Are Khojas Shia or Sunni?
The Khojas (Sindhi: خواجه ، خوجا، خواجا; Gujarati: ખોજા, Hindi: ख़ोजा) are a mainly Nizari Isma’ili Shia community of people originating in India.
Where do Nizari Ismailis live?
Most Ismailis – also known also Nizari Ismailis – live in African and Asian countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Iran. There are also sizeable communities in the United States, Canada, and Britain.
How do you pray Ismaili?
Holy Du’ā (archaically transliterated Doowa) is the mandatory Nizari Isma’ili prayer recited three times a day: Fajr prayer at dawn, Maghrib prayer at sundown and Isha prayer in the evening. Each Holy Du’a consists of 6 rakat, totaling 18 per day, as opposed to the 17 of Sunni and Twelver salat (namaz).
What are Khojas?
Before the arrival of the Aga Khan from Persia to British ruled India in the 19th century, Khojas retained many Hindu traditions, including a variation on the belief in the Dashavatara.
Who are the Shia Khojas in India?
Khojas who follow Twelver Shia Islam and have large communities in Pakistan, India, East Africa, North America and the United Kingdom . Moulvi Ali Baksh who had settled in Mumbai in the mid-late 1800s was a prominent Moulvi with great respect in Ithna’ashari Khoja (Aga Khani Shia) community.
Who are the Khoja who risk their lives for Jamat?
The other two gentlemen who risk their lives for the Jamat are Sait Abdullah Bhai laljee and Sait Kasam Ali Bhai Nanjee Miami, they earned the title of KAUM KA FIDAI i.e. those who dedicated their lives for the good of Khoja Community.
Where do Khoja live in Pakistan?
In Pakistan, most Khoja live in Karachi in Sindh province. The term Khoja derives from Khwāja (New Persian Khājé ), a Persian honorific title (خواجه) of pious individuals used in Turco-Persian influenced regions of the Muslim world.