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This Persian calligraphy invokes prayers that are dedicated to our Prophet Muhammed and Hazrat Ali. I think it reads: "O Allah Give your blessings to our Prophet Muhammed and his great disciple Ali. (The Salwaat) Purify our hearts and souls, bless us all, and group us with your virtuous children"

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Its nice to go into you web site as it is quite informative
Nasrudin Kanji <nasrudinkanji@hotmail.com>
Calgary, Canada - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 14:55:00 (CDT)
Dear Nina: GUJRATI MUSLIMS:(Brief notes):,USLIM UMA(4):GUJRAT is located in the westernmost portion of central India.It includes the region of Kutch, Kathiawar, amd Surasta and the territories between rivers Banas and Damanganga. The culture diversity in Gujrat is directly related to the various physical features of the land.However the unifying force in this diversity is the Gujrati language spoken by approximately more than 20 million people. Gujrati is an Indo-Iranian language with number of dialects and class variations and is one of the 14 regional language specified in the Indian Constitution. Gujrati possess a long literary tradition, well represented in the arts and literature of Gujrat. Between the forth and eighth centuries, Gujrat was ruled successively by the Mauryas, the Sakas, the Guptas, and the Balabhis, and were later conquered by Chalukyas and the Vaghelas. In the late thirteenth century, Gujrat fell to the Muslims in one decisive battle when Karma, the last Vaghela ruler was defeated by the armies of Turkish Sultan, Ala al-Din Khilji of Dehli.The Moghuls under Akbar again conquered Gujrat in 1593.Gujrat experienced numerous unsuccessful land-based raid by the Arabs through the eighth century. These Arab and Persian traders expanded Muslim trading communities accross the ocean.And where ever the communities settled, the Muslim built mosques.For the Muslim in Gujrat, in the late eleventh century, during the reign of Siddharaj Jayasingha, proved the most glorious period. It was this time Muslim proselytization took place and resulted in establishment of Muslim communities of verious sects.Muslim missionaries of the Shia sect, who came to Gujrat to find converts, used Hindu belief of incarnation and declared Hazarat Ali as the tenth avtar of Vishnu.Thus religious songs(bajans), a common form of poetry , were used to reach the masses.Mulsim population of Gujrat are more than 2 million divided into 130 subgroups or communities-Sheikhs, Sunni Vohras, Pathans. Momins, and Daudi Bohras. The Muslim trading communities are the Khojas, Sunni Vohra, Suleiman Daudi Bohra and Memon.Muslim society is theoreticaslly opposed to caste system, yet in practice they maintain it.It is a social fact and not religiously ordained.The similarity betwreen Hindu and Muslim caste system is the endogamous pattern of marriage with keen sense of birth and linage.The communal organization of Gujrati Muslims is referred to as Jama'tbandi.A community especially Khoja Ismailis is subject to modernization from within India and from outseide world. On the social level modernization has come directly from educational institutions, particularly universities. Stringent caste system go unheaded by university-educated people.Marriage across caste line is on rise and the Khoja Ismailis and Islam have been combined and the community has reaped benefits from the traditional organization.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 07:13:09 (CDT)
thanks for a very informative page.
phillip waddle <pwaddle@yahoo.com>
warsaw, ind USA - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 17:46:57 (CDT)
hello nina, thanks for the great website. i learnt many things about our faith which i didnt previously know and will surely come back to it again and again as its so comprehensive and interesting.
Nizar Furniturewala <nizar@roltanet.com>
Bombay, india - Tuesday, May 30, 2000 at 13:45:34 (CDT)
Dear Nina:MUSLIMS IN SRI LANKA(Brief notes):MUSLIM UMA(3):-Muslims in Sri Lanka(formerly Ceylon) were about 1.1. million and are found throughout the island, particularly towns of the western coast and agricultural regions of the east coast.They comprise a complex of ethnic groups, of which three are officially recognised in the census:Sri Lanka Moors, Malays, and Indian Moors.Tamil is the traditional language of the Sri Lanka Moors.Nowadays, in line with political realities, more know the Sinhala language.No mosques use Sinhala, for all the religious literature and sermons are in Tamil.In Government records Muslims are listed separately as Moors.The term "moor" is derived from Portuguese.Sir Lanka Muslims may refer to themselves as Sonakar or Sonar, by which they distinbguish themselves from Muslims of south India; the names are derived from ancient Yona,Yavana, or originally Ionian- applied to Greeks, Romans ,and Arabs. Muslim Arabs came to Sri Lanka in the eighth century, shortly after they had settled in Sind and Kerala.According to tradition, they settled in Bentotta and married Sinhala women. By tenth century they cobntrolled considerable trade, and in thirteenth century,Ibn Battuta, the social historian, reported that Colombo was in hands of Muslims.Most of the Muslims traders had come from Tamilnadu, from such places as Kayal, mentioned by Marco Polo.They developed an Arabized dialect written in Arabic script(not used today) and an epic of the life the Prophet reminiscent of the Tamil verson of the "Ramayana".The Malays were brought as laborers from Java,Sumatra, and the Moluccas by the Dutch. Now they are known as Javar or Java"Jati", and they retain their language and food preferences. Other Muslims regards them irreligious for Malays Muslim younger generation seldom attend mosques, and also they drink liquor.There is considerable variation in observance of Islamic traditions. More than one-half the men, at least in eastern towns, fail to fully observe the Ramadhan fast.The government allows enough exchange for 50 Muslims to go to Haj. There are numerous caste, linage, and family groups. The Maulanas , The Marakkayar-meaning "wooden boat lords". Another Muslim community is called "lebbe".Most Muslims are in busines; and there are gem-trading families, who virtually monopolise the trade.Besides boys being circumcised, in some families girls are also cicumcised by drawing a little blood from a slight cut on their private.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 08:34:38 (CDT)
Your site is excellent. However, be aware, that when I was surfing though the Asian Ismaili webpage, I came across a "webpage of the Nizari Ismailis". It has a picture of Hazar Imam. That page contains a lot of garbage and distorts the good image of the Nizari Ismailis. In addition, it says that Nizari Ismailis only have 7 Imams!
