Mawlana Hazar Imam completed his 50th year as the Imam of the Ismaili community on 11 July 2007. Fifty years ago, at the age of 20, he succeeded his grandfather, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
As part of the commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee, Hazar Imam made official visits to countries around the world. In addition to recognising the friendship and longstanding support of leaders of state, government and other partners in the work of the Ismaili Imamat, Mawlana Hazar Imam granted some 26 Golden Jubilee Darbars to the worldwide Jamat.
A number of International Programmes were launched as part of the commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee. The programmes addressed themes such as heritage, culture, devotional music and physical well-being, while promoting Jamati unity and worldwide collaboration.