Haldi (turmeric). Photo: MGP / Dollar Photo Club
Share a Smile is an initiative of the Ismaili Muslim community in the United Kingdom to help those in need during the month of Ramadan. Photo: Shokatali Ismail
Princess Zahra cuts a cake in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Aga Khan School, Dhaka on 5 June 2014. Photo: Saad Bin Hossain
Organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Ontario, the Premier Cup cricket tournament was part of a wider community effort to support the development of the sport in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park, Toronto neighbourhoods that are home to large South Asian immigrant communities. Photo: Courtesy of Ismaili Council for Ontario
Even when fasting,  regular dietary recommendations should be followed. Continue trying to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day. Photo: Rahima Alani

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From the archive

July 2012

Mawlana Hazar Imam signs AKDN agreement with East African Community

Arusha, 18 July 2012 — Mawlana Hazar Imam signed an agreement with the East African Community (EAC) today, that will strengthen and broaden cooperation between the Aga Khan Development Network and the EAC in the areas of economic, social and cultural development throughout East Africa. The agreement highlights the need for improvements in education and healthcare, including efforts to promote the expansion of the Aga Khan University as a regional university for East Africa.

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Send an Eid ul-Fitr eCard greeting!

Send an Eid eCard to your friends and family. Photo: TheIsmaili.org

TheIsmaili.org is pleased to offer its Eid ul-Fitr greeting eCard service. Choose from several unique designs, and send your eCard to multiple friends at a time. Visit ecard.TheIsmaili.org to get started!

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VIDEO: Shared humanity a source of strength, says Mawlana Hazar Imam upon receiving the North-South prize

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with the 2013 North-South Prize by the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Photo: TheIsmaili / José Manuel Boavida Caria

Lisbon, 12 June 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and human rights activist Suzanne Jabbour were awarded the Council of Europe’s 2013 North-South Prize today. The prize was presented by the President of Portugal, His Excellency Aníbal Cavaco Silva, at a ceremony held in the Senate Hall of the Portuguese Parliament.

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Absence of pluralism forcing millions to flee, says António Guterres

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres delivers the 2014 Annual Pluralism Lecture at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo: Courtesy of the Global Centre for Pluralism

The growing diversity of populations in countries around the world is a fact, according to António Guterres, yet for some it is a source of discomfort. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shared his perspective in the Global Centre for Pluralism’s 2014 Annual Pluralism Lecture that he delivered last week in Ottawa.

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Together with Canadians, Ismailis making a difference for mothers and children

A mother brings her infant for a check-up at one of 18 facilities supported by the Aga Khan Health Services in Rushan, Tajikistan. Photo: AKDN / Jean-Luc Ray

Providing expectant mothers and newborns the highest quality of care, and giving children the best start in life is part of a value system that Ismaili Muslims have practiced for generations. In partnership with government, civil society, friends, and neighbours, the community is leveraging strong institutional foundations in Africa and Asia to make a meaningful difference.

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World champion Ismaili athlete from Tajikistan hopes to translate success into better sport facilities for his country

Arthur Odilbekov, 2012 World Champion in Pankration, competes inside the octagon (the arena of combat). Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Odilbekov

Arthur Odilbekov of Tajikistan has been a determined athlete all of his life. He has won numerous tournaments on the Russian national stage in and internationally in various martial arts. With the 2012 World Championship in Pankration under his belt, he wants to see more training facilities and opportunities for Tajiks to pursue sport careers at home.

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Upon his arrival in Bishkek to attend the inauguration of President Almazbek Atambaev, Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed with a traditional bread ceremony. The Kyrgyz Minister of Education and Science, Kanat Sadykov, received Hazar Imam at the airport.

Upon his arrival in Bishkek to attend the inauguration of President Almazbek Atambaev, Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed with a traditional bread ceremony. The Kyrgyz Minister of Education and Science, Kanat Sadykov, received Hazar Imam at the airport.


A montage of the buildings, gardens, and detailed architecture of the Ismaili Centres in Burnaby, Dubai, Dushanbe, Lisbon, and London.

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