M. Kassam <clippingdale@home.com>
Vancouver, Canda - Monday, May 29, 2000 at 02:58:53 (CDT)
yaa ali madad to gest book have nice book thank to my hazar imam iam proved of my imam
rafiq piyar ali <rafiq@usa.net>
karachi, pakistan - Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 12:41:45 (CDT)
This is a very informational site. I am doing a report for class on Muhammad and I have found allot of good informaton. TO make your site better I think that you should have a page that informs the reader where you got the imformation. I also think that you have some very good pictures and that people should be able to acess them if they want.
Jessica Ann Anderson <andersonja@home.com>
Poway, CA USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 14:59:18 (CDT)
This is a very informational site. I am doing a report for class on Muhammad and I have found allot of good informaton. TO make your site better I think that you should have a page that informs the reader where you got the imformation. I also think that you have some very good pictures and that people should be able to acess them if they want.
Jessica Ann Anderson <andersonja@home.com>
Poway, CA USA - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 14:56:33 (CDT)
Dear Nina:RAJPUT MUSLIMS FROM RAJASTHAN:(Brief notes from my travel- years beack):MUSLIM UMA(2) Muslims of north India state of Rajasthan, who number couple of million are concentrated with one exception to urban centres. They can be divided into four major catagories: traders, the service class, the Rajputs, and the rural community of Meos. Each is distinct in regard to its origin, occupation, social position, and relationship with the wider Muslim culture. In such cities and towns as Jaipur and Jodhpur, there are communities of Muslim traders, among them the Bohras and the Khojas. Most of them migrated from Gujrat at various times past 200 years. As Marwaris left Rajasthan for better opportunities elsewhere, Muslim merchants came in to fill the gape.(Note: Birlas-the richest family are Rajputs.)There is second group of Muslims which include Manihars(bangle sellers), Rangrez(dyers),Kasai(butchers),Sakka(water carriers), musicians and others.Some of most famouds "Gharanas"(families) of musicians who have recently come into limelight were settled in Rajasthan princely state. Under patronage of Rajput they preserved and enhanced the ancient"ragas" traditions of India.The Meos Muslims claim Rajput descent and are proud of it.Their genealogical records supposedly maintained by "jagas"(Brahman genealogists) link these Muslims back to mythical Hundu gods.Meos Muslim Rajputs combine Muslim and Hindu traditions.Their names -males and females- like those of Hindus.Sometime title "Khan" is added. Marriage cerimonies use all Hindu traditions and rituals along with "Nikah".They onserve all Hindu festivals except two Ids and Shab-e-barat. Reading epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata is most popular than Quran. Hindu shrines outnumber Muslim mosques in Mewat. Few Muslims Meos prayed in Muslim manner, but most of them performed the Puja(worship) at the shrines of Hindu gods and goddesses.Meo women do not observe purdha. Since creation of Pakistan a strong move towards Islamization of these Muslims has begun in Mewat.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Saturday, May 27, 2000 at 08:19:34 (CDT)
Keep up the good work......
