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kmaherali



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:42 am    Post subject: Celebrations for Mowla's Visits To Various Countries Reply with quote

Visits by the Imam to various countries achieve a great deal for the countries and the Jamats residing therein.

The announcements made by the institutions through theismaili.org generate a great deal of anticipation and excitement within the Jamat irrespective of whether Didars will be granted.

This therefore is a reason to celebrate Imams presence in the country especially when they are becoming increasingly rare.

It is a good tradition to highlight the significance of the Imams visits and celebrate them.

The letter below suggests that there were no celebations during Mowla's recent visit to Nairobi. What do you think?

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Respected Leaders and Naamdaar Mukhi Kamadia Sahebs and Mukhiani Khamadiani Sahebas.

Ya Ali Madad.

When our Beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in New Delhi, India, on 7th April 2015, to receive the Padma Vibhushan from the Indian Government, ghat-paat, sherbaat and cake were served IN ALL THE JAMATKHANAS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

When our Beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in Toronto, Canada, on 27th May 2015, for the Annual Pluralism Lecture, the entire Canadian Jamat rejoiced with ghat-paat and dinner being served in all the Jamatkhanas across the country. In Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver, special halls were hired on May 28th 2015 and the jamats in these regions were invited to gather and watch the live screening of the lecture on giant screens that were set up specially for this purpose. After the lecture was over, the jamats were treated to a lavish banquet in each of these cities.

When our Beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on 2nd August 2014, for a private visit during which He held meetings at the Dar Es Salaam Serena, all the Jamatkhanas in Dar Es Salaam were specially lit up and welcome banners for our Beloved Imam could be seen on all the major streets. It goes without saying that dandiaraas and dinner marked the happiness of the jamat.

When our Beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 30th October 2011, for the opening of the Dushanbe Serena Hotel, all the Ismaili families of Khorog gathered together in the Khorog Park. There was music and dancing and biryani was served to one and all. There was rejoicing despite the fact that the jamats of Tajikistan are not at all financially well-off. Also, Khorog is so far away from Dushanbe, in the remote Pamir Mountains of Badakshan. But their love for their Imam had to be expressed especially when He was physically present in their country.

When our Beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on 15th March 2016, NOTHING!! NO GHAT-PAAT IN THE JAMATKHANAS, NO REJOICING WITH SHERBAAT AND CAKE, NOTHING!!
Why is it that the Nairobi Jamat is about the ONLY Jamat worldwide that does not show any signs of rejoicing and happiness when our Beloved Hazar Imam is physically present in our city? The obvious answer points squarely at our leaders and at our Mukhi Kamadia Sahebs and Mukhiani Kamadiani Sahebas.

Sadly, there seems to be no desire amongst our leaders in Nairobi to express love for our Imam.

But the Jamat loves the Imam! For us, He is the Lord of the fourteen worlds! And you, as our leaders, have been appointed for the Jamat. Therefore, it is absolutely unfair and unacceptable for our leaders to completely ignore the emotions of the Jamat. It is shameful, nay disgraceful, that the Jamati members of Darkhana in Nairobi had to buy a cake from the nandi and put it outside with the chai (not sherbaat, mind you!) in order to somewhat show joy that our Imam was coming to Nairobi.

Via this letter, we ask you WHY. WHY do you behave in such a cavalier manner towards our Beloved Imam and towards your Jamat? Have you completely decided to ignore the years and years of our glorious traditions that were so magnificently established as a precedent by wonderful leaders like the late Sir Eboo Pirbhai? At least past Mukhi Kamadia Sahebs like Amin Manji, Nizar Hemraj and Gulam Saleh etc had the decency to host live screenings of functions presided over by the Imam in a communal manner with refreshments and rejoicing.

Is it any wonder then that our Beloved Imam comes to Nairobi but leaves on December 12th, just one day before His Salgirah Mubarak? Is it any wonder that our Beloved Hazar Imam comes to Nairobi and then leaves on March 20th, just one day before Navroz Mubarak? Our Imam loves Kenya, and Nairobi in particular, as is evidenced in His speech given during the Government banquet in Nairobi in August 2007, and so He comes here often; more often than He visits any other country in the world! Unfortunately, our leaders, yourselves, treat these invaluable padhramnis as a burden, a drain on financial resources, which is why there is no sign of celebration in Nairobi these days, which now forces our Imam to express His disappointment by leaving the country on the eve of important celebrations such as Navroz and Salgirah Mubarak.

Please take the hint! Stop taking our Imam for granted. Take our Imam to be our Beloved Mother and Father. Imagine if your mother was leaving town on the day before her birthday – what would you do? It is extremely upsetting for the jamat to see our leaders attend functions presided over by our Beloved Imam (invitations they have received as a result of their appointments) and then do absolutely NOTHING for the Jamat to be able to express love and happiness for their Imam.

