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What are the main beliefs and practices of the Ismaili school of thought?


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The iis.ac.uk (Institute of Ismaili Studies) appears to readily offer a lot of information about many topics, but not what you are looking for. Curious.

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From the outside, their beliefs seem to be very cultural and secular. I haven't even heard of any İsmail'I jurisprudence, prayer, etc. 

But I haven't looked into them too deeply. Would be curious to know more if anyone can share. 

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3 hours ago, Kaya said:

From the outside, their beliefs seem to be very cultural and secular. I haven't even heard of any İsmail'I jurisprudence, prayer, etc. 

But I haven't looked into them too deeply. Would be curious to know more if anyone can share. 

This is definitely not true for jurisprudence as far as Bohras and other Ismailis are concerned. Even their Salah is very similar to us Shia Jafari. Though, what you say is very accurate for Nizaris, which is the most common Ismaili group, and they have gotten rid of most of Islamic law, although, as far as I can tell, they adhere to some jurisprudence. There are only two notable exceptions to their lack of rules, as far as I can tell. (Though I am probably totally wrong, and there must be more or else that's totally ridiculous)

1. They don't eat pork.

2. They frequent their jammatkhana throughout the day, where they adhere to their mandatory "Holy Du'a". It is prayed 3 times a day, and each Du'a is 6 rakat of sitting and sujud. Thus, they pray 18 rakat per day (compared to the 17 rakat of other Muslims, and of course they don't have standing and ruku, unlike other Muslims, and they basically just recite a variety of Surah from the Qur'an).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Du'a

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Salam Bohras are doing Ziyarats & commemorate Ashura & Arbaeen walking like as Jafaris 

Sri Lanka disallows Buddhist plans to disrupt Muslim event

Sun Sep 1, 2019 05:58PM [Updated: Sun Sep 1, 2019 06:04PM ]

 

Members of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community join others as they lay flowers during a vigil at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017 to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed seven people on June 3. (File photo by AFP)

Members of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community join others as they lay flowers during a vigil at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017 to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed seven people on June 3. (File photo by AFP)

A court in Sri Lanka has prohibited two ultra-nationalist Buddhist organizations from proceeding with plans to disrupt rituals during a Muslim event.

On Sunday, Colombo Magistrate’s court issued restraining orders against two extremist groups led by Buddhist monks who intended to disrupt a gathering of members of Dawoodi Bohra, a Shia sect, on the day of Ashura in the capital, said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/09/01/605065/Sri-Lanka-Buddhists-Dawoodi-Bohra-Shia-Ashura-Muharram

 

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I did some reading from this site back in the day https://ismailignosis.com/

Particularly this page where they give their 'proofs' for Ismail's imamat: https://ismailignosis.com/2014/10/02/who-succeeded-Imam-jafar-al-Sadiq-seven-proofs-for-the-imamat-of-Imam-ismail-ibn-jafar/

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Haram list (it is short):
https://ask.ismailignosis.com/article/77-what-is-the-concept-of-halal-haram-in-ismailism

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  • drinking alcohol
  • smoking
  • drugs
  • eating pork
  • lying 
  • cheating
  • backbiting
  • dressing immodestly
  • other unethical activities


Detailed Info:
https://ask.ismailignosis.com/category/58-alcohol-and-social-ethics

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Well the real core difference is that they do not believe that Musa al-Kadhim (7th Imam) was the successor of Jafar Sadiq (6th Imam) but rather it was Ismail (a different son of Jafar Sadiq). It is for this reason the are called Ismaili. Their line of Imams therefore branches off at this point from Twelver Shiism. The next Ismaili Imam being Muhammad ibn Ismail who went into occultation. Centuries later a few new branches were created so there is multiple forms of Ismailism not one but they all agree on what I stated above about the Imamate of Ismail rather than Musa. Most have a Imam living today and not in occultation. As they recognise Jafar Sadiq as an Imam, their fiqh is essentially Jafari.

If you would like to find out a lot more I would personally recommend the writings of Henry Corbin.

If you have more questions I may be able to answer but I have said only the main definition of Ismailism as you asked for.

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On 9/11/2019 at 10:45 AM, Jaane Rabb said:

I did some reading from this site back in the day https://ismailignosis.com/

Particularly this page where they give their 'proofs' for Ismail's imamat: https://ismailignosis.com/2014/10/02/who-succeeded-Imam-jafar-al-Sadiq-seven-proofs-for-the-imamat-of-Imam-ismail-ibn-jafar/

These are hardly considered proofs in all honesty. It's been refuted elsewhere on the site and on reddit forum. They try to make more of an argument than they actually have. They presented no ahadith from Imam Sadiq (عليه السلام) on the appointment of Ismail. Just opinions of some historians who may have believed ismail to be Imam and some misquoted quotations of the Shia authors Nawbakhti. Nawbakhti was just quoting the beliefs of Ismailis..in now way did he actually believe in it Ismail died during the lifetime of his father and hence could not be the succeedig Imam. They try to make roundabout arguments that he didn't die and was still alive etc. He wasn't the most knowledgeable person of his time either. Imam kadhim (عليه السلام) was. 

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Assalamu Aleikoum,

what do you mean by ,,Ismaili school of thought"? I am asking because there is not only one Isma'ili sect. The largest being Agakhani, but they're not Muslims. The other being various Bohras and other smaller Isma'ili sects those are Muslims.

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