The testimony of faith in Islām is sacrosanct and is read with respect and reverence. It reads, ‘lā ilāh illā Allāh Muhammad Rasūlullāh’. There is no god except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. A brief but very deep statement, bearing many wisdoms and benefits.
In contrast to this, the Ismā’īlī testimony of (un)faith reads as follows,
‘Ash-hadu an lā ilāha illāh Allāh, wa Ash-hadhu anna Muhammad Rasūlullāh wa Ash-hadu anna Amīr Al-Mu’minīn ‘Alī Allāh’
These words are referred to as the Kalimah and without saying and believing in it, one cannot be referred to as ‘a believer’.
Let us do a basic analysis of this statement. The first part states that there is no deity but Allāh and the additional last part states that ‘Alī is Allāh. The result of this is that the deity that the Ismā’īlī testifies to, is ‘Alī radiyallāhu ‘anhu.
Another Ismā’īlī teaching states that ‘Maulā ‘Alī’ refers to the Ismā’īlī Imām, i.e., the Aga Khan. Hence, the summary and essence of the statement are that the true deity worthy of worship is Aga Khan, we seek the protection of Allāh.
The Ismā’īlī community refers to the present Imām (Karim Aga Khan) is the Imām e Zamān, Imām e Waqt and Ulul-Amr.
The position and rank they accord to him are that of a deity. They say that he is the Qur’ān, the Ka’bah, the Bayt Al-Ma’mūr, and Jannah.
Moreover, they say that wherever the word ‘Allāh’ comes in the Noble Qur’ān, the meaning is the Imām e Zamān. They also clearly state that the Imām e Zamān gives benefit, he gives life and has knowledge of the unseen, i.e., all the divine qualities are present in the Imām e Zamān.
This ties in with the Qādiyānī testimony of (un)faith. Whilst the Ismā’īlīs believe the deity in their testimony of (un)faith to be Allāh, the Qādiyānīs state that the word Muhammad in the testimony of faith refers to the imposter, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – who is the reflection, shadow, or, burūz, of Sayyidunā Muhammad Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and was deputed in Qadiyan.
Such interpretations and wild forms of blasphemy have been rejected by the Ahl-us-Sunnah wal Jamā’ah and will continue to be refuted and debunked Inshā Allāh, by all true Muslims.
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