July 17, 1917 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III wrote a letter to 'the Times', London, in defence of Lord Hardinge, printed on 23 July 1917. He spoke of the Indian admiration for Lord Hardinge, the attacks made on him by the press, the role of Indian soldiers in World War I and Lord Hardinge's resignation. ( 522)
Two assassination attempts by Germans were made on Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III's life. A bomb was thrown at him in Lucerne, Switzerland and his coffee was also poisoned. However the bomb failed to go off and Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III never drank the coffee.
April 1916 - The King-Emperor of Britain bestowed the rank of a First Class Prince of the Bombay Presidency together with a salute of 11 guns on Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III.
1915 December 8, 1915 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III gave a speech at a meeting held in memory of Sir Pherozeshah Mehta in London. Source: 'the Times of India', Bombay, 8 January 1916. 'This attitude of Sir Pherozeshah Mehta conformed to the principles he applied throughout his public life. Amid the storm and stress of years of political activity, he never departed from the spirit of his confession of faith as President of the sixth session of the Indian National Congress at Calcutta in 1890.' ( 512)
November 2, 1914 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III sent a message to the Indian Muslims on Turkish entry into the War. It was printed in 'the Times', London, 4 November 1914.
Thousands of Muslims are fighting for their sovereigns already and all men must see that Turkey has not gone to war for the cause of Islam or for the defence of her independence. Thus our only duty as Muslims, now, is to remain loyal, faithful, and obedient to our temporal and secular allegiance. ( 510)
October 1, 1914 London, a meeting of the Indian Volunteers Committee was held at the Polytechnic, Regent Street. Mr. M.K. Gandhi, the Chairman of the Committee in his opening remarks, announced that Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III had just handed him a cheque for 200 pounds to be used for providing extra comfort for the corps at the front.
February 13, 1914 -Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III was given a grand reception by the leaders of the Indian communities residing in Burma at the Jubilee Hall at approximately 5 p.m. The Honourable U. Hpay was voted to the chair, and he started the proceedings. The address of welcome was read by U. May Oung (which was later printed in the 'The Rangoon Gazette,' on February 16). The address was then enclosed in a silver casket surmounted by a golden peacock and was then presented to Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III.
February 6, 1914 (Friday) - Morning: Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III, on board the Arankola, arrived in Rangoon in the morning with his personal staff; Mr. Allibhoy Mohammad. He was met at the port with Reception Committee and the dignitaries of both the Ismaili Communities as well as Government dignitaries, and Muslim elders.
February 6, 1914 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III was present at a reception where he gave a reply to an address of Welcome by the Muslim Community of Burma. This address was printed in 'The Rangoon Gazette,' on February 9, 1914.
Among other important issues, Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah talked about the importance of education in Burma, his resignation form the Presidency of the All India Muslim League, 'national College' at Aligarh, the sufferings of Muslims in Tripoli, the Balkans and Persia, the relationship between Hindus and Muslims,
Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III visited Burma and advised his followers on social and cultural assimilation with the Burmese and to adopt Burmese names, customs and habits.
1914 January - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III wrote an article 'The Indian Muslim Outlook' which was published in the 'The Edinburgh Review' - Edinburgh, London January 1914.
He wrote about restlessness among Muslims, an alleged Pan-Islamic agitation, recent press reports from India, the need for a strong and stable Turkish Government, independence in Persia and other important issues.
Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III attended the Muslim League Conference at Lahore and was received with a rousing welcome.
Aga Khan III speaks at a meeting held to protest against the treatment of Indians in South Africa - 1913-12-10Posted March 17th, 2009 by heritage
December 10, 1913 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III gave a speech at a meeting held to protest against the treatment of Indians in South Africa. It was published in 'the Times of India', Bombay, 17 December 1913.
He talked about the calamities in South Africa and how Britain would not have tolerated similar treatment to Englishmen, the elementary human injustice and proposed a conference to solve the problems of Indians in East Africa.
Aga Khan III writes to Sayyid Ammer Ali, announcing his resignation from the All India Muslim League Presidentship - 1913-11-02Posted March 17th, 2009 by heritage
November 2, 1913 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III sent a letter to Sayyid Ammer Ali, announcing his resignation from the All India Muslim League Presidentship.
In the resignation, Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah gave reasons for his decision:
Sayyid Ammer Ali retiring from the Presidentship of the London Branch of All India Muslim League - 1913-07-14Posted March 17th, 2009 by heritage
On 31 October 1913, 'The Times' had announced that Sayyid Ammer Ali was retiring from the Presidentship of the London Branch of All India Muslim League.
July 14, 1913 - London: Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III gave a speech at the 5th Annual Meeting of the London Muslim League. He spoke of the Indian Muslim youth in England, relations between Turkey and Britain, Muslim solidarity, the importance of education, relations between different races in India, potential influence of sports and the leaders of the future.
Aga Khan III gives evidence before the Royal Commission on the Public Services in India - 1913-03-03Posted March 17th, 2009 by heritage
March 3, 1913 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III gave evidence before the Royal Commission on the Public Services in India. He spoke of his views on the Indian Civil Service, bringing Sanskrit and Arabic on the same level as Greek and Latin, encouraging Persian literature, Indian administration and Indian history and the advantages of teaching Englishmen oriental culture, among other such topics. ( 416)
February 23, 1913 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III gave a speech at a Function in Honour of the Deputation of the Hindu University on the necessity of having Hindu Universities in India. He gave reminder of his own suggestion for two Hindu universities twelve years ago, a room for movement of intellectual variety. He said that he hoped that new universities would be able to produce eminent literary men.
February 13, 1913 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III wrote an article printed in 'The Times of India', Bombay, 14 February 1913, and a brief summary was also printed in 'The Times', London.
December 1912 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III sent a cablegram to the Rajah of Mahmudabad, appealing the Indian Muslims to help the refugees of the Balkan War. It was printed in 'The Times of India', Bombay, 9 December 1912.