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AIGLEMONT

The headquarters of the Present Ismaili Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni was Geneva, Switzerland between 1957 and 1976. Then, in 1976, the Imam moved his headquarters, the Secretariat de Son Altesse l'Aga Khan, from Geneva to Paris, building two replica 17th century chateaux on a large wooded estate at Aiglemont, Gouvieus, north of Paris

ALLAH TOHAR

In Sindhi and Kutchhi, Allah Tohar or Allah Toahar means with the help of God or reliance on God. It was a common phrase the scribes wrote in the beginning of the manuscripts of the ginans in Indo-Pakistan subcontinent.

ASHAB AL-SUFFA

Ashab al-Suffa or Ahl al-Suffa was a group of the Prophet's Companions. The suffa or zulla (bench or banquette) was a long, covered portico or vestibule, which formed part of the mosque at Medina. This was the sole home of these men, and they spent their time in study and worship. They are sometimes said to have been as many as four hundred.

Historic Cities Support Programme (HCSP)

The Trust's most recent initiative is the Historic Cities Support Programme (HCSP). It was established to promote the conservation and re-use of building and public spaces in historic cities in ways that can catalyze social, economic and cultural development. In HCSO's approach, the restoration and rehabilitation of buildings and public spaces cannot be conceived apart from broader processes of community development. Its project briefs go beyond technical restoration to address the questions of re-use and community revitalization.

AJAM

The Prophet not only laid down the principle of the oneness of humanity, but he also put it into practice. The Arabs, who regarded themselves as a superior race, had a very strong race and colour prejudice. To all non-Arabs, they gave the name of ajam, which means dumb, and ajma means speechless animal or brute. The immediate task before the Prophet was, therefore, to blot out the race, colour and language prejudices from the Arab mind.

ALY SALOMONE KHAN, PRINCE

"Prince Aly Salomone Khan, the son of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah was born at Turin in Italy on June 13, 1911. Because he was a delicate child, his father decided against sending him to experience the rigours of an English boarding school. He was entrusted to the care of a private tutor, Mr. C.M. Waddington, the former Principal of Mayo College for the sons of Princes in India. He finished his education at Lincoln's Inn, London, though he was not called to the bar. He was fluent in a number of European and Oriental languages.

ASMA AL-SIFAT

The word sifa'a (pl. sifat) is not found in the Koran, but the verbal noun wasf does appear once in 6:139, and the imperfect of the first form of the verb occurs 13 times in the sense of "to ascribe or uphold a description or to attribute."

AGA KHAN EDUCATION SERVICES [ see AKDN ]

AGA KHAN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS [ see AKDN ]

AGA KHAN FOUNDATION [ see AKDN ]

AGA KHAN FUND FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT [ see AKDN ]

AGA KHAN GYMKHANA [ see KHOJA PANJIBHAI CLUB ]

AGA KHAN HEALTH SERVICE [ see AKDN ]

AGA KHAN HISTORIC CITIES SUPPORT PROGRAMME [ see AKDN ]

AGA KHAN HOUSING BOARDS [ see AKDN ]

AKHIRA

No less than 67 chapters of the Koran (56 Meccan and 11 Medinan) contain verses on the day of judgment. It is spoken of under various names, the most frequent of which is yaum al-qiyama or the day of great rising, which occurs 70 times in the Koran. Next to it is al-sa'a means the hour, and occurs 40 times, yaum al-akhir or the last day, which occurs 26 times, while al-akhira as meaning the future life occurs 115 times. Next in importance is yaum al-din, which means the day of requital, occurs 6 times.

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AMIR AL-UMRA

The word umra is the plural of amir means chiefs, thus amir al-umra means chief of the chiefs. It was a title created by the Safavid ruler, Shah Ismail (d. 930/1524). Imam Abuzar Ali (d. 915/1509) married to Sabira Khatoon, the daughter of Shah Ismail, and he was granted the title of amir al-umra. Imam Murad Mirza (d. 920/1514) was also invested the same title.

ASSASSINS

"The Nizari Ismailis were designated with a misnomer, Assassins in mediaeval Europe. This is an abusive term that had been given a wide currency by the Crusaders and their occidental chroniclers, who had first come into contact with the Syrian Ismailis in the Near East during the early decades of the 12th century. Charles E. Nowell writes in The Old Man of the Mountain that, "In the early years of the twelfth century, as the Christians spread their conquests in the holy land and Syria, they made the acquaintance of the Ismailis.

AKHIRA-2

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Resurrection is quite consistent with present knowledge

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AMR

"The word amr means authority, occurring 89 times in the Koran, which explains the meaning of authority (amr) in stage-wise. At first, it insists that the authority of giving decision is the sole prerogative of God: "The authority rests with none but God. He commands you not to surrender to anyone else than Him. This is right way" (12:40) and "Beware!

AKHLAQ

The Arabic term akhlaq (pl. of khulq) for ethics does not occur in the Koran. There are however few words that suggest technical terminology for the ethics. The most prominent word for virtuous conduct is salih or other words from the root, which occur some 171 times in the Koran. The root appears in verbal forms: "Who does right (man salaha) from among their fathers, wives, and offspring" (40:8, 13:23).

AMYN MUHAMMAD, PRINCE

Prince Amyn Muhammad, the younger brother of the Present Imam was born on September 12, 1937 in Geneva. His mother Princess Tajudawla (d. April 26, 1997) was the daughter of Lord Churston and the 7th Duke of Leinslter, the descendant of King Edward III of Great Britain. The early days of his infancy with his elder brother, were spent in Europe under the care of his parents and the personal supervision of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah. During the second world war, he with his brother, accompanied his mother to the trip of Nairobi, where they stayed for four year.

AWARD-BURD

The word award-burd means controlling of the breath. The Koran says, "I swear by the breath of the morning" (81:18). The Prophet said, "Do not abuse the wind, for the wind is the breath of God" (la tasubbur riha fa innaha min nafsir rahmani). The control of the breath was an early characteristic to practice irk in the Sufism. Abu Yazid al-Bistami (d. 874) is reported as saying, "For Gnostics, worship is observance of the breaths." Abu Bakr ash-Shibli (d.


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