The tapestry of Islamic history is studded with jewels of civilization; these jewels poured forth their light and beauty; great statesmen, great
philosophers, great doctors, great astronomers; but these individuals, these precious stones were worked into a tapestry, whose dominant theme was Islam, and this theme remained dominant regardless of the swallowing up of foreign lands,
foreign cultures, foreign languages and foreign people. [Speech 30 Jan 1970]
-- Aga Khan IV
First Ismaili Electronic Library and Database - Welcome to the First web site dedicated to H.H. The Aga Khan and Ismailism.
2019, March 29 - 31st ,in Lisbon - AGA KHAN MUSIC AWARDS at Gulbekian Museum in Lisbon - [More info!]
2019, 12 March - London, United Kingdom, - During a dinner at Buckingham Palace, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, founder and President of The Prince's Trust, today announced His Highness the Aga Khan as Global Founding Patron of The Prince's Trust's work. (AKDN) [More]
2019, March 11: H.H. The Aga Khan at the celebrations for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey in London, UK. Mowlana Hazar Imam was sited with utmost respect in the first row across the Queen, Prince Charles and other members of the British royal family. [More]
2019, March 9 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Inauguration of the Phase II of the Aga Khan Hospital. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa officiated the inauguration of the $83 million (about Sh190.9 billion) worth expanded Aga Khan Hospital-Dar es Salaam (AKHD) building. Delegates from Government as well as partner agencies such as the French Development Agency and guests attended the ceremony. Speech and more will be updated soon. [More video, speech and photos!]
2019, March 4 - NEWS: - AKDN's Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Princess Salwa attended signing of M.O.U between AKU and University of Washington of an agreement to further population health, research, service and education. Princess Salwa played a key role in encouraging the nascent partnership. [More]
VIDEO: 2019 February 20 - Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan visited a farm and a school today in Chitravad, India as part of his AKDN work. Chitravad is a small village near Rajkot and Junagadh in Gujarat and has a Jamatkhana as well as an Aga Khan School. He also went to Diu and Junagahad. [More photos and news here]
2019, February 14 Busy day for Prince Hussain Aga Khan who arrived in Kenya Sunday for a 5 days visit to Kenya with Princess Fareen. Prince Hussain had meetings at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi in the morning from 9:30am to 12:30. He went then to Town Jamatkhana at 2:30pm. Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko is giving this afternoon an address. The Town JK is hosting the Art Exhibition on Conservancy of Ocean Life featuring photography by Prince Hussain.[More]
2019, January 28: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan visited the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo this 28 January 2019. in 2005, Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a private agency which seeks to revitalize Muslim communities, inaugurated the largest public park built in Cairo in over a century. In his speech at that time, Mowlana Hazar Imam said "And I want to assure you that until the Park is fully developed, the Wall fully restored, I will continue to watch over this project like a father watching a child grow up. And one day this child will walk on its own, with its own decisions and it will move forwards determining its own future. " More photos
2019, January 15 - Berlin, Germany - H.H. The Aga Khan emphasised three essential ingredients for stability and effective development in fragile contexts: a focus on local communities, a commitment to pluralism and the importance of a strong civil society. The Aga Khan was speaking at an event entitled, "Fragile States 'Weiterdenken'('Thinking Ahead') ‚Äď Utilising Experiences from Stabilisation Measures for the Future", which brought together leaders from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and German development partners. [Speech] [More]
2018, December 17: In a message to his community, H.H. The Aga Khan shared his happiness on the engagement of his son Prince Hussain with Miss Elizabeth Hoag, now called Fareen after embracing Islam. They are expected to get married in Spring of 2019. [More]
2018, December 18 Portugal President, his Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa attended the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon in the presence of the ex-president, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Mayor of Lisbon and many dignitaries. In his speech, he commended the Ismaili community and the work of the AKDN and thanked H.H. The Aga Khan. [MORE]
2018, November 28: UNAMA Geneva Conference on Afghanistan. Geneva, Switzerland, 28 November 2018 - His Highness the Aga Khan, speaking at the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, today reaffirmed his "enduring commitment to Afghanistan, and, most importantly, to its peoples". Here: Prince Karim Aga Khan reaffirmed support to Afghanistan during a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.in Geneva
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2018, November 27: Karachi, Pakistan - Prince Aly Muhammad at the AKU. Video and photos [here!]
2018, November 22: Toronto, Canada - Prince Amyn Aga Khan attended the celebration in recognition of supporters of the Aga Khan Museum and the Dedication of the Donor Wall. Following the unveiling of the Donor Wall, Artists from Syria, Iran and Greece gave a musical performance in presence of Prince Amyn. [More]
2018, November 11: H.H. The Aga Khan attends Paris Peace Forum - Mowlana Hazar Imam, was among the 70 world leaders who attended in Paris, the ceremonies commemorating the 100 years of the Armistice that ended World War 1 - The Aga Khan attended the opening of the Paris Peace Forum which is scheduled from 11 to 13th November 2018.[News, photos and video]
2018, November 7: Princess Zahra Aga Khan came to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) from Nairobi (Kenya). She visited the Aga Khan Hospital. She is expected to leave 9 Nov. 2018 [Photos and Video]
2018, November 8?: 56 project submissions for Om Habibeh Foundation's first entrepreneurship competition in Aswan. 10 winners will be announced early November. The Om Habibeh Foundation revealed in press statement that the business projects that were selected to participate in the first business entrepreneurship competition, is organised by the Aswan Skills Development Programme, and implemented by the Om Habibeh Foundation, in cooperation with the Aga Khan Foundation and Global Affairs Canada. [More]
2018, November 6 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Aga Khan Development Network will speak on Inspiration at the Gel Summit at Palais des Nations in Geneva. The GEL Summit at the UN, in partnership with the International School of Geneva, will bring together global leaders to inspire students from diverse backgrounds on the importance of Responsible Business and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.[ More]
2018, November 1: Yasin, Ghizer: Prince Rahim Aga Khan inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee School in Durkut, Yasin in his third day of visit to Gilgit Baltistan. On October 29th 2018 Prince also visited The First Micro Finance Bank at Gahkuch, GHIZER.
2018, October 25: H.H. The Aga Khan attended the 65th Annual Black Tie Dinner of the Pakistan Society in London. HE Muhammad Ayub, Acting High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom, said of Mawlana Hazar Imam: ‚ÄúThe people of Pakistan admire your visionary leadership with great respect and affection. We are deeply indebted to the Aga Khan Development Network that continues to play an active and positive role in our society under your able stewardship. Through its programmes, the Network has provided opportunities for the local population.‚ÄĚ During the event, The Pakistan Society Award was presented to Shoaib Sultan Khan, the founding General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation‚Äôs notable Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). As the guest of honour, Mawlana Hazar Imam presented the award to Mr Khan. The award recognises those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of public knowledge and understanding of Pakistan in the United Kingdom. [More]
2018, October 23: World Monuments Fund has honored Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the 31st annual Hadrian Gala at the Rainbow Room in New York City on Tuesday. Prince Amyn Aga Khan has received the Hadrian Award in recognition of his lifelong support of cultural heritage in all its forms. Prince Amyn holds multiple leadership roles within the Aga Khan Development Network‚ÄĒa group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, tourism, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, and the revitalization of historic cities. Among many board and committee positions at cultural institutions around the world, Prince Amyn has served as a trustee of World Monuments Fund since 1997
2018, October 19: H.H. The Aga Khan is in Vancouver, BC received 2 Honorary Doctorate Degrees in a joint ceremony from University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) on 19th October 2018. "We applaud His Highness the Aga Khan‚Äôs outstanding humanitarian contributions," said UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Santa J. Ono. "In his capacity as spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community, his commitment to helping fight poverty and improve health and education for millions of people in underdeveloped and war-torn parts of the world is truly remarkable and serves as an inspiration to us all. ‚ÄúHis Highness has demonstrated an exemplary international commitment to address the needs of others," said SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter. It is the first time the two universities have collaborated on handing out an honorary degree, the highest honour a university can bestow on an individual. "It is truly a wonderful day to be able to honour His Highness the Aga Khan, who so exemplifies the values of our universities in terms of believing in education as an instrument for social betterment," said SFU president and vice-chancellor Andrew Petter. [More news, photos and video.]
