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Architect Bruno Freschi describes to Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, how the Ismaili Centre,

Your Excelency,
The Honourable Senator Perrault,

The Honourable Mrs. Grace McCarthy,

Deputy Premier of British Columbia,

Your worship The Mayor of Burnaby,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Today is a particularly significant and, indeed, happy occasion for the Ismaili Community in Canada and for my wife and for me.

I am most grateful to, Yoour Exelency, the Lieutenant Governor, for honouring us with Your presence and for performing the Foundation Ceremony of the Burnaby Jamat Khana.

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan at the World Mountain Forum UNESCO, Paris 2000-06-05

Hazar Imam at the UNESCO 2000 Conference is Paris 2005-06-05

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to address this inaugural session of the World Mountain Forum.

I am especially happy that the Ismaili Imamat has been given the opportunity to participate in a Forum organised by and for all those concerned with the difficulties facing the populations of mountain regions, and to share lessons that have been learnt, to exchange mutual experience and advice, to better identify the problems that exist, and to try, as part of a joint effort, to propose new and more efficient solutions.

Imam Shah Ismail

Our 6th Holy Imam Shah Ismail reigned for 10 years from A.H. 148 to 158. He was also known as "Al Maktoum". His mother's name was Fatimah. She was also known as Husayni. During Imam Shah Ismail the Imamat moved from Arabia to Salamiya in Syria

A new airline in Mali 2005-02-25

Celestair, the regional airline, connects a growing number of underserved destinations in West Africa.

Bamako, Mali, 25 February 2005 - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), which forms part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), will boost the commercial aviation sector in West Africa with the creation of a new national airline in partnership with the Mali government and private investors.

Kampala Serena hotel will spur tourism investment 2004-11-02

Hazar Imam with President Museveni of Uganda at the inauguration of the Kampala Serena  2006-10-10

Kampala, Uganda, 11 February 2004 – Serena Tourism Promotion Services (a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development) has signed a thirty-year lease concession agreement with the Government of Uganda and agreed to invest US$18 million investment for extensive refurbishment and upgrading of the former Nile Hotel which will re-open in September 2005 as the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan at the Official opening of the Kampala Serena hotel

His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the opening ceremony of the Kampala Serena hotel. 2006-11-10


Your Excellency President Museveni of the Republic of Uganda
The Right Honourable Prime Minister
Honourable Ministers
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguished Guests

What an immense privilege it is to be present at this great beginning - the inauguration of what has instantly become one of Africa's finest hotels, the Kampala Serena. And what a joy it is to share in this moment with all of you - the people who made it possible.

If you travel the developing world, you see poverty is the driver of tragic despair

If you travel the developing world, you see poverty is the driver of tragic despair, and there is the possibility that any means out will be taken,” he says in a telephone interview from Paris. By assisting the poor through business, he says, “we are developing protection against extremism

Do Business and Islam Mix? Ask Him

The Aga Khan congratulating graduates of a midwife training course in Afghanistan that was sponsored by the Aga Khan Development

HE is a moderate Muslim religious leader and a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He is also a twice-married jet-setter, and he owns hundreds of racehorses, valuable stud farms, an exclusive yacht club on Sardinia and a lavish estate near Paris.

He has poured money into poorer, neglected parts of the world, often into businesses as basic as making fish nets, plastic bags and matches, while also teaming up with private-equity powerhouses like the Blackstone Group on a huge $750 million hydroelectric system in Uganda.

Aga Khan's Global Centre for Pluralism moves into heritage digs after decade of delays 2017-01-30

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, congratulates the Aga Khan after his address to Parliament in 2014. The spiritual leader's

A think-tank founded by the Aga Khan with $30 million from taxpayers has finally moved into a prime heritage building in Ottawa 10 years after the federal government gave it a 99-year lease.

The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) pays the federal government $1 a year to use the building at 330 Sussex Dr., formerly the Canadian War Museum. The agreement also allows the GCP to lease out office space in the building at commercial rates.

And it already has a tenant: the Royal Canadian Mint, a Crown corporation.

