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Minister Kenney Issues Statement Marking Imamat Day
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2009) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement regarding Imamat Day:
"Tomorrow is Imamat Day and I am pleased to join Canadian Ismailis, as well as Ismailis around the world, in marking the anniversary of the accession of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi'a Ismaili Muslims.
"The Aga Khan has now led the Ismaili Muslims for more than half a century. During those years he has exerted a profound influence both within and far beyond his community. Canada has greatly benefited from members of the Ismaili community who have made this country their home and who contribute to all aspects of Canadian life.
"The Government has a strong, long-standing relationship with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. This year marks the 26th anniversary of our collaboration. In Afghanistan, for example, the Foundation is a trusted partner of Canada in the effort to provide development, reconstruction and humanitarian assistance to ensure a brighter future for that country.
"Last month, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan was granted honourary Canadian citizenship in recognition of what Prime Minister Harper described as his 'leadership as a champion of development, pluralism and tolerance around the world.'
"We are also honoured that His Highness inaugurated, last December, the new Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, and that he is establishing the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre in Toronto.
"The Government of Canada is also pleased to work in partnership with the Aga Khan on the Global Centre for Pluralism initiative. The Ottawa-based centre, located in the old Canadian War Museum building, aims to foster and promote values, policies, and practices that support the development of well-functioning pluralistic societies.
"As Prime Minister Harper has said, 'Pluralism is the principle that binds our diverse peoples together.'
"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend sincere congratulations to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan on the 52nd anniversary of his accession as Imam. I encourage all Canadians to join in the Imamat Day celebrations and to learn more about the significant and remarkable contributions of the Aga Khan and the Canadian Ismaili community."
Hazara girls presenting a traditional song on 52nd Imamat Day.
Kabul 11 July 09: The Hazara Ismailis celebrated the 52nd Imamat Day of Hazir Imam with religious festivity. The event in Kabul was held in the Central Jamatkhana, Taimani attended by thousands. Different traditional items were organized.
The other major celebration event was held in Central Hazaristan–Bamyan.
Male and females of all ages were wearing traditional clothes. Hazara elders and women participated in large number. Speakers, religious leaders highlighted life of His Highness the Agha Khan.
The Imamat Day is the 52nd anniversary of Hazar Imam's accession to the Ismaili Imamat. Hazaristan Times warmly wishes Mubarak Imamat Day to its Hazara readers of Ismaili faith.
Approximately 95% of Afghanistan's Ismaili population consists of Hazaras. The Aga Khan Foundation, the global humanitarian organization is the most active non-government organization in Hazaristan working to improve quality of life.
Hazara Ismailis celebrating the 52nd Imamat Day in Kabul and Central Hazaristan.
Imamat Day celebrated across Gilgit – Baltistan
July 13, 2009
Ghizar, Skardu, Gilgit, Hunza – July 12: Ismaili Muslims celebrated Imamat day of H.H the Aga Khan on 11th July with traditional religious zeal and fervor. Festivals were held across Gilgit, Hunza and Ghizar Districts, at all Jamat Khanas.
According to details tens of thousands of people in Punial, Yasin, Gupis and Ishkoman regions of Ghizar district gathered at designated places, to commemorate the day when His Highness the Aga Khan had become Imam of the Ismailis, 52 years ago. Local dance, music and games were organized and participated by young and old, men and women, in their traditional roles.
Skardu – Ismailies living in Skardu district of Baltistan held simple and small events to mark Imamat Day. The number of Ismailis in Skardu is very low and comprises mostly of government officials and businessmen or people serving the Army.
Gilgit – Festivity also prevailed among the Ismaili communities of Gilgit in Jutial, Sonikot, Central Jamat Khana, Zulfiqarabad, Danyore, Oshkandas, Sultanabad and Rahimabad localities of Gilgit city.
Hunza – All three parts of Hunza valley; Shinaki, Central Hunza and Gojal also celebrated Imamat Day of His Highness. Programs were held at all Jamat Khanas of the region, participated by thousands of people.
In Shinaki region Khana Abad, Nasir Abad and Mayoon villages were specially decorated for the celebrations.
Colorful events were also reported in Aliabad, Hyderabad, Karimabad, Hassanabad, Altit, Ahmedabad and other villages of central Hunza, details of which couldn’t reach PT.
In Gojal valley, upper Hunza, events were held in all villages. The biggest event was held in Gulmit Gojal, participated by people of all six Jamat Khanas of the village. Jamat from other parts of the country also attended, besides some non-Ismaili guest from different parts of the world, the highly colorful event, which lasted for more than eight hours, including tableaus, speeches, flag hoisting, Mushairas, sktis, singing and traditional dance. Over three thousand people participated in the event, according to conservative estimates.
