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Islamic garden coming to University of Alberta Botanical Garden in 2018

The University of Alberta Botanical Garden Islamic garden

The University of Alberta Botanical Garden will receive an Islamic garden set to bloom in 2018 as a gift.

The new Islamic garden will be the first in Western Canada supported by a more than $25 million donation from the the Aga Khan, who leads the second-largest Shia Islam branch. Known as the Aga Khan Garden, it will combine historic Islamic garden elements with the western Canadian landscape. The garden will reside within the University of Alberta Botanical Garden, which is about a 15-minute drive southwest of Edmonton.

Aga Khan drops $25 million gift on University of Alberta Botanic Garden 2017-04-07


North America’s largest — and possibly the world’s coldest — Islamic-inspired garden is to be built in Alberta, a $25-million gift from the Aga Khan that is expected to attract up to 160,000 visitors a year.

Spanning almost 12 acres, the Mughal garden, which was officially unveiled Friday, will become the centrepiece of the sprawling 240-acre University of Alberta Botanic Garden, located about 15 minutes southwest of the city.

Aga Khan gift creates spectacular new garden for research and learning 2017-04-07

Concept illustration of the new Aga Khan Garden at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden. The new feature garden is scheduled

The garden honours the partnership between the University of Alberta and the Aga Khan University

April 7, 2017

A spectacular new garden will bloom in 2018 at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden, located 15 minutes southwest of Edmonton.

His Highness the Aga Khan is conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Linda Hughes, Chancellor of the University of Albert

His Highness the Aga Khan is conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Linda Hughes, Chancellor of the University of Albert

His Highness the Aga Khan is conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Linda Hughes, Chancellor of the University of Alberta on June 9, 2009.

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A Volunteer's experience of visit of Hazar Imam to Edmonton 2012-10-24


Hazar Imam's Visit to Edmonton
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:18:08 -0700

Ya Ali Madad,

Hazar Imam visited Edmonton Alberta, Canada.He arrived on 23rd night,
Tuesday at 8:30 pm, for an Official visit and proceeded to Hotel MacDonald.

He waved with both hands and smiled to the volunteers on duty,Yasmina got a
glimpse of him as she was on duty being the Vice Major.
The jamat on the whole was requested not to congregate as this was a private
and official visit.
On Wednesday morning he signed an agreement with the Govt of Alberta, a

Premier Redford and Aga Khan sign co-operation agreement 2012-10-24

Alberta Premier Alison Redford trades pens with the Aga Khan after both signed an agreement of co-operation Wednesday at Governm
Edmonton Journal

On a day Premier Alison Redford said “she would remember for the rest of (her) life, the premier and His Highness the Aga Khan signed an agreement of co-operation Wednesday at Government House.

H.H. The Aga Khan to receive U of A honorary degree - 2009-04-09

His Highness the Aga Khan is conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Linda Hughes, Chancellor of the University of Albert

2009 April 9: Muslim leader Aga Khan to receive U of A honorary degree - By Keith Gerein, edmontonjournal.com - EDMONTON

H.H.The Aga Khan in Canada - 2009-07-09

2009, June 09: Edmonton, Canada. H.H. The Aga Khan met with Premier Ed Stelmach and University of Alberta President, Dr. Indira Samarasekera to witness the signing of an agreement to enhance collaboration with the University of Alberta. The Aga Khan also received from U of Alberta an honorary degree at 3pm Edmonton time. Copy of Telecast available here:[Edmonton Ceremony] [More.


2007, July 12: Khushiali, the anniversary of his coronation as Aga Khan, is celebrated every year on July 11. Because this year marks the 50th, a large-scale party was in order. [Edmonton Journal] [Dallas Morning News]


2007, October 17:Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya Aga Khan attended the 'A MYSTICAL JOURNEY' program at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. [CNW]

Speech by Her Highness Princess Zahra Aga Khan-1998-08-26

Honourable Ralph Klein, Premier of Alberta
Honourable Shirely McClellan, Minister for Community Development
Mr. Krishan Joshee, Chairman of the Wild Rose Foundation
Mr. Kenn Allen, President of the International Association for Volunteer Effort
Delegates and participants in the International Association for Volunteer Effort 1998 Conference
Distinguished Guests:


Globe and Mail

Teaching young people the benefits of volunteerism early in life, at school and at home is a concrete means of combating the seemingly overwhelming social problems the world faces entering the new millenium, an international conference was told yesterday.

"The real challenge for us all is to find ways to broaden and strengthen voluntary effort into the next century," Princess Zahra Aga Khan told the 15th biennial meeting of the International Association for Volunteer Effort.

Gov't cuts put onus on volunteers-1998-08-26


The work of volunteers is becoming more important as governments do less and less in society, says one of the leaders of an international development network.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan, 27, is the oldest of three children of the Aga Khan, the wealthy developer and financier who is spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims.

Princess Zahra works on social welfare, women's activities and youth programs supported by the Aga Khan Development Network, a 30-year-old group of private, non-denominational international development agencies.

Awards help build bridges to Islam BLUEPRINTS FOR UNDERSTANDING-2001-11-25

Edmonton Journal

Earlier this month, the eighth triennial Aga Khan Awards for Architecture were presented at the Citadel of Aleppo, Syria. To be sure, the awards, like any architectural prizes, are not the stuff of headlines, especially in the West outside the Ismaili community and industry circles. And yet, it's interesting how these things link up these days, how a ceremony far away reaches across the cultural and geographical ethers, from West Africa to Southeast Asia, Aswan to Edmonton.

Qalaam-e-Mowla - Translation and Summary

Publication Type  Book
Year of Publication  1982
Authors  Bandali Haji, Alwaez Shamsudin

Things become possible - 2009-06-13

The Aga Khan receives an honorary degree from University of Alberta Chancellor Linda Hughes on June 9 2009
Edmonton Journal

When the Aga Khan stepped onto the University of Alberta campus Tuesday to speak to graduates, he brought a message of ethics, citizenship and respect for diversity.

Addressing a "knowledge deficit" in these areas is essential for pushing global development in the right direction, he told graduates, noting his Aga Khan Development Network has made such virtues a key part of its educational mission.

In an interview with The Journal's Keith Gerein, he expanded upon his remarks, sharing his views on the way forward both for political leaders and ordinary citizens.

Aga Khan Inspires Alberta Grads - 2009-06-10

Edmonton Journal

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