Your Excellency President Rahmonov,
Your Worship the Mayor of Dushanbe,
This ceremony represents a milestone in the history of the Ismaili Muslim Community’s presence in Central Asia, a presence which dates back to the second century of Islam. For me personally, as the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismailis, this is a day of great happiness. It is also fitting that the foundation ceremony of a landmark cultural and religious centre should coincide with the celebration of the one thousandth anniversary of the birth of Syedna Nasir Khusraw.
Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
Your Excellency the Governor General,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I thank Your Excellency the Governor for inviting me to share some thoughts in this closing session of the Leadership and Diversity Conference. On this occasion, I would also like to thank Your Excellency and the Government of Canada for the warm welcome and the kindness and courtesies that have been extended to me.
It gives me great pleasure and immense satisfaction to associate myself on the auspicious occasion of laying the foundation stone ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy at Hyderabad. His Highness Sri Aga Khan requires no introduction to this august gathering here. Yet to refresh our memories, Sri Aga Khan has become Imam at the age of 20, one of the youngest hereditary spiritual leaders in the world.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone-Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy-2009-09-22Posted November 11th, 2009 by librarian-ap
Your Excellency the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Ladies And Gentlemen
Let me begin by thanking all of you for honoring us by joining in this celebration – at this truly magnificent site. We are most deeply grateful to all who helped to make this site available to our Academy program. Your generosity will be a continuing inspiration to us all.
Speech by H.H. the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Revitalized Forodhani Park, Stone Town, Zanzibar - 2009-07-30Posted July 31st, 2009 by heritage
His Excellency President Karume and Mrs. Karume
Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Zanzibar
Honourable Chief Justice
Honourable Minister Mansour Himid, and I thank you for your very kind words
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a distinct pleasure for me to be part of this great occasion - in this very special setting.
President LemierreHonourable Ministers
Ladies and Gentlemen
I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the participants in the Annual Meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Tashkent this year. I would like to thank President Karimov for his gracious welcome. It is with pleasure that I am visiting Uzbekistan again
Your Excellency President ChissanoYour Excellency the President of the Assembly
Your Excellency the Prime Minister
Ladies and Gentlemen
What event could express a greater aspiration than laying the foundation of a school that hopes to inspire its students to explore horizons beyond their own, develop their mental resilience and discover the bonds of mutuality that cut across differences of culture, ethnicity, religion or background?
President Mkapa, Honoured Guests and Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you very much for being with us today. Your presence on this important occasion is very special to us.Mr. President you have been a most staunch supporter of a new Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development here in Dar-es Salaam. And you have espoused vigoursly the launching of a new Academy.
More - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan during His visit to the Nothern Areas in Pakistan - 2000-10-19Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Your Excellency Mr. Abbas Sarfaraz Khan, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas, Your Excellency Mr. Kurt Juul, Administrator and Head of the European Commission Delegation in Pakistan, Your Excellency Mr. Yannick Gerard, Ambassador of France Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,Assa'lam-o-Alaikum,
Honoured Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen:
I believe profoundly that architecture is not just about building. It is a means of improving people's quality of life. At its best, it should mirror the plurality of cultural traditions and the diverse needs of communities, both urban and rural. At the same time it must employ modern technologies to help fulfill desirable aspirations for the future.
Speech By His Highness the Aga KhanInauguration ceremony of the Restored Humayun's Tomb Gardens
Your Excellency, Shri Jagmohan, Minister of Culture
I would like to begin by expressing my warmest gratitude to the Government for inviting me to India, and to the Minister for Tourism and Culture, His Excellency Shri Jagmohan, for honouring this inaugural ceremony with his presence.
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Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy Kilindini, Mombasa, Kenya
Saturday 20th December 2003
Your Excellency, President Mwai Kibaki,Honourable Minister for Education, Professor. George Saitoti,Honourable Ministers,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen
Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:First I would like to thank Charles Correa and Jim Wolfensohn for their kind words.
Speech on the Occasion of the Sod-turning Ceremony for The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Foundation - CEREMONY FOR THE DELEGATION OF THE ISMAILI IMAMAT FOUNDATION - 2005-06-06Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Your Highness, you are aware that John Ralston Saul and I have paid two visits to Kabul, Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops deployed there. On our first visit, in December of 2003, we found a city that was practically flattened, and a people that seemed to be in disbelief that they were no longer in the midst of total war. One year later, we returned and immediately sensed that there was new hope. There were more people going about their business in the streets, a wider selection of food in the markets, and increased availability of practical goods like bicycle tires and oil cans.
President KarzaiYour Excellencies
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is my immense happiness and privilege to welcome you all as we celebrate the inauguration of one of Kabul's restored landmarks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those professionals, architects, construction trades, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard, under so many constraints, to build this hotel and prepare it for today's opening.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
I am grateful to the Network of European Foundations Mercator Fund for selecting the Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan as the recipient of the 2005 Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy. As its resident representative in Kabul, it is a privilege to accept this recognition on behalf of the AKDN (as we refer to it), its Chairman, His Highness the Aga Khan, and the hundreds of volunteers and employees in Afghanistan on which its work depends.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan - Cairo - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Bi-'smi Llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-RahimMadame Mubarak, Excellencies, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
Twenty-one years ago we had a vision that launched us on a journey of inquiry, exploration and discovery that took us through some 1,000 years of history of this extraordinary city.
It was a journey in which we engaged with historians, archeologists, architects and horticulturalists. We worked with engineers, statisticians, sociologists and urban planners. We met with neighbourhood residents and businessmen, artisans and entrepreneurs, young people and old.
Your Excellency, President Pervez Musharraf,Honourable Governors,
I would like to begin by expressing my warm and sincere gratitude to Your Excellency for joining us to celebrate this inaugural occasion. It is, as I would like publicly to acknowledge today, yet another sign of the steadfast support and encouragement that you have given to our initiative to establish The First MicroFinanceBank. Above all, it evidences Your Excellency's commitment.
The fifth triennial symposium is designed to bring the East and West closer together by enhancing the understanding of health care needs and issues facing both worlds. Avenues planned to achieve this goal include: