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Princess Zahra inaugurates Phase II of The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam 2019-03-09

The R.H. Kassim M. Majaliwa (MP), Prime Minister of the United Republic of #Tanzania, and Princess Zahra  2019-03-09

The Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam - Phase II will be inaugurated on Saturday 9 March 2019 in the presence of Princess Zahra and His Excellency, the Honourable Kassim M. Majaliwa (MP), Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Aga Khan III Event - 1932-02-19


February 19, 1932 - Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah, Aga Khan III addressed the Disarmament Conference at Geneva, Switzerland in his capacity as Delegate of India to the League of Nations at the fourteenth meeting. He said, 'The basis of all security is a foreign policy rooted in mutual goodwill and cooperation; a foreign policy in which no country covets its neighbour's possessions or seeks to infringe its moral and spiritual rights.'

University of Washington and Aga Khan University sign agreement to further population health, research, service and education


The University of Washington and Aga Khan University signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday.Mark Stone/University of Washington

SEATTLE — The University of Washington today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aga Khan University to codify partnership activities already underway and to leverage complementary strengths to further expand research, service and education in low- and middle-income countries.

The Aga Khan, a jet-setter who mixes business and Islam 2007-07-09

NEW YORK — He is a moderate Muslim religious leader and a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. He is also a twice-married jet-setter, and he owns hundreds of racehorses, valuable stud farms, an exclusive yacht club on Sardinia and a lavish estate near Paris.

He has poured money into poorer, neglected parts of the world, often into businesses as basic as making fishnets, plastic bags and matches, while also teaming up with private equity powerhouses like the Blackstone Group on a $750 million hydroelectric system in Uganda.

Speech at the Opening ceremony of Muhammedi Girls’ Academy Karachi 1962-09-02

(The Ismailia Youth Services Karachi have initiated many projects for the advancement of the community. In Karachi one of these has been the Muhammedi Girls’Academy. Recently a magnificent building has been constructed in the lush green surroundings at Malir on the Karachi-Hyderabad highway.

Aga Khan Foundation channeled $700m of assistance to Afghanistan 2014-08-24

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) have channeled roughly around $700 million of assistance to Afghanistan since the foundation begun it’s engagement in Afghanistan in 1995.

More than 2.5 million people have benefited from the assistance which mainly focuses on world development health care, education, financial services, mobile telephony and other sectors.


The Aga Khan Patron Of Chateau De Chantilly Le prince Karim AGA KHAN est nommé président

'I, as imam of the Ismailis, have responsibility for and supreme authority over the community. This means taking the lead in the practice of the religion but also engaging in ongoing activities to improve the Ismailis' quality of life and to help 'every Ismaili in the world who is in difficulties'. Said the Aga Khan to Caroline Pigozzi in a candid interview published in Paris Match in French. The Interview was taken in India in 2004 during the AKAA ceremonies.

Paris Match Interview (4th), Caroline Pigozzi, ‘The Confessions Of The Aga Khan’ (Paris, France)


H.H. The Aga Khan with Prime Minister Jea Chretien of Canada  2002-01-30

OTTAWA - CNW: Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chretien and His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today together called for an increased commitment to fostering pluralism in societies across both the developing and developed worlds. The Aga Khan was concluding a two day official visit at the invitation of the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada.

His Highness the Aga Khan attends event entitled, “Fragile States ‘Weiterdenken’(‘Thinking Ahead’)

H.H. The Aga Khan speaking in Berlin at the   "Fragile States 'Weiterdenken'('Thinking Ahead') event  2019-01-16

Berlin, Germany, 15 January 2019 - His Highness the Aga Khan today 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') – Utilising Experiences from Stabilisation Measures for the Future", which brought together leaders from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and German development partners

Event - 1962-01-13


As an accomplished skier, Hazar Imam won the 'Roberts of Kandhar' challenge cup at Davos, Switzerland, the oldest challenge cup in the world for downhill ski racing. A year later in 1963, Hazar Imam represented Iran in the 9th Winter Olympic Games at Innsbruck.



A sell-out Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Awards' Dinner heard the Aga Khan, the Guest Of Honor, expound on his breeding philosophy and then present the 13 awards for excellence in British Thoroughbred Breeding. The Aga Khan had a very successful 2000, headlined by Sinndar winning the Vodafone Derby, the Budweiser Irish Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and Kalanisi capturing the Dubai Champion Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Turf. Sir Michael Oswald, the TBA President, presented the Aga Khan with a silver salver to mark the achievements of 2000.

Event - 1966-01-08


The soil of Africa was blessed with the Holy visit of our spiritual father this month when he arrived in Leopoldville, Congo, for one day on Saturday, January 8. He came to attend the foundation ceremony of the new 20 storey building of I.P.S.