Aga Khan gives £27m to Chantilly restoration 2005-03-03

Hazar Imam with Prince Amyn Agakhan at Chateau de Chantilly  2005-03-03

The Aga Khan is to donate €40m (£27.4m) of his fortune to help restore France's largest privately owned estate, which includes a park, a Renaissance chateau, a racecourse and the biggest classical art collection in the country outside the Louvre.
The billionaire businessman and racehorse owner, who is a British citizen, will provide more than half of a €70m fund set up with the French state, the Institut de France - which owns the magnificent but badly decayed Chantilly estate - and local authorities.

Building capacity for moral reasoning and moral judgement is a goal that appears in the foundation documents of many of the wor

Building capacity for moral reasoning and moral judgement is a goal that appears in the foundation documents of many of the world's oldest and most prestigious universities. For a number of reasons, I worry that insufficient attention is being paid to the development of these important capabilities and that the situation may worsen in the years ahead.

Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan at Centenary Celebration Meeting, Association of American Universities 2001-04-22

His Highness the Aga Khan addressing the International Convocation of the Association of American Universities (AAU). 2001-04-22

Thank you President Vest for your very generous words of introduction and thank you all for the very warm welcome. It is an honour to be invited to address such a distinguished assemblage of educators. If IQ could be converted into kilowatts, I have no doubt that the quantum massed here tonight would meet the world's energy requirements for at least a decade.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Scully Award Acceptance 2005-01-25

Carolyn Schwenker Brody, Chair of the National Building Museum's Board of Trustees, presents the Vincent Scully Prize, a crystal

Honoured Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First I would like to thank Charles Correa and Jim Wolfensohn for their kind words.

Who is the man behind Trudeau’s controversial Christmas vacation? 2017-02-09

The Aga Khan, center, smiles as he arrives at the Memorial Church on the campus of Harvard University before addressing an audie

The Aga Khan enjoys a solid reputation in the world of international development. If Trudeau acted improperly, observers say that’s on him, not the Aga Khan.

Two weeks ago, during an overseas trip, former prime minister Stephen Harper tweeted to his 1.11 million followers. “Just visited the magnificent #Ismaili Centre Dubai,” he wrote. “Reminds me of what a tremendous force for global peace and pluralism the Aga Khan is.”

The tragedy of Shergar: Champion racehorse and potential stud star kidnapped, never found 2017-02-06

Hazar Imam leading Shergar after a win

Can you imagine the enormity of the scandal if Black Caviar was stolen and was still missing 34 years later?

A tale like that began on a foggy Irish winter’s evening on Tuesday, February 8, 1983.

Shergar, one the world’s most brilliant, adored and valuable racehorses, was soon to begin his second season as a stallion when a gang of gun-wielding kidnappers broke into Ballymany Stud and forced head groom James Fitzgerald to load the horse into a float.

Hazrat Shams Tabrizi

Hazrat Shams Tabrizi the teacher of Rumi was also the same Pir Shams Subzwari of the Ismailis who traveled to many places such as China, Tibet, India etc to propogate the faith and the knowledge of the Holy Ismaili Imams

Musa bin Baiq discovered Mozambique

Mozambique (deciphered from Musa bin Baiq) is situated in eastern Africa on the coast of the Indian and named after the Arab Sheikh ruler Musa bin Baiq at the time of the Portuguese traveler Vasco da Gama

Diamond Jubilees of Imamat

Diamond Jubilees on the throne of Imamat have been celebrated by 4 Imams to date in our history since Hazrat Ali. The 4 Imams are Imam Mustansir Billah, Imam Kassam Shah, our 46th Imam Hassan Ali Shah and our 48th Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah.

Hazrat Mowlana Shah Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III

Our 48th Holy Imam Shah Sultan Muhammad Shah was the 4th Imam to celebrate Diamond Jubilee as Imam. He was on the Masnad of Imamat from 1885 A.D. to 1957 A.D. He was born in 1249 A.H on the 25th day of the month of Shawwal

Hazrat Mowlana Kassam Shah

Our 29th Holy Imam Kassam Shah was the 2nd Imam to celebrate Diamond Jubilee of Imamat. He was Imam for 61 years from 710 A.H. to 771 A.H. and lived in Azerbaijan

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