1Sahil B = ""I
have the great privilege of representing the Isma‘ili Imamat — this institution
which has stretched beyond borders for more than 1400 years … The Isma‘ili
Imamat is a supra-national entity, representing the succession of Imams since
the time of the Prophet…[Today] the Isma‘ilis are the only Shia community who, throughout
history, have been led by a living, hereditary Imam in direct descent from the
Prophet. The role of the Isma‘ili Imam is a spiritual one; his
authority is that of religious interpretation. It is not a political role. I do
not govern any land. At the same time,
Islam believes fundamentally that the spiritual and material worlds are
inextricably connected."Reference: Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni, Aga Khan IV, "Address to
Both Houses of the Parliament of Canada in the House of Commons Chamber
(Ottawa, Canada)," NanoWisdoms Archive RSS, Accessed May 08, 2016, http://www.nanowisdoms.org/nwblog/10724/.
Emphasis added. "