Sectarian monster - DAWN.COM

Sectarian monster – DAWN.COM

A RECENT report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reiterates what we already know: sectarian violence in Pakistan has risen to unacceptable levels. The HRCP counts 687 killings in more than 200 sectarian attacks in 2013, up 22pc from 2012. With each attack — targeted assassinations on busy street corners, mob violence in far-flung…

Asians in Tanzania – Article by Shamlal Puri

Excerpt: The Shia Ismaili community led by their spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, has played a major role in Tanzania’s development. Tanzania has received aid through The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the largest International, private, non-denominational international development agency founded and chaired by the Aga Khan. The community’s presence in East Africa has seen a steady growth and today it employs 18,000 people, mostly indigenous Africans,…

Al-Azhar and The Demise of Islamic Centres of Moderation

Excerpt: Since it was established by the Fatimids in 972 to promote Ismaili doctrine, and then turned to a university three years later, Al-Azhar has been involved in Egyptian affairs under the watchful eyes of the state. Abbas Hilmi, the last Khedive of Egypt, demanded that Al-Azhar refrain from political activism, “riots” and “chaos of…

The Rosary (Tasbih)

In Islam, while the word tasbih refers to a form of supererogatory prayer it is also a name given to a number of beads strung together in the form of a circle. There is a loop at one point of this circular object and the two ends are passed through a bigger, decorative bead where…

Canada, Development, and the Aga Khan

By Uri Marantz Development is a big word.  It denotes theories, concepts, experiences and case studies, and it connotes much more all at once.  Internationally, development refers to improving the material conditions and quality of life of the most marginalized communities living under some of the poorest and least capable governments.  Naturally, it is the…

Thesis: Clash of Ignorance, by Karim H. Karim

Thesis: Clash of Ignorance, by Karim H. Karim

The clash of ignorance thesis presents a critique of the clash of civilizations theory. It challenges the assumptions that civilizations are monolithic entities that do not interact and that the Self and the Other are always opposed to each other. Despite some significantly different values and clashes between Western and Muslim civilizations, they overlap with…

An Introduction to Ismaili Muslim Philosophy: Khalil Andani’s Thank You Letter to the School of Isma‘ili Philosophers

Excerpt: This engagement sparked my interest in classical Isma‘ili Muslim philosophy and its main exponents such as the Ikhwan al-Safa, Sayyidna Abu Yaqub al-Sijistani, Sayyidna Abu Hatim al-Razi, Sayyidna Qadi al-Nu’man, Sayyidna Ja‘far ibn Mansur al-Yaman, Sayyidna Ahmad al-Naysaburi, Sayyidna Hamid al-Din al-Kirmani, Sayyidna al-Mu’ayyad fi’l-Din al-Shirazi, Sayyidna Nasir-i Khusraw, Sayyidna Hasan-i Mahmud, Sayyidna Hasan-i…

Extending philanthropy | DAWN.COM

Javed Jabbar: As Ramazan draws to a close we have seen again a splendid facet of the Pakistani people: their spontaneous willingness to give generously to those who suffer or those in need. A wide range is covered: destitute, sick, physically disadvantaged, victims of disasters, terrorism, orphans, education and emergency care. A credible survey conducted…

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Ismā‘īlī Gnosis: The Eternal Imam: Songs of Krishna – Sermons of ‘Alī

The Eternal Imām is the Supreme Name of God which comprises all the Divine Names and Attributes: the Living (al-ḥayy), the Self-Subsistent (al-qayyūm), the Knowing (al-‘ālim), the Perfect (al-tamm), the High (al-‘alī), the All-Merciful (al-raḥmān), the Eternal (al-qādim), the Creator (al-khāliq), the Sustainer (al-rabb), the Light (al-nūr), the One (al-wāhid), the Witness (al-shāhid), the Face…

Featured Reading: “The Ismā‘īlī Response to the Polemic of Ghazālī” by Henry Corbin « Ismā‘īlī Gnosis

Henry Corbin introduces and summarizes an Ismā‘īlī Muslim response to a polemical work undertaken against the Ismā‘īlīs by the famous theologian Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111). Al-Ghazālī’s work against the Isma‘ilis was titled Kitab faḍā’iḥ al-bāṭiniyya wa faḍā’il al-mustaẓhiriyya (“The Shames of the Bāṭinites and the Excellence of the Supporters of al-Mustaẓhir”) and the Ismā‘īlī…