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Imamat Day is an Ismaili religious observance celebrating the anniversary of the day the present, or Hazar, Imam came to the throne of Imamat. Of all the Shi'a subgroupings, it is only the Ismaili branch whose line of Imamat continues to the present day. The Imam of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims is The Aga Khan, and his Imamat day is the 11th day of July, an anniversary of the 11th day of July 1957.

It should be noted that the meaning of the term Imam in Shi'a Islam differs from its understanding in Sunni Islam. In Sunni Islam, the Imam is simply the person leading prayers at a particular place of worship, or a scholar. In Shi'a Islam, it is a singular position held by a member of Ahl-ul-Bayt as designated by Allah (God). Shia Imams believe that they provide guidance according to place and time and are seen as legatees of the authority of Muhammad. As such the concept of Imamat is specific to Shi'a Islam.




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