Your Excellencies, Your Honours, Your Grace, Chief Rabbi, Honourable Ministers, Your Worship, Ladies and Gentlemen:
I would like to begin by thanking the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario for the extremely kind messages which they sent this evening. And to thank also the Honourable Lt. Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Minister for Multiculturalism, The Honourable Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and His Worship, the Mayor of Toronto for their very generous and their very kind words about the Ismaili Community and about My wife and Myself.
Your Excellencies, Your Worship the Mayor, Representatives of International Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a special occasion for me to be amongst such distinguished representatives of government, non-governmental and private agencies here today; special because my family and I are deeply involved in social welfare and I particularly appreciate being amongst those who commit their time, resource and effort for the benefit of mankind. I hope you will not think it presumptuous of me to offer some thoughts on questions with which we are all concerned.
Your Excellencies, Your Worship the Mayor, Representatives of International Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is a special occasion for Me to be amongst such distinguished representatives of government, non-governmental and private agencies here today. Special, because My family and I are deeply involved in social welfare and I particularly appreciate being amongst those who commit their time, resource and effort for the benefit of mankind. I hope you will not think it presumptuous of Me to offer some thoughts on questions with which we are all concerned.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am delighted to welcome His Excellency General Ershad and the Begum Ershadhere this evening and to be able to reciprocate the warm hospitality given to my wife and I on Tuesday evening. Our visit to Dhaka has indeed been made memorable by the kindness shown to us at all levels.
It has given me great pleasure to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of my accession to the Imamat of the Shia Ismaili Muslims here in Dhaka.
You have paid My family a great honour by inviting Me here today to receive an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from this famous centre of learning. I am most grateful to you all, and as a Muslim, it makes Me especially happy that this ceremony should be taking place at a university whose development has been so intimately linked with the historic province of Sind.
As you pointed out in your very generous tribute to My forebearers, and particularly My grandfather, both My family and the Ismaili Community have enjoyed close associations with Sind over many centuries.
SPEECH AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE AKF/WHO CONFERENCE ON THE ROLE OF HOSPITALS IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE - 1981-11-22Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
Your Excellency President Zia-ul-Haq, Your Excellency Dr Jogezai, Dr Mahler, Mr Perinbam, Distinguished Guests
To you all I extend a warm and sincere welcome to the inaugural session of this conference on 'The Role of Hospitals in Primary Health Care'.
Your Excelency,The Honourable Senator Perrault,
The Honourable Mrs. Grace McCarthy,
Deputy Premier of British Columbia,
Your worship The Mayor of Burnaby,
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.
Your Excellency President Zia-ul-Haq, Your Excellency the Governor of Sind, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
Your Excellencies, Honourable Minister, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The welcome my wife and I have received here in Bangladesh has been heartwarming and I sincerely thank you, Mr, Minister, for the kindness of your remarks with regard to my family's work and ideals. Our ideals and those of Bangladesh are both inspired by the same faith, which lays such emphasis on the brotherhood of man. The improvement of the human condition must be a principal obligation of every Muslim, whether those he helps are of his own faith or not.
Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, President Morani and Members of my Federal Council for India, Distinguished guests
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great happiness this afternoon to be present at this ceremony which honours one of Pakistan's leading citizens who, for myself and my family, has also been a very dear friend.
Your Excellencies, Mr Irani, Mr Galliner, Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen
I have rarely spoken publicly in the developing world or in the industrialised world, or indeed in any international forum about the Press. I wish to take this exceptional occasion to pay a deep personal gratitude to a truly remarkable African who was himself at one time a journalist, then who led his country's struggle for independence and who finally became the first President of Kenya, and an outstanding African statesman. I refer to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Your Excellencies, Mr. Ahmedali Merchant, Members of the Education Board, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am delighted to be here today at last, after the disappointment of having to cancel My visit in March because of the weather, and to be joined on this important Silver Jubilee occasion both by distinguished guests and by so many members of the Jamat. It is heart-warming for Me to see you all here.
Your Excellencies, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen.
The leaders of all African Countries today are faced with the need to raise the living standards of the mass of their peoples from mere subsistence level to a point where men and women can develop the full potential of their minds and bodies. The problem in Africa assumes urgent political dimensions if only because expectations are so much higher than they used to be. This is quite understandable when you remember the hopes that were raised during the battle for independence.
CONCLUDING REMARKS AT THE THIRD SEMINAR IN THE SERIES ARCHITECTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD OF THE AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE - 1979-03-29Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
The third seminar of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture has come to an end. I would like to thank the President, the Government of Indonesia and in particular the Minister of Religion for the exceptionally warm and welcoming manner with which we have been permitted to see some of the low cost housing being developed or improved in Indonesia. I must also thank our Indonesian friends who have participated in the seminar: for explaining some of the problems they have had to resolve, the considerations and objectives which inspired them, and what they have achieved.
This speech was delivered at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hyderabad by H.R.H. The Agakhan in December, 1964.
I am grateful and honoured by your kind invitation to me to-night, and I am sincerely thankful to you for having given me this occasion to meet the industrial and business elite of this historical and beautiful city.
OPENING REMARKS AT THE THIRD SEMINAR IN THE SERIES ARCHITECTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD OF THE AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE - 1979-03-26Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
We have long been looking forward to our first visit to Indonesia and its famed capital of Jakarta; the warmth of our welcome here has more than equalled our expectations. We are sincerely honoured that His Excellency the Vice President of Indonesia has consented to preside at the seminar's opening function, and that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan has joined us. Not only is he a distinguished guest, but a highly qualified seminar participant; his experience in developing housing projects in Jordan will be of great interest to us all.
SPEECH BY MAWLANA HAZAR IMAM ON THE OCCASION OF THE FOURTH CONVOCATION OF THE AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND SCHOOL OF NURSING Saturday November 16th, 1991
Your Excellency the Prime Minister Your Excellency the Governor of Sindh Acting Chief Minister of Sindh Excellencies Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University Faculty Members Students and their families Distinguished guests
SpeechPresident 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.