Ismailis

April 7, 2008 at 12:30 am (Islam, The West, World War III)

In “Islam World’s Largest Religion”, Robert J. Jago of a dime a dozen blog writes:

If 80 percent of them were Ismailis then I’d say the world is now a much much better place – but if 80 percent were Wahhabi – well then I would legitimately worry about my fate.

He raises an interesting point: one which underscores the fact that various interpretations of Islam exist.

The Ismailis are non-violent and have been for a long time now. What is almost ironic is that the predecessors of the Nizari Ismailis were the dreaded Assassins of Alamut.

Live quietist Shiites (the Ismailis are, after all, Shiites), they await the arrival of a certain figure to deliver the world from its current state of sin and division. Until then, they blindly follow the teachings of their divinely-appointed hereditary leader (the Imam for the Nizari Ismailis, and the Da’i Mutlaq (Supreme Emissary or Supreme Missionary) for the Bohra Ismailis).

What is also interesting, if not a little sobering, is that whereas most Muslims don’t have anything against the Bohra Ismailis, many Muslims say they do not recognize the modernist Nizari Ismailis as Muslims. But Nizari Ismailism is the form of Islam that is most compatible with the modern world. Take that for what it’s worth.

An example of how modernist Nizari Ismailis are: the Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah (the imam before the current one) banned the hijab for Ismaili women.

It would be nice if Ismailism spread. It would go a long way in helping to ease the clash between Muslims and the West. Because the more fundamentalist Islam spreads, the more the West and modernist Muslims are threatened.

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3 Comments

  1. Kevin said,

    I have to be honest and say that I hope no form of islam spreads. The book they get their beliefs from is not friendly in any way, fashion or form. Just my opinion though.

  2. Easy Nash said,

    As a Shia Nizari Ismaili Muslim I must say I agree with you that the world would be a much better, and safer, place if Muslims were 80% Shia Ismaili Muslims as opposed to 80% Sunni Wahhabi Muslims.

    Regarding the Assassin legends I refer you to a book that dispels the notion that the Shia Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut period conducted themselves this way. They instead fought valiantly the conventional way against what was, after all, a genocide being perpetrated against them. In the end they lost and were ruthlessly decimated:

    http://www.iis.ac.uk/view_article.asp?ContentID=100539

    Let me titillate your intellect a bit by quoting one post from my blog containing speech excerpts by the current Shia Ismaili Muslim leader, his predecessor and others on the subjects of knowledge, intellect, science, creation and religion:

    http://gonashgo.blogspot.com/2008/02/327comprehensive-quotes-of-aga-khan-iv.html

  3. Steamboat McGoo said,

    Musli, I am tagging you with the “six word meme” and please don’t hate me for it. Hate Bmac – who did it to me. So I copied his comment.

    Rules here:
    http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2008/04/09/meme-six-word-memoir/

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