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Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah presided at a meeting in Bombay held to protest against the treatment of Indians in South Africa. The Quaid-e-Azam and many other leaders were also present.
February 1940 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah visited the Jamats of Karachi, Pakistan between February 4th and 7th and the Jamats of Mumbai, India various times between February 9th and March 10th 1940.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah's horse Tehran won the St. Leger.
April - August 1945 Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah visited various centres in East Africa such as Kampala, Nairobi, Kisumu, Musoma, Dar es Salaam, Mozambique, Zanzibar etc. and gave Holy Deedar to Jamats during this Jubilee year.
July 24, 1945 Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah delivered a speech at the Mission Conference held in Dar es Salaam.
August 4, 1945 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah and Mata Salamat landed from a flying boat and made their first visit to Lourenco Marques, Mozambique.
August 6, 1945 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah and Mata Salamat and other dignitaries left for Johannesburg, South Africa. On arrival there, they were greeted by President Vazir Allibhai V. Keshavji.
August 6, 1945 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah later held a press conference at the Langham Hotel where he said to the reporters, "...Here I am. Shoot! What do you want to know?"
August 17, 1945 Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah completed 60 years of Holy Imamat - Diamond Jubilee preparations began.(link to devotional art-lakhpaty)
March 10, 1946 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah was weighed against Diamonds in Bombay at Brabourne Stadium. Also in attendance were Om Habibah Begum and Prince Sadrudin. link to 105+107+108+109
May - June 1946 Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah visited East Africa Jamats such as Kisumu, Lindi, Tananarive (Madagascar), Nairobi, Mombasa, Kampala etc.
August 17, 1946 - The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations are held in Dar-es-Salaam. National Geographic printed the first ever colour pictures of these celebrations.(link to diamond. Jub.gallery+(link to 101msms+ 104msms)
1946 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah bestowed the title of Mata Salamat on Om Habibah Begum.
At a reception in honour of His Royal Highness in Cape Town, South Africa, General Smuts said that it was men like the Aga Khan who could, if given the opportunity, turn the course of world events in different direction and "build up a society in which justice, fair play, common sense and decent virtues will be triumphant and in which wars will not be needed as arbitrators of fate."
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah met with Governor General Ghulam Mohammed.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah attended a reception in London in 1947 where he met the leader of the Bohora Community, Yusuf Bhai Saheb. The minister of the Jhabua State was also present.
1948 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah's horse 'My Love' won the 1948 Derby.
After attending prayers at the Paris Mosque, Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah posed for a photograph with his son, Prince Sadrudin, and his grandsons Prince Karim and Prince Amyn Mohammed.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah holding his grand daughter, Princess Yasmin, daughter of Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth when she was only 12 weeks old.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah attended a rally in Karachi where the Ismaili Girl Guides gave an outstanding performance. The Ismaili Scouts and the Volunteers also gave a performance.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah and Begum Mata Salamat met with the Pakistani Prime Minister and Begum Mohammed Ali in Paris.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah also met with H.E.Habib I. Rahimtoola who was then the Ambassador for Pakistan in France. Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah and Begum Om Habibah Mata Salamat met the late Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan and Begum Liaquat Ali Khan and at a function in Karachi in 1950.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah attended the Karachi Municipal Corporation and here he gave a reply to the welcome address.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah and Mata Salamat met Miss Fatima Mohammed Ali Jinnah at her residence in Pakistan.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah met the Burmese Jamat in Rangoon, in 1950
February 1951 - Karachi, Pakistan: Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah said, "Arabic, as a national language, will give you immediate contact not only with forty million Arabic-speaking people of independent nations on your West, but the other sixty million more or less Arabic-speaking people who are not independent but who exist in Africa. Right up to the Atlantic, not only in the North, but as far South as Nigeria and Gold Coast, and in all the Sudans and in East Africa, Arabic is known to large numbers of people. If we turn to the East, Islam has prospered on Arabic among the eighty million Muslims of Indonesia and Malaya right up to the Phillipines."
