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18 Rabi' al-Awwal, 1438 A.H.- December 18, 2016 Issue # 51, Newsletter #1685

Hadith of the Week

The Top Leadership of Islam in the Moment of Greatest Danger.
"From Bara' bin A'zib, r.a:

[At the moment of the victory of the kuffar at Uhud when the Prophet, pbuh, was surrounded on a hill top...]

"The leader of the kuffar, Abu Sufian, called out aloud three times: Is Muhammad among you? At a gesture from the Prophet, pbuh, the Muslims kept quiet. Then Abu Sufian shouted twice: Is ibn Abu Qahafa among you? [the pre-Islamic name for Abu Bakr, r.a., ed]. Then twice he shouted : Is ibn al-Khattab among you .[[Name for Umar, r.a.]. When there was silence, Abu Sufyan turned towards his people and shouted. Looks like we have killed all [three] of them and now we are rid of their existence. At this Umar, r.a., could not control himself and shouted back: You lie, you enemy of Allah. All three are alive and you will have a problem in the future. Abu Sufyan then shouted: This is revenge for Badr. War is like a wheel, going up and down. You will find that the bodies of some of your people have been mutilated. I did not order it but I did not dislike it either. Then Abu Sufian started chanting: Long live Hubul. [the idol of the kuffar- editor]. At the Prophet's, pbuh command, the Muslims shouted back: Allah is greater and exalted above all. Then Abu Sufyan started chanting: We have 'Uzza and you have no Uzza. [Another top idol of the kuffar - editor]. At the prophet's pbuh, command, the two then should back: Allah is our Supporter and Friend [mawla], and you have no mawla."

[Sahih Bukhari, hadith number 3039. Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, hadith # 18801.]

Comment by Kaukab Siddique:

It is quite evident from this hadith that the top leaders of Islam after the Prophert, pbuh, were Abu Bakr, r.a., and Umar, r.a.,They stood by the Prophet, pbuh, in the most difficult time and the kuffar too knew they were the top Muslim leaders.

Nowadays shias on the Internet are busy defaming and abusing the sahaba, r.a., particukarly Umar, r.a. We should be aware of the facts of Islam so that the global propaganda of Shiaism supported by the western powers and Russia does not succeed in misleading the Muslim ummah. [For the sahaba in the Qur'an read 9:100].

Also, remember that much later Abu Sufyan, became Muslim, r.a., and was forgiven by the Prophet, pbuh. After a period of hesitation, he humbled himself and fought as an ordinary soldier in the armies of Islam against the Roman empire.


Jamaat al-Muslimeen Activity in Newark, Delaware.

52 received 4 - page document.
Good Khutba on Syria.

On December 16 after juma' at Masjid Ibraheem in Newark, a 4-page document with selections from New Trend was given to 52 Muslims. These were mostly Arab Americans and Bangladeshi Americans.

The khutba was mostly about the life of the Prophet, pbuh, as this is Rabi' al-Awwal. In the final part of the khutba, the imam made a passionate appeal in support of the suffering people of Aleppo.

The Jamaat document given to 52 people containedf these items.

  1. Mass rally in Karachi, in support of the Muslims being victimized in Burma.

  2. Bombing and killing of Muslims in Aleppo by Shias and Russia. ISIS captures Palmyra.

  3. Week eight of the Shia-American assault on Mosul.

  4. Palestine is the key to American attitudes about Israel.

    Boycott businesses supporting Israel.

  5. Khutba on Muhammad, pbuh by Kaukab Siddique against slavery and subjugation of women, supporting justice and equality.

Political Prisoners :

 Breaking News


Mosul : Week number 9
Massive US-Backed Shia Armada Unable to Advancre

For another whole week, the Shia and Kurdish armadas have been unable to advance. Instead the small IS force in Mosul is sending out raiding parties to hit the shias and the Kurds.

The villages the Shia armada claimed to have captured do not seem to be entirely conquered.

60 miles south of Baghdad, a Baghdad force ran into an IS anbush and its commander was seriously injured.

The US air force is busy and has killed scores of Islamic supporters of IS.

