||Four faces that Islamilis (Aga Khanis) face daily while praying|
Being a former Ismaili for more than fifty years, I have
visited hundreds of Ismaili Jamatkhanas (restricted places of Congregations), in
different parts of the world. Until 1980's there were, some as big as life-size,
colored photos of Karim Aga Khan on all the four walls of the Prayer Halls in
each and every Jamatkhana. Every Ismaili (man or woman) had but to FACE the
Photo of his/her Beloved Spiritual Father and Mother -- Karim Aga Khan, while
reciting the three Daily Prayers.
Today, there are only two small photographs on the two side walls. Hence, an
Ismaili will tell you with a firm voice and absolute confidence:
"It is a LIE. We DO NOT FACE the
photos of Aga Khan, while we recite our Du'a (Ismaili Prayer) in Jamatkhanas."
The Four faces and designated titles:
Here are the Specially Designated Titles of to whom the Congregation FACES
everyday and every night, while praying in the Jamatkhanas, instead of the
Qiblah. The word Qiblah means; The direction the Muslims face when performing
their daily Salah "ritual prayer", the Ka'bah in Mekkah. See Qur'an 2:150.
FOUR PERSONALITIES are directly APPOINTED for a specific term, by Karim Aga
Khan. During their Terms of Office
they, ON BEHALF OF HAZAR IMAM (KARIM AGA KHAN)
FACE THE CONGREGATION
during all the religious ceremonies and prayers
BLESS THE FOLLOWERS
in the name of SHAH-PIR (Karim Aga Khan)
FORGIVE THEIR SINS
by sprinkling the Holy Water on their Faces
Collect donations, Zakat (Dasond), etc., without giving
in lieu of the Islamic Nikah Ceremonies, the couples Prostrate to them and
receive their Blessings
ALL THE ABOVE
ACTS ARE PERFORMED SITTING IN FRONT OF THE CONGREGATION.
In the past I have executed these duties, except for the last one. May Allah (SWT)
Forgive my past sins... I thank Allah (SWT) for opening my eyes, ears, heart and
this web site of mine.
May He Guide those who are facing
**FOUR FACES** and reading this article.
taken (with Thanks) from MostMerciful.com