H.H. the Aga Khan conferred highest academic honours from Canadian universities in unprecedented joint ceremony 2018-10-18

SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter, SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini and UBC President Santo Ono congratulate His Highn

Vancouver, Canada, October 19, 2018 – In an historic ceremony today attended by Her Honour the Honourable Lieutenant-Governor Janet Austin of British Columbia and Honourable Premier John Horgan, His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was conferred with honorary Doctors of Laws – the highest academic award - from both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU).

Prince Amyn honoured at World Monuments Fund’s Hadrian Gala 2018-10-23

World Monuments Fund (WMF) honored Prince Amyn Aga Khan  2018-10-23

World Monuments Fund (WMF) honored Prince Amyn Aga Khan, of the Aga Khan Development Network, and Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, historian of the city of Havana, Cuba, at the 31st annual Hadrian Gala held at the Rainbow Room in New York City on October 23.

Event - 1995-01-01

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan meeting Prime Minster Viktor Chernomyrdin in Moscow, 1995. (Image credit: The Ismaili Canada)

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.

On 9th October 1960 His Royal Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan opened a colloquium on the Present day Students Problems’

On 9th October 1960 His Royal Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan opened a colloquium on the Present day Students Problems’ sponsored by the Punjab University Student’s Union at Lahore in Pakistan. On that occasion he announced award of 5 post-graduate scholarships for one year study in Europe or the Middle East.

Opening the colloquium, His Royal Highness said:

Hazar Imam attends World Peace Conference in Paris, France 2018-11-11

H.H. The Aga Khan greets President de Sousa of Portugal and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. AKDN / Cécile Genest

The Aga Khan, Mowlana Hazar Imam , was among the 70 World Leaders who attended in Paris, the ceremonies commemorating the 100 years of the Armistice that ended the World War 1 (the Great War). The Aga Khan attended the opening of the Paris Peace Forum which is scheduled from 11 to 13th November 2018.

Press Release (AKDN)


AKFED invested in Habib Bank Ltd., which was privatised by the Pakistan government.  2004-02-26

ISLAMABAD: The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) on Monday gave the highest bid of Rs 22.409 billion ($389 million) for acquiring 51 per cent strategic stake in Habib Bank Limited (HBL). It was the biggest transaction in the history of Pakistan.

(AKDN reports below)


August 26, 1960

(Speeches. Vol 2. pg 20)


I shall begin by saying how well I am aware of your needs and necessities in this particular school. I do feel that if we are going to proceed on a fairly large scale of development in the future in our education institutions, we must proceed according to certain plans and standards, and for this reason I will probably advise the City Education Board, not to proceed with any development of this building until we know the result of the negotiations which are taking place at this moment.

Event - 1982-10-07-B

Hazar Imam gave a speech at the dinner hosted in honour of the President of the Republic of Kenya

SPEECH DINNER: http://ismaili.net/heritage/node/27592

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening ceremony of Wandegeya Mosque, Kampala 1959-09-17

September 17, 1959

Kampala, Uganda

(Opening of Mosque at Wandegeya –outskirts of Kampala, East Africa)
(Somalis with beaded head-dresses, Arabs and Swahili Shaikhs in their long flowing gowns, Africans wearing red fez, Ismaili Muslims in golden turbans, were part of the large gathering of all races which on 17-9-1959 saw His Royal Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan open the new mosque at Wandegeya on the outskirts of Kampala, (Uganda in East Africa)

Interview with Princess Salimah Aga Khan by Sameera Gokhale 2008-07-03

Sameera Gokal: Could you please start off by telling us your name and what cause you

Princess Salimah: My name is Salimah Aga Khan, and I was asked to be the first
International Ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages. I had already been devoted to SOS
Children’s Villages since 1995.

Sameera Gokal: What exactly is your role as an ambassador for SOS?

Princess Salimah: It is … to do as I’m told (laughing). My role is to be a bridge between SOS
and local authorities, and also to go see the villages and mothers. I think it’s a role which I need

Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan at the Presentation ceremony of the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Assalamu-Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
and Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah
Honourable Ministers
Distinguished Guests

Hazar Imam announces engagement of Prince Hussain to Ms. Elizabeth Hoag 2018-12-21

Prince Hussain with Hazar Imam and Princess Zahra during visit to India

Hazar Imam sent a special message of joy and happiness to world-wide Jamats announcing the engagement of His beloved son, Prince Hussain to Miss Elizabeth Hoag who had adopted the name Fareen upon embracing Islam.

The message said "It is with special happiness that I am writing to inform My Jamat that my beloved second son, Prince Hussain, is engaged to be married to Miss Elizabeth Hoag, who has adopted the name Fareen upon embracing Islam. It is expected that they will marry in the spring of 2019.

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