February 1951 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah visited Iran Jamats (links!) for the first time with Mata Salamat Om Habibah Begum. They both attended the marriage ceremonies of Shah-en-Shah of Iran. Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah gave Holy Deedar to thousands of Ismailis in Mahalat.
Seen here, their Royal Highnesses inspecting the wedding presents made to the King of Iran.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah granted permission for the celebration of Platinum Jubilee to Ismaili representatives from Pakistan, Burma, Bharat and Africa.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah was granted an honorary LL.D. by Dacca University.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah met with the ruler of Kalat State and Hunza (link to 041msms)
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah met with the Syrian envoy and the Mir of Hunza.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah at a function in Karachi with the Raja Ghazanfaar Ali Khan in Karachi. (link to 033msms)
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah and Begum Mata Salamat met with Governor- General Ghulam Mohammad and H.E. Dr. Sita Ram, Indian High Commissioner
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah gave his condolences to Begum Liaquat Ali Khan at the demise of Quaid-I-Millat
During this visit, Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah, Mata Salamat and Mr. Zahid Husain visited the treasury vaults of the State Bank of Pakistan where they viewed the display of Pakistani notes and coins.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah is seen amidst a joyful company at a dinner function in Karachi.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah also met with H.E. Mohan Sinha Mehta, Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan and other diplomats
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah gave aspeech at the Institut e of International Affairs in Karachi
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah also visited the Iranian Embassy in Pakistan and there met with the dignitaries and also met with the Indonesian Charge d'Affaires
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah at the airport, leaving for France after his visit to Pakistan.
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah had a group photo taken on April 1, 1951 at Cairo when Ismaili Leaders from Europe, Pakistan, India, Burma and East Africa gathered together to request permission to start preparations for Platinum Jubilee.
When the "Times", London made some unfair allegations against Islam and the Muslims in a leading article in October 1951, His Royal Highness sent a spirited reply to that newspaper which was published in its next issue of November 6, 1951. He explained that it was because of the spirit of tolerance of Islam that even the smallest Christian and Jewish minorities had survived and kept all their doctrines during the thousand years of Muslim rule. (link to letter pg132-134)
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah and Mata Salamat attended a tea party given in their honour at the Metropole, Karachi. The tea party was given by H.E. the Iranian Masoud Moazad on January 23, 1952 (link to 024msms)
During one of the races, Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah made a distribution of the prize money of 20,000 pounds to be divided amongst the jockey, the trainees and the stable boys after his horse Tulyar won the Derby in May 1952
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah delivered a speech on the economy of Pakistan, also present was the Begum, the Mir of Hunza and Khwaja Nazimuddin, Khan of Kalat.
July 1953 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah wrote in 'The Times' newspaper of England, "For as long as we can foresee, the British people are the trustees of the population of East Africa, irrespective of race and colour...There can be no real union in East Africa among the races if any portion of them believes that the trustees are divided or that they have particular favourite wards."
Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah met with Mr. Charles Chaplin at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival
Mr. Oliver Lyttelton, the Colonial Secretary met with Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah during a party given to several hundred Ismaili Muslims in London in July (link: same picture as above!!) 1953.
Third auspicious visit to Pakistan for the celebration of Platinum Jubilee at Karachi, the Federal Capital of Pakistan.
A token ceremony of the Platinum Jubilee was also celebrated in Cairo at the Semiramis hotel. Present at this ceremony was Prince Aly Khan.
In Bombay, the Platinum Jubilee was also celebrated and a Platinum Plaque was presented to Prince Aly Khan
1954 - Mowlana Sultan Mohamed Shah had "The Memoirs of Aga Khan" published by Cassell & Company Ltd., London, England.
In his Last Will and Testament, he appointed his grandson, the elder of the two sons of Prince Aly Salomon Khan, Shah Karim Al-Husayni as the 49th Imam and Pir of all Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.