As the world encroaches more and more on our Beloved Imam’s time and attention, His jamati visits have become more and more rare. Surely, as our leaders, you should be aware of this and, therefore, take full advantage of such private visits of our Imam to Nairobi. We cannot believe it was not possible for Mukhi Kamadia Sahebs and Mukhiani Kamadiani Sahebas or even the Council President or even Itmaadi Janmohamed to take a cake and gift to the Imam’s residence, on behalf of the Jamat, before the Imam left on December 12th and then later have the cake distributed in the jamatkhanas. We cannot believe that during the six whole days that the Imam was here recently (March 2016), it was not possible to request the Imam to send Aab-e-shafa and juro for the jamat as well as present the Imam with a Navroz cake and Nazrana on behalf of the jamat.

Kindly stop giving excuses all the time that the Imam is busy and here on a private visit. The Imam ALWAYS has time for His beloved children. But it is the leaders, yourselves, who don’t have the inclination and the initiative and the love to ensure that the jamat benefits from such invaluable padhramnis. Also, stop making excuses of troubled times such as the Imperial Bank fiasco. Nothing is more important than rejoicing when our Beloved Imam is physically here! And ghat-paat and sherbaat will not empty anybody’s pockets, especially when Nairobi does not lack in willing and generous donors.

We hope this will change, nay, it MUST change. Do not take things for granted as otherwise, if this continues, Nairobi will fall to the bottom of our Beloved Imam’s list during the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee Celebrations worldwide (or perhaps even be completely left out as Pakistan was in the Golden Jubilee).

Of course, we are sure this letter will annoy all of you and special measures will be taken to boycott us but, for ourselves, that is nothing new. The sentiments expressed in this letter are shared by a vast majority of our jamati brothers and sisters who are all upset because this Navroz was very dismally celebrated, especially when the Lord of the Worlds – our Beloved Imam – was physically present in Nairobi at that precise time. Really, the only words that come to mind are shameful, disgraceful, appalling...pathetic!

Yours sincerely,

( I have the names of the 3 individuals who wrote this but will not mention them here)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imam is always happy when we celebrate him.

I remember an interview (we posted the video sometimes ago on our FB/IsmailiHeritage page) where he said that he would also like to be weighted for his Jubilee like we did for Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah.

Also in an another interview, he describe the happiness of the Jamat when Imam comes, he said people close their shop, they decorate the JK etc..

I will try to give both links here once I find those.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Admin wrote:
I remember an interview (we posted the video sometimes ago on our FB/IsmailiHeritage page) where he said that he would also like to be weighted for his Jubilee like we did for Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah.
This is very interesting. I am eager to see the video. In other interviews he has downplayed the fantacies of the Jubilees of his grandfather.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mowlana Shah Karim, in his young age when he became Imam, said that the way Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah was weigh during the Jubilees is an "Ismaili Custom" which should be "carried on"

https://www.facebook.com/IsmailiHeritage/videos/1621502504788850/


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To celebrate MHI's eventful and productive visit to Canada last week beneficial for the Jamat and it's institutions and for the Canadian society, there will be sherbat and cake in JK on Friday 27th May.

There will also be a video presentation of his visit on the same day.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya Ali Madad.
It is always a joyous occasion for jammat whenever MHI visit their country,it is a part of our pranalika.
Things have changed over last century.MHI travel for many reason to a country which may be a not apart of an ismaili related activity.
there are time when soem area of the world where jamat may be in pain or suffering.
Like recently MHI viisted London to attend some seminar for AID TO SYRIA
This does does not give blanket permit to jamat in UK to play dadiya raas,have sherbat and biryani.
I feel maturity and wisdom must prevail over or jamat along that is seen in our leadership.
The whole visit of MHI to any country in future must be seen in context with local and international situation,sentiments and emotion.
I personally feel that wisdom should prevail over pranlaika.
A mail from kenya fro xyz is not written in right spirit.It reflect one's dharmik bhavana and laagni may be ignorant of wishes of MHI directed discreetly to leaders of that country.
One must not just jump into dandiya,sherbet,biryani with a drop of a hat.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nuseri wrote:
Ya Ali Madad.
This does does not give blanket permit to jamat in UK to play dadiya raas,have sherbat and biryani.
Nobody is talking about dandia and biriyani. Just sherbat and cake to expreses the joy and happiness of the Jamat. The Nairobi visit was an institutional one and benefitted the Jamat institutions and the country. Not a private visit.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Kmaherali:Ya Ali Madad.
I am amused to see that that you are posting/facilitating an email/etc of grumpy Khojas who are dissenting,agitating or revolting of their wish and desire.
Let not this website be a platform for it.
MHI visit was to see a new machinery of printing press of the newspaper.
there was no Inaguration of any jamati infrasturture.
there was NO NO award,honour or citation by government
we must with wisdom acertain desire is there but IS IT NECASSARY.
if a child at age 16 desire a fast and heave motorbike,but the parents see it as not neccasary.desire is not a right by law and traditions
mY CONVICTION is for haqiqati momin everyday is an Eid,,so go ahead and enjoy not just cakes and sherbat but also biryani and sheerkorma.
A joyous event of national and international pride and stature may be understood to celebrate visit of MHI to that country with sweets/etc distribution.
ALI SE DIL KI DOSTI KARO.
CAKE AUR SHERBAT SE SUGAR LEVEL BADH SAKTA HAI.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nuseri wrote:
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I am amused to see that that you are posting/facilitating an email/etc of grumpy Khojas who are dissenting,agitating or revolting of their wish and desire.


