to the community.

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