Interview. His Highness the Aga Khan this year marks 60 years as
the Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.
The Diamond Jubilee of the Ismaili Imamat, is an opportunity
to reflect on the nature of the Ismaili community and the Aga
Khan’s leadership engagement and commitment to development during
these 60 years. Henry Lubega talked to His Excellency Amin Mawji,
the Ambassador of the Aga Khan Development Network. Below are
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Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:20 am Post subject: Tanzania special eventJashn-e-Jyot, A Celebration of Light
Jashn-e-Jyot, A Celebration of Light, is the first in the series of events leading up to the historic Diamond Jubilee celebrations. To be held on 7th July 2017 at 8p.m. at the Upanga Jamat Khana, the whole Jamat will partake in creating a miraculous Human Motif in amazing colors and lights that will be shared with the rest of the world.
The light formation will also reveal the official Diamond Jubilee motif which will be rotating and introduced to the Jamat. In unison, the Jamat will welcome the Diamond Jubilee year, followed by dinner and dandia.
The Khabar Newsletter is a publication of The Ismaili Council for Tanzania
Jul 02 2017 : The Times of India (Mumbai)
Ismailis to celebrate 60 years of the Aga Khan's leadership in July
Processions And Charity Drives Planned
Prince Karim the Aga Khan IV inherited many important things from his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah the Aga Khan III, including longevity and the title of Imam or the spiritual head of the 15 million strong worldwide community of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
Aga Khan III completed the Platinum Jubilee of his Imamat (leadership) in 1954, three years before his death in 1957 and on July 11the same year, fulfilling a will of the departed Imam, Prince Karim became the 49th Imam and the Aga Khan IV of the community .
To mark the milestone --Diamond Jubilee of the Imamat of their 81-year-old spiritual head on July 11, the Ismailis have planned a series of programmes, including prayers, processions, drum beats by scouts and several charity initiatives both in the city and elsewhere.
To get a sense of what Aga Khan, the community's spiritual and temporal head, means to his diehard devotees we visit the beautiful Diamond Jubilee Complex housing a high school and the community's administrative offices along a leafy lane opposite the Mazgaon-based iconic Prince Aly Khan Hospital, named after the present Aga Khan's father, who never became the Aga Khan. In a glass-paneled office, prominent community members Aziz (Munna) Javeri and Nuruddin Hirani discuss not just the celebrations marking 60 years of leadership and guidance of the “divinely inspired“ Imam but the various initiatives the France-based Aga Khan has visualized and guided in the last six decades.
“He is our spiritual and temporal head and leads from the front, interpreting the commandments of the Quran according to the needs of the time,“ says Hirani.
Like his predecessors, especially the Aga Khan III, the present Aga Khan lays emphasis on education.“Much before the word meritocracy became fashionable, His Highness the Aga Khan used it in one of his sermons in the 1990s and told the community to prepare itself for the challenges posed by new technology . When we first heard the word, we scratched our heads.We have all imbibed that spirit of staying alert and updated, which is emphasized by our Imam in his speeches, lectures and writings,“ says Javeri.
It was the desire to uplift not just the ummah (community) but the impoverished everywhere that propelled the Imam to establish and head Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), an umbrella body of programmes and initiatives aimed at empowering not just the tiny community but the impoverished and hapless in other communities as well.Since compassion, tolerance and human dignity are at the core of the larger Islamic faith which the Ismailis belong to.AKDN-guided initiatives are proving agents of change. Four years ago, Kunti was just another impoverished woman in a village in the backwaters of Bahraich (UP). Then the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) intervened. AKF trained her as Pashu Sakhi (animals' friend) and engaged her as a resource person for training other Pashu Sakhis. Kunti told TOI on phone:“Earlier, I was earning nothing. Last month, I earned around Rs.2000 through first aid, vaccination and de-worming services for goats in my village.“
Be they the impoverished hamlets in Bahraich and Samastipur (Bihar), the development of Nizamuddin Basti (New Delhi) or renovation of the historical Humanyun's Tomb in Delhi or restoration of the decaying Qutub Shahi Tombs near Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, the Aga Khan has initiated change. Educational institutions, awards for architecture, hospitals and health services (Prince Aly Khan Hospital is just one among many hospitals they run globally), microfinance and loans (Development Credit Bank was started as small cooperative credit societies has emerged as an award-winning Bank)--they have touched needy in numerous ways.