Similar events were also held in other villages of Gojal valley, including Shishkat, Ghulkin, Hussaini, Passu, Shimshal, Khyber, Moorkhoon, Jamalabad, Khudabad, Sost Misgar and the Chipursan valley.
Mountains in many parts of the region illuminated with fireworks as Ismaili scouts lit fire to celebrate the leadership of their Imam.
The government has once again commended the efforts of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in various sectors of Uganda’s economy.
The Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, made these remarks on behalf of the president at a ceremony to celebrate the Imamat Day in Kampala last week. Imamat Day marks the anniversary of the day His Highness succeeded his grandfather Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah to the office of Imam of the Ismaili Muslims. The Aga Khan has been Uganda’s development partner since the 1930s.
Prof. Bukenya said the aid provided by the Aga Khan is unlike any other in the world because he “does not give fish but teaches one to fish.”
Some of the AKDN projects in the country are the $869 million Bujagali Hydro Electricity project, the West Nile Rural Electrification Company, a $50 million Academy of Excellence in Munyoyo and various initiatives in the education sector like the Aga Khan University, secondary and primary schools, Air Uganda, Diamond Trust Bank among others.
The resident representative of the Aga Khan, Mr Mahmood Ahmed, announced that a new Serena Hotel would be opening on the Entebbe Kampala highway in September.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- 07/09/10 -- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Imamat Day:
"This coming Sunday is Imamat Day and I am pleased to join Ismailis in Canada and around the world in marking the anniversary of the accession of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi'a Ismaili Muslims.
"Canada has greatly benefited from members of the Ismaili community who have made, and continue to make, great contributions to Canada's heritage, culture and society.
"Just over a month ago, we were honoured to welcome His Highness at a foundation ceremony in Toronto for the Aga Khan Museum - a permanent home for his collection of Islamic art, as well as other artifacts relating to the intellectual, cultural, artistic and religious heritage of Islamic communities.
"Sharing the Museum site will be an Ismaili Centre - which upon completion will be the second such community centre in Canada and one of only a handful in the world.
"This initiative exemplifies the vision of the Aga Khan, who has exerted a profound influence both within and far beyond his community, and has become an extraordinary example of compassion and tolerance.
"At the ceremony in late May, in a moment of great pride for Canadians, His Highness was bestowed with honourary Canadian citizenship by Prime Minister Harper.
"As Prime Minister Harper has said, the Aga Khan's 'name has become synonymous with humanitarian aid and development in countries beset by conflict and poverty. Just as importantly, he has worked tirelessly as a bridge-builder between faiths and cultures.'
"For all Canadians, Imamat Day provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the significant and remarkable contributions of the Aga Khan and the Canadian Ismaili community.
"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend sincere congratulations to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan on the 53rd anniversary of his accession as Imam, and sincere gratitude for his continued commitment to Canada."
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Media Relations Unit
The Aga Khan strongly believes and practices in serving the humanity, as it is a strong component of Islamic tradition called Huqooqul Ibad, the rights of fellow beings. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said the best among you is the one who sees to it that his neighbor is fed and cared for. Imam Hazrat Ali (ra), the 4th rightly guided Caliph (Leader) who succeeded Prophet Muhammad in providing the leadership to the Muslim community says, "The best man is he who is most serviceable to fellow humans."
Dallas, Texas. Sunday, July 11, 2010.
53 Years ago today, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan was appointed to become the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III.
Since then, every year on that day and the week around it, the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims celebrate the day called the “Imamat Day” and the week of “Khushali” peace and prosperity. The Imam, in their spiritual tradition of 1400 years is called Hazar Imam, the current Imam.
Per the tradition he interprets the Quraan for daily living to his 15 million plus followers spread out across the world. He has fulfilled his role as the spiritual leader in guiding the community to prosperity and living a responsible life in the societies they live.
In gratitude for his continued guidance, the Ismaili Muslims celebrate this week honoring him and reaffirming his leadership with a renewed commitment to serving the humanity.
The Aga Khan strongly believes and practices in serving the humanity, as it is a strong component of Islamic tradition called Huqooqul Ibad, the rights of fellow beings. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said the best among you is the one sees to it that his neighbor is fed and cared for. Hazrat Ali, the 4th rightly guided Caliph (Leader) who succeeded Prophet Muhammad in providing the leadership to the Muslim community says, "The best man is he who is most serviceable to fellow humans."
