Aga Khan - Timeline - 1995

Aga Khan IV - Timeline - 1995

January 1995: Mowlana Hazar Imam visited Moscow as guest of the Russian Government and met with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. Held meetings with officials at the highest levels of federal and local governments. Visited both houses of the Russian Parliament, the Federation Council and the State Duma , and from the City Hall to the Kremlin. Hazar Imam also met with senior diplomats, religious leaders, academicians and representatives of the Russian and international Press.

Had separate meetings with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, National Security Advisor to the President, Yuri Baturin, Secretary of the National Security Council, Oleg Lobov, the Speaker of Federation Council, Vladinir Shumeyko and the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov.

January 29,1995: First ever Mulaqat with Jamats of Central Asia at Moscow's Olimpiski Stadium.

March 1995: Hazar Imam was invited to address the full session of the Executive Board of UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris. Hazar Imam was described as a "leader of leaders" and introduced as the 49th Imam and as a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. In his speech, Hazar Imam said: "Private entrepreneurial thinking and good management are becoming the driving forces behind economic development in the Third World." (click here)

November 1995: Princess Zahra visited various jamati institutions worldwide as part of her portfolio of Women's, Youth and Social Welfare affairs. She visited India, Malagasy Republic and Canadian cities. In the Malagasy Republic capital of Antananarivo, the Princess stopped by the newly renovated Aga Khan Hostel.

May, 1995: Princess Zahra Aga Khan attented the AKF Partnership Walk in Montreal.

May, 1995: Visit to Tajikistan. Jamat was granted first ever Holy Deedar of an Imam in centuries at the Dushanbe Soccer Stadium on May 24, 1995 at 9:00 a.m. (See photos of the visit in the photo section below.

May 27, 1995: Speech at the Dushanbe Concert Hall

June 7: The Moscow Times: "Aga Khan's People Put Hope in a Worldly Savior" wrote Kathy Lally - PORSHINYOV, Tajikistan -- "Midnight, and the people of the Pamirs are waiting, their dark shapes dimly lit against the flames of 450 bubbling caldrons in this narrow valley". That was their first Didar.

November 25, 1995: Aga Khan Award for Architecture held in Solo, Indonesia. As State Guests, Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra had been received by President Suharto at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta where they witnessed the official signing by the President of the commemorative postage stamps issued by Indonesia on the occasion of the award ceremony. Twelve winners of the 1995 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced. "The architectural and social problems facing Muslim societies require a sharper critique than they have received in the past," the Master Jury declared. "Have the Muslim civilizations of today lost the capability to produce great architecture?" Asked the Aga Khan in His speech at the Karaton Surakarta.

November 1995: Princess Zahra addressed the charity function held at Grosvenor Hotel, London where the theme was "Water for Life". In her speech, Princess Zahra said; "Investing in women yields high returns, both for themselves and for the generations to come" (click here). Hazar Imam, in a message conveyed through Princess Zahra, said; "Through the voice of My daughter, and at the end of her speech, I want to associate Myself with the gratitude and respect she expressed for all those who have contributed to the mission of the Aga Khan Foundation.

December 95: A celebration of AKF.

December 28, 1995: The French magazine "Paris Match" published an interview by Hazar Imam (This is an English translation).


Members of the Master Jury and staff of The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In the first row, l to r: Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam, Nurcholish Madjid, Arif Hassan, Sir Bernard Feilden, Charles Jencks

Mowlana Hazar Imam meets the Grand mufti of Russia

Mowlana Hazar Imam and George von Habsburg attending the Spanish Royal Family wedding of Infanta Elena.

Mowlana Hazar Imam on arrival at the Vnukova Airport, Moscow.

Mowlana Hazar Imam being greeted by Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin.

Mowlana Hazar Imam with Foreign Minister, Andrei Koayrev.

Mowlana Hazar Imam at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Mowlana Hazar Imam with the Mufti of the Muslims of Central European Russia.

With the Orthodox Patriarch of all Russia.

During this historic visit, Mowlana Hazar Imam met with the families of Moscow-based Jamat at a dinner-reception held at the Hotel Kempinski in Moscow.

Mowlana Hazar Imam in discussion with the Prime Minister, Victor Chernomyrdin.

Listening to a "Madho" at the Darbar held in Moscow's Olimpiski Stadium.

Mowlana Hazar Imam giving a Farman to the Jamat.

Khudavind's first historical visit to Central Asia
seen here delivering Farman Mubarak in Tajikistan

At the airstrip
Khush Omaded

Mowlana Hazar Imam accepting the hosts' hospitality by partaking of a morsel of bread dipped in salt
two essential for life

Just after landing, Mowlana Hazar Imam seen talking to the elders.

"In the footsteps of Prophet Mohammed"
The Observer
Mowlana Hazar Imam arriving for the Darbar.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and President Emomali Rakhmanov during the signing ceremony of An Agreement of Co-operation for Development between the AKDN and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Mowlana Hazar during a meeting with Prime Minister Djamshed Karimov and Foreign Minister Talbak Nasarov

Mowlana Hazar being received by Jamati leaders in Khorog
the capital of Gorno-Badakshan

During this historical visit, Mowlana Hazar Imam visited the University of Khorog.

Different poses of Mowlana Hazar Imam wearing a traditional cap and robe during this visit.

Mowlana Hazar Imam wearing a traditional robe and a cap in Dushanbe.

Mowlana Hazar Imam during the Darbar in Khorog, Badakshan.

Mowlana Hazar Imam during Darbar held in Dushanbe Soccer Stadium.

Mowlana Hazar Imam with the Khalifas and the elders of the Badakshan Jamat.

Mowlana Hazar Imam during the Darbar.

Mowlana Hazar Imam giving Irshad to the Jamat.

Arriving for Darbar in Tajikistan.

Arriving in Murgab.

Going to the Darbar in a military Jeep in Murgab.

With the Jamat in Murgab.

Talking with the elders of the Jamat in Murgab.

Mowlana Hazar accepting flowers from the younger members of the Jamat in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Imam with Murids in Bishkek

At a dinner in the honour of Mowlana Hazar Imam.

Mowlana Hazar Imam visiting the Pamir I hydro-electric scheme.

In Sijd, Badakshan Mowlana Hazar Imam during the Darbar.

Mowlana Hazar Imam wearing a traditional Kyrgyz hat.

Mowlana Hazar Imam visited Ottawa for meetings with Prime Minister Jean Chretien, also present was Hon. David Collenette, Federal Minister.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra being greeted by Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Alit, Princess of Surakarta at Jakarta's Halim Airport.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra at the AKAA Seminar proceedings the day following the Award Ceremony.

Mowlana Hazar Imam watches on as His Royal Highness Paku Buwono XII Sunan of Surakarta congratulates a winner.

For more photos of The Aga Khan Award - Indonesia.

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