On December 17, the US announced that the bounty on the head of the Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been increased from $10 million to $25 million.

One report says, IS is distributing Zakat among the needy because prices are going up owing to bombing of infrastructure by the US air force.

In the Syrian branch of the Islamic State heavy clashes are going on between IS mujahedeen and Assad's elite forces. Assad is trying to take back what the IS captured around and in Palmyra.

On Decdember 16, the US air force destroyed the tanks and missiles which IS had captured from Assad in Palmyra

TURKEY has stabbed the Islamic State in the back again. On December 17, the Turkish air force bombed the IS stronghold of El Bab north east of Aleppo. Mercenaries led by Turkish tanks are again trying to capture El Bab.

The Kurdish force known as SDF with US air support is trying to advance into northern Raqqa province,

Also on December 17, an IS force advanced towards Hama and was bombed by the Alawite air force.



Staunch Supporters of Assad and Damascus Regime Pretend to be "Independent."

A question from Ajaz Rather in Canada with Response by Kaukab Siddique with concluding comment by Rather.

Ajaz Ahmad Rather i am concerned about Canadian independent news outlets headed by Eva Bartlett and British Independent so called Journalist (actually a traveler /photographer) namely Veneesa Beeley. They claim that whatever main stream media claim about Aleppo is just a lie. Their reporst sound like they are blindly supporting Bashar Al Assad and Russia in general... brother what do you think about these independent news outlets ?

Respnse: :They are not independent but are strong supporters of the Assad regime.

I looked at the interview and writings of Eva Bartlett after her return from Syria.

She did not meet EVEN ONE person on the Islamic side of the conflict.. She admitted that her friends are in the NDF, which most people in Canada would not know is the militia force set up by Assad which is more vicious against Muslims than Assad's regular troops.

She took the Assad line blindly by claiming that there had been no peaceful uprising in Syria but terrorists had come in and taken over the country.

Her prejudices were further strengthened by her visits to Christian communities, Again she does not know that Syrian Christians were staunch supporters of the tyrannical regime of the two Assads, father and son, for 30 years before the Islamic uprising.. She did find that a church had been defaced by Muslim fighters [but it had not been demolished or burned down]. Compare this with hundreds of mosques across Syria which have been demolished, damaged or burned down by Assad's militias.

She spent some time complaining about the al-Wair district of Homs because its people were resisting Assad's forces for a very long time. She describes the occupation of Muslim cities by Assad's forces as "liberation." She does not note that other than the Alawites/shias and Christian minorities, no one wants to live under Assad's regime.

In passing Bartlett notices that Russia has come in to help the "great" regime of Assad. She thinks that military intervention by a superpower is okay while she constantly complains about America's support for the opposition.. She completely ignores the massive military intervention by Iran and Lebanese Hizbullah.

America has not helped the opposition at all on the excuse that even if "moderates" are helped, the arms will end up with the "radicals."

The opposition got weapons from defectors from Assad's military or those smuggled in by Muslims from other countries supporting the Islamic uprising or from Turkey when Turkey was buying oil from ISIS, which has largely stopped after American bombing of the oil fields..
Assad's supporters in the West blatantly claim that Israel is behind the uprising. These Assad people know that many people will be turned off if the word "Israel" is connected to the opposition.. As the saying goes, if you throw enough mud, some will stick.

The other "independent" broadcaster I noticed is Corbett. He is even more bigoted than Bartlett. He picked up one atrocity committed by a small segment of a tiny Muslim group and then played with it to claim that just about the entire opposition is involved in atrocities. Readers might remember that when an angry militant took out a dead Assd soldiers's liver and chewed on it, the entire anti-Islamic global media publicized it. Even Russia's Putin joined in to give the impression that the entire opposition is a bunch of liver eaters!

We must remember that a number of journalists in the West acquired authenticity by opposing Israeli atrocities in Gaza. Readers did not notice that they were criticizing Israel's atrocities, not its legitimacy. They were not supporting Hamas or the Islamic stance of the Palestinian people.

Now when these people condemn the Islamic opposition in Syria, readers accept their stories without noticing that they are opposed to Islam as a dynamic force and a political ideology.