Afshin Dewani <afi@aol.com>
Coral Springs, fl USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 14:17:15 (CDT)
Dear Nina:THE BENGALI MUSLIMS: (Brief notes from my travel-years back)MUSLIM UMA(1)-Islam came to Bengal at the end of the thirteenth century with Turkish expansion across eastern India. Subsequently Muslim conquest and gradual political hegemony over the region, culminating Moghul rule after 1576, set the stage for massive conversion in Bengal. Much is also attributed to first Arab traders active in Chittagong area, but also far more importantly, to the efforts of Sufi missionaries. To this day several Sufi orders flourish in Muslim Bengal, notably Chistiya and the Qadiriya. Begalis practice saint worship or pirism, despite nineteenth century revivalist efforts to purge it.They are largely Suni Muslims and observe Hanafi school of law.They observe five pillars of the faith.Their language Sanskrit-derived,Indo-Iranian came to modern form in A.D.1000. Its literary tradition is recorded in Sanskrit script, dates back to fourteenth century.The vast majority of Bengalis,Hindu and Muslims alike, are classic peasant wet rice cultivators of the Bengal Delta.Among Bengalis, there is a form of social organization denoted by the word "Samaj".The idea of community to which "samaj"refers dates back to A.D.1200-1500. Bengalis reckon kingship in complex ways,ingeniously expanding and contracting the number of types of their relatives with reference to intricate symbolic system.It may be considered partilineal,enire body of kinship is designated as "amiya-svajan" or "one's own people".It inclues wide range of people- persons related by blood or marriage or by social relationship in some extrafamilial context.One would refer to various groupings in such words:bamsa,gosthi,paribar,cula(hearth),khanna(eating group).Bengali Muslims inheritance patterns resemble the priorities stipulated by the Hindu "dayabhaga", a system practised in bengal. Bengali Muslim men are allowed polygynous marriage, limited to having four wives at one time.Muslim Family Law Ordinance, passed in East Bengal in 1962 and still in force in Bangladesh, requires that a husband at least consult his wife before taking the second.Muslims in Bengal do have social distinctions.The highest respect accorded to Sayyids, Shaikhs, Mulla and Khanadakar. Title-bearing or not Muslim cultivating families intermarry among themselves.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 16:38:27 (CDT)
ya ali madad Every closed eye is not sleeping Every open eye is not seeing you may noe that it is about what. i hope you well email me and lesson many good news or advise. your brother Imam Ali
Imam Ali <imam_ali@afghan-network.net>
Kabul, Kabul Afghanistan - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 07:40:23 (CDT)
Dear Nina: A GOOD EXAMPLE IS THE BEST SERMON: Today we se everyone involved in giving a good advice; but they don't seem to follow the same themselves.I have read a similar proverb that "Good example is better than a precept."Its easy, you know, to show others the way, -To point them to Heaven and not let them astray. -But oh, how much harder, it's strange to relate To reach for oneself that celestial gate".Take for example:GRATITUDE:What causes such a miscalculation in the amount of gratitude whcih we expect for the favors done, is, that the rpide of the giver and that of the receiver can never agree as to the value of the benefit.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at 10:30:51 (CDT)
Thank you
yasmin alibhai <firyas@home.com>
burnaby, bc canada - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 16:40:44 (CDT)
Dear Nina:RABYAH BASRI(The Mystic) AND THE SPRING: The spring had come. The famous rose-garden of Basrah were in there fullest bloom. The gentle breeze carried the scent around, birds sang."Bulbul" whispered his love to the rose, the entire atmosphere was vibrating with new life and light. A maid-servant of Rabyah came in and said:"Hazrat, come out please, and see with what wonderful beauty has nature adorned the world." Rabyah replied from the prayer room, "What shall I see of the transient beauty of the external world? Yourself come in and just look towards the inconceivable beauty of HIM who has created the spring."
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 12:58:34 (CDT)
I found this gallery very interesting. May Mowla give you courage to make the gallery more beautiful and informative. Love and Regards Khairoon
Khairoonissa MERCHANT <khairoonaaqil@yahoo.com>
Karachi, Pakistan - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 02:58:54 (CDT)
The page was impressive to me.
sahir <sahirkarima@altavista.com>
New York, NT USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 19:56:13 (CDT)
Dear Nina: WORDS OF WISDOM: (1)Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.(2)When you lose, don't lose the lesson.(3)Follow the three Rs:Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.(4)Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.(5) Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.(6) Don't let little dispute injure a great friendship.(7) Remember that silence is sometimes a best answer.(8) Share your knowledge. It is the way to achieve immortality.(9) Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.(10) Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.(11)Be happy!. (12). Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.(13)You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.14) Love....and you shall be loved.(15) God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. (16) All people smile in the same language.(17) A hug is a great gift....one size fits all. It can be given for any occasion and it's easy to exchange.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 17:09:56 (CDT)
AZIZ MADHANI <azizm@earthlink.net>
LOS ANGELES, CA USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 16:39:31 (CDT)

amirali rawji <maadew@hot mail.com>
upper darby., pa.11908. USA - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 14:29:23 (CDT)
Dear Nina:PARTNERSHIP WALK: SUNDAY MAY 28: This world-wide third world countries' benefit walk for projects through Aga Khan Foundation and Network is on again. I shall quote briefly from an article that appeared in Calgary Herald on May 20, by Khadijah Shivji,a journalist, recently residing in Calgary, having come from Pakistan where she was regular contributor to "Dawn"Newspaper of Karachi.quote:"For the past 16 years, Canadians have played an admirable role in touching the lives of two million people for whom crushing poverety is a daily reality. The monies raised go directly to support more than 100 projects in Asia and Africa aimed at improving health, education, rural development and strengthening non-governmental organizations in recipient countries.More than 500,000 women have taken out loans in projects supported by Partnership Walk since it began.Repayment rate is more than 98 per cent. Since 1985, more than 40,000 schools, mostly for girls, have been built with the help of the Partnetship Walk. More than 70,000 teachers have also received training. Each year, more than 60,000 proud Candains participated in the walk, either as donors volunteers or walkers. The funds are matched by Canadian International Development Agency(CIDA) and 100 per cent are spent on people and projects.Funds are not used to cover administtrative costs.CIDA has called use of the funds by Aga Khan Foundation"impeccable."
