Daily Topic for April 18, 2012
Here Jesus answered the question, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (v. 6). He said that the times and the dates for His return are known only by the Father. We don’t know when this will happen. But when Jesus returns, there will finally be peace and justice. Christ’s return won’t be about the political ambitions of Israel or any other nation state, but about the reign of God. The God of justice will be firmly in charge, and no one will be able to stand in His way.
Pray that Ismaili Muslims will understand and embrace the King of Kings, and the kingdom of God.
There are about 15 million Shi’ite Muslim Ismailis who live in India, Pakistan, Central Asia, China, East Africa, Europe, and North America. They are united in allegiance to a spiritual leader, Imam Karim Aga Khan IV, who is a direct descendant of Imam Ali, the son-in-law and the man they claim is the successor to Mohammed. Other Muslims often reject them because of their unusual religious beliefs.
Ismailis are usually highly successful in business, wealthy, and prominent in communities. But some of them have taken a different direction. Among them is Yasim Alibhai-Brown, an Ismaili woman who is a prominent journalist and author in London. She and her family were driven out of Uganda by the Idi Amin regime in 1972. Her family made their way to London. Yasim never felt completely accepted there because of her ethnicity. Ms Alibhai-Brown has focused her energies on fighting racism in the U.K., sometime to the point of being excessively politically correct, according to her critics. Most can agree that her controversial views make reading more interesting for Londoners.
Ismailis are known for their willingness to participate in religious discussions with Christians, Jews, and people of other faiths.
Pray that believers in London and beyond will gain the confidence of Ismailis, and through their personal lives, lead them to an understanding of the Living God and His great gifts awaiting them.