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

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A deepening sense of spiritual commitment—and the ethical framework that goes with it--will be a central requirement if we are to find our way through the minefields and the quicksands of modern life. A strengthening of religious institutions should be a vital part of this process. To be sure, freedom of religion is a critical value in a pluralistic society. But if freedom of religion deteriorates into freedom from religion—then societies will find themselves lost in a bleak and unpromising landscape—with no compass, no roadmap and no sense of ultimate direction.

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I come to this visit and to this gathering with the hope that, as Imam of the Ismaili Community, I can be of some help in furthering he efforts of Tajikistan’s people in improving their lives. Tajikistan has sought and doubtless will seek collaboration and help from many quarters, and appropriately so, but I should be pleased if the people of Tajikistan found me as one of the effective sources of such help.

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if you look at that picture today, you no longer have the issue of government-driven change. The processes of change, more and more, are part of the structure of civil society. You have independent decision-making by independent governments. The issue of nationhood has, in a sense, been driven backwards. Nationhood is no longer on the front burner of most of these countries - it is an accepted notion.

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He (Hazar Imam) suggested that it might be advisable in the future - particularly after the incident which involved Sir Evelyn, that the ability to swim were made a compulsory qualification for a degree. This was the practice at Harvard University, of which he is a former student, where they “refuse to give you your degree until you can swim two lengths of swimming pool”

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However, there still exists to day a wide gap in the mutual understanding between different parts of the world In the West, much attentions is paid to reporting international conflicts, political upheavals, economic crises and natural disasters that occur in the non-Western world. This is unavoidable, but should not be to the exclusion of other aspects of man's life, the universe of his intellect.

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The tradition I am describing, however, goes back much further than one hundred years. For it was some one thousand years ago that my forefathers, the Fatimid Imam-Caliphs of Egypt, founded Al-Azhar University and the Academy of Knowledge in Cairo. For well over a millennium, the pursuit of knowledge has been a central element in our tradition.

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The treasures of our past are being destroyed and an ever quickening construction boom is bringing us too many buildings that I think we will live to despise. Should we allow future generations of Muslims to live without the self-respect of our own cultural and spiritual symbols of power, to practise their faith without also being reminded of that sense of scale in relation to the universe around us which is so particularly ours?

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Many of our greatest architectural achievements were designed to reflect the promises of life hereafter, to represent in this world what we are told of the next. Since all that we see and do resonates on the faith, the aesthetics of the environment we build and the quality of the social interactions that take place within those environments, reverberate on our spiritual life. The physical structure of Islam is therefore an important concern for me, charged as I am with the leadership of a Muslim community.

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It is as a result of My community's experience that I have been haunted by one single question; what is the future physical environment that Muslims should seek for themselves and future generations in their homelands, their institutions, their workplaces, their houses, their gardens, and in their surroundings?

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It is as a result of My community's experience that I have been haunted by one single question; what is the future physical environment that Muslims should seek for themselves and future generations in their homelands, their institutions, their workplaces, their houses, their gardens, and in their surroundings?

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We learn all the time from all our contacts in all the cities we work with, and Portugal has set an example of a pluralist society, which is remarkable, which should be honoured, which should be recognised, which should be copied. So I want to take this occasion to congratulate you for creating a functioning, happy, pluralist society.”

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Education plays a fundamental role in fostering pluralism and building societies where diversity is valued. It has the capacity to facilitate meaningful dialogue, shared attitudes and behaviors and prepare the next generation to encounter difference with openness and respect.

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Water, after all, has been seen, down through the ages, as the great source of life. When scientists search the universe for signs of life, they begin by looking for water. Water restores and renews and refreshes. And opening ourselves and our lives to the water is to open ourselves and our lives to the future.

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When the other is seen as a potential competitor, for a job for example, even when this fear is unfounded, then the challenge of pluralistic attitudes becomes even more difficult. For those who feel insecure, it is tempting to look for scapegoats, for someone to blame, when their self-esteem seems threatened. Often, we then find it easier to define our identity by what we are against, than by what we are for. Such fears may be culturally based, or economically driven, or psychologically rooted. But they should not be underestimated.

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Students of world history remind us how Central Asia, a thousand years ago, led the world in cultural and intellectual achievements. This region is where medicine was founded, where algebra got its name, where the earth's diameter was precisely calculated, where some of the world's greatest poetry was penned. This happened because the societies were open to new ideas, open to change, open to scholars and people from many backgrounds. That kind of openness can again unlock the doors to the future, and allows us to take on the great questions of our time and place.

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If a man had two children, one a boy and the other a girl, and if he could only afford to give education to one, I would say that he must give preference to the girl. The boy can go and labour but the girl cannot. Even in the upliftment of the country, the education of girls is more important than the education of boys. The male can bend his energies to manual effort for reward, but the girl's function is the maintenance of home life and the bringing up of the children....the future of the generations depends on her ability to lead

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Statistics from the United Nations Cancer Research Organization show that there are 42,000 new cancer cases every year in Tanzania, with a high mortality rate of over 28,000 deaths per year. Almost 75 percent of the cases are diagnosed at a late stage. This is a major challenge that affects survival rates.”
“AKHS,T’s continued growth over nine decades is a strong testimony to our commitment to health care and development in the country.”

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We are living in a time of vacuum, we are living in a time of search, and I do not believe that it is wealth, or military power, that will bring the Muslim world back to what you and other Muslims and I aspire for it to be. What will bring it back?

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Kenya faces one of the greatest rates of deforestation in Africa. In 1963, Kenya had forest cover of some 12 percent of the land. It has since been reduced to 1.2 percent. According to the Government, land degradation costs Kenya about 390 million dollars every year -- roughly 3 percent of gross domestic product. It is these same forests that are so important to Kenya’s environment, economy, and particularly to the water supplies that sustain life

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It is marvelous to witness, how the power of technology nowadays allows us new, unexpected and unprecedented ways to overcome seeming differences and to cross boundaries. It allows a global audience to connect across great distances, a fact that not only mitigates the isolation imposed on us by the Covid pandemic, but opens new horizons for learning and for gaining insight not only into the lives and cultures of others, but into how much we share. In many ways it has played a significant part in enabling us to continue and to develop our international mission.


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