Vanessa Beeley is the worst of the lot. She is attacking the White Helmets, one of the very few people who go into the areas which Assad's and Russia's jets bomb and they help the injured and evacuate people to safer areas, Beeley appeared on Russian TV and after abusing and slandering the White Helmets as workers for France, LOL, she admitted that she had never met them and she said she got her information from Assad's civil rescue service in WESTERN Aleppo. In other words from the worst enemies of the White Helmets. If any one from the White Helmets meets someone from a western country, she pretends that such a meeting means White Helmets are working for France. She is a confused person who wants to ignore Russian and Iranian intervention with daily bombing but condemns the White Helmets member for meeting someone in France. [The White Helmets are doing such a good job that Bashar Assad personally condemned them.He hates anyone who helps the Muslims and thinks Russian, Iranian and Lebanese Hizbullah's military intervention is okay.]

Concluding comment by Ajaz Ahmad Rather Thanks bro for providing detailed info about these so called journalists or to be more accurate pro Assad/Iran/Russian elements in the west ..actually a year before Veneesa Beeley was in my friend list and after checking her account i went thru her posts I keenly observed she is pro Iran/Assad ...even I saw some of her pics in her account like of Nasrullah & Moqtada Al Sadar ..on seeing those images I thoroughly checked her posts on facebook but what I observed she never condemned Assad or Russia over bombing civil area in Syria ..I inboxed her and asked her what's the problem in condemning Assad as he is killing innocent babies /children /women/but she clearly replied that she is against American imperialism etc but she failed to convince me why she is so pro Iran /Assad ...soon after that she blocked me ...

SPOTLIGHTS from Br. Badi

 Imam Badi Ali

The key to education is patience.

-Imam Badi Ali leads a large Muslim community in Greensboro,NC



Rulers have learnt nothing from Dhaka tragedy.
Prime Minister and family have no record of their property for 30 years!

by Qaiser Sharif

LAHORE, Dec. 16: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that the rulers had not learnt a lesson from the fall of Dhaka nor had they mended their ways after the breakup of the country.

Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, he said that even today, the smaller provinces of the country had a feeling of deprivation due to inequitable distribution of the resources. He said that if the mandate of the Bengalis had been accepted, the debacle of East Pakistan might not have occurred.

Sirajul Haq said that the enemy exploited the hatred among the Bengalis and as a result, East Pakistan turned into Bangladesh. He said that the rulers would have to remove the sense of deprivation among the people of the small provinces to prevent such tragedies in the future.

The JI chief said that some people still hoped that they would succeed in hiding their illegal wealth and escape the Panama leaks scandal, but they were mistaken as the nation was anxious to recover the illegal wealth from the corrupt rulers.

Sirajul Haq said that the JIT report on the Quetta tragedy had exposed the incompetence of the government and this had further shaken the people's confidence in the rulers.

He said that five amendments moved by the JI in the Panama leaks Bill in the Senate had been accepted. The amendments included demand for the trial of the accused alongside their enquiry, making the commission report public, and allowing the masses to provide information to the commission.

He said that even after the passage of eight months of the Panama leaks, the government had made no legislation in the National Assembly to curb corruption. In fact, the rulers wanted to plunge the mega scandal in the dust bin only to complete their tenure. He said the JI had moved four bills in the National Assembly in this direction but the NA Speaker had put these to cold storage.

Sirajul Haq said the state counsel had conceded in the Supreme Court that the Prime Minister and his family did not have a record of their property for the last thirty years. The State counsel had also stated that the Prime Minister's statement in the National Assembly on the issue was only a political statement. He said this assertion had done irreparable harm to the democratic system.

War News

 War News

Syria: From New Trend's Media Monitor
[For Iraq and latest news from Palmyra, see our segment on Breaking news.]

Understanding the Tragedy of Eastern Aleppo. What Persuaded Russia & Iran to let Aleppo's people go, though it is not over yet?

