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Hoosenally Rahimtoola

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Hoosenally Rahimtoola

Hoosenally Rahimtoola was born in May 1890 to a merchant trading family who were well established politically in Bombay. Being the first male grandchild in the family he was brought up by his elder uncle Mohammadbhoy Rahimtoola.

Rahimtoola schooled at St. Xavier’s High School Bombay followed by obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Bombay University [1911].

Mystical Elements in "Satvenni Motti" of Sayed Nur Muhammad Shah


Mumtaz Ali Tajjdin Sadik Ali has built his credibility since decades in the field of Ginanic studies in which he has become one of the experts of our times.

Mumtaz Ali has written this short 16 pages analysis of Satvenni Motti (Satveni Moti) Granth and released it on Navroz (21st March) 1996. After a brief introduction on Nur Muhammad Shah, he goes on in showing the various concepts covered in Motty Satvenni with some verses translated ending in comparing with concepts put forth by Pir Sadardin and explaining in detail the process of Meditation supported by the "Jap", the "Word".

Ismailism in Multan and Sind


This is an article about the expansion of Ismailism in Multan and Sind since Dai Hatim was sent to these areas in 883AD (Fatimid took power in Maghreb in 909 AD). The expansion continued later under Dai Jalam b. Shayban( http://ismaili.net/heritage/node/2187) who seize Multan for the Fatimid Imams in 985 AD.

A Fatimid Decree of the Year 524 AH/1130 AD


The large collection of the Turkish and Arabic manuscripts at the St Catherine Monastery in Sinai contains several Decrees issued by various Fatimid Caliphs and in particular Mustealian Fatimid Caliphs. In some of those we find confirmation of the covenant of Prophet Muhammad with the Christians for their protection. Stern publishes here one of the Decree of the Regent Abd al Majid in this article.

A PDF download is available from the link below.

Le Si'isme au IXe s. à travers l'histoire de Ya'qubi


L'article par Yves Marquet est en Francais. Vous pouvez le lire en cliquant ci-dessous sur le lien en format PDF. (1ere partie de l'article: page 1 - 45)

This is an article in French by Yves Marquet.. The article is about Ya'Qubi (d.897AD), a geographer, historian and author of Shia/Ismaili persuasion who was writing at the second half of the ninth Century, that is before the advent of the Fatimids.

Feki, Habib: Les idées philosophiques et religieuses de l'Ismaélisme fatimide - Thèse de Doctorat a Paris


Une Thèse de Doctorat présentée en 1972 a Paris, d’une valeur exceptionnelle, basée sur des manuscrits ismaéliens inédits avec l’aide de sommités tels que le Professeur Henry Corbin et Georges Vajda.

Ismailia Association International Review Meeting Nairobi 1980


Follow-up to Paris Conference 1975. The 1980 Nairobi Ismailia Association International Review Meeting.

This is the paper presented at the Ismailia Association International Review Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 1980 by the Ismailia Association for Canada.

End of the Book of ANasir-i Khusraw, Forty Poems From The Divan@

End of the Book of ANasir-i Khusraw, Forty Poems From The Divan@


Abu Ya qub Sejestani, Kasf al-Mahjub - Le Devoilement des Choses Cachees, ed., by H. Corbin Tehran-Paris, 1949.

Corbin, H., Au pays de l Imam Cache , Eranos-Jahrbuch, vol. 32, 1963, pp. 31-87.

Corbin, H., De la philosophie prophetique en Islam Shi ite , Eranos Jahrbuch, vol, 31, 1992, pp. 49-116.

Corbin, H., De la situation philosophique du Shi isme , Islamic Studies, Vol. 2, 1963, pp. 75-94; and Le Monde non-chretien, Vol. 70, 1964, pp. 61-86.


In Praise of Ali (1) ; MM.LXXXV

Line 16: Nasibi; an enemy of Ali; NK uses him for the type of an anti-Shi ite.

Line 29: Hunayn; one of the famous battles of the Prophet of Islam against the unbelievers.

Line 45: the unbelievers of Mecca; i.e., those Arabs who did not accept the Prophet and forced him to emigrate to Medina.

Line 48: the best woman in the world; Fatimah.

Line56: Badr, Uhud and Khaybar; three battles waged by the Prophet against the ubelievers.

In Praise of Ali (2) ; MM.LXXXII


Autobiography ; MM.LXXIX

A Warning to Missionaries ; MM.LXVIII

Dissimulation ; MM XXXIII

title: Dissimulation (taqiyyah); Shi ites are allowed, in case of danger, to disguise their adherence to the minority faith in order to escape persecution. Ismailis made particular use od this.