2018, October 17: H.H. The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam, has been presented an Honorary Doctorate Degree the University of Calgary. In her citation, President Cannon said "Here in Canada, Ismaili Muslims contribute enormously to the fabric of diversity that we cherish so much. Their superb intellectual and educational background and their integrative cosmopolitanism, are outstanding. Their ethos of working to relieve hardship, pain, and ignorance shapes their social conscience, but extends to all around them. His Highness‚Äô concern for the arts, science, and economic development illuminates Ismaili tradition. He leads this resilient and altruistic community who believe that faith is demonstrated by contributing to the general welfare and doing good for all." [News, photos, citation and more]
2018, October 16: Alberta Lt.-Gov Lois Mitchell, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and His Highness the Aga Khan officially inaugurated the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta - The Aga Khan came to the University of Alberta Botanic Garden to officially inaugurate the garden that bears his name. ‚ÄúWhile it's inspired by other spectacular Islamic gardens around the globe, the Aga Khan Garden is truly unique,‚ÄĚ said Lee Foote, director of the U of A Botanic Garden. ‚ÄúFor example, it has secluded forest paths, 12 water features‚ÄĒincluding some that stream into wetlands‚ÄĒand an outdoor amphitheatre. It also has a fruit orchard and more than 25,000 trees, shrubs and perennials, annuals and wetland plants, all selected for fragrance, beauty and the ability to survive Alberta's northern climate.‚ÄĚ [News and photos] [Speech]
2018, October 15: This afternoon, H.H. The Aga Khan, invited by Premier Notley and Provincial Govt of Alberta to hold the opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Gardens, arrived with Prince Aly Muhammad at the Edmonton airport for a week long visit to Canada.
2018, October 12: Educating Tomorrow's Leaders: The International Baccalaureate (IB) has published an interview with His Highness the Aga Khan in a special commemorative edition of IB World magazine, celebrating the IB's 50th anniversary. In the interview, His Highness talks about why he chose the IB programme as the basis for the curriculum at the Aga Khan Academies; how the IB helps the Academies develop locally-grounded, internationally-minded leaders; and how the IB and the Academies can help meet the challenges of educating students today. [More]
2018, October 4: H.H. The Aga Khan introduced Karen Armstrong -- author and religious historian -- delivering the Global Centre for Pluralism's 2018 Annual Lecture at the new Aga Khan Centre in London at 7:00 PM London time. He started by recognising the work of late Kofi Annan. The event was live-webcast. Mowlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Princess Zahra. The lecture was attended by many prominent persons such as Adrienne Clarkson ex-Governor General of Canada and member of the Board of the GCP. Mawlana Hazar Imam introduced Armstrong as, ‚Äúa person who has contributed in a remarkable way to illuminating Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and indeed understanding all of the great religious traditions.‚ÄĚ He went on to say, ‚ÄúLooking into the future, I think one of the greatest challenges for the entire world will be finding ways in which we can all achieve a deeper understanding of the other, and what makes each of us distinct as human beings and as communities. To achieve this vital goal, reflective, creative, and empathetic thinkers and writers will be critically important. Tonight, we are privileged to hear from one of their most respected voices.‚ÄĚ
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2018, September 28 - Prince Amyn Aga Khan was Guest of Honour at the joint diner by AKF UK, AKU and IIS. He presented a Keynote Speech. Prince Amyn was accompanied by Princess Zahra to this event celebrating the transformative power of generosity
2018, September 21: Prince Amyn Aga Khan, brother of Mowlana Hazar Imam, attends the Aga Khan Museum Lapis Ball this Friday‚Äč in Toronto, Canada at 6pm. Reception, Performances, Dinner Black Tie and Traditional Dress. [More]
2018, September 19: H.H. The Aga Khan meet today Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and for Foreign Affairs to discuss partnership between the French government and the AKDN. The Aga Khan Foundation is also involved in the development of the Domaine de Chantilly, helping this cultural heritage site to assume its rightful place. It therefore makes a valuable contribution to showcasing French heritage and to promoting our country abroad. In recognition of his commitment to France, the minister bestowed the insignia of the Grand Cross of the National Order of the Legion of Honor upon the Aga Khan this evening.
18 September 2018 - Paris, France: President Emmanuel Macron today received His Highness the Aga Khan at the Elysee Palace in Paris - the official office and residence of the President of France. A guard of honour by the Republican Guard was on display, as the Aga Khan was welcomed by the French President. [AKDN] News and photos!
2008, September 13: H.H. The Aga Khan honours together with Princess Zahra the funeral of ex Secretary General of United Nations, statement and peacemaker, Kofi Annan at the invitation of the President of Ghana.Mawlana Hazar Imam thanked the Government of Ghana for bringing together dignitaries, friends and colleagues from around the world to honour Mr Annan‚Äôs accomplishments. He paid tribute to Mr Annan‚Äôs service to the cause of peace and tolerance. ‚ÄúKofi Annan fought for peace, dignity, and respect, traits which he embodied throughout his life‚Äôs work. Mr Annan was a unique leader, who, as Secretary General of the United Nations, as a member of the Elders and through the Kofi Annan Foundation, had an impact on world events which will be remembered for their contribution to help bring stability and hope to so many parts of the globe. He was a remarkably generous individual and trusted friend. He will be greatly missed.‚ÄĚ Princess Zahra, who served on the Board of Directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism with Kofi Annan, also expressed her deep sadness at the loss of the visionary leader.
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2018, August 11: President Michael D Higgins hosted the Aga Khan at a reception in √Āras an Uachtar√°in on Saturday marking the Shia Muslim leader‚Äôs 60th anniversary in office. The occasion honoured the conclusion of Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini‚Äôs, (Aga Khan IV) accession to the Imamat, the institution and office of spiritual leadership of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan‚Äôs Diamond Jubilee year concluded on July 11th last. The Aga Khan is visiting Ireland after the holding of the Nations‚Äô Cup at the Dublin Horse Show, the international show jumping competition which was established with help of the late Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan. News and Photos.
27th June to 4th July 2018, Portuguese weekly magazine Visao, di√ß√£o 1321 - The cover page says "The enigmatic and powerful Aga Khan". The life and fortune of the Ismaili leader who chose Lisbon for his world headquarters. Karim Aga Khan, millionaire, philanthropist and leader of 15 millions Ismailis is celebrating 60 years of his reign in Lisbon - Add to your collection of Diamond Jubilee Memorabilia, you will not regret!
2018, July 11 Lisbon, Portugal - H.H. The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam celebrated the end of his Diamond Jubilee Year with the World Jamat. During one of the 4 Didar during the day, he brough a surprise guest: he said an unexpected blessing! The President of Portugal was welcomed by thunderous applauses and Mowla's speech as well as the President Speech created an unforgetable lifelong souvenir. Many Murids wrote a testimony of their recollection which you can [read here!]
2018, June 10: Mawlana Hazar Imam made a historic address to the Portuguese Parliament on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 at 11:45 am Lisbon time. He came to the Parliament accompanied by his family. In his speech he said "Through the centuries, the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat has been formally designated in one or more locations by the Imam-of-the-Time, depending on the requirements of the day. It has known many homes over the years - throughout the Arabian Peninsula, in the Middle East, in South Asia, and in North Africa. It moved to Cairo in the tenth century, when my ancestors founded that city." [Read Speech here.]