One of the sayings of Hazrat Ali that resonates with me on a daily basis is, “A wise man needs each day an hour to set apart in which to examine his conscience, and measure what he as gained or lost”. My Maternal Grand father Shaikh Hussain said “if you attend a funeral of a stranger to match each wedding you attend of a friend, the contrast will straighten you out to become a humble servant of humanity known as Khaksar.”
Both Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Imam Hazrat Ali (ra) had continuously advocated living in a moderation and a mid path between the worldly and spiritual needs. The Aga Khan has fine tuned that balance between living for oneself materially and living for the others spiritually and has founded the Aga Khan Development Network that is committed to serving the humanity without regard to faith, origin or gender. I believe AKDN (http://www.akdn.org/) is one of the largest Non Governmental bodies serving humanity to stand on their own feet.
We wish a very happy Imamat day and Khushali to the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and blessing of long life to the Hazar Imam HH Karim Aga Khan. Amen!
PN: I have been sharing the essence of celebrations and commemorations of every religious and cultural traditions under the title "Festivals of the world" for over 15 years now under the banner of Foundation for Pluralism. I don't write/speak on every one of the events, but surely make an attempt to do as many as I can in the time I have avaialable to me in a given day. The idea is for us to know a little bit about each other, as it paves the way to greater understanding and a cohesive life.
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, writer, optimist, educator and an activist of Pluralism, Justice, Islam, India, Peace and Civil Societies. He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer offering pluralistic solutions on issues of the day and is a frequent guest on the media. Mike's work is reflected at three websites & twenty two Blogs listed at http://www.mikeghouse.net/
AKDN representative in Kenya Aziz Bhaloo (L) with House Speaker Kenneth Marende during the 53rd anniversary celebrations to mark Imamat day, when The Aga Khan became the Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
By DAVE OPIYO
Posted Wednesday, July 14 2010 at 20:38
The Aga Khan Development Network is set to expand its presence in East Africa to take advantage of the common market that came into effect early this month.
AKDN representative in Kenya Aziz Bhaloo said the common market protocol would open more valuable opportunities in the region.
He said this on Tuesday evening in Nairobi during the 53rd anniversary celebrations to mark Imamat day, when The Aga Khan became the Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims.
This, he said, will enable the transfer of knowledge between countries.
He said Aga Khan University would be expanded to have a faculty of Health in Nairobi.
A graduate school of media will also be established as well as a major campus in Arusha, Tanzania, for the faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Also in the pipeline is the regional expansion of the Industrial Promotion Services in energy and communication.
AKDN’s other activities in tourism, banking and insurance will also be further developed.
“Our regional expansion is an expression of confidence in the East Africa Community’s ability to contribute to bettering the lives of millions of East Africans,” he said.
House Speaker Kenneth Marende, who attended the celebrations, paid glowing tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan for his role in improving people’s welfare.
He praised the partnership the AKDN had created with the government on development.
“No government can on its own fully meet the requirements and expectations of its people. We commend you for being at the forefront in matters charity and promotion of societal and economic welfare,” said the Speaker.
“Every government needs a strong public private sector partnership to enable them execute their respective goals,” he added.
Kenya lauds His Highness the Aga Khan
By crocodila Nairobi : Kenya | Jul 13, 2010 3
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By George Okore.
The Kenyan government has paid glowing tributes to His Highness the Aga Khan for his concerns towards improving the quality of life, well being and dignity of the mankind.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Kenneth Otiato Marende said His Highness the Khan has immensely improved quality of life through massive investments in people, their cultures and environment . He was addressing guest at Serena Hotel, Nairobi during celebrations marking the 53rd anniversary of the day his Highness the Aga Khan became the Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
The Speaker thanked several Ismaili institutions in Kenya for uplifting the standards of life through provision of healthcare, media and education services among others. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Resident Representative Mr. Aziz M. Bhaloo thanked the Kenyan government for creating investor friendly environment. He reiterated AKDN commitment to continued social, cultural and economic development in East African region. “His Highness the Aga Khan has a vision for this region including healthy democracy, peace, mutual co-existence and strong civil society. AKDN will continue to regionalize its institutions the spirit of the East Africa Community Common Market”, he said.
Yesterday’s ceremony was attended by several dignitaries including Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, Tourism Minister Najib Balala, Nation Media Group CEO Mr. Linus Gitahi and TPS Serena counterpart Mr. Jan Mohammed and guests from University of Alberta . Led by Imam His Highness the Aga Khan are the most influential Muslims and have made social and economic developments in financial, education and healthcare services.
