Are Ismailies Muslim? (Agha Khanis) They claim to be Muslim, but as I understand their belief they do not believe in praying five times a day, fasting, or Hajj. Is this view correct?
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
"Ismailia" belongs to a deviant group called "al Batiniyah"(linguistically it means secret, covered, mystic, concealed, etc.) which is said to be named after
Imam Ismail Bin Jaffar Al Sadeq. It claims superficially to be a Shiah group defending the Aal Al Bayt (the descendants of the Prophet's family). The reality of this group is that it aims at destroying the true Islamic Aqeeda (creed). This group is now divided into many sub-groups among which is the Agha Khania which appeared in Iran in the last third of the nineteenth century. Here are some of their beliefs, which show their disbelief and show that they have nothing to do with Islam.
For instance, if they pray, they pray for their "concealed Imam". If they perform Hajj, they consider the Kaaba a symbol of their Imam. In their reality, they deny the Islamic rituals and believe in reincarnation. This Batinya (concealed) group is a libertine and dissolute group. They follow Mazdek way thoughts. Imam Al Ghazali said about them: 'It is reported from them that they apply an absolute libertinity, giving up the Hijab and making lawful to them all that Islam forbids. But, they deny these allegations that are attributed to them'.
Anyway, it is common among Muslims that all the "Batinya" groups are non-Muslims.
Shaikh Al Islam, Ibn Taymiyah said about the Batinya: 'Their form of disbelief is worse than that of the Jews and the Christians'.
The truth of their creed and their state of affairs which they struggle to keep secret has been revealed and made public by some people who left them and became Muslims and by some of their books.