2018-07-09 Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa visited the site of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Lisbon, Portugal and attended to part of the Talent Show after visiting the Rays of Light as well as the International Art Exhibition. They came with their sons Prince Irfan and Prince Sinan. Prince Amyn lead the family to the program which was also attended by Princess Zahra and her children Prince Ilyan and Princess Sarah. What an exceptional, happy and emotional moment. VIDEO
2018, July 9: Lisbon, Portugal. Jubilee Jubilation! Eight Members of the Noorani Family came to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations this day and visited the Rays of Light Exhibition as well as the International Art Exhibition before attending part of the Talent Show with the Jamat. Prince Amyn Aga Khan was accompanied by Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa and their 2 kids: Prince Sinan and Prince Irfan. Princess Zahra was accompagnied by her 2 kids, Prince Ilyan and Princess Sarah. [MOre Videos and Photos will be added here!]
2018, July 9th: Mowlana Hazar Imam meet the President of Portugal at 11:30am A Guard of Honour by the Military and attended a Diner with the President at night accompanied by his family. Activities during the day include a Press Conference and Lunch with the Prime Minister, accompagnied by Prince Amyn. [See info]] [More] [Complete Itininerary]
2018, July 8: Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan at the Vasco de Gama Mall in Lisbon, Portugal. The Mall contains several movie theaters and one of them hosted the Diamond Jubilee Film Festival. Opposite to the Mall was the venue of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration were both brothers went to visit the Jubile Art Exhibition and where they attended part of the International Talent Show. [More here!]
2018, July 8 - Lisbon, Portugal. Mowlana Hazar Imam arrived in Lisbon for Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on 6th of July 2018. Prince Amyn, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad also landed in Lisbon. Other members of the Noorani Family are "expected" to join in the Presidential Dinner on 9th July 2018. Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad seen here at the Portuguese Pavilion coming our of the Exhibition and attending the part of the Talent Show.
2018, July 8: Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan at the Vasco de Gama Mall in Lisbon, Portugal. The Mall contains several movie theaters and one of them hosted the Diamond Jubilee Film Festival. Opposite to the Mall was the venue of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration were both brothers went to visit the Jubile Art Exhibition and where they attended part of the International Talent Show. [More here!]
2018,July 7th and 8th: Mowlana Hazar Imam performed various religious ceremonies for his Jamat under the jurisdiction of the Portugal Council. VIDEO: 2018, July 7th - H.H. The Aga Khan coming out of Centro de Congressos de Lisboa and waving to the crowd outside. [More!]
2018, July 6: DIAMOND JUBILEE - LISBON CELEBRATION! H.H. The Aga Khan landed this day in Lisbon. The Jamat welcomed him when his motorcade passed near the Jardim Amalia Rodrigues at a very slow speed. Mowlana Hazar Imam rolled down the window of the car and waved to the Jamat [More news here!]
2018, JUNE 29 - LONDON, UK - TESTIMONIES FROM LONDON DARBAR - "What a beautiful, happy & peaceful deedar. Hazir Imam arrived early to the venue. MHI offered his khanavadhan and blessings to the global jamat, for murids everywhere, & to the individuals in the hall, for happiness and for mushkil asaan. He prayed that your difficulties may be resolved with equity. Equitable resolutions, equitable resolutions, he said. Is it realistic? At this point he looked at the jamat with a smile on his face & tilted his head & paused, & spread his hands wide, the jamat laughed & we understood the meaning." (Photo: the.ismaili) [MORE TESTIMONIES!] [More here] [Complete Itininerary]
2018, June 29 Edmonton, Canada: Visitors will be able to experience The Aga Khan Garden, Alberta (AKGA). The AKGA is a spectacular contemporary garden inspired by traditional Islamic design, with water features, intricate stonework and geometric patterning. This beautiful feature is the result of a $25 million gift from His Highness the Aga Khan. [More:]
2018, JUNE 27 - LONDON, UK - ‚ÄúOur partnership with the Ismaili Imamat has had a positive impact on livelihoods and living conditions in some of the poorest and most isolated parts of the world.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď British PM Theresa May, hosted His Highness the Aga Khan at Downing Street. [More here]
2018, June 26 - Aga Khan Centre has been inaugurated at London's Kings Cross by HRH The Prince of Wales, in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan this 26 June 2018 - - The opening was attended by members of the Noorani family, Prince Charles, the Mayor of London and many other dignitaries. [More PHOTOS and VIDEOS here here]
2018, June 26 Aga Khan Centre to be opened at London's Kings Cross by HRH The Prince of Wales, in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan - Ceremony, to commence 1:45pm BST, will be live streamed. [More here!]
2018, June 23: Mowlana Hazar Imam gave special blessings to all the children for all their drawings that were pinned outside, he said it gives him immense happiness and that he saw them and read them. Link for Testimonies of Paris Darbar: [Click here!] [More photos]
2018, June 23 H.H. The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim attends Paris Diamond Jubilee Darbar! More info here!
2018-06-17 in Paris at Chantilly, H.H. The Aga Khan , Princess Zahra and her daughter Sarah, attend classic horse race of the Prix de Diane Longines (French Oaks, G1). [More]
8th June 2018 - The Sun, UK - Sofia Petkar writes "THE Aga Khan is one of the world‚Äôs most generous philanthropists and the spiritual leader of more than 15 million Ismaili Muslims worldwide. He has spent the last 60 years beautifully bridging gaps between communities, ensuring his legacy breaks boundaries between religions, cultures and societies. But just who is he and why is this such a special year for him? [Read more here!]
2018, June 2nd Epson Derby in UK - H.H. The Aga Khan's horse Hazapour in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday. Mowlana Hazar Imam came by helicopter and was accompanied by Princess Zahra. [VIDEO HERE!]
2018, May 18: Prince Amyn Aga Khan landed in Toronto at 5:00pm to attend the Architecture Pritzker Award ceremony at the Aga Khan Museum on Friday night and to attend meetings. Here his plane arriving on the tarmac of Toronto airport. [More here]
2018, May 4: H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Vancouver where he was welcomed by Shortly after his arrival, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia and other dignitaries. In a statement to the North Shore News, Rev. J. Michael Miller, the Archbishop of Vancouver said the Aga Khan‚Äôs philanthropy demonstrates to the world that religious convictions have a vital role to play in secular society. ‚ÄúThe Aga Khan‚Äôs decades of work in fighting poverty, encouraging peace, and promoting education and religious understanding offer a much needed witness to common belief in loving God and our neighbour,‚ÄĚ said the archbishop. (Photo: The.Ismaili) [For more News: Click here! ]
2018, May 1st to 4rth: Canada congratulates His Highness the Aga Khan, on his Diamond Jubilee. in Ottawa from May 1 to 4, 2018, His Highness will attend a dinner at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General on Thursday 3rd. The Aga Khan will then continue his visit to Western Canada - including Vancouver and Calgary. [Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver News here!]
2018, May 5 to 11th: H.H. The Aga Khan will soon give Didar to his followers in Vancouver on May 5, 6 and 7. BC Place. Jamati work for the Edmonton and Prairies Jamats together will be conducted in Calgary on May 9, 10 and 11 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. While in Ottawa from May 1 to 4, 2018, His Highness will attend a dinner at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General. [Didar news here here!] [Newspapers' articles here!]
2018, May 2nd This evening, The Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada hosted a dinner to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of H.H. The Aga Khan. Beside him, only the Queen of UK who is also the Queen of Canada has celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Princess Zahra accompanied Mowlana Hazar Imam to the dinner where several other dignitaries were invited. The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Ex Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson and many more.
April 16, 2018 - Prince Amyn lands in Kenya for Serena and other AKDN work.
April 17 to 20, 2018 - Princess Zahra will be visiting Pakistan. The visit will be dedicated to AKDN projects and poverty alleviation. [more info!]
