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Reconstituted Quranic verses in Ismaili Dua

Ismā‘īlīs, the followers of Aga Khan, have substituted the five-time Muslim Salah with their Holy Du‘a’.  The following is recited by Ismaili Aga Khanis in their daily prayers (Holy Du‘a’), every morning and evening in their Jamatkhanas and Ismaili Centers:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۚ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍأَحْصَيْنَاهُ فِي إِمَامٍ مُّبِينٍ

Translation (as mentioned in Ismā‘īlī Du‘a’ ):

O ye, who believe, obey Allah and obey the Apostle and holders of authority from amongst you, And We have vested (the knowledge and authority of) everything in the manifest Imam. 

The above is an example of that Ismailis recite in their daily Ismaili Prayer (Ismaili Salat). The above are two separate, incomplete verses of the Quran scotch-taped together to deliver an altered message. The text in blue comes partially from Surah an-Nisa Chapter 4:59, while the text in red comes partially from Surah al-Yasin Chapter 36: 12.

The actual two verses of the Quran from which the above is taken out are mentioned below. Here is the actual complete text of Surah an-Nisa Chapter 4:59:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۖ فَإِن تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا

Translation: O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination.

Below is the actual complete text of Surah al-Yasin, Chapter 36:12:

إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي الْمَوْتَىٰ وَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَدَّمُوا وَآثَارَهُمْ ۚ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَحْصَيْنَاهُ فِي إِمَامٍ مُّبِينٍ  

Translation: Verily We shall give life to the dead, and We record that which they send before and that which they leave behind, and of all things have We taken account in a clear Book (of evidence).

Here is an excerpt from the book ‘Understanding Ismailism’ explaining the above:

Reading the entire text, it is quite simple and easy to see what was expunged and why. The object was to hide that part of the Original Message that could open a door for Ismailis to step forward and question the decisions taken by “those who hold authority from among you” (Ulil amr minkum). The obedience to Aga Khan, the “Ulil amr minkum”, would no longer remain unequivocal and unopposed.


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5 thoughts on “Reconstituted Quranic verses in Ismaili Dua

  1. The question is: when was the above verse was added in the Ismaili-Hindu prayer? It was added when the present Aga modified the Hindu prayer created by his grand father the 1st Agakhan. Just to cheat the Muslims and the
    followers it was added in the gujarati-Indian prayer and removed a few Hindu deities names.
    Evidently, Ismailis aren’t Muslims as they on order of Aga have rejected Islam, Allah and the Quran. And Aga is an
    atheist, and has become god himself.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Gulshanin | November 4, 2014, 5:30 am
  2. Muhammad Mukhtar, Can you please specify where exactly is Imamat mentioned in the Quran?


    Posted by akbarkhoja | November 5, 2014, 8:31 pm
  3. “All these scholars”? Which scholars? Your comment seems to be copy-pasted from somewhere and it certainly doesn’t belong here. Come up with some relevant, original comments kiddo!


    Posted by akbarkhoja | November 5, 2014, 8:33 pm
  4. Well very good but these are not just this much.
    What is your interpretation about ya hayu ar rasool balighma unzila elyka mer rabik.


    Posted by zaman | March 7, 2016, 1:16 pm


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