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Soulful Garbi’s

Choghadia Volume 3 Part I & II
July 25, 2018
Choghadia Volume 3 Part I & II
July 25, 2018


Ginans are a vast collection consisting of several hundred Ginans which have been a central part of the religious life of the Nizari Ismaili community of the Indian Subcontinent that today resides in many countries around the world. The Nizari Ismailis of the Indian Subcontinent used the term to designate a special type of poetic composition: a composition whose authorship is attributed to Ismaili Pirs and Sayyids, or preachers, who came to the region as early as the eleventh century to teach the Ismaili interpretation of Islam. The earliest Pir to have preached in the subcontinent is Satgur Nur (or Nur Satgur). He is believed to have lived between the end of the eleventh century and the beginning of the twelfth century.

Pir Shams, who seems to have lived in the middle of the fourteenth century, composed many Ginans in Punjabi. A community of followers in Punjab called Shamsis, who had been practicing their faith in secret, came out as Ismailis in the twentieth century. Elsewhere a cycle of Ginans called garbis, lyrics set to dance, commemorates Pir Shams’s conversion of Hindu villagers in Gujarat, where he is said to have joined in their dance during the festival of navratri, and substituted his own words for theirs, thus teaching them the Ismaili interpretation of Islam.

Pir Shams, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
Dr Farhad Daftary, Dr Zulfikar Hirji, The Ismailis An Illustrated History, Azimuth Editions



  1. Zulfiqar Hooda says:

    One of yet another finest work!??

  2. Akbar Shamsi says:

    Plz Add more Ginans

  3. Yasmin R says:

    Thank you for such awesome work . What a wonderful resource to learn new ginans!!!

  4. Salima says:

    Mashallah !!
    Beautiful recital. Loved it.
    Love the app.
    Awesome way for us to connect with our faith in this busy world.
    May Mawla reward you all in abundance.

  5. Amirali says:

    Never knew there was any app for Ginans
    Love it. Thanks and Allah bless you all

  6. Abdullah Khetani says:

    Ya ali madad all, thank you so much maula BLESS you all

  7. Moosa barolia says:

    It is wonderful asset for present and future jamat all team of this mubark

  8. Great efforts by USA brothers and sisters and children in bringing about well recited collection of Grants and Garbis. Mubarak to all of you and May Mawla always be with you and Bless you for all dedicated services. Ameen.

  9. noreen says:

    please add urdu translation too. it will be helpful for many ismaili.

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