2018, April 13th and 14th, Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Trustees Visit UCA: The Board of Trustees of UCA visited Naryn and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in their first official visit to UCA since their appointment to the Board of Trustees in November 2017. [More]
13 APRIL 2018 - H.H. The Aga Khan has arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on 12th of April. On 13th, H.H. The Aga Khan was at the State House in talks with Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday met with his Highness the Aga Khan and discussed a project that will be implemented at Nairobi's City Park. Speaking at State House on Friday, Uhuru stated that the initiative was geared towards enhancing the quality of life of Nairobi residents. According to a statement released by State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu the project is set to restore Nairobi City Park to its past glory as the "Green Jewel ofNairobi". The Imam of the Ismailis gave Darbar on Saturday 14th April to his Murids from Kenya, South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, Madagascar and Congo. [News] [Anecdoctes and Testimonies]
2018, March 18 - H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Houston to meet his community in a Diamond Jubilee visit which will see the Imam spent Navroz with his Jamat in Houston on 21st March [More]
2018, March 13: USA VISIT: H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Atlanta around 6pm this Tuesday and will meet his Community in Atlanta beginning 14th and end his trip in Houston on 22nd March 2018. He will celebrate Navroz with his Jamat in Houston. More news and exact dates and times of ceremonies here: USA VISIT (UPDATED INFO)
2018, March 12 - 7:30pm: Prince Amyn addressed a private gathering on invitation only at an exclusive reception celebrating the "World of the Fatimids" Exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum. [More video and photo here!]
2018, March 8 - The Aga Khan was joined by Princess Salwa Aga Khan and Princess Zahra Aga Khan, the eldest child of Aga Khan IV, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also joined in the celebrations at Windsor Castle. Aga Khan is a title used also as a name by the Imam of the Nizari Ismailis. The current user of the name is the 49th Imam, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan IV. [More here!]
2018, February 26: 1310 hrs Emplane for Hyderabad - 1440 hrs - Arrive Rajiv Gandhi International Airport - Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 1130 hrs Meeting with Shri Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana - Venue: Hotel Taj Falaknuma Palace - Programme in Hyderabad - Wednesday, February 28, 2018
1315 hrs Emplane for Mumbai 1425 Arrive Mumbai Venue: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport - Thursday, March 01, 2018
1000 hrs - Meeting with Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra - 1055 hrs - Meeting with Shri Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra - Venue: Arrive Raj Bhawan - Programme in Maharashtra - 1800 hrs Emplane - [Click for Didar news here] [Click here for newspapers coverage]
February 21, 2018 - Programme of H.H. The Aga Khan in India: 1230 hrs Meeting with the Vice President. Venue: Hyderabad House - 1615 hrs Opening of Sunder Nursery. Venue: Hazrat Nizamuddin, Near Humanyu‚Äôs Tomb - 1830 hrs Meeting with the Prime Minister. Venue: 7, Lok Kalyan Marg
2018, January 22 - Dubai, UAE, His Highness the Aga Khan was welcomed by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan. Mabarak Al Nahayan The Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received Mawlana Hazar Imam today at the Zabeel Palace on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United Arab Emirates. The meeting was an opportunity for both parties to discuss increased cooperation in areas of common interest as well as to review the longstanding collaboration that emphasises shared values of diversity and pluralism, cross-cultural exchange, and global development. Mawlana Hazar Imam commended the UAE‚Äôs efforts towards disadvantaged areas and underprivileged societies in many countries of the world, especially in Africa and Asia. Hazar Imam also expressed his appreciation to Sheikh Mohammed for the support extended to the Ismaili community and praised the UAE for being an example of coexistence and harmony, as well as social and economic stability. [Read more news here:] [More on Didar!]
2017, December 15th - The Aga Khan University‚Äôs Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME), a state-of-the-art facility for technology-based learning for health professionals, was inaugurated today by His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of AKU. The 80,000-square foot, Rs. 1.6 billion ($15 million), donor-funded Centre comprises three buildings ‚Äď the Mariyam Bashir Dawood Building, the Ibn Sina Building and the Shiraz Boghani Building. The Centre offers multi-purpose teaching spaces, high-fidelity simulators, and specialty environments such as the phantom-head dental lab, a cardiac catheterisation lab and telemedicine clinics. [More]
2017, December 14th - KARACHI: The spiritual leader of Shia Imami Ismaili community Prince Karim Aga Khan arrived in the city on Thursday and was received at the airport by both the Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. [More]
2017, December 12 and 14th - H.H. The Aga Khan will be meeting with this community for religious work in Islamabad before traveling to Karachi. On 13th, Mowlana Hazar Imam will be celebrating his 81st Birthday.
2017, December 10 - AliabadH.H. The Aga Khan continues his tour to meet his community - Today Mowlana Hazar Imam gave two didars: one in Taus, Yasin District and other in Aliabad, Hunza. about 140 000 Murids were expected in Taus. [More here]
2017, December 09 DIDAR MUBARAK! BOONI: The Aga Khan blessed his followers with Darbar and Didar today at Booni Chitral. According to ChitralToday In his Darbar speech at Booni, the Aga Khan stressed his followers to live ‚Äúwithin the ethics of Islam‚ÄĚ and to remain ‚Äúhonest‚ÄĚ in their day today affairs. He also emphasized unity among ‚Äúfamilies‚ÄĚ and to ‚Äúeducate‚ÄĚ the young generation in an effective way. By terming education a ‚Äúlifelong learning process‚ÄĚ, he stressed on acquiring education as a continuous and ongoing process. [More here! ]
2017, December 9: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, will visit Gilgit-Baltistan today (Saturday). He is on a 13-day visit to Pakistan on the invitation of the Government of Pakistan. He will meet his followers on December 9 in Chitral and December 10 in Gilgit-Baltistan, after which he will visit Karachi from December 14 to 19. Prince Karaim Agha Khan will reach Gilgit on today from where he will fly to Chitral to meet thousands of his followers. To see a glimpse of their Imam, thousands of Ismailis will gather in Chitral, Ghizar and Aliabad, Hunza. News, dates, updates, LIF anouncements, timetables, More here
2017, December 7 - Mubarak! H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Pakistan. Mowlana Hazar Imam was welcomed at the Islamabad airport by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and other government dignitaries on arrival. The Imam of the Ismailis is on official visit, invited by President Mamnoon Hussain and will be meeting his community in Gilgit Baltistan, Chitral, Islamabad and Karachi as part of his Diamond Jubilee. (Photo from Pamir Times) Updates here!]
2017, November 29: Prince Amyn arrived in Goma for an AKDN related visit. An agreement of April 2017 provides for AKDN and its partners to invest US$140m and mobilise project funding of US$1bn for new power projects including the 147MW Ruzizi III project in the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC). The Ruzizi project is expected to double Burundi‚Äôs current capacity, increase Rwanda‚Äôs capacity by 26% and provide much needed baseload power in Eastern DRC a region that is otherwise isolated from DRC‚Äôs interconnected grid. It will also reduce reliance on thermal (fossil fuel based) generation in these countries. Besides developing regional and national power projects, both IPS and CDC intend to partner on mini and off-grid projects that will directly provide reliable and affordable electricity to rural populations away from regional and national grids. [More news and photos here!]
2017-11-28: Swearing Ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyata: Among the dignitaries was Prince Amyn Aga Khan, who represented His Highness the Aga Khan. Prince Amyn is His Highness the Aga Khan‚Äôs personal representative to Kenya and is also in the country for meetings of the Tourism Promotion Services, which operates the Serena Group of hotels, lodges and resorts.
2017-11-24 Friday - Prince Rahim Aga Khan was in attendance at the event celebrating 40 years anniversary of the Institute of Ismaili studies. More here!]
2017, November 17-21 Toronto Didars and Montreal Didar. - H.H. The Aga Khan, Imam-e-Zaman of Ismailis meet his Community in Eastern Canada and completed religious works again 25 years after a similar 1992 visit to Canada. He will leave Montreal on 22nd November 2017. The longer Canada wide official visit for Diamond Jubilee will happen in 2018. [More place, event, dates, updates Here!]
