TUESDAY, MARCH 22nd 1983
Source: Selection of Speeches: 1976-1984
Paigham-e-Imamat, pp. 214-220
Silver Jubilee Speeches, I, pp. 85-94
Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, President Ramzan Merchant, Distinguished Guests
It is a special and very welcome occasion for me to be amongst such distinguished representatives of Government, of foreign countries and of international agencies here today: special because my family and I are deeply involved in social welfare in the widest sense and I particularly appreciate being amongst those who commit their time, resources and efforts for the benefit of mankind.
When I assumed the responsibilities of the Imamat 25 years ago I too became involved, as leader of the Ismaili community, in that most vital business, the well-being of ordinary people.
Islam, as I scarcely need to remind an audience here, is an all-encompassing faith. It gives direction to man's life, urging the individual to achieve a balance between material progress and spiritual well-being. But no man, woman or child can
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