Over the past several weeks, Ismailis across Canada were brought together by the Jubilee Games Fanous, and in a few day’s time over 330 athletes and coaching staff from Canada will take in its glow in Dubai together with their brothers and sisters from around the world.
With the 2016 Jubilee Games just a few days away, Team Pakistan’s practice sessions are well underway. This video captures the rigour and passion with which the Pakistani athletes are training for the Games.
Over the past three months, the Team United Kingdom Jubilee Games Fanous has been on an epic journey across the continent, visiting jamats in Germany, Sweden and across the UK. Watch as UK athletes carry the Fanous to famous London landmarks on its way back to the Ismaili Centre, London.
The 2016 Jubilee Games Theme Song embodies the essence of the Jubilee Games for athletes, volunteers and spectators alike. The Jubilee Games Organising Team hopes the song will resonate with the global Jamat.
The Jubilee Games Fanous has reached every Jamatkhana in Kenya. It has travelled to cities, towns and villages, wildlife conservancies, and other notable places. This video highlights these travels, and the pride of the Kenyan Jamat!
On 14 June 2016, the light of the Jubilee Games shone from the top of Africa’s highest peak. A team of ten Tanzanians carried the Fanous up Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching the snowy Uhuru Peak at 5 895 metres above sea level.
Canada’s oldest humanities research, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, awarded Mawlana Hazar Imam an honorary degree for his service to humanity at a ceremony in Toronto on 20 May 2016.
The launch of Tanzania’s Fanous Roadshow in May was accompanied by a unique ceremony in which the fawanees of both Kenya and Tanzania came together in a symbolic demonstration of Ismaili brotherhood.
Ottawa, 17 May 2016 — This afternoon, Mawlana Hazar Imam was at Parliament Hill, where he received a warm welcome from the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. The pair met in the Prime Minister’s office at Centre Block.
Nairobi, 17 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam commissioned a state-of-the-art printing press for the Nation Media Group today, marking an important new milestone for the East African media house that he founded more than half a century ago. He also reaffirmed its critical role in what he described as a “post-fact society.”
Watch highlights of the Golden Jubilee Games and relive the exciting moments from 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya.
London, 4 February 2016 — Deploring the devastation in war-ravaged Syria, Mawlana Hazar Imam called for the establishment of “islands of stability” to provide areas of relative safety in the midst of conflict. Hazar Imam pledged $200 million towards achieving peace, stability, and reconstruction in the country.
As the year drew to a close, Ismaili Muslim athletes from across the Gulf region came together in Dubai to take part in the 2015 Gulf Games. The event was a qualifier for the Jubilee Games — also set to take place in Dubai later this year.
The halls of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris were filled with the mystical music of the Pamir mountains during a concert given by the Badakhshan Ensemble last month. Organised by the Ismaili Council for France in conjunction with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the performance captivated members of the Jamat.
Cambridge, MA, 13 November 2015 — For decades, technology and globalisation have been held up as a panacea for humanity’s ills. But although today’s world is now more connected than ever before, it has also become more fragmented.
Mawlana Hazar Imam sat down with Harvard University Professor Diana Eck for an on-stage conversation after delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard. Their dialogue explored many ways in which pluralism affects society and human development.
London, 22 October 2015 — Cultural heritage is a powerful tool that can be harnessed towards improving the quality of human life, says Mawlana Hazar Imam, which is a central objective of the Ismaili Imamat. He was speaking at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of ICOMOS — the International Council on Monuments and Sites.
This summer, 160 Ismaili students and volunteers gathered in Mombasa to take part in Global Encounters 2015. Now in its third year, the programme brought together youth and young professionals from 24 countries to renew a tradition of global citizenship and experience living as part of an international community.
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.