2017, November 15: Ceremony for the Global Centre for Pluralism Award receipients - Kenya's Alice Nderitu was distinguished by former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark as "peacemaker, conflict mediator and gender equality advocate per excellence". Here are the news, links and photos of the receipients of the award. [More]
2017-11-14 - Ottawa, Canada - H.H. The AgaKhan arrived this afternoon in Ottawa to attend tomorrow's Award ceremony at Center for Pluralism and to complete other AKDN works. The Imam of the Ismailis will also meet his community in Toronto from 17th to 20 November and in Montreal on 21st November. [Follow here!]
2017, November 6: The inaugural meeting of the University of Central Asia‚Äôs (UCA) Board of Trustees was held on 6 November 2017 in Gouvieux, France. His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of UCA, welcomed the Founding Trustees and urged them ‚Äúto make research one of the highest priorities of the University. Only through the creation of new knowledge will we be able to address the multiple challenges that affect the quality of life of mountain societies. Over time, it is high quality and relevant research which will earn UCA a place among the renowned universities of the world.‚ÄĚ He added that the stewardship of UCA was now in the hands of the Board of Trustees. Among the items discussed at the meeting were current programmes and future initiatives of the University. [More News and Photo]
2017, November 1st: New York, USA - H.H. The Aga khan receives the Asia Game changer Lifetime Achievement Awards. His brother Prince Amyn attended the event and was as happy as was Mowlana Hazar Imam. The two brothers have been so close that they have been compared often to two historical brothers: Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman [More news, photos and videos]
2017, October 20 Toronto, Canada - Marigold Gala Fundraising Campaign for SOS Children Villages with Princess Salimah Aga Khan, mother of Prince Rahim, Princess Zahra and Prince Hussain. [More]
2017, October 18 - H.H. The Aga Khan received the 2017 Global Leadership Award from United Nations Foundation on 18 October 2017. The Award recognizes the highest levels of the diplomatic, business, government, philanthropic, media, entertainment, and social sectors - [More news, pics and video]
2017, October 12 Dar es Salaam Diamond Jubilee Darbar subsequent to Kampala Darbar. October 12 is also the Birthday of Prince Rahim. The whole Tanzania and INternational Jamat present in Dar es Salaam for the grand Diamond Jubilee Darbar, went to the airport on 11 October 2017 to welcome the arrival of H.H. The Aga Khan. Mowlana Hazar Imam gave Didar inside the Diamond Jubilee Hall to the some of the Jamat and in the street to the others.[More]
2017, October 11: H.H. Karim Aga Khan arriving in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mowlana Hazar Imam is visiting Tanzania to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee. Murids from the International Jamat have joined, many whose family has had have deep roots in Tanzania for a Century, many also who were born there but moved to other parts of the world.
2017, October 11: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - H.H. The Aga Khan was welcomed by thousands of people at the airport. He was received by
Minister for Defense Hon.Hussein Mwinyi , RC Dsm region Paul Makonda, Kwimba MP Hon. Shaneef Hirani & Spouse Shagufa Mama, Hon Shamim khan, Resident Representative of AKDN Tanzania Amin Kurji and President of Agakhan National Council for Tanzania Amin Lakhani. [More]
2017, October 10: Mowlana Hazar Imam meet his Jamat in Kampala, Uganda for Darbar at 4pm. On his way to the Darbar Hall, He opened the window of his car and waved and blessed the International Jamat standing in the road. [More]
2017, October 10: Pamir Times - Gilgit: Prince Aly Muhammad, the youngest son of Prince Karim Aga Khan, the hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, has reached Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan on Tuesday morning. During his stay in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Prince Aly Muhammad, is expected to visit various AKDN projects in the Ghizer and Hunza districts. Today, Prince Aly Muhammad visited a health center operated by the Aga Khan Health Service, and a school run by the Aga Khan Education Service in Yasin Valley of District Ghizer. According to an official release, the visit will enhance the young prince‚Äôs ‚Äėunderstanding of issues related to the built environment, natural hazard mitigation, health, education, culture, and rural development‚ÄĒall areas in which the AKDN with its partners are actively engaged to improve the quality of life. [More]
2017, October 9: - President Museveni decorated H.H. The Aga Khan at Uganda‚Äôs 55th Independence Anniversary. H.H. The Aga Khan to receive in Uganda the Order of the Pearl of Africa Medal. The 'Most Excellent Order of Pearl of Africa, Grandmaster' was awarded in recognition of H.H. The Aga Khans' work & contribution to Uganda‚Äôs development. The occasion‚Äôs special guest, His Highness the Aga Khan, thanked President Museveni for his invitation and award. ‚ÄúI am honored to celebrate the occasion of the 55th independence anniversary with you. It was inspiring to watch the National Guard marching. Although my community is small in East Africa, it is my hope that they will participate in improving the lives of Ugandans in all works of life,‚ÄĚ he said. [News, Photos and links] [Full coverage Video]
2017, October 8th - H.H. The Aga Khan welcomed in Kampala, Uganda by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. [Video]
2017. October 8: Chitral News reports that "Aga Khan demands urgent action to restore man-nature balance" - The Interview of Princess Zahra is in Italian. [Interview] [More]
2017, October 7: Prince Amyn Aga Khan, brother of H.H. The Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismailis, attended the wedding of Prince Philip of Serbia with Danica Marinkovic [Photo]
2017, September 30 - Chantilly, Paris, France - H.H. The Aga Khan interviewed after the win by Vazirabad at Chantilly in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe - Hazar Imam attends the 2017 Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly Hippodrome. Click for more photos
2017, September 28th and 29th: Prince Amyn Aga Khan arrived in Toronto this Wednesday 27th October 2017 and is expected to attend the celebration for the 3 years anniversary of the opening of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. So far he has made 2 speeches, one at the breakfast on 28th September morning and the second at Gala Diner the same day.
2017, October - According to Chitral Today, H.H. The Aga Khan is expected to visit Chitral in Pakistan early next month.More
2017, September 10, Chantilly, France - Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly (FODC) hosted a memorable day at Chantilly, one of the most magnificent French heritage sites, located just 25 miles north of Paris. Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Chairman of FODC, welcomed guests upon their arrival and spoke at length about Chantilly‚Äôs rich history, unrivaled art collection, and beautiful gardens before leading everyone into the castle. Among those in attendance were FODC Directors and advisors Nathalie Brunel, Betty Eveillard, Maryvonne Pinault, and Ann Nitze, as well as more than 60 of the most prominent art collectors, garden lovers, and Francophiles from both sides of the Atlantic. [More photos and news here!]
2017, August 7, New Interview of Princess Zahra Aga Khan. "Many members are aware of the planet's change. There is a clear change: yesterday in Cagliari there were 51 degrees and in Dubai last week were 55. We all know that we are facing a process of continuous degradation. Maybe we can do something." [Read interview here!]
2017, July 20: Universidade NOVA de Lisboa honoured His Highness Prince Aga Khan with the Honoris Causa Doctorate. The event was held on 20 July in Lisbon time at the Rectorate of NOVA and was attended by the President of the Portuguese Republic who co-chaired the ceremony. Later that day, The Aga Khan received one of Portugal‚Äôs highest honours ‚Äď the Grand cruz da ordem de Liberdade, or Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty ‚Äď in recognition of his service to uplifting lives around the world. Portugal‚Äôs President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa bestowed the Aga Khan, Imam of Ismailis, with this honour during a ceremony held at Lisbon‚Äôs Belem Palace.[More]
2017, July 19: H.H. The Aga Khan has arrived in Portugal this Wednesday 19 July 2017. At the airport, he was welcomed by a Guard of Honour. On Thursday 2pm Lisbon time (9am Toronto time), he will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. [More]
2017, July 11: Ismailis to celebrate 60 years of the Aga Khan's leadership in July - Prince Karim the Aga Khan IV inherited many important things from his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah the Aga Khan III, including longevity and the title of Imam or the spiritual head of the 15 million strong worldwide community of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. As a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad, Aga Khan IV is the 49th hereditary leader of the Ismaili Muslims, a branch of Shia Islam. Today, there are officially about 15 million Ismailis who are spread around the world. He is treated like a head of state with direct access to presidents and prime ministers. But he holds onto a tradition of political neutrality. Prince Karim was born in Geneva in 1936 and brought up in Kenya before attending boarding school in Switzerland and Harvard University. In 1957, during his undergraduate studies he became the Aga Khan. Suddenly he was thrust onto the world stage at the age of 20. Since then he has crossed the globe many times over. Though he carries a British passport and is based north of Paris, he is truly a global citizen. Read here all the articles in newspapers in preparation for the Diamond Jubilee [Many more news articles - Click here!]