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 09:43:35 (CDT)
Ya Ali Madad, may Maulla bless you and the rest of Ismailis Ameen we came to know of this site through our sister and just went through your excellent piece of work.The site has got all the details to satisfy one's querries. You have done an excellent job. Ya Ali Madad to our Ismaili sisters and brothers from this platform, from Gilgit and Hunza Community. best wishes, Azmet, Bushi, Kaka from the Land of mountains
Gilgit, pakistan - Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 09:29:51 (CDT)
sadaf aslam <sbachlani@cs.com>
lubbock, tx USA - Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 18:14:29 (CDT)
Subject: International Ismaili Pen Pal Program: North American Ismailis - youths & adults, who would like to correspond with Ismaili Pen Pals from Iran, India, Pakistan and East Africa are requested to please contact me. Thanks!
Abdul Malick <Abdulmalick123@hotmail.com>
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 12:33:33 (CDT)
Very interesting.
Amir Merali
UK, UK - Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 11:31:03 (CDT)
thank you
fuad ahmed bastaki <fabasta59@hotmail.com>
manama, bahrain - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 16:01:14 (CDT)
Dear Nina:MONDAY IS HOLIDAY IN CANADA AS VICTORIA DAY: Did you know Queen Victoria,the Empress of India had a Hindustani teacher!In 1887 among others one that stood out was ABDUL KARIM MUNSHI.He was the Queen's favourite.The Queen kept on holding long conversation with him. By profession he was a clerk. He thought by engaging the Queen's Khidmatdar, he might succeed in becoming a Munishi or a teacher in Hindustani. He had an ample oppportunity telling th Queen about himself and found in her an easy listener; even everybody in the court treated him as a piece of furniture.In the autumn of 1886 the Queen told Henry Ponsonby who still combined the duties of Privy purse and the Secretary, that Abdul Karim had informed her that his father was a Surgeon-General of the Indian Medical Service. He should never have been on domestic duties.His pay was to be increased and he was given the title of Munshi Hafez Abdul Karim, the Queen's teacher of Hindustani. When on duty he was wear a frockcoat like other gentleman; but she wished him to retain his turban.She also found him a most intelligent man, and that he would be most useful to her as an unofficial secretary and adviser when she dealt with Indian affairs.(A brief extract from my book:The Third World:Paradox of Civilization).
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 15:46:43 (CDT)
please send photograph of prince aga khan on my email address my email address is brighht.7@usa.net
rahim parpiya <bright.7@usa.net>
ahmednagar, mah india - Friday, May 19, 2000 at 01:54:38 (CDT)
good description. hope you keep the same standard if future to thank you subhash chander
subhash chander <subhash_chander@altavista.com>
hyderabad, andhrapradesh india - Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 23:53:09 (CDT)
ALI MOHD <alimohd_2000@yahoo.com>
KARACHI, SINDH PAKISTAN - Thursday, May 18, 2000 at 08:34:06 (CDT)
Dear Nina: AN INVESTMENT STRATEGY: Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you have failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, right? Well, everyone has such a bank, Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the record of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today, and everyday. As Imam said no turning back of the clock.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 22:39:20 (CDT)
I am a beginner on comp. I came on this space by chance, it is amazing to me . Shukran Al Hamdolillah, ameen. YA ALIM , Please show me my destiny to serve YOU , with a computer...Ameen.
amirali m. rawji. <maadew@hot mail.com>
Upper darby, PA USA - Wednesday, May 17, 2000 at 19:50:14 (CDT)
YAM! Its simply a great site. Can any body help me i want info about montreal jamatkhana. Mukhi Sahib's name and email. Plz help me! my email: alx_tim@yahoo.com Thanx
Abdul Latif Lakhani <alx_tim@yahoo.com>
Karachi, sd Pakistan - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 15:31:41 (CDT)
Dear Nina:EDUCATION: ACOMPLEX PROBLEM FOR MUSLIMS: In the Muslim World, educational problems are probably a great deal more complex than anywhere else. In our traditional centres of learning, which were some centuries back alone were in the forefront of human knowledge. We are striving to recapture the past glory. Our students go to non-Muslim countries in universities, and come back to impart newly acquired knowledge to younger generation , especially if they return to Muslim countries. In many cases this knowledge has been acquired at the expense of much of the social and religious back-ground which we would wish to maintain in Muslim countries. But the best solution is to upgrade universities in Muslim countrieds to acquire quality secular education and thus to invite professors of repute to come and give lectures. Thus we can maintain the culture of our country and religious obligations.In Western countries only solution for those settled there is to run religious classes to impart the required religious knowledge and background culture.Parents have great deal of responsibilities to impart out values to children as soon as they start secular education. It does call for sacrifice of time, energy on the part of the parents.If they didn't fulfill their part,the generation would be lost in alian culture miliau.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 15:01:28 (CDT)
well well i found it very exciting when i saw our ismaili bros. doing someting excellent. well best of luck and u can call me any time for any sort of help.
