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The Beginnings of Ismaili Dawa in Northern India


This is an attempt by the author in 1954 to explain how Ismaili Dawa started in India. Very early during the Fatimids, Ismaili Dawa had reached all parts of India. Balouchistan was Ismaili. In Hind and Sind, there was also strong Ismaili Influence as well as in Multan. The Sumra Dynasty reign lasted 350 years. Sumras were practising Fatimid Ismailism. They helped later in the Dawa carried by Pir Satgur Nur and Pir Sadardin. Overall, an extremely important work, though only few pages, a must read.

Qadi an Numan the Fatimid Jurist and Author by Asaf Fyzee

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Qadi Numan is a prolific author and Jurist credited with 45+ works. Qadi Nu'man served under 4 Fatimid Caliphs. His Biography and work is presented in this early article by Asaf Ali Ashgar Fyzee, the expert in the field of study of Qadi Numan's work.

Also other sources are available for Qadi Numan's life and work:

The PDF file of the article is available for download in the link below.

Prince Aga Khan reviews Academy work 2015-04-11

H.H. The Aga Khan at the Hyderabad Academy 2015-04-11
Deccan Herald

The spiritual leader of the Ismaili sect Prince Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, visited the Aga Khan Academy here on Friday to review progress of the school.

The Aga Khan was accompanied by his son Prince AlyMuhammed, his daughter Princess Zahra and her children Sara and Iliyan. The visit to the academy allowed the Aga Khan to assess first-hand the progress made since his last visit in September 2013 when the school was formally inaugurated.

Thank you for letting me visit the Taj Mahal, says Aga Khan 2015-04-09

Prince Karim Aga Khan, met withPrime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi

Spiritual leader of Ismaili sect Prince Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan visited the Taj Mahal on Wednesday. Following the visit, he commented "Thank you for letting me visit the Taj for the second time." He wrote the same comment in the monument's visitors' book.

Aga Khan Receives India’s Padma Vibhushan Award 2015-04-08

His Highness the Aga Khan receiving the Padma Vibhushan Award from President Pranab Mukherjee of India.

New Delhi, India, 8 April, 2015 –His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, today awarded His Highness the Aga Khan the Padma Vibhushan, one of the country’s highest civilian decorations, for his contributions to social development in India.

The award, which was bestowed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi as part of the commemoration of India’s 66th Republic Day, was also awarded to actor Amitabh Bhachchan, philanthropist Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade and renowned nuclear scientist, Malur Ramasamy Srinivasan, amongst others.

Prince Karim Aga Khan calls on PM Narendra Modi 2015-04-08

H.H. The Aga Khan meets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India 2015-04-08
Odisha Fast News

New Delhi: Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, Prince Karim Aga Khan, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today. He is currently on a visit to India, and will be awarded the Padma Vibhushan by President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow.

Remarks by H H.The Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for the Humayan’s Tomb Site Museum in Delhi, 2015-04-07

Minister Mahesh Sharma with His Highness the Aga Khan on Tuesday. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)


Honorable Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma
Secretary Mr. Ravindra Singh
Secretary Dr. Lalit Panwar

You have been most generous with your comments this afternoon and I thank you warmly for the encouragement you have given to the people of the Trust for Culture and myself. And I would like to begin these comments by repeating what I said when the foundation-stone was laid sometime ago of the restoration of the Humayun’s Tomb.

Work on Humayun’s museum begins Tuesday 2015-04-06

Humayun Tomb Restoration New Delhi
The Asian Age

Work will start on the construction of the “country’s first” sunken museum on April 7 at the iconic Humayun’s Tomb site, which after its completion in 2017 will showcase the heritage of the Nizamuddin Area over the last seven centuries.

Expected to be completed in 30 months, the project has been pledged a fund of Rs 49 crore from the tourism ministry. Inspired from the medieval baolis (water tanks) of northern India, the underground site museum, with a built-up area of 9,000 square metre, will marry modern 21st century architecture with Mughal-era craftsmanship in its design.

Visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to India (April 06-11, 2015) 2015-04-06

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Media Center

Visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to India (April 06-11, 2015)

April 06, 2015

As on 06th April, 2015 at 1600 hrs

Visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, to India from 06-11 April, 2015

Monday, April 06, 2015

1930 hrs
Arrive Delhi
Venue: Air Force Station Palam
Photo Op: AV Media

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

1100 hrs
Meeting with Vice President
Venue: 6, Maulana Azad Road
Photo Op: Agencies only

1540 hrs
Meeting with Prime Minister
Venue: 7, Race Course Road

1725 hrs
Visit Humayun’s Tomb
Venue: Humayun’s Tomb
Contact Organiser

Mughal Art and Architecture to Be Highlights of New Humayun's Tomb Site Museum 2015-04-06

2015, April 6: Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in Delhi: Air Force Base Palam 2015-04-06

Delhi, India, April 2015 – As part of its continued efforts to restore and revitalise the areas around Humayun's Tomb, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and its partners will begin construction on a site museum and visitor's centre in Delhi.

H.H. The Aga Khan to visit India 2015-04-06


2015, April 6: Government of India announced the visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to India from Monday, 6th April, 2015 to Saturday, 11th April, 2015. His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan arrives in New Delhi on Monday, 6th April, 2015 and is expected to meet with the highest levels of Government of India leadership including the Vice President and Prime Minister on Tuesday, 7th April, 2015.

H.H. The Aga Khan meets with president Atambayev of Kyrgyz Republc 2015-03-30


President Atambayev and His Highness the Aga Khan met in Brussels this evening, as part of an ongoing dialogue and partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Observation and Comments on our Modern Ginanic Literature 1979-02-25

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  1980
Authors  ismailia-Association
Short Title  Our Modern Ginanic Litterature
Publisher  H.H. The Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismailia Association for Canada

Around 200 pages

Volume and Pages  Part 1
Key Words  Ismailia Association; Paris; Conference; 1975; review; nairobi; 1980 changes; ginan

Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Uganda Jamati Institutional Dinner 2011-07-12

On Tuesday evening, Mawlana Hazar Imam joined the Jamati and institutional leaders of Uganda for a dinner held at the Kampala Se
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Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Uganda Jamati Institutional Dinner
Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda
July 12, 2011

(President Huzur Mukhi Mohamed Lalani presented Hazar Imam a gift of an incense burner cover from Khorasan shaped in the form of a horse head)
Hazar Imam then said the following:
President Lalani, Institutional Leaders and volunteers,
I would like, first of all, to thank you for the magnificent evening you have offered Me and for this lovely gift of this Khorasani horse.

Speech at the Juma Building for Research 1996-11-26

H.H. The Aga Khan viewing the models of the Juma and the CHS Building  1997-11-26

Mr.Chairman, Board of Trustees, Trustees, generous donors, honoured guests, I was not supposed to say anything at this gathering but it is such an important gathering, so meaningful for the future of the Institution, for the support that you are giving it that I wanted to share with you some comments before the morning was over.


H.H. The Aga Khan IV at M.I.T. Cambridge  1994-05-27
The Ismaili USA

President Vest, Members of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, distinguished members of the Faculty, Mayor Reeves, happy graduates, even happier parents, and others gathered here today:

I am pleased and honoured to be with you this morning.

MIT has shown a standard of excellence in education and research that sets a benchmark for universities everywhere. You who have been at the Institute for years may be excused if you take this in stride, but for me, coming here for the first time in several years, the energy of the place is palpable.

Speech at Commencement Ceremony held at First Baptist Church of America Address to the Baccalaureate 1996-05-26

H.H. The Aga Khan IV at Brown University 1996-05-26

President Gregorian, faculty members, post graduates and graduating students, ladies and gentlemen.
President Gregorian, thank you for your very generous words. It is a great honour for me to be at this Commencement Ceremony at Brown, as Brown represents much of what is best in Western liberal education. Let me also congratulate the graduating students for whom the memory of this day, I am sure, will remain with them throughout their lives.

New Civil Society Partnership Announced with U.S. Government and the Aga Khan Development Network 2014-09-23

Partnerships in Action-Aga Kan Foundation USA

New York –President Barack Obama yesterday announced a partnership among the United States government, the Swedish government, and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to foster a dynamic and sustainable civil society globally through initiatives of citizen groups, in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


The Times


My father, the late Aga Khan, was born 100 years ago on 2nd November. Though
he died in 1957 at the turn of what Winston Churchill aptly termed "this
tormented half century", few today can separate reality from myth when
looking back on his long and active life.To many in the West, he remains the
religious leader who was weighed against precious stones, the race horse
owner who won five Derbies or the man whose eldest son, Aly Khan, once
married Rita Hayworth.

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