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|July 11th, 2013
|Imamat Day is an Ismaili religious observance celebrating the anniversary of the day
the present, (Hazar) Imam came to the throne of Imamat. Of all the Shi'a subgroupings,
it is only the Ismaili branch whose line of Imamat continues to the present day. The
Imam of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims is His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, and His
Imamat day is the 11th day of July, an anniversary of the 11th day of July 1957.
In Shi'a Islam, the term "Imam" is a singular position held by a member of Ahl-ul-Bayt
as designated by Allah . Shia Imams provide guidance according to place and time
and are seen as legatees of the authority of Muhammad (Peace be upon him). As
such the concept of Imamat is specific to Shi'a Islam.
His Highness the Aga Khan became Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili
Muslims on 11 July 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan
Mohammed Shah Aga Khan. He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili
Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and
his family) through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima,
the Prophet’s daughter.
Imamat Day anniversary is celebrated with great rejoicing by the Ismailis all over the
world, for this is a unique occasion full of symbolism wherein the continuance of Allah's
covenant is celebrated.