THE CAVALCADE of cars came into drive way, under the bowing palm trees, past the blaze of rich petunias and salvias, to the huge complex at Parklands. It brought Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah who were to grace a grand Darbar. For a moment one's mind went back to weeks prior to this revered moment. The whole Jamat had been galvanised into action by an announcement that Kenya had been chosen as the first country that Mowlana Hazar Imam would visit during the Silver Jubilee year.
President Moi officially opened Leather Industries of Kenya Ltd. At Thika on Friday 24th October 1986. He said he was pleased to be associated with an event aimed at contributing much towards fulfilling the country's objective of stepping up the processing of Kenya's raw material.
Prince Sadrudin, Princess Aleya and their friends were recently in Mombasa for their annual holidays and spent a fortnight at their Bahati Villa on the South Coast.
Prince Sadrudin travelled by road from Nairobi to Mombasa after having just arrived by air on Monday 23rd December, 1985. Representatives from the Mombasa Provincial Council welcomed the party at the Likoni Ferry that evening.
Nairobi the gateway to Kenya's unrivalled attractions, tempts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.
'The sheer variety of Kenya's attractions have few equals anywhere,' said His Highness the Aga Khan,' I speak not only of the National Parks with their mountains, forests, plains, deserts and coastal shores nor even of the wildlife - which of course is unique - but also of the cultures, people and traditions. 'These priceless assets must be preserved and cherished at all costs, not simply for tourists, but for their own sake.'
On August 7th, 1980 H.S.H. Prince Amyn Mohamed paid a special visit to the venue of the MIS Review Conference II-Nairobi, at the request of Count Sir Eboo Pirbhai, President of the Supreme Council of Europe, U.S.A., Canada & Africa.
On Friday 24th October, 1986 Mowlana Hazar Imam declared the new Aga Khan club complex open.
At the ceremony Alijah Sayed Ahamed Chairman of the Nairobi Provincial Council in his welcome address said that the grounds on which the present new complex has been built is of particular significance to the Nairobi Jamat, because it was here that Mowlana Hazar Imam's Takht Nashini was held in 1957.
My dear Chairman and Members,
I would like you to convey my most grateful thanks to all the members of your Council, the Mukhis and Kamadias, Mukhianis and Kamadianis of our Kisumu Jamat and all the members of the Kisumu and district Jamats who presented such lovely gifts to Princess Zahra, Princess Yasmin, Prince Rahim, Prince Hussain and to myself.
We were most touched by your kind thought and lovely gifts which we appreciate immensely.
Mowlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim Al-Hussaini paid a five day visit to Kenya, last month. He was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival in Nairobi from Kampala.Imam-e-Zaman who arrived in his private jet from Entebbe, was met by the Vice-President, Mr. Daniel arap Moi, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Njoroge Mungai, the Attorney-General, Mr. Charles Njonjo, Mr. Mwai Kibaki, Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Mr. Jackson Angaine, Minister for Land and Settlement.
Mowlana Hazar Imam visited the Jubilee Insurance Company Ltd., to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Company.
Mr President, Mr Provincial Commissioner, Sir Philip Mitchell, Ladies and Gentlemen, my Muslim Brothers
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the warm welcome you have given me. I shall never forget this wonderful stay in Mombasa; everyone has been so kind and good to me.
Mr. Provincial Commissioner, your Worship the Mayor, Councillor Dahya and Honourable Guests, I would like to begin by expressing to Mr. Provincial Commissioner, your Worship the Mayor and all the authorities and citizens of Kisumu my very warm and most grateful thanks for this particularly generous and particularly kind reception which they have offered to me on this visit to Kisumu.
It is indeed a great honour to welcome so many distinguished Africans and friends of Africa to this conference. I am particularly grateful to you, Your Excellency, and to the members of your Government for your willingness to sponsor such a gathering in Kenya, a country to which I have been deeply attached since childhood.
In June 1986, the Aga Khan Foundation's Board approved a three-year project to improve early childhood educational opportunities for children of traditional Muslim communities in Mombasa, Kenya. Because the only instruction these children were receiving at a young age was religious, they were unable to compete successfully for places in primary school where simple reading and numerical skills were a prerequisite for entry into the formal school system.
In the Saligrah issue, Africa Ismaili reported the celebration of IPS Kenya's Silver Jubilee. This Company, together with its' sister Companies in Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire and Switzerland, was incorporated on March 1, 1963.
As part of the Company's Silver Jubilee celebrations, on December 11, 1988, a function was organised at the Nairobi Serena Hotel's Mandari Room to award Long Service Certificates each individually signed and personally presented by Mawlana Hazar Imam to a representative group from its' various companies.
Inside the clinic it's 90 F. Wrapped in a patterned shawl, a baby lies on its back on a spring scale, his arms and legs flailing in the air. His mother watches anxiously. She has brought her child to be weighed, to see how much weight he has lost in the past few days. Her little boy has chronic diarrhea. And diarrhea, Richard Juma, the medical orderly, explains as he adjusts the child's position on the scale, is the number-one killer of children in the Third World. If Ruth Mogisani's child loses any more fluids, his chances of survival are slim.
HAND WRITTEN MESSAGE IN THE GUEST BOOK BY H.H. The Aga Khan WHEN VISITING THE AGA KHAN MEDICAL CENTRE - 1981-03-16Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
It has been a great pleasure to visit this fine institution and it is my sincere hope that with the support of everyone connected with it, we will succeed together in extending its services to the people of Kisumu and more generally the province.
Source: Darbar-e-Shah Karim 1981
SPEECH AT THE LUNCHEON HOSTED BY I.P.S. (KENYA), T.P.S., DIAMOND TRUST, JUBILEE INSURANCE COMPANY AND NATION PRINTERS - 1982-10-07Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
HAZAR IMAM, in a foundation ceremony on October 11 1982 , launched a 470,000 extension at the Aga Khan Medical Centre in Kisumu. The project ,which is one of the special projects in Kenya to be inaugurated during the 25th anniversary of Hazar Imam's accession to the Imamat of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, will be financed by the Aga Khan Foundation and by donations raised from the Ismaili community and others. The expansion of the Medical Centre at Kisumu, which was opened in 1952, will strengthen the institution's ability to deliver high quality medical care.
For the Jamaths of Kenya who had been preparing for months in advance, this mulakat was special. They were jubilant, for this was to the first time that Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Saheba were coming to Kenya accompanied by the Noorani children, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim and Prince Hussein. They were also to be accompanied by Mowlana Hazar Imam's sister, Princess Yasmin. It was an event for which each and every spiritual child, young and old was waiting.
From February 14 to 18 1976, His Royal Highness the Aga Khan, Begum Salimah Aga Khan and Prince Amyn Mohammed visited Nairobi to attend the opening ceremony of the Nairobi Serena Hotel by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. The Nairobi Serena is fourth in the 'Serena' chain of hotels, projects of the Tourism Promotion Services Ltd., and with its opening, the K. L 3.2 million 'Serena' project was complete.