Line 55: Ramadan; the month during which fasting from dawn to sun-down is obligatory for all Muslims.

Line 67: Shari ite; i.e. followers of the Shari ah, the Sacred Law.

In Yamgan ; MM.IX


a Wasted Pilgrimage , MM.CXLI

Line 5: Arafat; a plain near Mecca where pilgrims must spend one day of the Hajj in prayer and invocation.

Line 7: the Hajj; the Pilgrimage to Mecca, incumbent on all Muslims at least once in their lifes for those who can afford it.

Line 15: Haji; one who has completed the Pilgrimage, a title of great respect.

Line 19: pilgrim s robe; on the Pilgrimage, everyone wears two simple pieces of white cloth, similar to the shroud.


Words of Wisdom ; MM.XLIX

A Parable of Jesus ; MM.CCL

On the Qur an ; MM.V

Line 108: drylipped before the Euphrates; a reference to the fate of the Third Imam, Husayn, who was killed along with may of his followers in Karbala - now a city in Iraq - by the army of the Umayad Caliph Yazid after having suffered extreme thirst, kept by his enemies from obtaining water from the nearby river Euphrates. The foes of the Household are punished by being refused the esoteric knowledge of the Imams.

Line 117: Sultan of khan; worldly rulers.

Ode to Night ; MM.CCXXX


The First Poem ; MM.I

Line 74: Harut; and Marut, two evil demons who taught sorcery to the Babylonians.

Line 122: the elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water can be considered as [airs of opposites, yet all exists together in harmony on the material plane.

Speech ; MM.II

Line 18: Darius; the name of several Persian kings, especially Darius the Great, the Achaemenian (d. 486 B.C.)

Line 45: Sanaa (San a ); the capital of Yemen, used as a figure of a far-away place.


The Diwan ; MM. CLXXVII

Line 5: Diwan (The Diwan); a collection of poetry. Elsewhere NK refers to his two divans ; they have been combined into one.

Line 62: Solomon is famous for his magical control over the jinn, psychic being or fire elements, some of who are good, or at least neutral, while others are demonic.

Line 66: Luqman; a wise man, said to have been a son of Job s sister or aunt, a disciple of David, or a judge of Israel, or a freed Ethiopian slave.

Line 68: The Threshold of the Compassionate; i.e., the Divine Presence

Notes on the Poems

Nasir-i Khusraw did not give his poems titles, but we have decided to title them in order to clarifyy their main themes and make it easier to refer to them individually. In the notes, the title will be followed by MM and a number; this refers to the number of the poem in the edition of the Diwan edited by M. Mnovi and M. Mohaghegh, Tehran, 1353 A.H.S.

There are 6 notes, each one for a one poem section

3. In Praise of the Prophet

I choose

the Quran

and the Faith of Muhammad

for those

where the choices

of Muhammad himself;

I know

if I practise the two

my Certainty

will become

as the Certitude

of the Prophet.

My key

to Paradise - my guide

to Felicity

the fortified Citadel:

what are they but

the Religion of Muhammad:

For us

he is the Messenger

of God - such

was the carving

on the seal-ring

of the Prophet.

Rooted in my heart:

the Faith

and the Book

as firmly

as in the heart

of Muhammad.

By God s Grace

my hope, my prayer

2. In Praise of Ali (2)

my back - by the grace of God and in devotion of Him -

is strong enough perhaps that I might attain

tot he Messenger and his intercession; I ask for no other

to plead for me with God but His Prophet, and to plead

for me with the Prophet none but his blessed Family,

with whom I shall go to him; no fear of taint

or contagion from hypocrites. The Religion of Allah

is the Prophet s kingdom and today all creatures

are his subjects, his Community. Your slave

does not owe you even half the obedience

that the Prophet s Community owes him.

1. In Praise of Ali (1)

The heartspring of Ali s lover reflects and is full

with the image of him - so is my heart his spring

and his knowledge my shield. O lovers, pluck his blossoms

but save the thorns for his enemies.

No one of the Community is worthy of greatness

but his lover, for the Shiite rests immune

from the wiles of Satan in his citadel.

He is the Prophet s kinsman, but no one

belongs to Ali s tribe but the lover of Truth.

A thousand years of praise will not exhaust

a thousandth of his qualities; I take pride

in his Four Virtues, his manliness, knowledge

VI- Devotion

The philosophy section contains 3 poems.

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