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Reason Why Agakhani-Ismailis Don’t Fast in the Month of Ramadan

Still, a majority of modern-day Nizari Ismailis don’t fast during Ramadan because of the farmans by their imam, and to Ismailis, their imam’s authority is greater than any authority including Allah swt and Rasoolullah PBUH and for that purpose, they deny the clear commandments from Allah swt which is in Quran.

Ismaili follows these farmans of their imams and abandons the Ramadan fasting.

Farman# 1

The Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah was once asked by his own dentist, Dr. Hasan Nathoo, with regards to the fact that his murids did not pray five times per day nor did they keep Zahiri fasts in the month of Ramaḍān. The Imam’s reply was conveyed by Dr. Hasan Nathoo in his own memoirs:

In the matter of the Ismā‘īlīs praying only three times daily instead of five times and not keeping fasts (roza) generally in the month of Ramaḍān, he [the Imam] told me two things: that in the Qur’an there was no specific mention of the number of daily namaz. It was only a tradition (sunnah); the other was that there was a hadith where the Holy Prophet had said that if during his lifetime the people of Arabia observed 90% of his injunctions, 10% would be forgiven. But after his death, if the followers observed even 10%, 90% would be forgiven. These hadiths are confirmed in a book on the life of the Prophet by Martin Lings which I read only recently. This hadith makes Islam the most liberal religion.”– Dr. Hasan E. Nathoo, (My Glorious Fortnight with Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, London, 1988)

Farman# 2 

In this Farman, Aga Khan III is telling his followers to lie to Muslims in the month of Ramadan 

Prophet Has Ordered The Fast. The Fast Is There To Exercise The Body. It Is Necessary To Keep Taqiya (means to hide or lie) So That Others May Not Indulge In Backbiting (I.E. It May Be Necessary To Observe The Fast Outwardly In Order To Protect The Community From Slander By Other Muslims). But You Who Are Haqiqatis (Truth-Seekers) Are Under An Obligation To Fast 360 Days (Sic). These Fasts Are:

1. Not To Speak A Lie
2. Not To Deceive, Swindle Anyone, Or Abuse Trust
3· Not To Speak Ill Behind Someone’s Back.
In This Manner, 360 Day Haqiqi Fasts (Haqiqi Rojaa) Are Mandatory (Faraj) Upon The Isma’ilis.
– Quoted In Malise Ruthven’s “Aga Khan III And The Isma‘ili Renaissance” At 392.


Sultan Muhammad Shah formally ended the practice of taqiyyah where some Jamats had been observing exoteric shari‘ah rituals like namaz and fasting in Ramadan. In guidance given to the Ismailis of Syria, Iran, and Indo-Pak, Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah explained that the exoteric or shari‘ah rituals like Hajj to Makkah, physical ablutions before prayer, and exoteric fasting in the month of Ramadan are not paramount; instead, what is essential are the inner or esoteric meanings of these rituals as embodied in a set of spiritual disciplines and tariqah practices.

Changes were introduced in the areas of ritual. In Syria, a new mukhi appointed by Aga Khan III in 1895 was instructed in Khoja doctrines and rituals and told to introduce them into Syria. Similar changes were introduced in Iran.

Farman# 3

Hajj and fasting were abandoned along with ritual ablutions before prayers: God, rather than his house, was to be worshipped; the true fast was year-round abstention from evil; true ablution was cleansing of the heart. Duties (‘ibadat) regarded as essential by other Muslims, such as Hajj and fasting, were defined as furu’-i-din, auxiliaries of the faith. The usul-i din, the essentials of the faith were unchanged – belief in the oneness of God, in the Prophet, in the Resurrection, in the Imamate, and in the justice of God.

– Malise Ruthven, “Aga Khan III and Ismaili Renaissance”,
(Peter B. Clarke, ed., New Trends and Developments in the World of Islam. London: Luzac Oriental, 1998, 371–95: 382)

Farman# 4

If rightly, the Muslims have kept till now to the forms of prayer and fasting at the time of the Prophet, it should not be forgotten that it is not the forms of prayer and fasting that have been commanded, but the facts, and we are entitled to adjust the forms to the facts of life as circumstances changed. It is the same Prophet who advises his followers ever to remain Ibnu’l-Waqt (i.e. children of the time and period in which they were on earth), and it must be the natural ambition of every Muslim to practice and represent his Faith according to the standard of the Waqt or space-time.”

– Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III,
(Foreword, Al-Hajji Qassim Jairazbhoy, Muhammad: A Mercy To all the Nations, 14)

These were the few Farmans of Aga Khan in which he clearly changed the meaning of fasting. So whenever any Ismaili Aga Khani tells you that they are fasting, know that they are doing TAQIYA to you!

Below is an article by an Ismaili AgaKhani woman who confesses that as an Ismaili, she does not fast in the month of Ramadan

I am Muslim – and I don’t fast during Ramadan.

This is what Allah and his messenger commanded us and which Ismaili AgaKhani Clearly deny: 

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183

“…But to fast is best for you if you only knew.” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:184

(Fasting) for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (i.e. an old man, etc.), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a poor person (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast, it is better for you if only you know.” (2:183-84)

“It is made lawful for you to have sexual relations with your wives on the night of the fasts. They are garments for you and you are the same for them. Allah knows that you used to deceive yourselves, so He turned to you and forgave you. So now have sexual relations with them and seek that which Allah has ordained for you, and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night), then complete your fast till the nightfall. (2:187).


Abu Huraira related that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And he who passes Lailat al-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven (Bukhari, Muslim).

Abu Huraira related that Rasulullah said: If anyone omits his fast even for one day in Ramadan without a concession or without being ill, then if he were to fast for the rest of his life he could not make up for it (Bukhari).

Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: Allah the Majestic and Exalted said: “Every deed of man will receive ten to 700 times reward, except Siyam (fasting), for it is for Me and I shall reward it (as I like). There are two occasions of joy for one who fasts: one when he breaks the fast and the other when he will meet his Lord” (Muslim).

Abu Huraira related that Rasulullah said: Many people who fast get nothing from their fast except hunger and thirst, and many people who pray at night get nothing from it except wakefulness (Darimi).

We pray that may Ismaili AgaKhanis will open up their eyes and only follow Quran and Hadiths in the matter of religion. anyone who goes against Allah and Prophet PBUH will face serious consequences hereafter. May Allah guide us all


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