The Deedar Reflection of H.H Aga Khan

By: Sultan Abbas

I attended Darbar in Hunza on 10 December. The moments of Deedar were electric. Bliss, it was to be there among more than a hundred thousand murids of Imam of the Time and listening to his luminous guidance was the heaven itself.

Together with everyone, I reaffirmed my unwavering and unconditional commitment to his spiritual authority and his absolute right to interpret the foundational tenets and ethics of Islam for the Ismaili community.

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While Hazir Imam can be seen on video, even physically, for example in a conference, but to catch a glimpse of him in Deedar settings was a completely different experience.

On social media, some of our people complained about the broken sound system and the lowered TV screens which disadvantaged many of the participants to see Hazir Imam on the big screen and so on.

I offer a different perspective. While waiting for his arrival I reflected as to what is it that I am waiting to witness and why should I respect this man?

I offer a different perspective. While waiting for his arrival I reflected as to what is it that I am waiting to witness and why should I respect this man? These and other perplexing questions arose in my mind. When Imam’s helicopter appeared and traveled in front of the majestic Rakaposhi the entire Jama’at was excited unbelievably. The Jama’at was longing for a mulaqat for several years. The chants of salwat and murmurs of individual tasbihs had created a mystical environment of pure joy, almost everyone dissolving into a seamless unity. I found myself melted and felt as if my individuality doesn’t exist anymore. I felt my ego annihilated and totally flattened. I felt as if I am part of a bigger universal whole. There was pure ecstasy in those few moments.

When Imam himself arrived in the Darbar and Quranic recitations and tasbihs were read in his presence I reflected on those questions earlier and found solace in the thought that our Imam represents a continuous tradition of the pursuit of justice and intellect spanning fourteen centuries. The Imam is a noted and a powerful global figure, heading a multi-million-dollar business empire, a wise man seeking international peace and reconciliation, seeking harmony within the various Muslim communities and between Islam and other Abrahmic faiths.

The Imam is a noted and a powerful global figure, heading a multi-million-dollar business empire, a wise man seeking international peace and reconciliation, seeking harmony within the various Muslim communities and between Islam and other Abrahmic faiths.

A man noted and celebrated globally for his humbleness, for his contributions in the fields of Islamic architecture, humanitarian work, and his commitment to improving the quality of life of his people and others in different parts of the world. Just a few weeks ago he was garlanded with Global Leadership Award by UN Sec General Antonio Guetters in the presence of former UN Sec General Kofi Anan. What does this tell us? It tells us and they are also signs of his nobility, his global reach, and recognition of his work, a head of state without a state.

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There in the Darbar, we were meeting a head of state, a star intellectual, a rich person, an embodiment of ethics of Islam all of these rolled into one single personality and the sheer force of this personality was so overpowering that I could not resist but cry with ecstasy for what he stands for, and there is reason enough for his followers to tread in his footsteps.

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