Events Celebrated by Ismaili Shias- part 1
After knowing about the Ismaili branch of Shiism, taking a look at the ceremonies celebrated by this sect can be helpful. In the following section we are further familiarized with different events celebrated by Ismaili Shias:
This is a commemoration of the gathering of Ghadir Khumm where Hazrat Ali was announced to have been selected as the successor of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by the Prophet, addressing a large group of Muslims, as Allah had commanded. It is among the events celebrated by Ismaili Shias as it marks the emergence of the institution of Imamat and coming to an end of Prophethood. It is a symbol of faithfulness and commitment to the Imam-of-the-time.
Referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice, it is a day on which Muslims are reminded of Hazrat Ibrahim’s sacrifice and how he was tested by his Lord and asked to sacrifice his beloved son’s life. Muslims are reminded of his devotion to his Lord and his belief and trust in Allah. This Eid celebrates humanity and heritage and strengthens the bond of trust. Undoubtedly, trust in the Lord is present in many shapes among Prophets.
It is a day to recreate Ismailis commitment to Mawlana Hazrat Imam and express gratitude for his guidance. This day is among the events celebrated by Ismaili Shias in recognition of the Imam of the Time among them and for them to reaffirm their faith. They express gratefulness because it is through his guidance and leadership that they believe the jamat has survived through thick and thin, and that they have survived as a community through all the challenges. The Ismaili wish well upon all Muslims across the world on this special day.
Eid ul-Fitr, meaning the “festival of breaking (the fast)” in Arabic, is of great significance in the month of Ramadan. It is an occasion of happiness, festivity, prosperity and harmony. It has been celebrated since the time of Prophet Muhammad and it is still commonly celebrated through conducting special prayers, and Muslims are expected to practice forgiveness and generosity on this special day, and to highlight values and extend generosity to those in need.
Laylat al-Qadr, meaning the Night of Power, is the first night that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation of the Holy Book from the Almighty when during his meditation in the cave of Hira, Gabriel manifested. This historically special night, celebrated on the 23rd night of Ramadan, is an opportunity for spiritual search and remembrance of God for Muslims. It is a night Muslims conduct special prayer on and remember their one and only Allah.
Signifying the month in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received the first revelation from Allah, it is a month of purification when special traditions, like fasting and conducting good deeds, are generally followed. Such traditions lead to Muslim’s spiritual fulfilment and satisfaction and place emphasis on human character. Muslims and Ismailis commonly celebrate the month of Ramadan as it signifies the period when the Holy book of Quran was bestowed upon humankind for guidance through Prophet Muhammad.