Today, eight countries have Darkhana Jamatkhanas in the Nizārī Ismā’īlī tradition.
What is Jamat Khana?
The word jamatkhana means the house of the community and is an amalgamation of the Arabic word jama’a, which means group or community, and the Persian word khana, meaning house. It refers to a place where members of certain Sunni and Shia communities come together for prayers and communal gatherings.
What happens in jamatkhana?
A Jamatkhana is a designated space for Shia Ismaili Muslims to gather and perform tariqah practices, such as supplicatory prayers – du’a, meditative sessions of remembrance – zikr, and the recitation of devotional poetry, such as ginans and qasidas.
Who built Jamat Khana?
Built by Khizr Khan, son of Sultan Alauddin Khilji (Khilji Dynasty) in 1315-1325 AD, the mosque is the largest structure in the Dargah enclosure.
What is the difference between mosque and jamatkhana?
The Nizar Ismaili jamatkhana consists of a prayer hall, which, during times of congregational prayer, is only accessible to adherents. A mosque, on the other hand, is usually open to all Muslims, even though there may be unwritten rules regarding access.
Is a jamatkhana a mosque?
Unlike non-denominational masjids, or mosques, which are public places, the Jamatkhana is a private space of gathering under the control of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Imam.
What is called Jamaat?
jamaat (plural jamaats) (Islam) Party; community; group; assembly. (Islam) A company of men; congregation. (Islam) A group of Muslims offering prayers together.
What do you do in Jamaat?
The group encourages its followers to undertake short-term preaching missions (khuruj), lasting from a few days to a few months in groups of usually forty days and four months, to preach to Muslims reminding them of the core teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and encourage them to attend mosque prayers and sermons.
Does Ismailis believe in God?
Ismailis believe in the oneness of God, as well as the closing of divine revelation with Muhammad, whom they see as the final Prophet and Messenger of God to all humanity. The Isma’ili and the Twelvers both accept the same six initial Imams; the Isma’ili accept Isma’il ibn Jafar as the seventh Imam.
Do Ismailis have to wear hijab?
Ismailis are seen as a reformist sect and more liberal in their interpretations of the Quran than other strains of Islam. In some ways, they are: the 48th Ismaili imam, Aga Khan III, made it optional for women to cover their hair in public. The vast majority of Ismaili women do not wear a hijab.
Shahadah: Ismailis do not have the same Shahadah as the other Muslims. Their shahadah is ‘There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger, and Ali is the ameer-ul-Momineen, Ali is Allah. (Read more on the Ismaili creed in the article The Nizari Ismaili Trinity)