I have noticed consistently that you have unresolved issue with the "Khojas" and regardless of the subject discussed, you are venting your anger on them all over the place. I think it may be a psychiatric problem linked to your past. Please do consult some specialist. It is just a friendly advise.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nuseri wrote:
To Kmaherali:Ya Ali Madad.
MHI visit was to see a new machinery of printing press of the newspaper.
there was no Inaguration of any jamati infrastructure.
In his remarks made at the inauguration of the Nation Media Groups' new Printing Press MHI said:

"In such a world, it is absolutely critical – more than ever – that the public should have somewhere to turn for reliable, balanced, objective and accurate information, as best as it can be discovered. No one, including the Nation Media Group, will ever be able to do that perfectly. But it is critically important that all of us should try.

That may sound idealistic, but that is the reason that I founded the Nation a half century ago. That is also why we have also recently started a new Graduate School of Media and Communication here in Nairobi as part of the Aga Khan University. And it is why I wanted to be here today… to share in another milestone moment for the Nation Media Group.

As we often do at milestone events in our personal lives as well as in our institutional lives, we think today about our dreams of the past and our hopes for the future. Milestone moments are times for celebration, and they are also times for rededication. As we commission this new press today, we are also rededicating ourselves to the ideals which gave birth to this company almost six decades ago, and that have since propelled it forward ever since.

I am deeply pleased to be part of this moment, and to share in it with all of you."

From the above statements it is quite clear that MHI was not there simply to see a new machinery, but he was there to participate and celebrate an important milestone moment in the history of the Nation Media. He also said that he was deeply pleased to be part of that moment.

One may ask why the Imam was deeply pleased. The Nation Media since its launch has had a major impact upon the governance of countries of East and Central Africa. It has contributed significantly to the development of a free press in Africa and what that entails in respect of the impact upon public opinion and the hearts and minds of the peoples in that region.

Charles Njonjo an influential politician and who was the attorney general stated in the article: Kenya: The Aga Khan Deserves a Medal - and the Gratitude of All Kenyans http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/aga-khan-deserves-medal-and-gratitude-all-kenyans , that Mowlana Hazar Imam's involvement in the Media can only be compared to the contribution of the first president of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta:

"What Kenyatta did in in the political arena, in the establishing of political traditions and political norms of freedom (which often are more important even than the law itself) the Aga Khan did for the media."

Hence the involvement of Imamat in the Media has had a profound impact upon the perception and reputation of the Imamat and the Jamat by the society of Kenya especially the political elite. Hence any progress and development in the Nation Media enhances the image and reputation of Imamat and the Jamat and deserves a celebration as per the Imam's statement.

Because of your blatant ignorance I would advice you to go through the thread below to understand what the impact of the Media has been for the peoples of Africa.

News on and about Nation Media
http://www.ismaili.net/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=phpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=6702&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Apart from the Nation Media event, MHI during his visit, visited several institutions in the country. This strengthens them and enhances their performance which deserves celebration by the Jamat. The Imam said that it was a moment of deep pleasure for the Imam to be present. The Jamat should acknowledge that pleasure and share that pleasure with the Imam by sherbet and cake at least, after all these moments are not very frequent.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There will be sherbat/cake this Friday the 23rd September and the video show of the highlights of the current visit of MHI to Canada including the award ceremony.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Subject: Ya Ali Madad and Mumbaraki to all

FORWARDED AS RECEIVED:

As announced at Dubai Jamatkhana Beloved Mowlana Hazar Imam visit confirmed on Saturday, 5th November to UAE Jamat are invited to have a special screening of the Event award ceremony. Sheikh Rashid Hall WTC Dubai at 5 p.m. Congregation will happen at 6.30 p.m. followed by Dinner and khushiyali celebration at the venue.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was announced today in JK that the video of the highlights of Mowlana Hazar Imam's visit on 16th May 2017 will be shown on Friday 19th May and cake and sherbat will be served across Canada.
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