rahil merchant <rahil_m@hotmail.com>
mumbai, maharashtra india - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 07:36:18 (CDT)
Reshma Bhimani,Jasmine Bhimani and Nisha Bhimani <reshmatc@vsnl.com>
Mumbai, Maharastra INDIA - Tuesday, May 16, 2000 at 07:30:37 (CDT)
mawlaali madad
masoud shunbuli <mshunbuli@tertec.com>
toronto, on canada - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 21:34:07 (CDT)
It was very interesting and very informative.Thankyou very much.
Firouzeh Aghakhani Morad <minooam@aol.com>
orlando, florida USA - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 09:46:38 (CDT)
Dear Nina:THE FIRST MARTYR OF ISLAM IN JAVA: Rajajaran was a State in the western part of the island of Java. The first king of this State ruled towartds the close pf the twelth century. The king had two sons. The elder son took to the profession of a merchant and undertook a tradiing expedition to India.The younger son succeeded to the throne in 1190. In the course of his wanderings, the elder Prince met some Arab merchants and embraced Islam at their hands under the name of Haji Ourwa. The Prince returned to his native country with an Arab missionary and with his help tried to convert his brother and the royal family to the new faith.But they declined the offer and aimed at his life. Alarmed by the suspicious movement of his brother, and of the unbelieving subjects, the Prince fled into the jungle. Alas! no more was heard of him. But his proselytising efforts bore fruit later on when Islam made remarkable strides in the island.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 22:08:13 (CDT)
Excellent site.
Arif Amirali <arifamirali@hotmail.com>
Miami, Fl USA - Friday, May 12, 2000 at 17:03:25 (CDT)
Dear Nina: SUNDAY-THE MOTHER'S DAY:How a dying mother would write to her daughter: I want to leave you a note to thank you for being such a sweet, loving daughter to me. It will be hard on you without a mother, darling, but others will help, and your Daddy will take a good care of you. Help your little sisters--I know you will-- as they will look more and more to you. I want to say thank you sweet-heart for all you have done for me and for being such a lovely, obedient little girl, never giving any worry. I pray that God will remember me and that we will meet in the New World.Amen. Lots of love from your loving Mummy. Wise words:- A mother can look after 10 children; but ten children cannot look after one mother.Most unselfish and noble love is of mothers. Some other "loves" are manipulative and selfish.Bu the God gives unseen jolts for their such actions.Note:On Thursday at New Delhi's Safdarjan Hospital a billionth baby of India namely Asha(Faith) was born.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Friday, May 12, 2000 at 14:13:14 (CDT)
naseem <naseemb_@hotmail.com>
bombay, maharastra india - Thursday, May 11, 2000 at 04:10:58 (CDT)
Sons of Abraham A genetic study is consistent with the story in Genesis that says Isaac and Ishmael were half-brothers. Can be found in http://www.nationalpost.com/ Dated Wednesday, May 10, 2000, the page is ARTS AND LIFE.
Alnoor jaffer <amjl@sprint.ca>
calgary, ab CANADA - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 23:23:48 (CDT)
THE BIRTH OF ISLAM DOT COM. This ineresting artical can be found in this. Sorry for being a long address but its worth it. site.http://archives.theglobeandmail.com/
Alnoor jaffer <amjl@sprint.ca>
calgary, ab CANADA - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 23:16:57 (CDT)
Could anybody get a info on khushali (July) in Dar-es-salaam and send it to me at amjl@sprint.ca. Thank you and ya ali madad, Alnoor
Alnoor Jaffer <amjl@sprint.ca>
calgary, ab CANADA - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 23:03:38 (CDT)
Dear Nina:SAYING TASBI:SALWAT AND YA ALI TUN RAHEM KAR-YA MAWLA TUN FAZAL KAR: I remember it only too well. When I was very young, how frightened I was if I awoke at night in the dark. It was worse if this happened on holidays in a strange room. I felt so alone. I would start to pray- my two favourite childhood prayer:" Ya Ali Ya Mawla-look upon a little child" and saying Tasbi in the morning my fears were completely forgotten. I suppose that many "grown ups" as still like this. Perhaps we are not frightened of the dark but are frightened of life itself and its uncertainties. It is at times of stress that we summon Allah's assistance, as I did all those years ago. When daylight comes, the sun is shining and all is well- and how easy it can be to forget Him and all He does for us, in good times and bad.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 14:54:45 (CDT)
You have a beautiful site and I found stuff I have been looking for, for ages - Thank-you! Still looking for firmans of our beloved Imams. Please e-mail me if you find. Khudahafiz!
