Times of India ( Saturday, March 11, 2006)
[quote name='http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1445653' date='curpg-2.cms']Another such intriguing community in Gujarat are Nizari Ismaili Shias, who believe that Islam is the fulfilment of Hinduism and whose leading missionaries had both Hindu and Muslim names and dual identities.
In addition to the Qur'an, Gujarati Ismailis, also known as Satpanthis or 'followers of the true path', have a holy book, the Das Avatar.
There the nine incarnations of Vishnu are praised and Imam Ali is presented as the final or Nikalanki avatar of Vishnu.[/quote]
Apart from Qur'an, actually Ismailis of this branch don't even read Qur'an as they say they aren't supposed to, since only their imam can interpret it in accordance with time. They read Ginans ( songs/ formerly known as Das Avatar) as holy book, I searched few and found this was true:
Ismailis believe in incarnation of God just like Hindus do, they believe in all nine avatars of Vishnu ( second god of Hindu trinity) ie: Krishna, Rama and also in Buddh as incarnation of god on earth.
Surprised to see, they see Maula Ali as the tenth incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu, I did a little search about whether this is universal Nizari belief or else, I found that Arab and Persian Nizaris don't hold this belief but all other Nizaris: Indian, African, Pakistani etc believe in this, remeber that Nizari Imam is of Indian origin. Such works were once asked to be deleted by former branch of Nizari but their imam forbid the edition, so the ginans and thus the belief retain this idea of divine incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu among Nizaris.
[quote name='http://www.mostmerciful.com/book-6.htm']In 1945, under the chairmanship of the late Aga Khan, a conference of Agakhani missionaries was held in Dar-es-Salaam. Aga Khan strongly criticized those who wanted him to eliminate the names of Hindu manifestations (Avatars) and the phrase "'Ali sahi (truly) Allah" from the Ismaili Du'a.
Aga Khan explained to his missionaries that such terms and phrases have symbolic significance and, as such, should not be tampered with. Diamond Rattansi has given details of this Mission Conference in his thesis for the M.A. degree at McGill University. He records that as a result of the above decision there appears to have been sporadic manifestation of some opposition to the Aga Khan from the Ismaili splinter groups and the Sunni Muslims.[/quote]
Here are quotations of the so called holy Ginans of Nizari Ismalis:
Ginan: Budh Avatar:
1. The Ninth Divine Manifestation was Budh
He appeared in the guise of a Moghol........................................
453. Thus spake Gur Sohodev
There is no end to the Manifestation of the Divine Essence
454. Listen, faithful, said Gur Sohodev
Again, I repeat to you The Essence
455. The Tenth Manifestation was taken by The Forgiver
The Creator took the Naklanki ( pure) Manifestation
456. The pre-Eternal Vishnu is The Lord Ali
Gur Brahma is equivalent to Prophet Muhammad
457. The Kaljug came with its Atha Veda ( The last Hindu Veda, even Qur'an is seen as the one)
Nobody understood its meaning
458. Ishwar ( God) was called Adam
According to the Vedas, I explain to you the place
459. In Jampudip ( India), the region of Bharat,
The town of Duarka ( town in Gujarat where Hindu god Krishna lived)
Edited by Mazher's, 11 March 2006 - 05:53 AM.