Faith blooms with understanding. The expansion of understanding makes for anexpansion of trust, and reading widens the horizons of understanding. If one was to stepinto a public library and scan a computer listing, or go through a catalog under theheading Islam, he would discover enough titles to expand his understanding of Islamichistory and Islam. But, if he was to search under the heading Ismailism or Ismailis, hewould hardly come across a book written by an Ismaili author or published by an Ismailiinstitution that would open a door and invite him to examine the Tariqah (practices) orthe history of Ismailism, from inside out.Recently I came across two publications written in English, by Al-Waiz Abualy A.Aziz. Both of these books -- Ismaili Tariqah and A Brief History of Ismailism -- werepublished in Canada in 1985.Al-Waiz Abualy is the senior most Al-Waiz (missionary) who has devoted his entirelife propagating the Ismaili Tariqah (Ismailism) for and on behalf of the Aga Khan'sinternational institution for the propagation of faith and publication of religious literature.This institution is called "The Shia Imami Ismaili Tariqah and Religious EducationBoard." Al-Waiz Abualy is also the author of over a dozen books on the subjects of Ismaili faith and its history His favorite subjects are the esoteric aspects of Ismaili beliefsand the history of Ismaili Imams (Leaders) and Ismaili Pirs (Teachers - Dais),I have known Abualy since the early forties when I joined the "Recreation Club" inBombay India as a student missionary. Later the "Club" changed its name to "IsmailiaAssociation", and under the new Constitution promulgated recently by Karim Aga Khan,the Association is now known as 'The Shia Imami Ismaili and Religious EducationBoard". In effect, the so called "Club" has come out of its disguise. During the days whenI joined the Recreation Club as a mission student, Abualy was one of the youngestteachers to our group. I did not end up as a missionary propagating the Ismaili doctrinesbut I continued my research and studies.
Treat my Jamat psychologically
During the last forty years of my close association with the Ismaili community as anactive member of the Jamat (Community), I have studied the principles, practices andteachings of the Ismaili Tariqah from close quarters. As a past President of an IsmailiaCouncil I had the opportunity to observe the norms of leadership as well as conduction of Leadership Conventions and Conferences at all levels. One piece of advice that I receivedpersonally from the top authority was to treat my Jamat psychologically. I have watchedJamati leaders do exactly this. When the request was for desperately needed financialassistance, the Jamat was treated with the psychologically developed by the famousViennes physician Sigmund Freud. I have observed Ismaili preachers who would feed thecongregation with pep talks for days, when what was required were actual facts on the