Ismaili Tariqah (Urdu)
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(Understanding our Tariqah in the light of the Qur'an and Shariah)

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This book articulates our Tariqah in the light of the Qur’an and the Prophetic tradition in simple language and easy thought for the understanding of general readers. Following are the details of the eight chapters of the book:


Historical background: This chapter traces the brief history and background of early Shi‘a-Sunni schism; different views on the issue of the succession to the Prophet; Ismaili-Ithna ‘ashari (twelver) and Ismaili-Must‘lawi (Bohri) divisions.


Major Ismaili beliefs and principles in the light of the preamble of the constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims have been explained in this chapter. This includes Oneness of Allah, finality of the Prophethood, Holy Qur’an as the final Message of Allah; Imamat, its function and authority, and the role of Jamatkhana in the life of the Ismaili community.


This chapter deals with the concept of Khalifatullah or the Vicegerency of Allah on earth in the light of the Holy Qur’an and his authority; Nur (light) and ‘Ilm (knowledge) as two important qualities of the Khalifa, and the authority of the Khalifa.


This chapter has been devoted to the concept of Imamat in the light of the Holy Qur’an. A number of fundamental ayats from the Holy Qur’an have been explained to highlight this concept.


This chapter highlights the status of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) as the foundation of Imamat in Shi‘a Islam with special reference to Hadith-e-Ghadir and Hadith-e Manzilat.


This chapter discusses the mutual relationship between the Holy Qur’an and the Imam; the need of a divinely appointed teacher to explain and interpret it and the role of Imam in this regards.


This chapter enumerates and explains various characteristics of Islam like the importance of intellect in understanding the faith, submission, easiness in practicing faith, tolerance, adjusting with the time and space while practicing faith, and difference between the Din (Religion) and Shari‘ah. Various examples have been given from history of changes in the Shari‘ah soon after the death of the Prophet with an exposition on the need of interpreting the teachings of the Qur’an in the light of the fundamentally altered conditions of the society,


The last chapter discusses the term “Muslim” tracing the use of this word in the Qur’an, and use of the word Islam and Muslim for the Prophets and their followers in the Abrahamic tradition before Prophet Muhammad. The ethics of tolerance, accepting the pluralistic nature of the teachings of Islam, appreciation of various interpretations of the Qur’an, and the need of unity among the Muslims have also been discussed.

This book is very useful for those who want to understand our Tariqah in simple language and wish to articulate for those who sincerely seek to understand the fundamentals of our Tariqah.

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