As the area under control of FSA mujahideen became smaller and smaller, the Shia military pouring into eastern Aleppo under cover of Russian bombing committed a wave of atrocities including about 200 "extra judicial executions" of women, children and old men seeking to surrender to the shias. [Imagine a scene in America of Black people coming out with their hands up chanting: Hands up! Don't shoot! and the police opened fire. That didnt happen in America but it happened in Aleppo.]

FSA retreated from district to district as Russian bombing and Iranian artillery smashed Aleppo's streets into rubble.

Finally the 1500 Muslim defenders and 50,000 civilians were crowded into a ONE SQUARE MILE area. Iran wanted all of them to be killed. Iran advised Assad to "use the military option." Russia wanted some of the people, specially the wounded civilians to be let go. However, the first convoy was stopped by the Iranians who forced people to strip and ordered them to lie down and killed 4 of them. They were then allowed to go back to the only remaining enclave in the hope of creating fear and panic.

However the civilians remained disciplined and become steadfast after the first moment of panic.

Suddenly the situation changed and now [December 16 and 17], several convoys have left Aleppo safely with 3000 wounded civilians and hundreds of women and children.
If you look at a war map of Aleppo, the huge shia army with Russian air support and Assadi helicopters and Iranian artillery completely enveloped Aleppo. There was no escape.

However, just beyond the death ring around Aleppo with shias from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and even Pakistan, there is the western Aleppo countryside which is controlled by small but very organized al-Nusra forces. They started attacking the Alawite stronghold in western Aleppo.
Further to the West and northwest is the province of Idlib which is completely under the control of al-Nusra, various Turkish related groups and other Islamic groups. North east from there are two small Shi'a villages, Kafria and al-Fuah. They have been under siege by the Islamic groups and are defended by heavily armed Lebanese Hizbullah. Now after the huge tragedy of Aleppo became evident, al-Nusra and others tightened their siege of the two villages. Iran soon realize that if the people of Aleppo are slaughtered en masse, the Shias in the two villages, about 4000, too could be killed in retaliation. So, Iran called for safe withdrawal of Shias from Kafria and al-Fuah. in exchange for withdrawals of the people of Aleppo to the Islamic areas in western Aleppo province and Idlib province.

Iran also decided to lift the siege from the town of Medyan in exchange for the two villages.

Al-Nusra is now waiting to see how well the Shias will behave in the continuing withdrawal from Aleppo.

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The Government violated all semblance of Justice, Decency and Law, and sentenced this Innocent Bangladeshi-American youth to 17 Years to be fiollowed by Decades of Monitoring.

This is the Epitome of Victimless "Crime."
The Story of Ehsanul "Shifa" Sadequee.
As told by Shifa's Supporters.

Childhood Innocence

Ehsanul "Shifa" Sadequee was born on July 30, 1986 in Reston, Virginia. As a new-born infant, Shifa traveled to Bangladesh with his parents where, in his first year of life, he began experiencing acute respiratory illnesses such as chronic asthma and bouts of broncho- pneumonia. Because of these health issues, well-respected doctors in Bangladesh advised Shifa's parents that they should not remain in Bangladesh but return to the U.S. where Shifa could receive the best medical care and thrive in a better climate. Shifa's parents immediately complied, returned to the United States, and took extra care of their youngest child, continuing to feed him through a tube to avoid aggravating his delicate respiratory system.

In spite of facing serious medical challenges, Shifa shared a playful and happy childhood growing up in Atlanta, Georgia with two older sisters, Sharmin and Sonali and an older brother Amimul.

Friends remember him as a kind, jolly and moderately shy little boy who enjoyed drawing, painting, and learning new languages like Arabic and translating ancient Arabic religious text into English. He was also an avid reader delving into books of poetry, religion and spirituality,and history. At home, Shifa gladly performed household chores and enjoyed receiving guidance from his older brother and two older sisters.His siblings, in turn, enjoyed taking care of their little brother and often bought him books to read. His favorite gifts were books of riddles and jokes which he liked reading aloud to his family in order to make them laugh. Shifa also cared for a menagerie of pets including cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits.

As Shifa grew and his health improved, he was able to take part in outdoor activities and,as a teenager, he participated in several sports such as soccer, tennis, and swimming.