Tracing their origins to Hazrat Ali, the Prophet's sonin-law and the first Imam of Shiism, the Ismaili Imams received the title of Aga Khan in 1818 when Hassan Ali Shah, the 46 th Imam of the Ismailis, married in the family of Shah of Iran. The Shah bestowed the title “Aga Khan“ or Commander-in-Chief on him. Since then the Isamaili Imams have also been called Aga Khans.
Ismailis to celebrate 60th year of Aga Khan's imamat
HYDERABAD: It is going to be a joyous occasion -one which will, on one hand, witness celebrations, and on the other, quiet contemplation.
For, on July 11, the Ismaili Muslim community is scheduled to celebrate the 60th year of the imamat, or leadership, of Prince Karim Aga Khan. With an estimated 15 million people spread across several countries, there is a significant Ismaili population in the city. The community, spread over areas like Chirag Ali Lane in Abids and Kompally , are busy making elaborate arrangements for the celebrations.
The Ismailis believe that Prince Karim, the 49th Aga Khan, is the spiritual head of the community. At the age of 20, Prince Karim succeeded his grandfather. This was 60 years ago, on July 11, 1957.
"The day is going to be very significant is our lives. As a mureed (follower), I am very excited. As an individual, while the day will be a joyous occasion, it is also a time for reflection. It is a time when we think of how to improve the quality of our lives and become better individuals. Of course, all this is under the guidance of our imam," says Mona Veerani, an educator.
The day is likely to begin early with community members engaging in meditation and prayer.
"On this day , we will express our gratitude to our imam for what he has done for us. What we are today is because of him," said another member of the community .
With the spirit of voluntarism, as a sign of deep affection and appreciation, the community will offer gifts and services to the Aga Khan on that day . This will include devoting one's time, knowledge and resources to those who are less privileged. This, members of the community said, is central to the life of an Ismaili Muslim.
A very proud community and they are in big numbers in Hashmatpet also. They like all other communities except Andhra's have integrated very well into the society here.
Elaborating further on the nazrana, or offering, they said that it will subsequently be used for a host of planned development projects.
These would mainly be directed towards strengthening educational institutions, hospitals and healthcare centres, and implemented poverty alleviation programmes, among many other similar activities.
Prime Minister to grace Shia Ismail 60th Anniversary
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is expected to attend the Ismail Jubilee Parade and Carnival next Sunday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall.
Dar es Salaam. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa is expected to attend the Ismail Jubilee Parade and Carnival next Sunday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall.
The event is held to commemorate 60 years since His Highness Aga Khan becoming Imam of the Shia Ismail Muslims.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon the coordinator of the anniversary Karim Kanji, who said the event signals the beginning of a Jubilee year, which usually starts in July.
“The Jubilee is an opportunity for the Ismail community to provide hope of future for the marginalized population by strengthening development initiatives that will increase opportunities for them,” said Aly Ramji the communication coordinator for the Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Tanzania
Ismailis in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral prepare to celebrate the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee
Gilgit, July 6: Followers of the Shia Imami Ismaili sect of Islam are busy in preparations for celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of their spiritual leader, Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Aga Khan’s Imamat (leadership).
The Aga Khan became the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismailis in 1957; this year marks sixty years of his spiritual and worldly leadership (Imamat), which is being celebrated by the Ismailis globally as Diamond Jubilee.
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations will last for one year, starting on the 11th of July, the day in 1957 when the current Aga Khan succeeded his grandfather, His Highness Sultan Muhammad Shah.
