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memorable visit by Hazar Imam to England in August 1994 from 5th to 14th

memorable visit by Hazar Imam to England in August 1994 from 5th to 14th

Mawlana Hazar Imam's memorable visit to London in August 1994 (5 to 114) brought together jamats from around the world in a celebration of the ties that bind the community across frontiers and of our Imam-e-Zaman's affection and concern for the jamat worldwide

The day Shergar ran away with it and turned Derby into a procession

The Begum Aga Khan with Shergar after his victory in the Irish Sweeps Derby at the Curragh on June 29th, 1981. File photograph:
The Irish Times

Before becoming part of folklore, or reduced to a shabby punchline, Shergar was one of the finest racehorses of the last half-century.

A tragic mystery due to his kidnapping by the IRA in 1983, it can get overlooked how revulsion surrounding such a grotesque act was bound up in the impact the colt made on the wider public consciousness doing what he was bred to do.

Saturday’s (June 5, 2021) 242nd Epsom Derby is the 40th anniversary of Shergar turning racing’s Blue Riband into an unparalleled rout.

Shergar 1981 June 3 historic win

Shergar 1981 June 3 historic win

Hazar Imam with Shergar after the historic win on this day at the Epsom Derby

Paradise found: London Aga Khan gallery showcases art inspired by Islamic garden design 2021-05-14

Conference of the Birds by Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh (centre), inspired by the poem of the same name by the 13th-century sufi Persia

Nature-driven artist and environmentalist Clare Celeste Börsch among contributors to exhibition exploring concept of Eden

As in many paradise gardens, particularly those inspired by Islamic culture, a fountain lies at the heart of the quadrilateral garden created inside the Aga Khan Centre gallery in King’s Cross, London. This fountain doesn’t spout water, however, but beautiful, intricate strips of paper with laser-cut flowers made by Berlin-based American artist Clare Celeste Börsch.

Princess Tajudaullah, mother of Mowlana Shah Karim and Prince Amyn and wife of Prince Ay Khan, passed away 1997-04-25

Princess Tajudaulah mother of our beloved Hazar Imam

IN MEMORY: 1997, April 25: Princess Tajudaullah, mother of Mowlana Shah Karim and Prince Amyn and wife of Prince Ay Khan, passed away. It was a sad event and we felt we should do a Gallery in her honour. You can access it in the link bellow:

Princess Tajudaulah (JOAN VISCOUNTESS CAMROSE) married Prince Aly Khan on May 18, 1936 in Paris in the presence of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah, Princess Andree and Lady Aly Shah. She was born Joan Barbara Yarde-Buller on April 22 1908

Prince Amyn at ismaili Center, London 1982-05-13

Prince Amyn at ismaili Center, London 1982-05-13

Prince Amyn visited the Ismaili Centre for the "topping out" ceremony at the Ismaili Centre in London, England.. He laid the last brick using the "silver trowel"

Prince Amyn visited the Ismaili Center, London, England 1982-05-13

Prince Amyn at ismaili Center, London 1982-05-13
Roshni USA Issue No.8 October 1982

Prince Amyn visited the Ismaili Center in Kensington, London for the occasion of "topping out" ceremony. Prince Amyn placed the last brick as guest of honour at this ceremony held on the roof of the nearly completed Ismaili Center in central London.

Prince Amyn said that the Center has "the difficult vocation of bridging East and West, of bringing together strong and brilliant cultures".

Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah accompanied by Begum Mata Salamat visited London, England 1955-05-22

Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah at London Airport with Begum Mata Salamat

La bégum des Ismaéliens Aga Khan Yvette Labrousse, et le prince Aga Khan III
La bégum des Ismaéliens Aga Khan Yvette Labrousse et le prince Aga Khan III lors de leur arrivée à l'aéroport de Londres le 22 mai 1955, au Royaume-Uni. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah arrived in London, United Kingdom accompanied by Begum Mata Salamat

Aga Khan's Horse Valixir wins Queen Anne Stakes 2005-06-14

Prince Andrew The Duke of York presents the Prince of Wales Cup to Aga Khan, the owner of Azamour, the winning horse on the

14th June, 2005: H.H. The Aga Khan and Princess Zahra were in York where
The Aga Khan's Horse Valixir won the Queen Anne Stakes. The Aga Khan gave
a short interview to BBC TV and confirmed he will come back for the second
day of Royal Ascot.

The Aga Khan said he was delighted to have had a Royal Ascot winner with
master trainer Andre Fabre. “I never had horses with him until I bought
the Lagardere horses this year,” he said, referring to his purchase of the
late Jean-Luc Lagardere racehorses and breeding stock. “He is a horse that has

Hazar Imam at London Conferece met with British Royal Family members and Pakistani Ambassador 2010-01-27

Hazar Imam speaking to Prince Charles and Pakistan's Shah Mehmood Qureshi  at London Conference
alamy stock photo

Britain's Prince Charles (L) speaks with Pakistan's Shah Mehmood Qureshi (R) whilst his brother Prince Andrew (2nd R) speaks with the Aga Khan during a reception for the delegates of Afghanistan: The London Conference, at St James's Palace in London January 27, 2010. The conference on Afghanistan which only a week ago was seen as the political stunt of an enfeebled British government could now mark the beginning of the end of the war in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Prince Rahim at Ismaili Centre

Prince Rahim at Ismaili Centre

2019, October 21, Prince Rahim visited the Ismaili Centre, London to inaugurate the exhibition "Dreams and Dystopias, East Africa at the Crossroads" featuring photographic work by Guillaume Bonn

Speech by H.H. Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III

His Highness Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah - President of Legaue of Nations
The Listener

If I were Dictator

Source: Message by The Aga Khan
(The Listener, 11th November 1931.)

Shergar’s trainer reveals famous steed was ‘kindest horse’ he ever worked with in new TG4 doc

Shergar with owner His Highness the Aga Khan and trainer Michael Stoute shown at Royal Ascot in 1981
The Irish Sun

SHERGAR’S trainer Michael Stoute has told how the famous steed was “the kindest horse” he worked with.

The Irish-bred thoroughbred was stolen from Ballymany Stud in Co Kildare in 1983 for a ransom of £2million, which was never paid.

The winner of the Epsom and Irish Derbys in 1981 — who was owned by the Aga Khan — is believed to have been shot by his IRA kidnappers after injuring his leg, though the organisation has never officially accepted responsibility.



Shergar shown with the owner H.H. The Aga Khan and Michael Stoute in 1981 at Ascot

Sultan Muhammad Shah

Sultan Muhammad Shah

The Aga Khan, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah returning to the Ritz Carlton Hotel, London after his exercise 1930-05-27

Speech by His Highness The Aga Khan at the 2018 GCP Lecture at the Aga Khan Centre, London, England 2018-10-04

His Highness the Aga Khan addressing the audience at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s sixth Annual Pluralism Lecture.


Your Excellencies,
Ms. Armstrong,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism, to the 2018 Pluralism Lecture at the new Aga Khan Centre here in London.

At the outset, I should like to remark on the passing of our fellow Director, the late Kofi Annan.

Epsom Derby 2016

Epsom Derby 2016

Queen Elizabeth presents His Highness The Aga Khan with the Investec Derby Trophy 2016-06-04

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