Shifa's sister, Sharmin, recalls that, as a little boy, her brother was concerned about the plight of living things, often reminding his big sister to keep her eyes on the ground or pavement when

she walked to make sure she didn't step on small bugs. One day, when Sharmin tried to give her

11-year old brother a sandwich, some fruit, and several other snacks he said that he only needed the sandwich because "it is a good thing to keep our stomachs a little empty, so we can feel the people who are hungry in this world."

Shifa attended a parochial Muslim high school in Canada, taking classes in religious and classical Arabic studies as well as standard high school courses. Soon after, in 2001, he returned to Bangladesh to live with his parents and finish high school. Once again, however, he fell ill from

environmental pollution in Dhaka so his parents decided to keep him at home where they home-schooled him.

When he returned to the U.S. in 2004, Shifa worked with his sister Sonali at a women's rights organization dedicated to the eradication of violence against women. He volunteered and co-organized social justice events with Men Stopping Violence and many local social justice and civil rights organizations. During this time, he started learning how to cook, how to drive a car, how to budget funds with his new part-time income, and how to make phone calls to institutions of higher learning to inquire about college prep courses for his future. He also developed an appetite

for television variety shows finding pleasure in the comedic skills of Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien.

The Kidnap

Shifa traveled to Bangladesh to get married in 2005. On April 17, 2006, he and his wife were returning home when he was kidnapped by Bangladesh authorities at the request of the U.S. government. His family did not know where he was for four days. The family learned later that

the FBI kidnapped Shifa and flew him via Alaska to New York aboard a "secret" CIA plane, stripping off his clothes and wrapping him in a plastic-like material during the flight.

The High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh later declared Shifa's detention, deportation, and handover to U.S. authorities illegal because it violated international laws.

In New York, Shifa was charged with making a false statement to the FBI. However, in pre-trial hearings several years later, the FBI revealed Shifa had never lied to them; rather, it was the FBI who had lied in the initial indictment to capture him. While he was in Bangladesh, FBI agents had

communicated with him via e-mail and chat forums, pretending to be his teenaged friends.

In addition, the government searched his luggage and found a map of Washington, D.C. This, coupled with his sending videos of tourist sites in Washington, D.C. to his online friends, apparently caused the government to reinterpret these normal activities as something sinister, although

prosecutors conceded that Shifa was not discussing a terrorist plot. They claimed that he was trying to get in contact with people who the government considered "terrorist" abroad, and that he was in some way "associated" with the Toronto 18, since he and Syed Haris Ahmad had met with some of the young men who were entrapped in Canada by a Canadian government informant.

The Case

Shifa and his friend Syed Haris Ahmed were involved in online chatrooms with youth, although no plans were formed to do anything illegal. Based on evidence from 2004 and 2005, Shifa was chargedcwith supporting a foreign organization that was not listed on the U.S. Department of State's

list of terrorist organizations, Lashkar E Taiba (LET), a group struggling to liberate Muslim-dominated Kashmir from India. The organization did not exist in 2004 and 2005, however, and was not designated as a terrorist organization in the U.S. until after Shifa was apprehended in April 2006.

The evidence against Shifa included online chats between teenagers about religious literature that he had translated from Arabic to English and published online. He was also accused of sharing videos of tourist sites with his online friends, but the photos were never posted anywhere online. During the trial in 2009, the government could not demonstrate a single conversation or sentence from the online chats that included plans or plots.

Prosecutors offered him a plea bargain in exchange for dropping three charges, he could plead guilty to one count of material support for terrorism, agree to identify other teenagers from the chats, and testify against Syed Haris Ahmed and other Muslims who were also facing similar charges. Shifa refused.

Torture in Prisons

Shifa was imprisoned in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) for three and half months before the government transferred him to the Atlanta Penitentiary in August 2006.

In Atlanta, he was placed in solitary confinement for over 1,300 days (over 3 years). During this time, his health declined significantly and subjected to prison violence. Since 2010, after his conviction, he has been held in the Communications Management Units (CMUs) in Marion, Illinois, and in Terre Haute, Indiana.

