Ismaili Gnosis conveys Khushali Mubarak on the occasion of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s birthday. As December 13 is a time when Ismailis all around the world reflect upon the occasion of the birth of the Imam of the Time, Ismaili Gnosis offers a selection of readings on the intellectual validation and esoteric understanding of the Ismaili Imamat.
Readings: Validating and Establishing the Ismaili Imamat
The first set of readings presents the intellectual and historical validation of the Ismaili Imamat in a step-by-step manner and we recommend reading them in the presented order.
The Prophet Unveiled: The Spiritual Functions of Muhammad in Early Islam
Validating Imamat from the Holy Quran: The Qur’anic Basis for the Existence of the Imamat
What is Shia Islam: A Summary of Different Shia Communities
The Shia Imamat: A Summary of the Major Schisms in the lineage of Imams
The Successor of Imam Jafar Sadiq: Seven Proofs for the Succession of Imam Ismail ibn Ja’far and the Ismaili line of Imams
Readings: Esoteric Understanding of the Ismaili Imamat
The second set of readings is dedicated to presenting a deeper and more comprehensive perspective on the Imamat, with special focus on the esoteric themes of Imamat — as set out in traditional sources — such as the Light (nur) of Imamat, the history of the Imams during the ages of the Prophets, and the esoteric significance of the unprecedented historical eras of the 48th and 49th Imams. We also recommend reading the below articles in the presented order.
Light upon Light: The Succession of the Ismaili Imams
The Eternal Imam: Songs of Krishna and Sermons of ‘Ali
From Adam to Aga Khan: The Universal Imamat
Esoteric Apocalypse: Ismaili Concepts of Qiyamah Part 1
Esoteric Apocalypse: Ismaili Concepts of Qiyamah Part 2
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