He was smiling so wide

His Highness the Aga Khan, accompanied by Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon and Afghanistan’s Vice-President Hedayat Amin Arsala He had guided & enlightened our paths for so long - 8 to 14: We’d performed the Hajj seeking transformation Our souls had been deeply immersed in contemplation. (8) Click here to read more.

Ghadir Khumm: The Day of Perfection

By Nadim Pabani

No! It cannot be! My Father & Friend!
How can it be that this is the End!? (15)

Our hearts grew so heavy & our eyes began to tear…
But with love overflowing we lent him our ear. (16)

“The end!?” he asked!? “You know it will never be so!”
We all looked so stunned as his smile began to grow! (17)

“What can he mean? Isn’t he departing forever…?”
The thought made me weak at the knees but I held it together (18)

He was smiling so wide now I couldn’t believe it.
We knew that he had news & was so eager to share it! (19)

All of a sudden the crowd softened to hush
He began to speak & said “In Allah I Trust!” (20)

“The Lord of the Worlds has informed me of my time…
“But don’t think He will leave you unguided with no Sign!” 3 (21)


3 Reference to the Hadith of Imam Ali (a.s.) and the subsequent Shi’i notion that the Imam is the greatest or most Supreme Sign or Proof of Allah upon the Earth.



His Highness the Aga Khan meets with the inhabitants of the northern areas of Pakistan “Have I conveyed His message to you?” - 22 to 28 “Have I conveyed His message to you!? Yes of course O Messenger, it is so! It is true!” Click here to read more

This poem has been composed with 49 verses as an expression of love, praise, and devotion, in honour of the present living Imam, Mawlana Shah Karim al-Husayni, of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims who is the 49th Imam and direct lineal descendant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.)


About Nadim Pabani.


Photo AKDN: 60 years of commitment to improving Quality of Life for all. His Highness the Aga Khan on the Great Wall while in China for the Second Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, October 1981. The Award, now in its 40th year, seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspiration of societies across the world, in which Muslims have a significant presence.

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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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