Hafizi Isma'ilism

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The Hafizi Ismaili or Majidi was a branch of Mustaali Ismailism that believed that the current ruler of the Fatimid Caliphate after the reign of Al-Amir Bi-Ahkamillah, Al-Hafiz was also the Imam of the Time as well as his descendants. The Hafizi sect disappeared completely after the collapse of the Fatimid Caliphate in 567 AH/1171 CE as they joined the Taiyabi sect. The sect was suppressed by the Ayyubid Dynasty that had overthrown the Fatimid Dynasty. The Hafizi sect had followers in Yemen in the form of the Zurayids and the Hamdanids (Yemen). [1]

List of Hafizi Musta'li Ismaili Imams[edit]

1. Hasan ibn Ali (661–669)

2. Husayn ibn Ali (669–680)

3. Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin (680–713)

4. Muhammad al-Baqir (713–733)

5. Ja'far al-Sadiq (733–765)

6. Isma'il ibn Jafar (765 - 775)

7. Muhammad ibn Isma'il (775-813)

8. Ahmad al-Wafi, died 829, Da'i and "hidden Imam", son of Muhammad ibn Isma'il according to Fatimid Isma'ili tradition

9. Muhammad at-Taqi, died 840, Da'i and "hidden Imam"

10. Abdullah ar-Radi (al-Zaki), died 909, Da'i and "hidden Iman"

11. Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah, died 934, Da'i who openly declared himself as Imam, 1st Fatimid Caliph

12. Al-Qa'im bi-Amr Allah, died 946, 2nd Fatimid Caliph

13. Al-Mansur Billah, died 953, 3rd Fatimid Caliph

14. Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah, died 975, 4th Fatimid Caliph

15. Abu Mansur Nizar Al-Aziz Billah, died 996, 5th Fatimid Caliph

16. Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 6th Fatimid Caliph, disappeared 1021. The Druze believe in the divinity of all Imams and split off after Hakim's disappearance, believed by them to be the occultation of the Mahdi.

17. Ali az-Zahir, died 1036, 7th Fatimid Caliph

18. Al-Mustansir Billah, died 1094, 8th Fatimid Caliph.

19. Ahmad al-Musta'li Billah, died 1101, 9th Fatimid Caliph, son of Al-Mustansir Billah

20. Al-Amir bi-Ahkam Allah, died 1103, 10th Fatimid Caliph

Al-Hafiz is the son of Abul Qasim Muhammad a son of Al Mustansirbillah and an uncle of Al Musta'alibillah.

21. Abul-Maymun Abdul Majeed Al-Hafiz Li-Dinillah, b. c1076 - 1149 CE

22. Abu Mansur Ismail Az-Zafir Bi-Amr-Allah, b. 1133 – 1154 CE

23. Abul-Qasim Isa Al-Faiz Bi-Nasr-Allah, b. 1149 - 1160 CE

24. Abu Muhammad Abdullah Al-Adid Li-Dinillah bin Yusuf, b. 1149 - 1171 CE, Grandson of Al Hafiz-li-dinillah, Yusuf was the son of Al Hafiz-li-dinillah. Died imprisoned in the Fatimid palace in Cairo under Saladin

25. Daud Al-Hamid-lil-lah, d. 1207 CE. Died in prison under the Ayyubid dynasty.

26. Sulayman Badruddin, d. 1248 CE without issue. Died in prison under the Ayyubid dynasty. The last Imam of the Hafizi Ismailis.

The Hafizi sect lived on into the 14th century CE with adherents in Northern Egypt and Syria but had died out by the 15th century CE.

History, Shia Islam and, Hafizi[edit]

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See also[edit]


  • Barber, Malcolm (1994). The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-42041-5.
  • Daftary, Farhad (1998). A Short History of the Ismā'īlīs. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  1. ^ "The Institute of Ismaili Studies" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2014-10-31.