Monday, May 21, 2007

50 yrs of Imamat, Aga Khan

50 Years of Imamat by HH Karim Aga Khan

On July 11, 2007, his highness Karim Aga Khan will be entering the 50th year of Imamat of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community. The Shia Ismaili Musilm Community is preparing for this celebaratory event called Golden Jubilee of Khushhali, congratulations! May Allah bless him with many more years.

We are pleased to acknowledge his leadership in the community of nations in leading the charity work, the Aga Khan Development Newtwork is world renowned in the development and self help projects in uplifiting the down trodden in Asia and Africa.

In a time when Muslim community is tarnished with unqualified negativities, the work of AKDN and the partnership walks is very uplifting to Islam and Muslims.

Aga Khan has taken up projects of restoring the glory of Muslims; some among them are ; the tomb of Humayun, the Mogul King of India, building parks in Cairo, establishement of the Pluralism Center in Canada, instituting Archictecture awards to encourage Islamic Art... and much more.

Insha Allah, I will be writing and forwarding material as the event approaches.

May Allah help lift the downtrodden and put all communities and nations on a level playing field, and we thank HH Aga Khan for taking the leadership role.

Mike Ghouse, President

Subject: The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, A Search
for Salvation

"None of that people should be spared, not even the babe in its cradle." With these chilling words, the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan declared his intention to destroy the Ismailis, one of the most intellectually and politically significant Muslim communities of medieval Islamdom. The massacres that followed convinced observers that this powerful voice of Shi'i Islam had been forever silenced.

Little was heard of our people for centuries, until our recent and dramatic emergence from obscurity. We now exist as a dynamic and thriving community established in over twenty-five countries. How different from the dark days when Alamut and our other fortresses fell one by one before the Mongol hordes! Hundreds of years later, the Mongols are no more, but our jamat is eagerly preparing to rejoice. As of today, there are exactly fifty days before Ismailis across the world celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the accession of our Imam.

The countdown to the Golden Jubilee has begun.

On this occasion, I would like to share with all of you, my family and friends, that my book, "The Ismailis in the Middle Ages: A History of Survival, A Search for Salvation," has just been released by Oxford University Press. The book explains what happened during the most obscure period between what appeared to have been our jamat's total annihilation, and our modern, almost phoenix-like renaissance. A full description of the book can be found by going to any of the following websites and doing a search for "Shafique Virani":

If you feel that this would be a useful book for people to read, please take a moment to go to the website of your local public or university library and request them to purchase it. Most library websites have a page for people to make book recommendations. All author's proceeds for "The Ismailis in the Middle Ages" are being donated to the AKDN, and an announcement to this
effect is on the cover of the book.

With warmest wishes,


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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

Mike Ghouse
Text/Talk: (214) 325-1916

Mirza A Beg
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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.