Bohra literature

If you have any documents, religious pamphlets or other such material related to Ismaili/ Fatimid/Bohra tradition and would like to share it with others please send it to us. We will post it here so that everybody can benefit from it. (MS Word/PDF format preferable.)

An Early Doctrinal Controversy in the Iranian School of Ismaʿili Thought and Its Implications

by Ismail K. Poonawala

The controversy stemmed from the introduction of Neo-Platonism into Ismaʿili cosmology, adapting it to Shiʿi-Ismaʿili doctrines. Kermāni tried to reconcile the debate from a vantage point of post-Fārābian philosophy in his Ketāb al-Riāz. The controversy demonstrates that even a difference of opinion concerning major doctrinal issues was tolerated and resolved by scholarly debate.

Syedna Qutbuddin Shaheed Ki Amar Kahani (Hindi)

by Sheikh Ahmed Ali Raj
Translation (from Urdu) by Saleh Mohammed Naib

This is the story of Sayedna Qutbuddin Shaheed and his sacrifice. This is a scanned copy of the Hindi version originally written in Urdu by Sheikh Ahmed Ali Raj.

Kitab al-Maqalid al-Malakutiyya (The Book of the Keys to the Kingdom)

by Syedna Abu Yaqub al Sijistani
Edited with Notes, Comments and Introduction by Ismail K. Poonawala.

This is the English introduction by Prof. Ismail K. Poonawala to Syedna Sijistani's book. He has kindly made this book (a scanned copy) available to the public. Prof. Poonawala writes, "the book deals with our early history and theology, and it clearly demonstrates that there was a lot of freedom in those days to debate complex issues of faith. Those Daa'is were also very learned, in fact among the leading thinkers of Islam in those days."

Dua for Iftaar

Thanks to "porus" for compiling and translating this dua and making it available for all to use.

Ya sayyida_sh-shuhadaa:i

An erudite Forum member and ardent reformist supporter who writes under the pen name of "porus" has transliterated and translated this popular marsiyah. We thank him for his time and effort. The author of the marthiya is Sayedna Taher Saifuddin, the 51st Dai al-Mutlaq and appropriately contains 51 verses.

Nahjul Balagah

Peak of Eloquence: Sermons, letters and sayings of Maula 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib:

Da'a'im al-Islam (in Hindi)

We're pleased to bring you the Hindi translation of Da'a'im al-Islam - the celebrated book written by one of the great Isma'li intellectuals Sayedna Qadi al-Nu'man. This book is fundamental to Dawoodi Bohras as far as their religion, their beliefs and their spiritual practices are concerned. It is also the principal source of Isma'ili jurisprudence and hadith literature.


We sincerely thank everybody involved in this project. They have done a commendable job in putting together this translation and making it available for public use.
Wazkur fil kitab Ismail (in Hindi)

This book was originally written by Sheikh Hasan Ali Saheb in Urdu. It was later curtailed and edited by Sheikh Ahmed Ali Raj. Later it was translated in Devnagri Lipi (Hindi) by Janab Sajjad Hussain KG.