EVER since the time of my ancestor ALI, the first IMAM, that is to say over a period of thirteen hundred years, it has always been the tradition of our family that each Imam chooses his successor at his absolute and unfettered discretion from amongst any of his descendants whether they be sons or remoter male issue …

Appointment of Successor

8. EVER since the time of my ancestor ALI the first IMAM that is to say over a period of some thirteen hundred years it has always been the tradition of our family that each Imam chooses his successor at his absolute and unfettered discretion from amongst any of his descendants whether they be sons or remoter male issue {(notwithstanding that under Shia Muslim Law the issue of a son is not an heir if there be a son alive)} (1) and in these circumstances {and in view of the fundamentally altered conditions} (2) in the world in very recent years due to the great changes which have taken place including the discoveries of atomic science I am convinced that it is in the best interests of the Shia Muslim Ismailian Community that I should be succeeded by a young man who has been brought up and developed during recent years and in the midst of the new age and who brings a new outlook on life to his office as Imam. For these reasons and although he is not now one of my heirs, I APPOINT my grandson KARIM, the son of my son ALY SALOMONE KHAN to succeed to the title of AGA KHAN and to be the Imam and Pir of all my Shia Ismailian followers and should my said grandson KARIM predecease me then I APPOINT his brother AMYN MOHAMED the second son of my son ALY SALOMONE KHAN as my successor to the Imamate. I desire that my successor shall during the first seven years of his Imamate be guided on questions of general Imamate policy by my said wife YVETTE called Yve BLANCHE LABROUSSE the Begum Aga Khan who has been familiar for many years with the problems facing my followers and in whose wise judgement I place the greatest confidence. {I warn my successor to the Imamate never to do anything during his Imamate that would reduce the responsibility of the Imam for the maintenance of the true Shia Imami Ismaili faith as developed historically from the time of my ancestor ALI the founder until my own.} (1) (Capitalisation original.)

Settlement of Differences

22. IT is my most earnest prayer to all my heirs and other persons interested in my estate after my death that if any difference of opinion should at any time arise between them as regards any of my property whatsoever or as to the ownership character value of otherwise of the same or as to the meaning or true interpretation of anything contained in my Will or any Codicil thereto such persons shall on no account have resort to any Court of Law whatever. If they cannot by discussion and mutual concession if necessary settle any such point of dispute then I earnestly beg them to submit the case to arbitration. (Capitalisation original.)

His Highness the Aga Khan III

NOTES

  1. Clause 8: Passages not shown in Frischauer’s ‘The Aga Khans’ but only as ellipses; their text was obtained from a private source.
  2. Clause 8: Passage shown in Frischauer’s ‘The Aga Khans’ but not in the copy obtained from a private source.
  3. Clause 22: Obtained from a private source.
  4. Headings added by NanoWisdoms

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