Fauzia <fkqleap@istar.ca>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 13:43:00 (CDT)
Ya Ali Madad and Asalaam: May 14, 2000-"Mother's Day". Everyday is our Mother's Day, and Father's Day by giving them love and care. As per our Beloved Prophet Muhammed's (pbuh)Hadiths: "Paradise lies at the feet of the Mother". "He who wishes to enter Paradise by the best door must please his Father and Mother". Khudahafiz
Yasmin Mawani <yallah@better.net>
Toronto, On Canada - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 13:31:14 (CDT)
samir s. hajiyani <hd99401@bits-pilani.ac.in>
pilani, mraj india - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 11:36:15 (CDT)
creatures of imagination, passion, and self-will, more than of reason, or even self-interest. Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice or accident. The failing of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of frinedship, at times, may end only with enmity for life.Without the aid of prejudice and custom, some men would not be able to find their ways accross the room. Is it that our souls not tempered like a hardened steel, despite all this spiritual feedings?Men have to find truth; not because it is lost, but because they are lost.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 16:36:52 (CDT)
although i only ever come to this site to read the speech 'if i were dictator' on an every now and again basis, i think you should keep on at it, and expand on the literatures available on the subject of Sultan Mohammed Shah
Moojadin Rumi <moojadin@rarael.org>
London, UK - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 09:25:13 (CDT)
Dear Nina: RESILIANCY OF ISMAILI MUSLIMS IN CULTURAL FIELDS: In Africa we arrived with Asiatic habits and an Asiatic pattern of existence, but encountered a scosity in process of development which was, European-African. To have retained the Asiatic outlook in matters of language, habits and clothing would have been for us a complication and socially a dead weight of archaism in the Africa of the future. In Pakistan and modern India the Ismailis are assuming two different cultures. In WEest Pakistan they speak Urdu or what used to be called Hindustani, and their social habits and customs are molded accordingly. In Bangla Desh dress and language are playing a major part in their lives. In India they speak Gujarati and Mrathi.In Europe and North Africa, they dress Westernly and speak English or French. As long as we retain our faith the brotherhood of Islam will unite all these people of varying social outlook and pattern of behaviour and will keep them together in spirit.Wisdom of Ali: "Sincerety declines; falsehood flourishes; the tongue speaks of friendship, but the heart is full of hate-Allah sees it."(2) Had you the world to give, it would still fall short of gaining you a hypocrite's friendship."
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Monday, May 08, 2000 at 11:10:06 (CDT)
A fine fine site.
Abbas Dhanani <faxof@aol.com>
London, UK - Monday, May 08, 2000 at 10:45:55 (CDT)
Hi Nina: Wonderful site. I visit the site regularly. Lots of info. I'm still trying to locate e-mail addresses of Nilofer H. Feerashta and Naseem R. Merchant, both of Karachi Pakistan. Thanks.Take care. Fatima.
Fatima Rasool. <frasool1@excite.com>
Vancouver., b.c Canada - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 23:53:24 (CDT)
and also our Imam is great.
NADIA JAMIL <nadia_jamil@hotmail.com>
CHICAGO, IL USA - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 21:09:49 (CDT)
Dear Nina: COMPUTER HECKER'S "I LOVE YOU" BUG: Is is sad that some one would stoop that low to desecrate such a find sentence in human vocabulary to create chaos in the world costing some billions of dollars. Love is a gift of Allah. It is no sin therefore to have such strong feelings for someone-provided such feelings are not improper. Unrequited love is cited by doctors as a cause of depression, anxiety, and general distress, sleeplessness or lethargy. Says Bible at Proverbs 13:12:"Expectation postponed is making heart sick". It is not fear of God; but love of God is the first sign of wisdom.Rabia Basri said:"Oh Lord I love you and my devotion is not out of reward of Paradise, nor the fear of Hell." In an intellectual aspirant the safest love is for an imaginary object, and that perhaps, includes all love without possession. If we are to beget unrealities, we must know its sense of longing and looking the object loved with reverence: Be it individual,be it God, be it starry Heaven.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 14:53:52 (CDT)
A very informative and well-maintained website. I am impressed and glad that we have such a website.