Elaborate celebrations are being planned in Chitral, Gilgit, Ghizer and Hunza, districts where sizeable numbers of Ismailis live. Devotional songs and tributes are being prepared by artists, to honor the Aga Khan, who has played an instrumental role in transforming these remote areas, through the activities of the Aga Khan Development Network.
The Aga Khan visited Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral in 1960, for the very first time. Before him no Ismaili Imam had visited his followers in these remote, mountainous, regions.
Opinion: Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee a chance to celebrate his achievements
Published on: July 5, 2017 | Last Updated: July 8, 2017 9:51 AM MDT
On July 11, Ismailis all around the world will be celebrating 60 years since the Aga Khan succeeded his grandfather as the imam of the Shia Muslim community. The Diamond Jubilee will highlight the Aga Khan’s tireless work around the globe and his vision for steering the Ismaili community during the last 60 years.
Canada’s close, strong and successful association with the Aga Khan began more than four decades ago with the arrival of thousands of Ismailis who were forced to flee from Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s anti-Asian regime. This relationship with Canada has been strengthened with several joint ventures between the Canadian government and the Aga Khan’s international development agency, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which operates in 30 countries, employing 80,000 people and involving hospitals, universities, schools, media outlets, hydroelectric projects, factories, hotels and other projects.
The Aga Khan has publicly thanked Canada for its generosity in opening its doors to Ismailis. However, his admiration for Canada goes beyond that. He has described Canada as “a model for the world.” It was therefore fitting that the Aga Khan and the Canadian government partnered this year in opening the Global Centre for Pluralism, an independent international research and education centre in Ottawa.
However, the pivotal Aga Khan project in Canada is the monumental Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre in Toronto, aimed at portraying the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage. The museum and its surrounding park have not only become a major educational and tourist attraction, but also provide a remarkable environment of relaxation and contemplation for local residents.
The third notable Ismaili institution in Canada is the Ottawa-based Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, representing Imamat institutions and development agencies such as the Aga Khan Development Network. The Delegation also has an ambassadorial role, with a resident ambassador with responsibilities to maintain and foster external relations. With all these high-profile projects, Canada can proudly regard itself as the Ismaili headquarters of the world.
The Aga Khan, a great lover of architecture, established the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1977, the world’s largest architectural award totalling $500,000 (U.S.). The award encourages architecture that reflects pluralism and enhances understanding and appreciation of Muslim architecture. Another agency, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, focusses on the revitalization of communities in the Muslim world.
The Aga Khan can be compared to a king, but without a kingdom. The Ismailis have their own anthem, played when the Aga Khan visits a foreign country, and a flag fluttering on his limousine. His influence, authority and power surpass most leaders. He meets more foreign heads of state, presidents and prime ministers than even the president of United States.
The Aga Khan was given honorary Canadian citizenship in 2010, one of six foreigners provided with this distinction. He was invited in 2014 to address the Canadian Parliament, an honour usually accorded to heads of state. He has also been awarded several honorary degrees by universities around the world and bestowed with national honours by numerous countries in recognition of his humanitarian activities.
This charismatic and dynamic imam of the Ismailis, a minority sect among the world’s 20 million Shia Muslims, ascended to the throne of Imamat on July 11, 1957, at the age of 21 while still a student at Harvard University, following the death of his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah,
During his Imamat, the Ismailis have progressed educationally and prospered economically, becoming a successful model community which has been envied by the world. Ismailis have participated enthusiastically in major cities of Canada as volunteers and in civic, provincial and national institutions. As we look into the future, it is fair to predict that the community will progress for years to come based on the solid foundations laid by the Aga Khan.
Mansoor Ladha is a Calgary-based journalist, travel writer and author of A Portrait in Pluralism: Aga Khan’s Shia Ismaili Muslims ((Detselig), and Memoirs of a Muhindi (University of Regina).
