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Golden Jubilee of Mowlana Sultan Muhammad 1936-01-19

The Golden Jubilee celebrations of our 48th Holy Imam Shah Sultan Muhammad Shah were brought forward by two days to Sunday 19th January 1936 instead of 21st January as planned before due to the news of the ill-health of King George of England. The weighing ceremony was held at Hasanabad complex in Bombay named after our 46th Imam Aga Hasan Ali Shah. An estimated 40,000 people attended this golden weighing ceremony

AKU releases findings of Pakistan’s largest vaccine survey 2021-07-15

TPVICS Full Immunization Coverage

The largest-ever survey of routine immunisation coverage across Pakistan has found that 76.1 per cent of children under the age of 2 years have received the full course of vaccinations recommended by Pakistan’s government.

Of the remaining children, more than 1 in every 6, or 17.7 per cent, have been partially vaccinated while 5.9 per cent of under 2s have never been vaccinated, according to results from The Third-Party Verification Immunization Coverage Survey, TPVICS.

H.H. The Aga Khan & Prince Rahim were received at the Hotel de Matignon for a meeting with French P.M.Jean Castex 2021-07-13

His Highness the Aga Khan and Prince Rahim  met with Jean Castex, Prime Minister of France at Hotel Matignon

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Rahim were received at the Hotel de Matignon for a meeting with French Prime Minister Jean Castex earlier today, to discuss areas of collaboration between the French government and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Statement by the Prime Minister on Imamat Day

His Highness The Aga Khan IV in 1957 picture

OTTAWA, ON , July 11, 2021 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Imamat Day:

"Today on Imamat Day, we join Ismaili Muslims in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the accession of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV as the 49th hereditary Imam – spiritual leader – of Shia Ismaili Muslims. This year, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, people will mark this day a bit differently with loved ones at home, but as always, with immense joy.

Statement by Minister Chagger on Imamat Day

His Highness The Aga Khan IV

Sun, July 11, 2021, 10:00 AM·2 min read
Ismaili Muslims in Canada and around the world celebrate Imamat Day today.

OTTAWA, ON, July 11, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims from Canada and around the world will celebrate Imamat Day, marking the 64th anniversary of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV becoming the 49th hereditary Imam and spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. His Highness succeeded his grandfather, the Aga Khan III, on July 11, 1957.


Meritocracy applies to institutions, to countries. I have been concerned at whether our institutions would themselves become meritocratic, and if they were going to become meritocratic....I hope that as time goes by, you will be more and more demanding upon yourselves, upon your institutions, more and more eager to bring competence and knowledge and wisdom and understanding from generation after generation into these institutions.


In your high intellectual world many of you are fortunate to have the time to reflect on the great aspects of Prophet Mohammed's life. It is a blessing that many a Muslim would wish for, but due to circumstances beyond his control, indeed the very nature of modern life, he can


My Jamat will be aware of the innovative work undertaken by the Aga Khan University in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. These efforts, alongside those of all other Imamat and Jamati institutions globally, are worthy of the highest admiration, and I convey my special loving blessings to all my spiritual children who, in the capacity of either healthcare professionals or volunteers, continue to spare no effort in providing treatment, care, and support to my Jamat.


Two recent events of special happiness for me as Imam-of-the-Time are the granting of the Charter to the Aga Khan University by the Kenyan government, and the first convocation of the University of Central Asia, which was established through an Ismaili Imamat treaty with the governments of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. I hope that my Jamat will share in my happiness and that, together, we will continue to make good progress in developing new institutions and programmes for excellence in higher education and research.

Talika Mubarak of Mawlana Hazar Imam on occasion if Imamat Day 2021-07-11

Mawlana Hazar Imam

9th July 2021

My dear spiritual children,

On the occasion of Imamat Day, the 11th of July 2021, I send my warmest and most affectionate paternal maternal loving blessings to all my beloved spiritual children throughout the world.

I give my best loving blessings for the souls of all my ruhani spiritual children, and I pray that their souls may rest in eternal peace.

Imamat Day Mubarak

First Coronation of our beloved 49th Holy Imam was held in DaresSalaam, Tanzania on October 19, 1957

In His Last Will and Testament, our 48th Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah appointed "Karim, the son of my son" to be the Imam and Pir of all Ismailis

All-weather road built by AKRSP promises Baroghil valley’s development 2021-06-30

A newly-built suspension bridge in Baroghil valley. — Dawn

CHITRAL: The residents of Baroghil valley in Chitral region insist that the recent construction of an all-weather road to Baroghil promises the development of the underdeveloped valley in the country’s northernmost region.

According to them, basic facilities are largely unavailable to them as the valley remains inaccessible for seven months of the year due to harsh weather conditions.

The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme recently built the 32km road with four suspension bridges at the cost of Rs102.28 million. It provides all-weather access to the valley.

Obasanjo in Kabul to discuss peace, stability in Afghanistan (with AKDN participation) 2021-07-05

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, arrived Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, to hold discussions on promoting peace and
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, arrived Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, to hold discussions on promoting peace and stability in the south Asian country.

The ex-president is said to have held discussions with Sheherzade Hijri, ambassador of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), and other diplomatic representatives.

Mansoor Khan, ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan, confirmed the development via a tweet on his official handle on Monday.

Audio of Speech by Hazar Imam at the banquet held in his honour in Vancouver 1978-11-14

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Audio of Speech by Hazar Imam at the banquet held in his honour in Vancouver


It was Canada which opened her arms to receive them, to succour them and to give them a new home and a new country. None of us will ever forget that wonderful gesture of spontaneous goodwill by the government and people of Canad

Speech by Hazar Imam at a Banquet held in his honour in Vancouver 1978-11-14

Photograph of Shah Karim al-Hussayni, The Aga Khan IV sitting with Tourism Minister Grace McCarthy at a banquet in his honour, h

November 14, 1978

Your Excellencies, Your Worship, Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen.

In more senses than one, the sun has shone on this, our first formal visit to British Columbia and to its beautiful capital, Vancouver. My wife and I have traveled extensively in recent years and I can honestly say that I cannot recollect any country nor any city which has welcomed us so warmly, so kindly and so generously as Vancouver. (applause)


In Islam, the Holy Quran offers explicit direction to share resources beyond one?s requirements, and to care for the poor and those in need. The injunction to service is the ethical underpinning of the work of the Aga Khan Development Network. It drives its efforts to build the intellectual capital and institutions needed to address the problems of our world today. An example is the Global Centre for Pluralism which we have recently founded in partnership with the Government of Canada.

Shipping, trade and crusade in the medieval Mediterranean

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  2012
Authors  Ruthy Gertwagen and Elizabeth Jeffreys
Publisher  Ashgate publishing limited
Key Words  Fatimid; Mediterranean; Europe; Mecca Madina

Culture and memory in the medieval Islam

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  2003
Authors  Ismail K Poonawala
Editor  Farhad Daftary and Josef W. Meri
Key Words  Islam; Al-Qadi Al-Numan; Dawa; Fatimid

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