11 July 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam has graciously consented to marking the 60th year of his Imamat as the Diamond Jubilee. The news was announced on the occasion of Imamat Day by the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum and the national Ismaili Councils in Jamatkhanas around the world.
The Diamond Jubilee will be a celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s vision and tireless work, which have steered the Ismaili community through 60 years of sweeping changes in the global landscape at a scale that is unprecedented in history, and which has posed massive social, political and economic challenges.
Designated to be held between 11 July 2017 and 11 July 2018, the Diamond Jubilee year commemorates an epochal milestone of the Ismaili Imamat. It will be celebrated in keeping with the historic Jamati tradition of expressing shukrana — happiness and gratitude for the Imam’s benevolence, guidance and protection, as well as by reaffirming the Shia Ismaili Muslim ethic of contributing to social and human development, both within the Jamat and among the societies within which it lives.
A number of commemorative events are expected to take place to mark the Diamond Jubilee, and Mawlana Hazar Imam has also signalled his intention to visit as many Jamats as possible during the period.
Preparations for the celebratory period are beginning, and the Jamati institutions are expected to announce further details in due course.