June 15, 2017 - H.H. The Aga Khan is to be awarded the Honorary Citizenship of Kampala Award in recognition of the role of his foundation to the development of Uganda's capital city. The Award will be received by the Aga Khan Foundation during celebrations to mark the 60 anniversary of Prince Karim Agha Khan's ascension to the Ismaili Imamat throne. The foundation's engagement in Uganda spans more than 70 years. The foundations portfolio includes investments in businesses, education, media, health, hotels and power generation. "His Highness the Agha Khan has done a lot of things for Uganda but also Kampala. Am sure you are aware that there‚Äôs actually the construction of the Aga Khan hospital and training centre here in Kampala. The things that Aga Khan is doing depict him as having made huge community contributions", Kauju added. Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), the infrastructure and industrial development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development owns the 250MW Bujagali Hydro power plant constructed at a cost of nearly $900 million. The foundation is also building a $100 million hospital in Nakawa division, Kampala.
2017, June 9 - Mombasa, Kenya - First Lady: Latest heart complication technology to save thousands - State of the Art Cath Lab. The latest technology on cardiac complications is now locally available and Kenyans with heart problems can seek intervention without the need to travel abroad. Princess Zahra said the presence of the First Lady at the ceremony demonstrated the strong and important partnership between the Government and the AKDN. She said besides training of health professionals, the Aga Khan Health Services provided health care to over 1 million Kenyans last year. Princess Zahra said the Cardiology Program is an important step by the Aga Khan Health Services and a similar program is planned for Kisumu City. She however underlined the need for sustainability, capacity building and continued partnership with the government for the program to successfully continue saving lives. [MORE Photos and news]
2017, June 8 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Dr. Dorothy Gwajima, Acting Director of Curative Services at the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children today jointly opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory and a low cost inpatient unit at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam. [More]
2017, May 2017 H.H. The Aga Khan receives President‚Äôs Medal from Architectural League of New York. The Architectural League is recognizing His Highness the Aga Khan on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Aga Khan Award in Architecture, which celebrates achievements in architecture and urbanism that serve an Islamic population anywhere in the world; spotlights issues of sustainability, quality of life, local craft and building traditions; and helps to preserve and develop public spaces, buildings, and landscapes of great cultural and civic importance. A commitment to pluralism suffuses the work of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, along with other programs of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Development Network, of which it is a part. ‚ÄúPluralism,‚ÄĚ the Aga Khan has said, ‚Äúresults when people decide to value and understand human differences through mutual respect and civic inclusion.‚ÄĚ He has written that ‚ÄúIn the troubled times in which we live, it is important to remember, and honor, a vision of a pluralistic society. Tolerance, openness and understanding towards other peoples‚Äô cultures, social structures, values and faiths are now essential to the very survival of an interdependent world. Pluralism is no longer simply an asset or a prerequisite for progress and development, it is vital to our existence.‚ÄĚ [More news and photos]
2017, May 16: H.H. The Aga Khan attended at 10:30am on 16th May the opening of the new HQ of the Global Center of Pluralism. "Let me emphasize a point about the concept of pluralism that is sometimes misunderstood. Connection does not necessarily mean agreement. It does not mean that we want to eliminate our differences or erase our distinctions. Far from it. What it does mean is that we connect with one another in order to learn from one another, and to build our future together. Pluralism does not mean the elimination of difference, but the embrace of difference. Genuine pluralism understands that diversity does not weaken a society, it strengthens it. In an ever-shrinking, ever more diverse world, a genuine sense of pluralism is the indispensable foundation for human peace and progress. From the start, this has been a vision that the Ismaili Imamat and the Government of Canada have deeply shared."
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2017, May 16: H.H. The Aga Khan will attend at 10:30am on 16th May the opening of the new HQ of the Global Center of Pluralism..[News and pics]
2017, May 11 Prince Amyn Aga Khan Speech at this 11 May 2017 at Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia exhibition at The UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, has been recorded and will be posted online in the comming days[More]
2017, April 25: Princess Zahra Aga Khan was met at the Khorog airport by GBAO governor Shodikhon Jamshed, senior representatives of the Khorog mayor‚Äôs office and other regional administrators. While in Gorno Badakhshan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan has reportedly visited a number of programs and projects of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the region. Yesterday, she, in particular, visited the Langar area in the Ishakshim district. Today, Princess Zahra Aga Khan is visiting the Gudara area in the Rushan district and the Khidorjev area in the Roshtqala district. She is also scheduled to meet the GBAO regional administrators and representatives of the AKDN programs in the region. Recall, Princess Zahra Aga Khan arrived in Dushanbe Monday evening for a three-day working visit.
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2017, April 24: Kabul, Afghanistan - Princess Zahra Aga Khan met with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani today and reaffirmed continued support to the AKDN in Afghanistan. She made a Speech at the opening of the 141 Beds Hospital in Bamyan. The construction of the new facility was funded by the Government of Canada (US $17 million), the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (US $3.2 million) and the Government of France (US $2.3 million). The hospital‚Äôs operations continue to be principally funded by the Aga Khan Health Services; since 2004, this funding has amounted to over US $15 million. ‚ÄúI know that all of you share Canada‚Äôs deep belief that access to quality health care for all the citizens of this vast country of Afghanistan is one of the most important building blocks for a better future,‚ÄĚ said Canadian Ambassador His Excellency Kenneth Neufeld. ‚ÄúWe can see here in front of us a model of quality sustainable health care which can reach offer first-class health solutions to remote areas and under-served segments of the population. I know too that you share Canada‚Äôs deep commitment to ensuring that the rights of women and children to equal access to health care are achieved. ‚Äú [Click for More Photos, News and Speech]
2017, April 19: H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Russia at 19:30 for 2 days. He met with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow to discuss with AKDN related projects in Syria, Afghanistan and Central Asia. [More news and Video here!]
2017, April 8: Edmonton, Canada - North America‚Äôs largest 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. read more - click here!
2017, February 20: The Aga Khan foundation has trained over 1,000 headteachers of nursery and primary schools from Lindi and Mtwara regions through its project that seeks to improve education in the East Africa Regions (AKU-IED, EA). More
2017, January 2 - Birth of Prince Sinan, the second child of Princess Salwa and Prince Rahim Aga Khan. Send your Congratulations HERE!
2016, December 13 H.H. The Aga Khan celebrates his 80th birthday with his family. On 16 December 2016, another grand party was help in Paris by the LIF on behalf of the whole community. The Imam came with Prince Amyn Aga KHan, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa and Prince Irfan, Princess Zahra and her daughter Princess Sara, Prince Hussein as well as Prince Aly Muhammad. [More text and video]
2016, December 7: ISLAMABAD (APP): Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for
Finance met His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan on the sidelines of the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the French agency for Development in Paris Wednesday.[More]
2 Dec 2016 - H.H. The Aga Khan at the 45th UAE National Day Anniversary Abu Dhabi - Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage. Click for more!
