Toronto, October 2, 2015 — His Excellency Sirodjidin Aslov, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Dr Zafar Adeel, Director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, Ahmad Saidmurodov, Assistant to the Tajik Foreign Minister and Idibek Kalandrov, Head of the Organizations Department of the Tajik Foreign Ministry visited the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Park and the Aga Khan Museum.
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.
Mawlana Hazar Imam delivered a keynote speech at the Athens Democracy Forum on 15 September 2015.
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.
When the Ismaili Muslim community in the United States was invited to assist with the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, the Jamat embraced the opportunity. Volunteers took on numerous roles, including hosting the delegation of athletes and coaches from Bangladesh.
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.
TheIsmaili.org spoke with the Honorable Halim Dhanidina, an Ismaili who recently became the first Muslim superior court judge in the state of California. Against a landscape of sensitivities and misperceptions surrounding Islam in America and abroad, Judge Dhanidina offers a clear perspective on what it takes to keep justice fair.
Dhaka, 30 July 2015 — Government leaders and members of the diplomatic corps joined AKDN staff and volunteers for an Imamat Day reception at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre. The event also marked the first anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the AKDN Resident Representative in Bangladesh.
Thousands of Ismailis gathered in Calgary during the first weekend of August to take part in the 2015 Canadian Ismaili Games. The athletic calibre and success of the event fueled aspirations for golden glory on the international stage.
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.
"Generosity is part of our faith and so it’s an ethical principle for all of us, whether you’re Shia or Sunni. ... So that’s intrinsic in the nature of faith for us. I mean, the basic premise for the wealthy is you use what you need to live in a dignified manner. What you don’t need, you share."
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.
Athletes and spectators from across Canada will be in Calgary over the August long weekend for the 2015 Canadian Ismaili Games. Organisers are expecting record numbers at the Canadian qualifier event for the 2016 Jubilee 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.
Thousands of visitors came out to see the Pan Am flame light up the Aga Khan Park at its inaugural event held on 5 July. Reflections — Celebrating our Cultures and Communities united the spirit of the Pan Am Games with a Silk Road theme.
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.
London, 20–21 July 2015 — Life Stories Inc, a musical theatrical production, previewed at The Ismaili Centre, London. The large, dynamic production, featuring a cast of over 30 talented actors, singers, dancers and musicians, was a sell out event.