News & Events
News and events of significance to the global Ismaili community from Jamats in countries around the world.
Kabul, 29 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was in the capital of Afghanistan to witness the inauguration of the new president, Dr Muhammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, and the swearing in of the Chief Executive, Dr Abdullah Abdullah. Dignitaries from around the world attended the event, which marked a new era of National Unity Government in Afghanistan.
Toronto, 19 September 2014 — Ismaili Muslims from across the city gathered to attend Jamatkhana for the first time at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. It was a particularly happy and emotional occasion, especially for the Jamat who live in the Don Mills area and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Toronto, 10 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada this afternoon, ahead of the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. The occasion, to be marked by two separate ceremonies, will take place on Friday. Full coverage, including a live webcast of both opening ceremonies will be provided on TheIsmaili.org.
Toronto, 12 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper presided over the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto today.
Toronto, 12 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper presided over the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.
Toronto, 5 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Friday, 12 September. The occasion will be marked by two separate ceremonies, followed by a reception at the Aga Khan Museum.
Chicago, 28 August 2014 – This Labour Day weekend, Ismaili Muslims from across Canada and the United States will gather in Chicago for the inaugural North American Ismaili Games. An expected 1 300 athletes will compete in 12 sports, making the event the largest Ismaili sports tournament ever staged in North America.
Toronto, 18 August 2014 – The Aga Khan Museum announced today that it will open its doors to the public on Thursday, 18 September. The announcement also coincided with the launch of the museum’s website.
London, 22 July 2014 – British Muslims and friends of the community gathered at West London Jamatkhana yesterday evening, where the Ismaili Muslim community hosted an Iftar dinner. The fast-breaking meal was part of The Big Iftar, an initiative of the Government of the United Kingdom to promote neighborliness and strengthen community relations by sharing a meal.
Princess Zahra visited India and Bangladesh in June to review progress in the redevelopment of Prince Aly Khan Hospital and the surrounding Aga Hall estate, and to take part in celebrating the silver jubilee of the Aga Khan School in Dhaka. She also met with leaders and members of the Jamat in both countries.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with the 2013 Gold Medal – their highest honour – in a ceremony that took place at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa on 27 November 2013. The event received wide coverage, including a special edition issue of the Canadian Architect magazine.
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.
Toronto, 29 May 2014 – At the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mawlana Hazar Imam gave a keynote speech this morning at a summit on the global fight to improve maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries. The gathering, brought together world leaders to focus on reducing the preventable deaths of newborns, mothers and children under the age of five.
António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism’s third Annual Pluralism Lecture in Ottawa on 29 May 2014.
RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat opened recently in Nairobi. First launched in 2008 in Paris, the exhibition – a Golden Jubilee International Programme – offers glimpses from the life of Mawlana Hazar Imam, the first fifty years of his Imamat and the immense scope and work of Aga Khan Development Network institutions around the world.
An event hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai by the Aga Khan Museum and the Embassy of Canada to the United Arab Emirates offered a preview of what will be the first museum in North America dedicated to the Islamic arts and cultures. Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak al-Nahyan applauded the Museum’s goal to showcase diversity of Muslim societies and foster greater understanding amongst peoples of different backgrounds.
London, United Kingdom – Leaders and members of the Ismaili community in the United Kingdom were invited to mark Navroz at the Houses of Parliament in March. The event was attended by Secretaries of State, Ministers, Peers, Heads of Mission and Members of Parliament.
AKDN, FOCUS and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December that aims to reduce loss of life from man-made and natural disasters. The MOU builds on the Agreement of Cooperation that has been in place between the Ismaili Imamat and the State of California since 2009.
Ottawa, 27 February 2014 – Mawlana Hazar Imam delivered a historic address to the Parliament of Canada today. This extended video includes Hazar Imam and his family arriving at Parliament Hill, his meeting with the Prime Minister and the signing of the protocol agreement between the Ismaili Imamat and Canada.
Dar es Salaam, 8 February 2014 – RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat was inaugurated at Diamond Jubilee Hall today by the Prime Minister of Tanzania, the Right Honourable Mizengo Peter Pinda. A Golden Jubilee International Programme depicting the first 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, the photographic exhibition also coincides with the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Union of Tanganika and Zanzibar.