News and events of significance to the global Ismaili community from Jamats in countries around the world.
Mawlana Hazar Imam delivered a keynote speech at the Athens Democracy Forum on 15 September 2015. Speaking on “the challenges facing democracy in our world,” Hazar Imam drew a link between the progress of democracy and improvement in the quality of human life.
Athens, 15 September 2015 — Democracy faces dire challenges in the world today, says Mawlana Hazar Imam. Its survival depends on how well it can deliver on a promise of human progress.
Ismaili athletes around the world are preparing to compete in the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai. Jamats in Canada and Tajikistan recently held National Sports Tournaments that serve as qualifiers for the international games, and other National Sports Tournaments are expected to get underway in the coming months.
The Canadian Games concluded on Sunday, 2 August 2015 with a closing ceremony held at Calgary’s BMO Centre and Stampede Corral.
The Prairies' ladies hockey team remembered their former coach Arif Khakoo in many ways.
The swim meet at the Canadian Ismaili Games turned out to be quite the family affair as siblings, parents and their children and even some spouses raced with and against each other.
Around the world there are approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims, who belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Their spiritual leader is the Aga Khan, who traces his ancestors directly back to the Prophet Muhammad. We spoke with him in Toronto.
An estimated crowd of over 2,000 from around the world gathered at Calgary’s Max Bell Centre to watch the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Ismaili Games.
The 2015 Canadian Ismaili Games are being held in Calgary, Alberta between 31 July – 3 August. Thousands of athletes, spectators and volunteers will converge on the city to compete, cheer and offer their service during the August long weekend.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies recently launched a major redesign of its website — www.iis.ac.uk. The updated site offers a complete new look and a smooth user experience that is compatible with desktop, tablet and mobile devices.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa have kindly shared photographs of Prince Irfan, their first child, who is pictured with his parents and grandfather, Mawlana Hazar Imam.
Lisbon, 3 June 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Portugal’s Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Rui Machete signed a landmark agreement today, for the establishment of a formal Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal.
Lisbon, 2 June 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Portugal this afternoon to sign a historic agreement between the Imamat and the Republic of Portugal.
Toronto, 28 May 2015 — The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism Annual Lecture. The event took place at the Aga Khan Museum in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and numerous Canadian dignitaries.
Toronto, 25 May 2015 — The Aga Khan Park was inaugurated by the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. During the ceremony they unveiled a ceremonial plaque to mark the occasion.
Toronto, 27 May 2015 — The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada will deliver the Global Centre for Pluralism Annual Lecture tomorrow. Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver the opening remarks.
Watch the live webcast of the event starting at 7:30 PM EDT (Toronto time).
Ottawa, 26 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to the Canadian capital today, where he met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Toronto, 25 May 2015 — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne inaugurated the Aga Khan Park this afternoon in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. The ceremony followed the signing of a historic Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat and the province earlier in the day.
Toronto, 25 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne signed a historic Agreement of Cooperation between the province and the Ismaili Imamat today. The agreement reflects the shared concerns of the Ismaili Imamat and the Government of Ontario for society’s most vulnerable populations, and a desire to support the advancement of people and collaborate in fields of mutual interest such as education.
Toronto, 24 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada today in advance of the Inauguration of the Aga Khan Park. Hazar Imam is accompanied during his visit by Prince Amyn and Prince Hussain.