2016, November 11: Amb.Liberat Mfumukeko, Secretary General of the East African Community and Ex-Oficio Member of Parliament met H.H. The Aga Khan who agreed to upgrade Dar hospital to 600 beds and extend AKDN Hospitals & Universities to all countries across the region. The Secretary General of the EAC was in Brussels for a funding meeting at the EU Commission. [More]
2016, November 5 and 6: Dubai and Al-Ain - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Winners' seminar held November 5th, 2016 followed the next day by the Award ceremony. [News and Photos] [Video and Text of Speech]
2016, November 2016 - Dubai, UAE - H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Dubai this Friday afternoon accompanied by his brother Prince Amyn and his son Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan to attend the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Ceremony November 5-6th, 2016. [More News and Photos]
2016-10-19: Naryn, Kyrgyzstan - Opening Ceremony of the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia. The University of Central Asia has attracted the support of 77 institutions in the region. H.H. The Aga Khan said that a thousand years ago, Central Asia led the world in cultural and intellectual achievement. He quoted the invention of Algebra and the first discovery of the diameter of the earth. Prince Rahim, Princess Zahra, Prince Aly Muhammad attended the event. The University of Central Asia (UCA), created to be a catalyst for social and economic development in the region‚Äôs mountain societies, on 19 October officially opened its first campus in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. The new buildings on the Naryn Campus represent the first phase of a larger plan for the 252-hectare site, which was a gift from the Kyrgyz Government. Phase I includes 14,000 square meters of space that can accommodate 150 students. It features state of the art classrooms, a library and laboratories; secure, modular student dormitories; faculty and staff residences; and athletic facilities of an international standard. When the final phase is complete, the campus will accommodate 1,200 students and span 125,000 square meters, the UCA said. lMore photos and news]
2016 , October 18 - Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - H.H. The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam received today The Order of Danaker which is awarded to individuals for outstanding contribution to the strengthening of peace, friendship and cooperation between nations, for a particularly fruitful activity in the inter-ethnic harmony, achievements in science, rapprochement and mutual enrichment of national cultures. [click here for more]
2016, October 18: Osh, Kyrgyzstan - The Aga Khan School ‚Äď the first private school in Osh - today celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the presence of Princess Zahra Aga Khan. ‚ÄėThe ability to make judgments that are grounded in solid information, and employ careful analysis should be one of the most important goals for any educational endeavour. As students develop this capacity, they can begin to grapple with the most important and difficult step: to learn to place such judgments in an ethical framework. Therein lies the formation of the kind of social consciousness that our world so desperately needs.‚Äô said Princess Zahra. [More]
2016, October 17: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan and Mowlana Hazar Imam at Bishkek airport today. AKDN Resident Representative for Kyrgyzstan Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, who is also the Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee, welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam. [ More news, click here]
2016, October 7th - H.H. The Aga Khan has informed his community of his joy of Princess Salwa and his son Prince Rahim expecting their second child early into the new year. The Ismaili Community is celebrating the news. For more photos, [click here]
2016 October 4th and 5th - Brussels, Belgium - H.H. The Aga Khan attended the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. (L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Prince Shah Karim Al Husseini Aga Khan IV and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chat prior to the Brussels conference on Afghanistan in Belgium, 05 October 2016. The conference, which is hosted by the EU, will bring together representatives of over 70 countries to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Although the AKDN‚Äôs work there began in 1996 with the distribution of food aid during the civil war, its contribution towards rebuilding the country has grown massively in scope and impact. It now has economic projects in over 240 cities and towns spread throughout the 34 provinces. Its social development and humanitarian work has touched over 3 million people. It has also restored over 90 historic sites, revitalising the nation‚Äôs cultural heritage while upgrading local infrastructure and training local journeymen. Among the attendees at the Brussels conference were the President of Afghanistan, Dr Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and United States Secretary of State John Kerry. On the sidelines of the conference, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Afghan Ministry of Urban Development signed an agreement that will facilitate the conservation and restoration of key historic areas in Kabul. The memorandum of understanding furthers AKDN‚Äôs commitment to preserving Afghanistan‚Äôs built heritage and developing sustainable models of urban planning, upgrading and conservation.
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2016, October - Paris, France - His Higness The Aga Khan attended the two days racing event of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with Prince Amyn, Prince Aly Muhammad, Princess Zahra, her daughter and Princess Salwa, the wife of Prince Rahim. Expectations were high. One could read in blogspot "When Harzand came roaring down the Epsom track in the Derby back in June, he ended a 16 year long wait for the Aga Khan to recapture this esteemed prize. Nothing ever appears to be straightforward with this dual Derby winner, his participation only hours before the Derby was thrown up into the air due to a foot injury but this brave battle hardened colt was patched up and the rest, as they say, is history. He then duly went on to win the Irish Derby, again battling to victory, but lost his unbeaten run when he finished down the field in the Irish Champion Stakes last month, although one can excuse that run as he was struck into, which resulted in injury and that led to another 'will he or won't he' scenario. We know now, Harzand will definitely run at Chantilly on Sunday and any concerns or issues anyone has about the ground, fitness or the draw can be stored safely away as everything appears to be in order, even the heavens have opened up at Chantilly as I write, which will be music to Harzand's ears! ">More photos, news and videos here.]
2016, September 27: The French Development Agency and AKDN engage in a US$58 million partnership to provide equitable access to an international standard of education in Mozambique. The student body of more than 750 girls and boys from kindergarten to grade 12 will benefit from facilities that will include classrooms, science laboratories, libraries, lecture and work-study rooms for teacher professional development, administration offices, students‚Äô residences, dining and kitchen facilities, an amphitheatre, and sport and arts facilities. The campus will also be equipped with advanced IT infrastructure. Mhamud Charania, Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Services, Mozambique, signed the agreement on behalf of the AKDN. ‚ÄúAFD‚Äôs participation in this project confirms our belief in the value of investing significant resources in educating students with exceptional intellectual ability to the highest levels of achievement,‚ÄĚ said Salim Bhatia, Director of Academies. ‚ÄúIt is our intention to offer a distinctive, relevant and internationally validated education where girls and boys develop a strong sense of civic duty and capability to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of their societies,‚ÄĚ he added. The AFD, as France‚Äôs main agency for development, has developed a fruitful relationship with the AKDN on a number of projects. The two organisations have worked together for almost 20 years. Proparco (an affiliate of AFD focussing on the private sector) has mainly financed economic development projects (especially in the infrastructure, tourism and banking sectors), and AFD has focussed on social development projects in the areas of health, education and financial inclusion. [More]
2016, September 21:
H.H. The Aga Khan has received The Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship at a ceremony held in Toronto. In his speech, H.H. The Aga Khan said "Pretending that our differences are trivial will not persuade most people to embrace pluralistic attitudes. In fact, it might frighten them away. People know that differences can be challenging, that disagreements are inevitable, that our fellow-humans can sometimes be disagreeable. As Madame Clarkson has famously said, and I am quoting her here: ‚Äúthe secret to social harmony is learning to live with people you may not particularly like.‚ÄĚ My fear is that talking only about our common humanity might seem to threaten people‚Äôs distinctive identities. And that can complicate the challenge of pluralism. Who am I? Qui suis-je? We all must pose that question. Answers will grow out of basic loyalties - to family, faith, community, language, which provide a healthy sense of security and worth. But if the call for pluralism seems to dilute those old loyalties, then that new call may not be effective. Embracing the values of Global Citizenship should not mean compromising the bonds of local or national citizenship. The call of pluralism should ask us to respect our differences, but not to ignore them, to integrate diversity, not to depreciate diversity. "
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24 August 2016 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Princess Zahra attended the ceremony for the expansion of the Aga Khan Hospital. Princess Zahra Aga Khan, said her institution came up with the idea of expanding the hospital in Dar es Salaam following the increase of cases of non-communicable diseases. - [Click here for more photos and news!]
