Welcome to F.I.E.L.D.- the First Ismaili Electronic Library and Database.

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Were I asked how I myself conceive the League's mission in the world I should answer in the words of the great Saadi: "The Children of Adam, created of the self-same clay, are members of one body. When one member suffers, all members suffer likewise. O thou who art indifferent to the sufferings of thy fellow, thou art unworthy to be called man". Or I might borrow the words of a wise Hindu poet philosopher: "All peoples in the world are to me even as my nearest kin and kith".

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His Highness the Aga Khan the peace builder believes in co-existence which leads him to champion the dialogue of religions. His efforts to enhance harmony among followers of various faiths are especially noteworthy. Indeed, the basic tenets of all religions require that we work for peace and for justice.The future generations have the right to live in a better world – that world can only be secured through the vision and conscious efforts of the peace-builders of today

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His Highness the Aga Khan is a tireless humanist whose views and beliefs are employed for the service of people and in the true expression of humanity. In pursuit of his vision, His Highness has drawn upon the views and thoughts of the great scholar and poet of Afghanistan, Nasir Khosraw Balkhi, as much as he has been influenced by the humanist philosophers of Europe.

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Il faut d'abord comprendre la genèse de ce qui se passe aujourd'hui. En fait, qu'y a-t-il à l'origine de tout cela ? Un cumul de frustrations, le sentiment d'avoir été abusé un très grand nombre de fois. Dans l'histoire chrétienne, dans l'histoire indienne, on trouverait une multitude de dérives similaires, o— les vrais responsables de la violence ne sont pas les religions, mais les rivalités politiques. Alors évitons de mêler le nom de l'islam à des conflits qui relèvent d'un autre ordre.

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I find that working with a monument allows you to do much more than just restoring the monument when they are adopted by the local citizens around the monument. Those citizens can be encouraged to modernize the infrastructure around the monument and then maybe to upgrade or create an educational facility and possibly a medical facility. Then you give them a little bit of micro-finance. You give them some financial assistance and suddenly you have shops and you have a life around these monuments

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To all Ismaili here today, I would say this. There is nothing exclusive about you. While your religious faith will always preserve a special identity, your secular loyalty is solely to India and to its elected government. I urge my community to keep this constantly in their minds. But they should do more still. The Ismailis have always prided themselves on their highly developed social conscience. Our faith teaches us that we have obligations far beyond our own or even our family's interests.

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Together, the AKU Health System and the Aga Khan Health Services constitute a nationwide network that cares for more than two and a half million people in a typical year. Meanwhile, the University has addressed outbreaks of HIV/AIDS and drug-resistant typhoid, worked to stamp out polio and helped to improve the quality of care in government health facilities in low-income communities.

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During the pandemic, the University has trained tens of thousands of doctors and nurses at public and private hospitals in infection control and caring for COVID patients. It has provided crucial advice to the Sindh and national governments at the highest level and it has played a key role in assessing the effectiveness of new diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.

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Together, the AKU Health System and the Aga Khan Health Services constitute a nationwide network that cares for more than two and a half million people in a typical year. Meanwhile, the University has addressed outbreaks of HIV/AIDS and drug-resistant typhoid, worked to stamp out polio and helped to improve the quality of care in government health facilities in low-income communities

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I believe that the progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life,” he said. He cited the ability to understand constitutional systems, independent and pluralistic media, strong civil society and commitment to diversity and social dialogue as key elements in achieving the goal of improved quality of life.

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Our cultural projects are for the benefit of the Afghan people, and the people of Afghanistan haven't stopped existing in the past week. They’re still there. They require assistance and then the preservation of heritage, and we continue to provide that assistance

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If I as a Muslim came to you and were to say: What's happening in Northern Ireland reflects Catholic and Protestant beliefs, then you would say: you're uneducated.

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In keeping with our historic tradition of ever abiding commitment to Muslim unity, we reaffirm our respect for the historical interpretation of Islam by our brother Muslims as an equally earnest endeavour to practise the faith in Allah and emulate the example of our Holy Prophet, may peace be upon him, which illuminates Muslim lives and which, Inshallah, will elevate all Muslim souls.

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In keeping with our historic tradition of ever abiding commitment to Muslim unity, we reaffirm our respect for the historical interpretation of Islam by our brother Muslims as an equally earnest endeavour to practise the faith in Allah and emulate the example of our Holy Prophet, may peace be upon him, which illuminates Muslim lives and which, Inshallah, will elevate all Muslim souls.

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Our historic adherence is to the Jafari Madhhab and other Madhahib of close affinity, and it continues, under the leadership of the hereditary Ismaili Imam of the time. This adherence is in harmony also with our acceptance of Sufi principles of personal search and balance between the zahir and the spirit or the intellect which the zahir signifies.

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Our historic adherence is to the Jafari Madhhab and other Madhahib of close affinity, and it continues, under the leadership of the hereditary Ismaili Imam of the time. This adherence is in harmony also with our acceptance of Sufi principles of personal search and balance between the zahir and the spirit or the intellect which the zahir signifies.

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The other point of importance is to present your history in a logical form. When you are taking the type of advanced education that you must get for the university degrees today, you must have in every walk of life a logical concept. This does not mean to wipe away faith. But the real principle of Islam is that faith is logical. Islam would not be what it is if it were not logical.

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Meritocracy applies to institutions, to countries. I have been concerned at whether our institutions would themselves become meritocratic, and if they were going to become meritocratic....I hope that as time goes by, you will be more and more demanding upon yourselves, upon your institutions, more and more eager to bring competence and knowledge and wisdom and understanding from generation after generation into these institutions.

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In your high intellectual world many of you are fortunate to have the time to reflect on the great aspects of Prophet Mohammed's life. It is a blessing that many a Muslim would wish for, but due to circumstances beyond his control, indeed the very nature of modern life, he can

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My Jamat will be aware of the innovative work undertaken by the Aga Khan University in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. These efforts, alongside those of all other Imamat and Jamati institutions globally, are worthy of the highest admiration, and I convey my special loving blessings to all my spiritual children who, in the capacity of either healthcare professionals or volunteers, continue to spare no effort in providing treatment, care, and support to my Jamat.


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