Mrs. NaikMohammed <JNSHAN@aol.com>
Glendale Heights, IL USA - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 14:25:55 (CDT)
This is a great site for Ismailis. Great way of Networking
Mahmood Mohammed ali <mahmoodali@hotmail.com>
FT Worth, TX USA - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 08:44:42 (CDT)
We are trying together all ismaili friends on chat. It seems that much of our mission is getting a success. If you would like to share a part in this mission, join #ismaili on Random US Dalnet server on IRC. It would be real fun. Hope to see you there soon. For further information, plz email us. (:
karim J. Suchwani <ismailichannel@usa.net>
Karachi, Pakistan - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 03:21:22 (CDT)
Mr.H.E.Mohamed -- Bravo! Well Said! May Mowla bless you & family for your contributions to Islam & Ismailism; Ameen!Al Hamdol-illah, that I am an Ismaili!
Abdul Malick <Abdulmalick123@hotmail.com>
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 19:55:02 (CDT)
Dear Nina: DISTANT RUMBLINGS FROM ISMAILI REFORMISTS:Let it be clear as Imam has made it many times. Our religion is our religion, you either believe in it or you do not. You can leave a faith but you cannot, if you do accept its tenets, remain within it and claim to "reform" it. You can abandon those tenets, but you cannot try to change them and still protest that you belong to the particular sect that holds them. Many people have left Ismaili faith, just as others have joined it throughtout ages. About score of people out of many millions- a small group in Karachi and in India, in some distant past,pretended to be Ismailis and called themselves "reformers". The true Ismailis immediately excommunicated them. There has never been a question of changing Ismaili faith; the faith has remained the same and must remain the same. Those who have not believed in it have rightly left; we bear them no ill-will and respect them for their sincerity."There is no God but God and Mohammad is the Apostle of God." and to this Shias add:"And Ali, the companion of Mohammad is the Vicar of God."
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 14:53:26 (CDT)
i am very imprest with every thing more history is missing from 200 A.H to 260 A.H. during the caliph Al Mutawakel.
H Abdullah Sakeen <Sakeen@netscape.com>
Kuwait , Kuwait - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 04:56:53 (CDT)
Very simple Quation is Mark a muslim to mary a muslim women am waiting for an answer
H Abdullah Sakeen <Sakeen@netscape.com>
Kuwait, Kuwait - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 04:50:42 (CDT)
I found this site by mistake but have thoroughly enjoyed it. I am American but read anything I can about Islam. LA Ilaillah Wa Ashadu AnMohammed Rasullalah. Allah Hu Akbar.
Therlyn Bibi <tjbibi@hotmail.com>
DeSoto, TX USA - Friday, May 05, 2000 at 15:21:13 (CDT)
Dear Nina: FIRST MUSLIM MISSIONARY IN MALASIA: About A.D. 1501, a learned Arab, Sheikh Abdulla by name came to Queda, one of the northernmost of the States of the Malaya Peninsula. The Sheikh sought the interview of the Raja and this was granted. Abdulla asked the Raja, what was the repligion of his country?The Raja replied that his subjects and his religion had come from people of old.When Abdulla was asked what was his religion. He replied that his religion was descended direct from God Himself through His Apostle. Raja expressed his surprie with this answer and asked what was it called. Abdulla replied that it was called Islam. It had come down through Prophet Muhammad and superseded all other religions.Raja wanted to know more. Abdulla explained that the beauties and blessings of Islam in such inspiring terms and language that Raja became a Mussalman, brought all his wine-jars and emptied them with his own hand on the ground. The example of Raja was quickly followed by his ministers and subjects.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Friday, May 05, 2000 at 15:15:42 (CDT)
Ya Ali Madad. I am glad that some mayed such a wunderful site thank you and peek up the good work.
Asif Khataw <Pontiac30@hotmail.com>
edmonton, canada - Friday, May 05, 2000 at 14:24:45 (CDT)
Hi, I am a Hindu brother and I want to become an Ismaili or a Daudi. How do I join up? I wanna be in the brotherhood!!