CMUs are known as "Guantanamo North" where Muslims convicted of "terrorism" related charges are segregated from the rest of the prison population. Muslim prisoners in the CMUs do not have access to the outside world and regular communication with their families. Their religious and spiritual services and observances are severely restricted and controlled.

The Trial

The evidence at trial demonstrated that Shifa did not send videos to LET; that he did not send his co-defendant, Ahmed, to Pakistan to join LET; and that Ahmed never joined LET despite multiple opportunities to do so. Information related to Shifa's kidnapping in Bangladesh was not presented to the jury during the trial. The majority of government witnesses were FBI agents who did not participate in the online chats between teenagers but were allowed to present and interpret the "evidence." No actual participants in the chats were brought to testify at trial to interpret the chats for the jury. Jurors admitted being prejudicial towards Islam and Muslims but were approved to participate in the trial. Some jurors slept as evidence was being presented. Their deliberation lasted only a few hours. No act of violence was committed by Shifa, his co-defendant, nor anyone else. The connections to other teenagers abroad were used as evidence only because they too were Muslims.

The word "jihad" and quotations from the Qur'an with mistranslated interpretations were also used as evidence at the federaltrial. Religious expression and the debates of teenagers were taken out of context by the government to paint them all as "terrorists" and to prosecute them preemptively. The full transcripts of the actual chats remained classified and were not presented to the jury. Shifa was convicted on all four counts of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorist organizations and sentenced to seventeen years with 30 years of surveillance to follow the full prison term. The judge granted prosecution all their requests and suppressed key evidence requested by the defense. Information related to the kidnapping of Shifa in Bangladesh, the physical assault on him in prison, the torture during pre-trial solitary confinement, and the persecution of his free speech and expression were not allowed to be brought forward for consideration.

Shifa represented himself at his own trial with no legal background. The prosecution took advantage of Shifa's lack of knowledge of the law and submitted evidence that had no connection to Shifa or the case. Shifa is a US citizen and his rights to read, write and translate materials, freedom of expression and speech were violated by his own government.

The Community

A diverse representation of multiple communities came out every day to support Shifa and his family. The Muslim community was joined by African-American, white, and Latino activists who believed in Shifa's innocence and condemned the government's attempts to malign and indict Shifa's character despite the lack of criminal activity. Shifa addressed the court directly throughout the four-year legal proceedings and represented himself at his trial from jury selection to sentencing. Through his self-representation, Shifa challenged the federal court, the American judicial system, the foundation and narratives of the U.S. government's War on Terror, and hidden aspects of the U.S. Empire. His case and trial exposed that these preemptive prosecution cases bend the existing legal framework and use flawed, manufactured logic to further the need for expanded national security systems.

Shifa did not commit any crime. The government simply manufactured one based on guilt by association and used him as a scapegoat to establish precedent for future domestic terrorist cases

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Leaving Ismailism:
From Darkness to Light

[24 points against Ismaili theory of "the living imam" and how the writer found the truth.]

by Furqan A. M. Virji

Many times my friends and people I came across ask me about the specific clear verses of the Qurʾān which guided me from the darkness of shirk and kufr to noor-e-hidaya. Instead of giving a long list, I would like to go by the episodes that occurred in my life and how did these events help me to achieve the enlightenment of the Qurʾān.

I was born in the decade of twenties of the last century in a family which was a staunch believer in Ismāʿīli tenets of faith and rituals. Ismāʿīlism was drilled into our brains from the very formative years. I had to attend religious night school at the Jamatkhana with strict compulsion from my father. Through many years of brainwashing, I too became a staunch believer in Ismāʿīlism.
I was in my final year of my High School studies when Imām Sultan Muhammad Shah had come to Bombay for the celebration of his Diamond Jubilee festival. My family also reached Bombay to participate in this festival. Here on 29th December 1945, a religious decree (called a 'farman') was pronounced in which Aga Khan III, Sultan Muhammad Shah ordained that Ismāʿīlis do not have a book for guidance or hidaya and instead of a book, they have living Imām for guidance or hidaya. This was in accordance with the religious teachings provided in the religious night school.

