The Latest Documentary on His Highness the Agakhan
For two years the filmmaker Veronika Hofer and her crew travelled around the world to see projects of the Aga Khan's organisations, to accompany His Highness and to meet him finally for an extraordinary personal and thoughtful interview. Veronika Hofer and camera operator Johannes Straub visited the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in Doha, they explored projects in Egypt, Kenya and India.
In the archives of the Aga Khan in London and Paris Veronika Hofer looked through hours of footage to find the most significant pictures.
"I never realized such a demanding and exhausting film project", says Veronika Hofer, "but in the end it was so enriching to meet all the people in the Aga Khan projects and to meet His Highness personally. That`s the experience I want to share with other people through this film".
- His family founded the Fatimid Empire and in 969 founded the City of Cairo and Al-Azhar University, arguably the oldest continuously operating university in the world.
- The first summit between Reagan and Gorbachev in 1985, with outcomes that changed the planet, was held at the Aga Khan's Geneva home. Just one example of his silent peacemaking.
- When Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau passed away, the four honorary pall bears were President Jimmy Carter, a Governor General of Canada, President Fidel Castro, and His Highness the Aga Khan.
- In the history of Canada, there have only been two individuals who are recognized as both Honorary Citizens and Honorary Companions of the Order of Canada. These two are Nelson Mandela and High Highness the Aga Khan.
- The present Aga Khan's grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III was twice President of the League of Nations, pre-cursor to the United Nations.
- The present Aga Khan's uncle, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, was the youngest and longest serving UNHCR in the United Nation's history, and it was during his period of service that the UNHCR received the Nobel Peace Prize.
- The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the largest and arguably most prominent architecture related prize in the world.
- The Aga Khan Development Network, encompassing the Aga Khan Foundation, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Aga Khan Education Services (with its hundreds of schools), Aga Khan Health Services (with its hundreds of clinics), Aga Khan University (with multiple university hospitals and campuses in eight countries), FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, Industrial Promotion Services, Tourism Promotion Services, Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, etc., cumulatively forms the largest private development networks in the world.
- Of all the Shia Muslim communities, it is only the Ismailis led by the Aga Khan who continue to have a hereditary Imam, a continuous chain from the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This is critical in context of the following Hadith of the Prophet: "I leave behind me two weighty things. "One of them is the Book of God and the other one is my select progeny, that is family. Beware of how you behave (with) them when I am gone from amongst you, for God, the Merciful, has informed me that these two shall never separate from each other until they reach me at the paradisial pool.Imamat is trying its best to help resolve the conflict...in Syria, the plane, carring kofi annan to Iran, iIT IS HAZAR IMAMS PERSONAL PLANE see the link..for complete coverage.http://www.mehrnews.com/fa/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1646195
Tajik MFA meets with Prince Karim Aga Khan IV
26 September 2012, 12:42
CA-NEWS (TJ) - Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Hamrohon Zarifi met with Prince Karim Aga Khan IV on Tuesday in New York, reported Foreign Ministry.
"During the meeting, sides discussed issues and perspectives of programs and projects of Aga Khan Development Network in Tajikistan," said in a statement.
The Foreign Ministry notes that "the meeting was held in an atmosphere of constructive and fruitful exchange of views."
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives for opening of Bujagali hydropower plant and to mark 50 years of Uganda’s independence
Upon his arrival in Entebbe, Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Dr James Mutende, Uganda’s State Minister for Industry. Photo: Gary OtteEntebbe, Uganda, 8 October 2012 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Entebbe today for the opening of the Bujagali Hydropower Project and to participate in the celebration of of the 50th anniversary of Uganda’s independence.
The Honourable Asuman Kiyingi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr James Mutende, Minister of State for Industry received Mawlana Hazar Imam on behalf of the Government of Uganda. Ismaili Council for Uganda President Huzur Mukhi Mohamed Lalani and AKDN Resident Representative Mahmood Ahmed welcomed Hazar Imam on behalf of the Jamat and Imamat institutions.
The Bujagali hydropower plant provides a huge boost to Uganda’s economy, which has historically been severely challenged by an inadequate and costly supply of electricity. Its five turbines generate 250 megawatts of electricity, doubling the country’s generation capacity and providing almost 50 per cent of the country’s electricity needs. The USD $900 million project was funded by its shareholders — the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, Sithe Global Power and the Government of Uganda — as well as a consortium of lenders.
Later today, Mawlana Hazar Imam will join President Yoweri Museveni at Jinja for the inauguration of the Bujagali Hydropwer Project, which takes place on the eve of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Uganda’s independence. Heads of state from across Africa are also expected to take part in the country’s milestone commemoration
From John F. Kennedy to Stephen E. Harper – A Selection of Photos and Videos of His Highness the Aga Khan with USA Presidents and Canadian Prime Ministers
October 22, 2012
By Malik Merchant, Simergphotos
London, 22 October 2012 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was awarded the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award at an event organised by the Synergos Institute. In a letter addressed to Hazar Imam that was read before the audience, David Rockefeller commended the Imam’s work through the Aga Khan Development Network for having “leveraged the social conscience of Islam in ways that benefit people of all faiths; promoting tolerance, pluralism, and broad-based development.”
Synergos aims to address global poverty and social injustice by supporting and connecting leaders, so they can work in collaboration to change the systems that keep people in poverty. Previous recipients of the award have included former US President Bill Clinton, former South African President Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, and Sir Richard Branson.
Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Peggy Dulany at `University Night` in London on 22 October 2012. Photo: JMB Photographic LtdSpeaking at the event with Synergos Chair Peggy Dulany, Mawlana Hazar Imam elaborated on the notion of social conscience in Islam: “The premise that Islam works on is not just helping, but helping to render the individual capable of governing his or her destiny. You are not just helping them away from poverty, you are giving them the means to propel themselves and their families into their future, in ways which they control.”
Hazar Imam continued: “And therefore when you educate, when you help in healthcare, when you give access to credit, you are not looking at just helping the individual survive, you are trying to reposition the individual and the family in society. That is the basic premise of social support that I believe is the correct interpretation of Islam.”
Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim accompanied Mawlana Hazar Imam at the event, titled University for a Night.
13. His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a famous international business magnate and founder of Porto-Chervo tourist destination. Founder of Aga Khan Fund, Aga Khan University and the architecture award, he is an active public person, organizer and sponsor of numerous charity projects in many countries, including in the post-Soviet Central Asia. He manages Aga Khan Development Network that includes a range of social-economic, education and cultural organizations. He holds many state and international awards and titles.
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