Nizari Ismailis do hold the Aga Khan IV in the same (or higher) esteem as Hazrat Ali
. In fact, from the Nizari Ismaili point of view, the Aga Khan IV and Hazrat Ali are exactly the same people
- the only difference is the physical body that we see. From a Nizari Ismaili perspective, the Aga Khan IV is considered the holder of a concept called the "Noor of Allah" and Nizari Ismailis supplicate to him and pray to him for many things instead of supplicating and praying to Allah
alone. For example, each day in the jamatkhanas, Nizari Ismailis congregate and make du'aa to the Aga Khan for many different things (even though the Aga Khan cannot hear these prayers or respond to them, as he is usually inside one of his many mansions around the world). Here's an example of one the many prayers that is recited daily in the jamatkhanas, by Nizari Ismailis, in congregation, while the Aga Khan is sitting inside one of his many mansions and couldn't possibly hear what his Nizari Ismailis are asking him for:
Ya Ali, Ya Hazar Imam, With Thy Mercy and Divine Grace, glorify our akubat (eternal life), akhirat (the Day ofJudgement), and chhelo dam (the last moments of our lives). [This is recited by the "Mukhi Saheb" or chief male priest, and then the congregation says "Ameen"...notice that there is no mention of Allah]
Of the many Nizari Ismailis I know, every single one of them has no problem with allowing their children to date the same or opposite sex for long periods of time from the time of puberty. Many Nizari Ismailis also believe in having sex before marriage.
In fact, many Hindus and Sikhs young men tell me that Nizari Ismaili girls, in particular, are very, very "easy" to get in bed and have sex with, compared to other non-white girls. This lax attitude in free mixing between men and women or men and men or women and women that Nizari Ismailism allows, comes directly from the Aga Khan who is fully Westernized and keeps girlfriends of his own. Both of his marriages have failed due to him committing adultery, as I showed here
. This is the example he has set for his community.
Nizari Ismailis have no problem with free mixing even inside their jamatkhanas. After worship services are complete, Nizari Ismaili young men and women frequently free mix with each other in the "Social Hall" area of the jamatkhana, sometimes including hugging and kissing right in front of other Nizari Ismailis. No one has any problem with it among the Nizari Ismailis and no one complains, thanks to the totally free-for-all Westernized policies of the Aga Khan. Some Nizari Ismailis are homosexual or lesbian or bisexual or transsexual or otherwise queer, and they are all welcome in the Jamat and totally accepted by the Aga Khan. In summary, Nizari Ismailis are as open and free to indulge in free mixing, dating and sex as any modern-day Atheists are, whether with the same or opposite sex - all thanks to the extremely liberal policies of the Aga Khan, who doesn't believe in Shariah and is a Secularist.
For those wondering about the picture of Aga Khan standing with his girlfriend (Rose de Witchestein) who was wearing a yellow bikini, aboard a yacht in Costa Smeralda
(Northern Sardinia) where the Aga Khan keeps one of dozens of mansions he owns, it comes from an article from the Spain version of the famous HELLO! Magazine
I'm not sure if the mods here will allow me to link to the article in question, but, you can find it yourself at Hola.com or by searching "Rose de Witchestein" in Google. Be aware that the picture contains a quite attractive and very young woman (girlfriend of the Aga Khan) wearing a yellow bikini, standing beside the Aga Khan aboard his yacht
. It is a very inappropriate picture for a male Muslim to be viewing, from an Islamic perspective. You have been warned!
macisaac, on 02 July 2012 - 10:40 AM, said:
From what I've seen, they are hostile to one another, with the Musta`li (Bohras) looking at the Nizaris (Agha Khani) much in a similar way as we would (the Musta`lis still believe in the obligation of salat, fasting, and so on, and are closer to what would have been the Isma`ilism of the Fatimids while the Nizaris are essentially so far gone as to be a separate religion)
Yes, they're quite hostile to each other from what I've seen as well. They're very different from each other. Both were once similar nearly a thousand years ago, but since the advent of the Aga Khan III, Nizari Ismailis believe in Secularism whereas Bohras continue to believe in the Shariah
and following the Sunnah (like Nizari Ismailis once did, but, no longer do).
Nizari Ismailis don't practice any elements of the Shariah or the teachings of the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAWS).
Their women don't wear veils, all of them date and free mix with the opposite sex, they don't eat halal meat, they don't do Namaz or fast in Ramadhan or do Hajj, and there are virtually no rules in Nizari Ismailism
(eg. Nizari Ismaili women can marry non-Muslim men, wear scant clothing in public, etc.). Nizari Ismailism is almost exactly like a Catholicism-based free-for-all where the religion allows you to do anything so long as you accept the Aga Khan as your saviour
(in much the same way that Catholicism allows one to do anything so long as one accepts Jesus - AS - as their saviour).
Bohras, on the other hand, try to practice Islamic law and the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAWS). Unlike Nizari Ismailis, all Bohras believe in Namaz, fasting in Ramadhan, and Hajj. They accept all of the 5 pillars of Islam and practice them very similarly to Sunnis and Twelvers, in other words.
Edited by Ruwayd, 02 July 2012 - 11:37 AM.