Scanned page from Kalam-e-Imam-e-Mubin


Haq Mawlana Dhani Salamat Datar Sultan Muhammad Hazar Imām ordained that:

"You are aware of the fact that the life and the world are under constant changes. In such situation only Hazar Imām can provide the proper guidance. There is no written book for guidance for the Ismailis, but, there is living Imām."

Reference: Farman No.530/II/p-393 Bombay, Wadi D/-29-12-1945 Kalam-e-Imām-e-Mubin: Holy Farmans of Mawlana Hazar Imām Sultan Muhammad Shah, Part 2 from 1911 A.D. to 1951 A.D. Published by Hon. Secretary; Mr V N Huda Press and Publication Department on behalf of Ismailia Association for India. Ismaili Printing Press, Bhimpura Dongri Mumbai, 1951 A. D.

Everyone present in the gathering concluded the following key messages from the above speech of the Aga Khan III:

The Final Holy Quran Revealed by Allah is not a book of divine hidaya or guidance.Only Hazar Imām can provide divine hidaya or guidance

I was very enthusiastic to practice upon this farman and was actively conveying this message to other members of the Ismāʿīli community.

After graduation, I migrated to Pakistan. As I had no money with me it took some years to settle down in Karachi. The tenets of the faith and rituals here in Karachi were the same.

In 1956 a new Ismāʿīli prayer (called duʿāʾ which Ismāʿīlis offer in lieu of the Muslim ṣalāt) was introduced and the old one was abrogated. To my astonishment this prayer was in Arabic while the previous one was in Gujrati language. All the parts of this Ismāʿīli prayer began with an āyah or verse of the Qurʾān.

This posed a great question to me: How it is possible that the same Imām in December 1945 who issued the farman that Ismāʿīlis do not have any written book for guidance, and thus played down the Qurʾān, comes back after a few years and imposes a new Ismāʿīli prayer (duʿāʾ) in which he picks up verses from the same Qurʾān? From this point, Allāh guided me to study the Qurʾān that enlightened and illuminated my soul and changed my thought process.

I went back to what Aga Khan III had claimed earlier as himself being 'guidance' and compared it with the following in Qurʾān 2:2-7:

ذَٰلِكَ الْكِتَاœُ لَا رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُت§َقِينَ

This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah

الَّذِين¤ يُؤْمِنُ¨نَ بِالْغَي¨بِ وَيُقِيم¥ونَ الصَّلَاَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَ›هُمْ يُنفِقُو¦َ

Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them,

وَالَّذِ نَ يُؤْمِنُ¨نَ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ وَبِالْآ˜ِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُو¦

And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].

أُولَٰئِ£َ عَلَىٰ هُدًى مِّن رَّبِّهِ¥ْ وَأُولَٰšِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْل¦حُونَ

Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.

إِنَّ الَّذِين¤ كَفَرُوا سَوَاءٌ عَلَيْهِ¥ْ أَأَنذَر¨تَهُمْ أَمْ لَمْ تُنذِرْه¥مْ لَا يُؤْمِنُ¨نَ

Indeed, those who disbelieve - it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them - they will not believe.

خَتَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِه¦مْ وَعَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِ¥ْ وَعَلَىٰ أَبْصَار¦هِمْ غِشَاوَة¢ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ

Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. And for them is a great punishment.

In the above verses, Allāh is clear that this book is guidance wherein there is no doubt (that is from Allah). Therefore, it is perfect and eternal for the whole of humanity. But this guidance is only for the muttaqi, who have been defined as defined as those who have faith in the unseen viz. Allah, the Angels, Heaven and Hell, etc., and secondly those who offer ṣalāt regularly, and thirdly who spend money in the way of Allāh.

Allāh says that it is these people who are on the right path and are successful in this life and the hereafter. For those who deny any of these six points cannot be faithful to Allah even if the Prophet (pbuh) directly preached to them. Their Soul and Mind, Their Hearing and visual capability get sealed through their own deeds and unwillingness.

