Jama'at Khana
Jamatkhana (from Persian: جماعت‌خانه‎, literally "congregational place") is an amalgamation derived from the Arabic word jama‘a (gathering) and the Persian word khana (house, place). It is a ter...
Ismaili
Ismāʿīlism (Arabic: الإسماعيلية‎ al-Ismāʿīliyya; Persian: اسماعیلیان‎; Kurdish: Ismaili, Esmāʿiliyān) is a branch of Shia Islam whose adherents are also known as Seveners. The Ismā...
Ismaili Centre
The Ismaili Centres are symbolic markers of the permanent presence of the Nizari Ismailis in the countries and regions in which they are established. Each building is architecturally unique, and incor...
Hassan-Al-Sabbah
Hassan-i Sabbāh (Persian: حسن صباح‎; 1050s–1124) was a Nizārī Ismā‘īlī missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains of northern Persia. He l...
Batin (Islam)
Batin (Arabic: باطن) is defined as the interior or hidden meaning of the Quran. This is in contrast to the Quran's exterior or apparent meaning (the Zahir). Some Muslim groups believe that the bāṭen...
Assassins
The Assassins (from Arabic: حشّاشين‎ Ḥashshāshīn) were a secret order of Nizari Ismailis, particularly those of Persia and Syria, that formed in the late 11th century. In time, the order beg...
Ginans
Ginans (Urdu: گنان, Gujarati: ગિનાન) (Derived from Sanskrit: Gnana/(ज्ञान)) are devotional hymns or poems recited by Shia Ismaili Muslims.It was originally an oral rendition mostly by Pirs, first amon...
Hajj
The Hajj (/hædʒ/; Arabic: حج‎ Ḥaǧǧ "pilgrimage") is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime...
Ubayd Allah al-Mahdi Billah
Abu Muhammad Abdallah al-Mahdi Billah (873 – 4 March 934) (Arabic: أبو محمد عبيد الله المهدي بالله‎), was the founder of the Fatimid Caliphate, the only major Shi'a caliphate in Islam, and e...
Sawm
Sawm (Arabic: صوم‎, plural: Siam) is an Arabic word for fasting regulated by Islamic jurisprudence. In the terminology of Islamic law, sawm means to abstain from eating and drinking during d...
Walayah
Walayah (Arabic: ولاية‎) means "guardianship".Walayah or Walaya, is a word which empower gives authority/guardianship to a person, community, or country that is under the direction and rule ...
Salah
Salāt ("prayer", Arabic: صلاة‎ ṣalāh or gen: ṣalāt; pl. صلوات ṣalawāt) is the practice of ritualistic prayer in Islam as opposed to dua, which is the Arabic word for supplication. Its import...
Zahir (Islam)
In tafsir, zahir (Arabic: ظاهر‎) is the exoteric or apparent meaning of the Quran. It is also the underlying principle of the Ẓāhiriyya, a school of thought in Islamic jurisprudence and Aqid...
Esoteric interpretation of the Qur'an
Esoteric interpretation of the Quran, also known as Sufi interpretation and taʾwīl (تأويل), is the allegorical interpretation of the Quran or the quest for its hidden, inner meanings. It was a synony...
Succession to Muhammad
The succession to Muhammad concerns the varying aspects of successorship of Muhammad after his death, comprising who might be considered as his successor to lead the Muslims, how that person should be...
Aql (Shiasm)
‘Aql (Arabic: عقل‎, meaning "intellect"), is an Arabic language term used in Islamic theology or philosophy for the intellect the rational faculty of the soul or mind. It is the normal trans...
Seveners
Seveners (Arabic: سبعية‎) were a branch of Ismā'īlī Shīʻa. They became known as "Seveners" because they believe that Ismā'īl ibn Jaʻfar was the seventh and the last Imām (hereditary leader o...
Hafizi
The Hafizi were a branch of Mustaali Ismailism that believed the current ruler of the Fatimid Caliphate after the reign of Al-Amir Bi-Ahkamillah, Al-Hafiz was also the Imam of the Time as well as his ...
Atba-i-Malak
The Abta-i Malak jamaat (community) are a branch of Mustaali Ismaili Shi'a Islam that broke off from the mainstream Dawoodi Bohra after the death of the 46th Da'i al-Mutlaq, under the leadership of Ab...
Hebtiahs Bohra
The Hebtiahs Bohra are a branch of Mustaali Ismaili Shi'a Islam that broke off from the mainstream Dawoodi Bohra after the death of the 39th Da'i al-Mutlaq in 1754.
Alavi Bohra
The Alavi Bohras are a Taiyabi Mustaali Ismaili Shi'i Muslim community from Gujarat, India. In India, during the time of the 18th Fatimid Imam Ma'ad al-Mustansir Billah around 1093 AD, the designated ...
Mustaali
Mustā‘lī Ismāʿīlī or Mustā‘lī (Arabic: مستعلي‎) is a sect of Ismā'īlī Shia Islam, so named for their acceptance of Al-Musta'li as the nineteenth Fatimid caliph and legitimate successor to hi...
Numerology (Ismailism)
Numerology is an element of Ismailis belief; the idea that numbers have religious meanings. The number seven plays a general role in the theology of the Ismā'īliyya, including mystical speculations th...
Dais
A dais (/ˈdeɪ.əs/ or /ˈdaɪ.əs/) is any raised platform located either inside or outside of a room or enclosure, often for dignified occupancy, as at the front of a lecture hall or sanctuary. At milita...
Taharah
Purity (Arabic: طهارة‎, Tahara(h)) is an essential aspect of Islam. (The same term taharah is also found in Hebrew — see tumah and taharah— applying to purity in Ancient Israel and modern Ju...
Sulaimani Bohra
Sulaymani Bohras (Sulaymanis) are a Musta‘lī Ismaili community that predominantly reside in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan and India. They are also called Makrami. They number between several hundred t...
Jihad
Jihad (/dʒɪˈhɑːd/; Arabic: جهاد‎ ǧihād [dʒiˈhæːd]) is an Islamic term referring to a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād is a noun meaning "struggle" or "resisting". A perso...
Zakah
Zakāt (Arabic: زكاة‎ [zæˈkæːt], "that which purifies") is the taxation of income and wealth of a Muslim. It is a form of obligatory alms giving, and the collected amount is paid to poor Musl...
Seven Pillars of Islam (Ismaili)
The Ismā'īlī Shi'a – the Nizari, Druze and Mustaali – have more Pillars than those of the Sunni. The Shahadah (profession of faith), is not considered a Pillar and is instead seen as the foundation u...
Shahada
The Shahada (Arabic: الشهادة‎ aš-šahādah "the testimony"; also aš-šahādatān (الشَهادَتانْ, "the two testimonials")) is an Islamic creed declaring belief in the oneness of God and the accept...