During times of crisis, some of us might ask whether God indeed loves humankind. Referring to Muslim traditions, this talk introduces the concepts of divine love - mahabbat/hubb (love), shukr (gratitude) and rahmat and encourages viewers to reflect on the ways in which a believer can reciprocate divine love. The talk will also introduce audiences to multiple IIS publications that one can refer to and read in order to learn more about this topic.
Dr. Stephen Burge and Dr. Shainool Jiwa discuss the latest book in the World of Islam series, The Prophet Muhammad: Islam and the Divine Message. At the Ismaili Centre London, this onstage discussion explores the timely and relevant themes of interconnectedness and community as well as the enduring influence of prophecy and the profound legacy of the Prophet Muhammad for a living community of believers.
Facets of Faith, Alwaeza Salima Versi delves into the lived experiences of key female figures in our history, and probes into how we can benefit from their cumulative experiences. She further discusses how these shared experiences continue to enrich us and teach us about justice, piety, and faith.
ITREB Canada: Facets of Faith - Ginans are a great source of knowledge for Ismailis. They were composed in South Asian languages and many of us now live in countries where we speak and communicate in other languages. Alwaez Shiraz Kanji on this week's episode of Facets of Faith to learn more about the great value that Ginans and our other devotional literature give us. He also discusses how we can preserve this valued tradition.
ITREB Canada: Facets of Faith - Alwaez Allahbakhsh Jaffery will explore the role of the Qasida tradition in the history of our Jamat. Originating in pre–Islamic Arabia, qasidas have come to refer to any poem of a certain length in Arabic, Persian and Turkish literatures. Qasidas are also composed to celebrate festivals and are an important expression of devotion for Ismailis in Central Asia and Syria. Alwaez Allahbaksh takes us on a mystical journey through the world of Qasidas.
ITREB USA presents Critical Conversations, a virtual forum featuring faith-based perspectives on the questions of our time. "Justice and Social Action in Islam" features Dr. Farouk Mitha and the Honorable Halim Dhanidina and is ​moderated by Zain Gulamali.
This talk will revolve around a simple question: at the time of this global pandemic, where do we seek answers? Are they to be found in faith and religious practice? Or should people exclusively seek every answer under these circumstances from science? The question of the interaction between faith and intellect (or rather science) as two sources of knowledge has been at the heart of major theological and philosophical currents in the Muslim world. How do we resolve these tensions without obviating either faith or science? Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor explores this theme and refers to Ismaili tradition and primary sources to demonstrate that there is no conflict between faith and science and both serve a purpose, both have weight and significance as well as the ability to reinforce one another.
ITREB USA - Al-Waez Najeeb Haidary shares a perspective on “Understanding Allah’s Mercy - A Journey through Our Imam’s Work through AKDN” for the on-demand series entitled Perspectives: Viewing the World through the Lens of the Ismaili Imamat.
Maintaining a balance between the spiritual and the material is one of the important messages in the guidance of Mawlana Hazar Imam. This Time to Think talk will discuss how this is translated into the institutional language as ‘improving the quality of life’ for the Jamat and the people amongst whom they live.
ITREB USA - Al-Waeza Dilshad Keshwani shares a perspective on “Global Brotherhood Through the Lens of the Constitution” for the on-demand series entitled Perspectives: Viewing the World through the Lens of the Ismaili Imamat.
Ginans – Ismaili religious literature originating from the religious-cultural context of the Indian Subcontinent, have sometimes been viewed as “lacking Islamic personality”. This talk will challenge this view and introduce audiences to multiple examples of religious poetry used by various Muslim traditions from the region to highlight typical characteristics of the literature that are greatly influenced by South Asian cultural contexts. The talk will also introduce the audience to multiple IIS publications that one can turn to in order to learn more and gain further insights into this topic.
Our history offers a rich repository of our beliefs and values, and how we have lived by them through the centuries. This talk explores select examples from the Dawr al-Satr (765-909 CE) and the Fatimid period (909-1171 CE) of our history, to illustrate how the Imams and the leadership at the time dealt with challenging circumstances of their age, using them as a springboard for laying stronger foundations for the future of the Jamat across various regions of the world.
ITREB USA - Al-Waez Anwar Mohammed shares a perspective on “Our Imam’s Vision on Volunteerism” for the on-demand series entitled Perspectives: Viewing the World through the Lens of the Ismaili Imamat.
ITREB USA - Al-Waez Murad Bhaidani shares a perspective on “My Tribute to that Gate” for the on-demand series entitled Perspectives: Viewing the World through the Lens of the Ismaili Imamat.
ITREB USA - Al-Waez Amirali Noorani shares a perspective in Urdu on “Hope as a Trampoline of Progress” for the on-demand series entitled Perspectives: Viewing the World through the Lens of the Ismaili Imamat.
Dr. Shafique Virani reflects on the Jamat's perseverance through adversity and helps us to understand how our tariqah will help us emerge from this pandemic with even greater strength.
We live in a world where we are often around people who are different from us. Research shows that humans are born with a bias in favour of those who are similar to them and against those who are different. Thus, this talk argues that it is imperative for the survival of civilised society that the value of pluralism is encouraged and taught at all levels of society.
In this week’s edition of the Facets of Faith series, Alwaeza Karima Ramji explores the concept of Taqwa in Muslim Piety, and engages with Alwaez Rahim Shivji in a conversation about this key ethical principle in Islam. Join us as we talk about Taqwa, Iman, and how each of us can be "muttaqi".

Alwaeza Karima Ramji is a graduate of the International Waezeen Training Program. She currently serves as Mukhiani Saheba of Victoria Jamatkhana. She is also a past Chair of the Victoria World Partnership Walk and has served in a TKN capacity to help develop the University of Central Asia's Co-op Education Program. Alwaeza Karima is a certified Cultural Intelligence Professional, has over two decades of experience as a co-operative education professional, and currently holds the position of Associate Director, International, Indigenous and Strategic Initiatives for the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services at the University of Victoria.

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