2016, August 8: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ‚ÄĒ The Aga Khan Hospital is implementing a Sh176 billion expansion project that will see the facility match the international status it attained last week from the Joint Commission International. The hospital will increase the number of beds from 74 to 170 and has set aside Sh3 billion for training young health professionals abroad. [News here]
2016, July 31: In Africa, there are nine such hospitals and Aga Khan Hospital is the first hospital in Tanzania to achieve JCI accreditation. Chief Medical Officer, Professor Muhammad Kambi, said it was a great achievement and urged the hospital to keep working hard in delivering health services as it would bring positive impact on the overall healthcare in the country. Prof Kambi also appreciated the offer made by the Aga Khan Hospital to work with the government on improving safety and quality standards across all hospitals countrywide. [here!]
2016, June 22 - Paris, France: Prince Karim Aga Khan and Member of 'Academie des Beaux-Arts', photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand attend Dominique Perrault becomes a Member of the 'Academie des Beaux-Arts', Architecture Section : Official Ceremony - [More Photos and speech in French - Click!]
2016-06-25 His Highness The Aga Khan's horse Harzand wins the Irish Derby - ‚ÄúNow it‚Äôs forwards and upwards and I will speak with his highness (owner, His Highness Aga Khan) but obviously the Arc de Triomphe will be his target.‚ÄĚ - Harzand is the fifth horse to win both the English and Irish Derbies for the Aga Khan after Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kahyasi (1989) and Sinndar (2000). It was Weld's third win in the Irish Derby after previous triumphs for Zagreb in 1996 and Grey Swallow in 2004, and a second for Smullen after riding the latter. "I knew Aidan would have his horse better than at Epsom so I knew our horse had to be better than at Epsom to win again," said the Rosewell House handler. "He ran a magnificent race. He showed the speed that he has today. People were saying he didn't have speed, well you saw it today. "Those two horses really picked up and quickened. Idaho is a high-class horse, he's always been that and he was at his best today. It was a great day, a great ride - a special day. It was a proper horse race. "He'll have a good break now and we'll train him for the Arc." [click for more news] [Video of the Interview given by H.H. The Aga Khan after his horse Harzand wins the Irish Derby
2016-06-04 - H.H. The Aga Khan maintains the family grip on one of the greatest prizes in racing, the Derby. (Photo: GETTY and Channel 4 Racing) Harzand finished ahead of the race favourite - But for the Aga Khan it extended a tradition started by his grandfather in 1930. Blenhem was the first of five Derby winners for the current Aga‚Äôs predecessor and was followed by Bahram (1935), Mahmoud (1936), My Love (1948) and Tulyar in 1952. - ["Click for more]
2016, May 24 - Gilgit, Pakistan‚Äď In its push to provide health care in large underserved areas of Pakistan, and to complement the Government‚Äôs efforts to attain the Sustainable Development Goals in health, an Aga Khan Medical Centre was inaugurated today by Princess Zahra Aga Khan and Prince Rahim Aga Khan. [More]
May 20, 2016 - Princess Zahra and others leave the ICT after a meeting with H.H. The Aga Khan - Tons of photos by our staff and others have been added with few interesting videos links on our IsmailiHeritage Channel on Youtube and in [Forum Section
2016, May 19: Toronto, Canada - Annual Pluralism Lecture 2016 - Justice Albie Sachs,formerly of the Constitutional Court of South Africa - "The Battle for the South African Constitution: Protecting Minorities through Power-Sharing or a Bill of Rights?" With introductory remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan and an audience dialogue moderated by David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail. Join the Centre on May 19, 2016 at 6:30 EST for the live stream presentation via the Globe and Mail. [More] [WEBCAST LIVE HERE at 7:30pm ET]]
2016, May 20: Toronto, Canada - H.H. The Aga Khan received an Honorary Degree from the Pontifical Medieval Studies Institute at St. Michael's College in Toronto (81 Mary's Street).[ More]
2016, May 16: H.H. The Aga Khan and his brother Prince Amyn landed at 4:30pm and were welcomed by Ambassador Eboo and others. He looked very happy and waved at us, about 20 Ismailis, outside the airport. The Imam arrived at 5pm at Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Canada.
2016, May 17 - Tuesday 4:00 p.m. The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with his Highness the Aga Khan in the Office of the Prime Minister, Parliament Hill, Ottawa. About 40 Ismailis were in the crowd gathered at the entrance. There was an athmosphere of jubilation and the Imam waved when he came and he went back at the end of his meeting. He went directly to the airport and his plane arrived in Toronto around 7pm.
2016, May 11. Lisbon, Portugal - His highness has arrived in Portugal for a 2 days meetings and will meet with the President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the prime minister, Ant√≥nio Costa, and with Augusto Santos Silva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He will be attending a dinner hosted on his behalf by the President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Cidadela de Cascais. [More photos and news]
2016, April 27 - Nairobi, Kenya - Princess Zahra Aga Khan attended the Kenya Countdown to 2015 Country Case Study Report: Understanding the Past to Impact the Future in Ending Preventable Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths and met the First Lady H.E. Margaret Kenyatta at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. [ Lots of photos and more - Click here!]
2016, April 25 - Daily Nation - Construction of the Aga Khan University campus in Arusha is set to take off soon, its officials have announced. The site covers 3,200 acres, of which the potential area for investment rests on 1,700 acres. [More]
2016, April 12, Kigali, Rwanda - Prince Amyn Aga Khan payed tribute to Genocide Survivors at Kigali Memorial
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2016, April 1: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania ‚ÄĒ The Aga Khan University (AKU) yesterday opened a new state-of-the art facility to groom nurses and midwives at degree level as part of the university's major plans to bridge the human resource gaps in Tanzania's health sector. The nursing school project, worth Sh2.95 billion, was officially launched yesterday in Dar es Salaam at a colourful event graced by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Gerd Muller. [More]
2016, March 17: Nairobi, Kenya - The new printing press to be launched by H.H. The Aga Khan on Thursday 17th March will be streamed live on Nation TV and Q-TV at 9.40am local time. [More Photos, Video and Speech]
2016, March 16: Nairobi, Kenya - H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Kenya yesterday evening for a visit during which he will inaugurate the Nation Media Group‚Äôs new state-of-the-art printing press. This morning he attended a meeting with the Nation Media Group at the Serena. [More]
2016, February 21: Sharm el Shaikh, Egypt - H.H. The Aga Khan Keynote address Africa 2016 Summit on 21st February 2016 at 9.15am in Sharm el Sheikh. "What I see emerging today is a refreshingly, balanced confidence in Africa - a spirit that takes encouragement from past progress, while also seeking new answers to new challenges - understanding that the best way to move into the future is to walk hand-in-hand with partners who share one‚Äôs goals. And we are all here to fulfil that role." [Photos and News] [SPEECH] [[Video]
2016, February 20:- Cairo, Egypt - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on Saturday with H.H. The Aga Khan in Sharm el Sheikh, Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef said. Sisi hailed the positive role played the AKDN which ‚Äď he considered ‚Äď as an example of non-governmental organizations contributing to development in the society and creating jobs. The president hailed the AKDN foundation's efforts in Egypt, especially in the childhood development projects. [News]
2016, February 4: His Highness The Agakhan making statement today at the Support Syria Conference. The Imam has announces that the AKDN will support Syrians by increasing investment to $200m over next 4 years. [More]
2016, January, 26 - Princess Zahra Aga Khan To Open Asian Racing Conference by Press Release | 11.26.2015 | 9:04am - Princess Zahra Aga Khan will give the opening address at the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Asian Racing Conference at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on Monday, Jan. 26, 2016. The address has special significance given that the history of her family's involvement in racing and breeding began in India in the 1800's with Aga Khan I. [More here]
2015, december 24: Prince Hussain Aga Khan arrived at Kirawira Lodge in Serengeti Park in Tanzania for a 5 days trip [Photos] [Video]