THE SHIA IMAMI ISMAILI
Ismailis should ask themselves
WHICH IS THE SUPREME LAW?
The one "Ordained" by an Imam
or the one "Revealed" by the Creator?
The title cover of the "Ordained" Ismaili Constitution reads:
CONSTITUTION OF THE
SHIA IMAMI ISMAILI MUSLIMS
The prologue begins with:
(A) The Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims ordained on 13th December 1986 recites that Mawlana Hazar Imam enjoys full authority of governance over and in respect of all religious and Jamat matters of the Ismaili Muslims.
The prologue page ends with:
By THIS CONSTITUTIONAL INSTRUMENT and in exercise of the authority vested in me as Hazar Imam and recited in the Ismaili Constitution, I, SHAH KARIM AL HUSSAINI AGA KHAN, am pleased to ordain AND DO HEREBYORDAIN that the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, in whatever place they maybe, shall at all times be bound and governed by the Constitution hereinafter appearing which is a consolidation into one document of previous changes...
ORDAINED under the Sign Manual and Seal of Mawlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim al Hussaini His Highness Prince Aga Khan the Forty-Ninth Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims at The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon this Eleventh day of July One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight being the Sixteenth day of Rabi 'al - Awwal
One Thousand Four Hundred and Nineteen (Hijrah), in the Forty-Second year of his Imamat.
Aga Khan (signed)
Shah Karim al Hussaini Aga Khan Imam al Ismailiyah (seal)
Each and every follower of Karim Aga Khan is bound and
governed by this Ordained Constitution irrespective of what may be his or her
personal belief(s) for the eternal Sovereignty and the Supreme Authority of
Allah (S.W.T.) vis a vis that of Karim Aga Khan.
The preamble begins with:
(A) The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims affirm the Shahadah 'La ilaha illa-llah, Muhammadur Rasulu-llah', the Tawhid therein and that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Salla-llahu 'alayhi wa-sallam) is the last and final Prophet of Allah. Islam, as revealed in the Holy Quran, is the final message of Allah to mankind, and is universal and eternal.The Holy Prophet (S.A.S.) through the divine revelation from Allah prescribed rules governing spiritual and temporal matters.
Important Note: Upon reading the above Shahadah one can notice that the consequential part of the Shahadah which should normally affirm the Shia doctrine of faith is intentionally concealed.The undisclosed portion of the Ismaili Shahadah which is daily affirmed by the Ismailis in their ritual prayers reads: 'Aly-yunAmirul-mu'minin 'Aly-yu-lah. Any legally drafted primary Document of consequence that fails to disclose the Whole Truth about the fundamental doctrine of its faith - the Shahadah, conveys a lot for those who wish to follow "The Truth". The interpretation of this hidden phrase negates the Tawhid.
The Article One of the Constitution is entitled:
POWER AND AUTHORITY OF MAWLANA HAZAR IMAM
Article One 1.1 reads:
Mawlana Hazar Imam has inherent right and absolute and unfettered power and authority over and in respect of all religious and Jamati matters of the Ismailis.
Important Note: A Muslim is the one that submits himself or herself to the WILL of Allah (S.W.T.). An Ismaili is the one that has agreed to be bound and governed by the Constitution Ordained by Aga Khan. To say that I have submitted myself to the WILL of Allah and also prefer to be governed by the Constitution Ordained by the Aga Khan is to admit that I have chosen two Masters. And, the later has the absolute and unfettered power and authority over me in ALL religious matters.
ALLAH'S ETERNAL CONSTITUTION REVEALS:
Verily this Brotherhood of yours isa single Brotherhood and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore serve Me (and no other).
Glorious Qur'an 21: 92
And how many Signs in the heavens and the earth do they pass by? Yet they turn (their faces) away from them! And most of them believe not in Allah without associating (others as partners) with Him!
Glorious Qur'an 12: 105 -106
The translations by Abdullah Yusuf Ali
WHOSE LAW CAN BE THE SUPREME LAW?
THE ONE WHO HAS CREATED US ALL
OR THE ONE WHO IS A CREATED BEING?