Often a question is asked:
the Agakhani Ismailis of the *present era* attribute DIVINITY to their
present Imam - Karim Aga Khan?
If one was to visit the ISMAILI
JAMATKHANAS (Prayer halls), in North America or Europe, during the prayer
times, one would hear the Congregation reciting the 'Devotional Songs'
in Gujrati called the "GINANS".
Reproduced below is one such
popular Ginan with the young students of our era which I have down loaded
from an Ismaili web site; <http://almuhit.physics.nyu.edu/CyberIsmaili/index.html>
The above Link is now closed. Please visit their New website. Here you
can listen to this Ginan on AUDIO as well as read TEXT.
At this site you can hear AUDIOS, read Texts
of several OTHER Ginans.
Please read the down loaded
Ginan in Gujrati and its translation. Insha'Allah, you will find out the
answer to the above Question.
In an Ismaili philosophy,
Karim Aga Khan is the 49th Ali.
"Ya Ali Bapa" is the favourite
name of Karim Aga Khan among the
young Ismailis and "Mawla
Bapa" among the adults.
The word "Bapa" literally
TU(N) PAAK TU BAADSHAAH
tu(n) paak tu(n) baadshaah maher baan bee
Ya Ali tu(n)hi tu...1
You are the Just, You are
Oh Ali the Gracious Heavenly
King, You are indeed all.
tu(n) rahemaan tu(n) ya ali aval akhar
kazi tu(n)hi tu........2
You are the
Sustainer, You are the Merciful,
Oh Ali, You are the First
and the Last, the Judge, You are indeed all.
upaayaa te nipaayaa sirjann haar
ya ali tu(n)hi tu.............3
You are the one who originated
and You are the one who created, Oh Ali you the Creator,
You are indeed all.
jal thal mull mandal haar naa
ya ali hukam teraa bi tu(n)hi tu....4
In the water and on the land, You have laid the
roots (foundations, of creation),
Oh Ali everything therein and on is
at Your command, You are
me boliyaa peer shamsh
me bandaa teraa bi tu(n)hi tu..5
In Your friendship says Peer Shamsh: "I am also Your
created being", You are indeed all.
1. This is not an ancient or a discarded GINAN.
It is the most popular Ginan which is being taught
to the Ismaili Students in their Religious Classes.
2. This Ismaili Ginan - the Devotional Song, has attributed
everything to Ali. One may wonder what has been left for Allah?
3. Before the media and in the court house Karim Aga Khan
has denied having DIVINITY. However, he has not asked his followers to
STOP reciting of this Ginan, in spite of the repeated requests sent to
him by the various individuals - Ismailis and Muslims by letters and through
paid publicity in media. (copies of these Open Public Requests were mailed
personally to Karim Aga Khan).
Recently, I have received several mails from the Agakhani Ismailis
The name "Ali" in the above Ginan, refers to
one of the 99 Names (attributes) of Allah and not to Hadhrat Ali (a.s.).
Probably, the Ismaili missionaries have conjured a kind of deceitful defence
and propagated it within the Jamaat. Below is the response to this make-believe
1. Every Ismaili knows in his/her heart that whenever they take the
name of "ya Ali" in their Ginans, Farmans
and Greetings; the term refers to no one else but
to their 1st Imam Hadhrat Ali (a.s.) and by "nass" (delegation) to Karim
Aga Khan the 49th Ali.
2. When an Ismaili meets another, they Greet with the salutations:
"Ya Ali Madad". The response they receive
is: "Mawla Ali Madad".
Who is this "Mawla Ali", if not Hadhrat Ali
3. One of the 99 Divine Names of Allah (S.W.T.) is "al-'Aliyy"
meaning "the Exalted". It is pronounced differently from the name
of the 1st Imam of the Shiahs. The Divine Names of Allah have the prefix:
meaning "the". Does the above Ginan repeatedly
recite the phrase
"ya Ali" or "al 'Aliyy"?
4. Finally, here is a verse from another Ismaili Ginan entitled "Allah
ek khasam sabuka". Ismailis very proudly recite this particular verse of
that Ginan. It reads: "Allah e'hi Imam". The
word "e'hi" translates: "that
is or he is".
This verse cuts the legs of the pretentious
excuses, to stand upon.
Since I have placed this verse "Allah e'hi Imam" the Ismailis have
stopped challenging the text of the Ginan 'Haq tu Paak tu'.
"Nay, We hurl the Truth against falsehood,
and it knocks out its brain, and behold, Falsehood doth perish! Ah! woe
be to you for the (false) things ye ascribe (to Us)." Qur'an
May Allah Guide Us All to
His Eternal Truth