Preenal Shah <preenalshah@hotmail.com>
London, SW17 UK - Friday, May 05, 2000 at 08:50:10 (CDT)
day- And all the new day brings, - For sun and rain, for joy and pain- And life's little things.- For those we love, and love us, too,-For every bird that sings,- Each sight and sound, the friends we've found- And all life's little things. Visitng an art gallery, a woman near us stopped to admire a picture depicting a glamourously- dressed lady. "Isn't she beautiful," she remarked. The companion with me and I looked at each other, because in our opinion the bauty of both women and men has nothing to do with dress, colouring or features-- it is the expression. Eyes may be faded, skin lined, and hair grey. Faces are often chiselled by experience into a strength and grace that radiate inner beauty. These are the things that make people beautiful to us, no matter how elegent their clothes. Most children think that their mothers are beautiful because they see patience, tenderness and security in their faces. We make our own beauty by way we cope with joys and sorrows. tiumphs and disasters. We PAINT OUR OWN PORTRAIT, and cannot fake the portrait that our face represents.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary,, AB. Canada. - Thursday, May 04, 2000 at 09:18:55 (CDT)
Dear brothers & sisters salam..i'm glad to find this site. Nice site with rich islsmic resources..may Allah bless you
Alia Ali <alwahabiya@xoommail.com>
Dammam, Saudi Arabia - Thursday, May 04, 2000 at 01:05:10 (CDT)
We are trying together all ismaili friends on chat. It seems that much of our mission is getting a success. If you would like to share a part in this mission, join #ismaili on Random US Dalnet server on IRC. It would be real fun. Hope to see you there soon. For further information, plz email us. (:
Karim J. Suchwani <ismailichannel@usa.net, karimjamaluddin@hotmail.com>
karachi, Pakistan - Wednesday, May 03, 2000 at 07:29:53 (CDT)
My Canadian Friends - Anil Pabani and Alnoor: If you happen to read this email, please contact me at rajesh.noah@cmai.org. We were together with the Aga Khan Health Service, India working for the Community in Southern Saurashtra and North Gujarat -Sidhpur Area. AKHS with AKF /USAID ahs developed a proposal for a multi-sectoral area development project- The Junagadh Primary Health Care Project in 1989-90 - when SS experienced severe drought. Now, a decade later - the area experiences the same calamity. Friends / Colleagues - communicate with me via email. Thanks Dr. Rajesh Andre' Noah New Delhi, India
Dr. Rajesh Andre' Noah <rajeshnoah@mailmetoday.com>
New Delhi, India - Wednesday, May 03, 2000 at 05:19:27 (CDT)
Dr. Rajesh Andre' Noah <rajeshnoah@mailmetoday.com>
New Delhi, India - Wednesday, May 03, 2000 at 05:10:34 (CDT)
Mahitab Kamal Abou Steit <mahmah@link.com.eg>
Cairo, Egypt - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 17:28:10 (CDT)
Dear Nina:THE KING OF KASHGHAR EMBRACES ISLAM: Tuqlug Taimur Khan, The Mongol king of Kashshar(A.D.1347-1363) and member of the Chaghtai dunasty, owed his conversion to Sheikh Jamal-ud-Din, a holy man of Bukhara. This Sheikh in company with a number of travellers, had unwittingly trespassed on game reserves of the king.They were bound hand and foot and brought before him.Learning that they were Persians.The king called them aside and asked what he meant by those words that if one didn't have true faith,he was worse than dog.The Sheikh explained to him the beauties and blessings of Islam, in so moving terms that the heart of the king was softened and said:"Bear with me a little and when I have become master of the entire kingdom of my forefathers, come to me again." Taimur gradually united the entire empire under his sway. In the meantime Sheikh Jamal-ud-Din died and on his death-bed enjoined upon his son Rashid-ud-Dinb saying:"Fail not to go to Taimur Khan and salute him in my name and fearlessly remind him of the promise he had made to me."Rishid-ud-Din found difficult to get the audiance. But one day, in early morning,he recited loudly call to prayer, close to Khan's tent.Angry Khan got him arrested and he was brought before the king.He reminded his fahter's message.The king welcomed him and embraced Islam. His example was quickly followed by princes under him and, as a result of their preaching, on one single day 160,000 persons cut off the hair of their heads and became Muslims.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canada. - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 13:01:01 (CDT)
YAM! it was great visiting your site
saher mistry <saher_mistry@hotmail.com>
miami, FL USA - Tuesday, May 02, 2000 at 10:36:19 (CDT)
Dear Nina:MUSLIM GENERAL KUTAYBA GAVE UP INVASION OF CHINA: In A.D.713, Kutayba, the great Aran General, carried his victorious armies across Farghana upto Kashghar. Here he vowed tio trample under his feet the soil of Chinese empire. Kutayba's soldiers were wearied by ceaseless wars on distant lands; but the intrepid General was adamant to keep his oath. So they adopted a trick. The local Governor was induced to send a load of earth to the Arab General to trample on and a bag of money to symbolise tribute. Thus was Kutayba enabled to keep his oath, and to march back.
H.E.Mohamed <hmohamed@cadvision.com>
Calgary., AB. Canda. - Monday, May 01, 2000 at 13:14:43 (CDT)
Dear Nina, although we don't know you but your efforts and excellent work is worth prasing.We just got to know of it and saw your marvellous website.We are Ismaili girls from Gilgit and we feel proud to see such a detailed and authentic piece of work and research today. Billions of congrats on such a brilliant work and May Maula fill your heart and soul with Happiness and contentment, Ameen. All the very best and Ya Ali Madad, Nishat Riaz, Kausar Qalandar
Nishat Riaz, Kausar Qalandar <naep@glt.comsats.net.pk>
Gilgit, Pakistan - Monday, May 01, 2000 at 12:54:25 (CDT)
very elaborative and simply extravagent!
nishatriaz <nishatriaz@yahoo.com>
Gilgit, Pakistan - Monday, May 01, 2000 at 05:37:39 (CDT)
First Time To Log On! Beautiful Sight. Keep Up The good Work. Can I be informed of any new additions??
Feisal H. Esmail <fesmail@myrealbox.com>
Nakuru., Kenya - Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 06:22:15 (CST)

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