________________________________________________________________________ | w w w |\ | || || | || |\ | o_,_7 _|| . _o_7 _|| 4_|_|| o_w_, |\ | ( : / (_) / ( . |\ | |\ | || || | || |T | | || | |\ | . _, _8 |_D_|| . _,_,_,_D_|| 4_|| q ]_o_7_o _|_c 4_|_|| _|,_p q |\ | (_): / (_): . : / (_S (_S / |\ | |\ | In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the All-Merciful |\ | Greeting of Allah be upon Muhammad and the pure members of his House |\ |_______________________________________________________________________|\ Salamun 'Alaykum The following question was kindly answered by Shaykh Hasnain. Fee Amaanillah, Akil Karim Moderator - 'Aalim Network ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- QUESTION: What is the ruling about nijasat on Aga Khan's follower? ANSWER: Any one who believes in Tawhid (the absolute unity of God), Nubuwwah (Apostleship of Prophet Muhammd -s) and the Day of Judgement is a Muslim and thus Tahir (ritually pure). However, such a person becomes najis (impure) if s/he were to deny any of the necessary tenets and laws of Islam. Also Najis are those who believe that one or more of the 12 Imams are either God or incarnations of God. To which category the Aga Khani Ismailis belong to, is difficult to say. Their beliefs and to an extent the practices are of an esoteric (batini) nature. Consequently, it is not easy to ascertain whether they deny any of the neccessary tenets and laws of Islam. Nor is it easy to say that they believe, say, Imam `Ali (a) to be God incarnate. Going through the old literature of the Aga Khanis we come accross a lot of objectionable items. For instance they belive that the Qur'an is incomplete. Or that it contains a lot of additions, which did not belong to the original Qur'an. If you read the 'dhua' (i.e. du`a) which they invoke daily, it has no resemblance whatsoever to the daily obligatory prayers (salat/namaz). Furthermore when we talk to some them they openly confess that for them the saying of the daily Salat and fasting in the Holy month is not obligatory/necessary. Some of them also do not see the need of peforming Hajj. Whether these are the official teachings from their Imams or practices and beliefs found only in a section of the community is difficult to confirm. We can also have look at their Homepage. Here, you will notice that the author/s have tried their best to portray a good Islamic picture about the beliefs and practices of the Aga Khanis Ismailis. Qur'anic quotes are found in plenty and the recitations of various surahs can be downloaded. In light of the above it is difficult to ascertain both, their being tahir or najis. Until that time that their exact beliefs are not known we have to rely on what is apparent (zahir) and overlook the concealed. Since the Aga Khanis claim that they believe in Tawhid, Nubuwwah and Qiyamah we have to consider them tahir. For those who have evidences (say, through personal encounters) that some Aga Khanis deny the necessties of Islam, then it is advisable for them to stay away from such people (i.e. not eat their food, etc.). God knows the best. Hasnain Kassamali Humble servant of the Ahlul Bayt (a).