The teachings of His Highness the Aga Khan give Ismailis strong desire to follow ethics, responsibility and conscience, qualities that have inspired Ismaili institutions especially in Kenya. In East Africa, Ismailis manage several social development covering education scholarship, social welfare and development institutions including Aga Khan Schools, University, Hotels and Hospitals among others. The Daily Nation, set up by His Highness Aga Khan in March 1960, is among widely circulating newspapers in East and Central Africa.
CHIEF MINISTER SINDH SYED QAIM ALI SHAH CONGRATULATES PRINCE KARIM AGA KHAN ON HIS 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF IMAMAT.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on his own behalf and on behalf of Sindh government and people of Sindh has congratulated the spiritual leader of Ismaili Community Prince Karim Aga Khan on his 53rd anniversary of Imamat. He also congratulated the Ismaili Community in this regard and lauded the services rendered by the Community under the leadership of Prince Karim Aga Khan, for the welfare and development of Pakistan, particularly the province of Sindh. Syed Qaim Ali Shah maintained that Ismaili Community has extended services for the furtherance of education and health, Social welfare and particularly for the development of women and children in the Pakistan. Chief Minister Sindh hoped that Ismaili Community under the leadership of Prince Karim Aga Khan would continue its services for the development, progress and prosperity of Pakistan particularly the Sindh province.
THE Government has applauded the Aga Khan for the numerous investments in Uganda.
Speaking at the Imamat Day, the Government Chief Whip, Daudi Migereko, noted that the Aga Khan investments in the human resource, health sector, insurance, energy, banking and tourism had redefined the potential of the developing world.
The Imamat Day is an annual commemoration of the day His Highness the Aga Khan became the 49th hereditary Imam of the worldwide Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
Migereko informed the guests at the Kampala Serena Hotel last week that the projects initiated and promoted by the Aga Khan Development Network were strategic in nature and constitute long-term commitment to the future of Uganda.
“We value and treasure this partnership. The Government views the collaboration with the Aga Khan Development Network as one of the means of assisting us to realise our agenda of accelerating the country’s development,” Migereko said.
Migereko cited the Bujagali power project as the biggest example.
Mahmood Ahmed, the Aga Khan representative, said the day represents a continuous unbroken line of leadership that began 14 centuries ago.
Send an Imamat Day eCard to your friends and family. Photo: TheIsmaili.org
As Ismaili Muslims worldwide prepare to celebrate Imamat Day, TheIsmaili.org is pleased to offer its email greeting card service. The free service makes it easy to send Imamat Day greetings to multiple friends and family members at a time. Choose from a selection of unique eCard designs, and customise your card with a personal message.
Thousands of people returning to GB to celebrate Imamat Day of His Highness the Aga Khan
Hunza/Gilgit/Ghizar: Transport companies are making hay as thousands of Ismaili Muslims return to their villages and valleys to celebrate Imamat Day of His Highness the Aga Khan on 11th of July.
The day is celebrated by around 25 million Ismailis across the world in memory of the day when Shah Karim Al-Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, ascended to the throne of Imamat, succeeding his Grand Father, Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III.
The Imamat As Depicted Through the Ages in Ismaili and non-Ismaili Writings
The doctrine of Imamat has been central in Shia Islam since the designation by the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) as his successor at Ghadir-Khumm. Among the various interpretations in Shia Islam, the Ismaili Muslims believe in the continuity of the Imamat through a living hereditary Imam descended from Hazrat Ali, through the prophet’s daughter Bibi Fatima (a.s). The current Imam of the Ismailis is His Highness the Aga Khan, who completes his 55th Imamat anniversary as the Ismaili community’s 49th Imam on July 11, 2012. To mark this occasion, we are pleased to provide short selections on the Imamat drawn from numerous writings of historians, theologians, philosophers and poets, Ismailis and non-Ismailis alike.
Khushiali (Imamat Day) commemorates the anniversary of the accession of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims. It offers all Canadians a chance to reflect on the extraordinary achievements of the Aga Khan, and on the contributions of Canadian Ismailis to our society. I am pleased to join the many Ismailis in Canada and around the world in marking this year’s 55th anniversary.
Canadians share a close connection with the Aga Khan and his important work. This is best exemplified by the fact that His Highness is one of only five people in history to have ever been awarded honourary Canadian citizenship. His name is synonymous
with humanitarian aid and development in countries beset by conflict and poverty. Just as importantly, he has worked tirelessly as a bridge-builder between faiths and cultures.
The Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa is the product of The Aga Khan’s visionary international leadership. Founded in collaboration with the Government of Canada, this research and education centre is focused on deepening the world’s ability to understand and practice pluralism. His Highness chose Canada as this Centre’s home because of our country’s great success as a pluralist society.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Laureen and I extend our best wishes for a joyous celebration.
The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
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