Over the past few years, Hussein has been fortunate to travel to many countries to volunteer and/or visit projects of Ismaili Imamat (including in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, East Africa, and others).
Ismailimail is delighted to share from his collection, this photograph of the Mausoleum of Saiyad Imamshah in Pirana, Gujarat. Saiyad Imamshah was an author of many Ismaili Ginans (see details below).
Hussein has started to post a photo each week day at: http://hussein.smugmug.com and Ismailimail encourages our readers to subscribe to Hussein’s website and discover, explore and learn more from this amazing resource.
More at http://hussein.smugmug.com/Photos/i-BRcxTSf/ via Mausoleum of Saiyad Imamshah, Pirana, Gujarat, India.
All Related to Hussein Charania at Ismailimail:
- Aga Khan Centre (nearing completion), London
- Islamabad Serena Hotel, Pakistan
- Khanabad Jamatkhana, Hunza, Pakistan
- Rendering of the New Khorog Jamatkhana and Centre
- Old Aga Khan Girls School, Dar se Salaam
About Saiyad Imamshah
Saiyad Imamshah, one of Pir Hasan Kabirdin’s sons, is reputed to have been a charismatic preacher and an author of numerous interesting ginans. He is revered by the Imamshahi community, named after him, who do not recognise the Ismaili Imamat, while revering the same corpus of ginans attributed to the above-mentioned Pirs and, of course, to Imamshah himself. Modern scholars, however, are of the opinion that the origin of the Imamshahi sect is to be attributed not to Imamshah but to his son, Nurmohamed Shah (or perhaps to other descendants of his), and retrospectively projected onto the figure of Imamshah himself.
Via the Institute of Ismaili Studies
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Listen to the ginan Ada thaki ek suna nipaya – Attributed to Saiyad Imam Shah
Primordially Was brought forth the Void. From the Void Was brought forth the Word. He will proceed to hell, He who sports the earring But has no hold Over his self. He smears ash, Makes people fall at his feet, But knows nothing Of the Word of perfection. He blows the horn, And splits the ear, But knows nothing Of the divine Word. He wears his hair long, A wild and shaggy mat, But knows nothing Of salvation's mystery. The sixty-eight shrines Are rock and water - You will gain nothing there. Says Pir Indra Imamshah, Listen, my jogi friend, if only You found a master, Your problems Would come to an end.
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