These are just the first 7 verses of the Qurʾān after the al-Fatiha in which it is clear that the only guidance is the book. There is no room for any 'Living Imām' in this chapter or anywhere else in the Qurʾān. In addition, there are over 20 proofs in the Qurʾān that the Qurʾān itself is to be followed for guidance:

Proof #1

Say, "Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel - it is [none but] he who has brought the Qur'an down upon your heart, [O Muhammad], by permission of Allah , confirming that which was before it and as guidance and good tidings for the believers." (2:97)

Proof #2

And We have certainly revealed to you verses [which are] clear proofs, and no one would deny them except the defiantly disobedient. (2:99)

Proof #3

And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, "Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance." If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper. (2:120)

Proof #4

This [Qur'an] is a clear statement to [all] the people and a guidance and instruction for those conscious of Allāh. (3:138)

Proof #5

Certainly did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error. (3:164)

Proof #6

O mankind, there has come to you a conclusive proof from your Lord, and We have sent down to you a clear light. (4:174)

Proof #7

And thus do We detail the verses, and [thus] the way of the criminals will become evident. (6:55)

Proof #8

Or lest you say, "If only the Scripture had been revealed to us, we would have been better guided than they." So there has [now] come to you a clear evidence from your Lord and a guidance and mercy. Then who is more unjust than one who denies the verses of Allah and turns away from them? We will recompense those who turn away from Our verses with the worst of punishment for their having turned away. (6:157)

Proof #9

And when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidences, those who do not expect the meeting with Us say, "Bring us a Qurʾān other than this or change it." Say, [O Muhammad], "It is not for me to change it on my own accord. I only follow what is revealed to me. Indeed I fear, if I should disobey my Lord, the punishment of a tremendous Day." (10:15)

Proof #10

Alif, Laam, Meem, Raa: These are the verses of the Book; and what has been revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, but most of the people do not believe. (13:1)

Proof #11

Alif, Laam, Meem, Raa: [This is] a Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that you might bring mankind out of darknesses into the light by permission of their Lord - to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy (14:1)

Proof #12

Alif, Laam, Meem, Raa: These are the verses of the Book and a clear Qurʾān [i.e., recitation]. (15:1)

Proof #13

Indeed, it is We who sent down the message [i.e., the Qurʾān], and indeed, We will be its guardian. (15:9)

Proof #14

[We sent them] with clear proofs and written ordinances. And We revealed to you the message [i.e., the QurÕŒn] that you may make clear to the people what was sent down to them and that they might give thought. (16:44)

Proof #15

And We have not revealed to you the Book, [O Muúammad], except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe. (16:64)

Proof #16

[All] praise is [due] to Allāh, who has sent down upon His Servant [Muúammad ()] the Book and has not made therein any deviance. (18:1)

Proof #17

And recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge. (18:27)

Proof #18

Blessed is He who sent down the criterion (the Qurʾān) to His servant, that it may be an admonition to all creatures (25:1)

Proof #19

These are Verses of the Book that makes (things) clear. (28:2)

Proof #20

Alif, Laam, Meem. These are verses of the wise Book, as guidance and mercy for the doers of good who establish prayer and give zakah, and they, of the Hereafter, are certain [in faith]. Those are on [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful. (31:1-5)

Proof #21

And those who have been given knowledge see that what is revealed to you from your Lord is the truth, and it guides to the path of the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy. (34:6)

Proof #22

By the clear Book. Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. Therein [i.e., on that night] is made distinct every precise matter - [every] matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send [a messenger]. (44:2-5)

Proof #23

This [Qurʾān] is enlightenment for mankind and guidance and mercy for a people who are certain [in faith]. (45:20)

Proof #24

But those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and believe in the (Revelation) sent down to Muhammad - for it is the Truth from their Lord, He will remove from them their ills and improve their condition. (47:2)


There is no reference in whole of the Qurʾān, in any one ayah that there can be a living Imām as providing guidance. Everywhere, only the is Qurʾān the guidance. Therefore, I earnestly request Ismāʿīli brothers not fall in the trap and deception of the myth of a 'living Imām'. Believe not any one but believe in the words of Allāh for the guidance of humanity that are in the Qurʾān where there cannot be any misguidance.

Furqan A. M. Virji | December 13, 2016 at 4:14 am

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