Author Timothy Rooks
Keywords Aga Khan, Aga Khan Development Network, Africa, eco@africa, development, Prince Karim, Ismaili, Shia, philanthropy
Where few others dare to tread: the Aga Khan in Africa
Prince Karim will celebrate his diamond jubilee as the Aga Khan this July. From the beginning of his time as Imam, he has been quietly supporting humanitarian and environmental work throughout Africa.
Paris Karim Aga Khan IV (Getty Images/AFP/F. Dufour)
"We can say with conviction that Africa's moment has come." With this the Aga Khan brought a 2016 keynote address to a culmination. While he commended the continent's resilience, economic progress and a widening acceptance of diversity, it was this one sentence that summed up his optimism about the continent.
And his opinion matters, since there is hardly any other person who has as much experience in Africa over such a long period. Yet this is a far cry from Uganda in 1972 when under then President Idi Amin, Ismailis and other Asians were expelled for no reason other than fear and closed-mindedness, despite their having lived in the country for generations.
Bridging West and East
As a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad, Aga Khan IV is the 49th hereditary leader of the Ismaili Muslims, a branch of Shia Islam. Today, there are officially about 15 million Ismailis who are spread around the world.
Aga Khan (Getty Images/T. Melville)
The Aga Khan's personal wealth comes from a system of tithes that millions of Ismailis pay to him each year. The total is never disclosed, but estimates range up into the hundreds of millions. Yet despite having full control of this money, it is not meant for personal use, which makes it difficult to differentiate what is his versus the Imamate
On July 11 the Aga Khan will celebrate his 60th anniversary as Imam, or spiritual leader. Like the Dalai Lama, he is a ruler without a proper country.
Despite this fact he is nonetheless treated like a head of state with direct access to presidents and prime ministers. But he holds onto a tradition of political neutrality.
Prince Karim was born in Geneva in 1936 and brought up in Kenya before attending boarding school in Switzerland and Harvard University.
In 1957, during his undergraduate studies he became the Aga Khan. Suddenly he was thrust onto the world stage at the age of 20.
Since then he has crossed the globe many times over. Though he carries a British passport and is based north of Paris, he is truly a global citizen. All the same he has often been accused of living a lavish life, which conflicts with his pious role.
Besides being a moderate Muslim leader, the Aga Khan sees himself as much more: a business and religious leader who wants to bring East and West closer and at the same time do good for the poorest and most vulnerable and neglected people on earth - regardless of religion, gender or race.
The Aga Khan Development Network
The Aga Khan's family has long served society. Among other things, his grandfather was president of the League of Nations and established major social welfare institutions and schools as early as 1905 chiefly in India and Africa. His uncle, Prince Sadruddin, was the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees.
Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Prince Karim officially founded the Aga Khan Foundation over 50 years ago. It was the first of 10 agencies which today make up the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
This group of private for and non-profit institutions now employs 80,000 and works in over 30 counties, across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, and combines business know-how with social goals. The Ismaili community also plays a role in these efforts; over 100,000 of them contribute volunteer time or professional services, not to mention direct financial aid.
Over the years the AKDN has built universities, hundreds of schools, parks, cultural centers, hydroelectric dams, and funded reforestation and rural development projects. Through its various health centers and hospitals it provides care to 1 million people annually.
In 2017 alone the AKDN and its partners plan to spend $925 million (812 million euro) on projects. This money comes from a variety of sources. The Aga Khan himself provides funding for administration, and new programs and country initiatives. Additionally, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, which is the only part of the organization to work on a commercial basis, reinvests all surpluses into development initiatives.
eco@africa Aga Khan Development Network (Aga Khan Development Network)
The Aga Khan Development Network is an umbrella organization which includes 10 stand-alone agencies that work in different areas but compliment each other. The impulse behind this complex network comes directly from the Aga Khan
Importantly this funding is supplemented by money from governments, multilateral institutions and private sector companies. It is these private-public partnerships along with coordinated efforts within the AKDN organization that multiply the scale and impact of projects - and has been the key to their success.
But the Aga Khan has repeatedly said that none of these efforts are charity, philanthropy or entrepreneurship. Helping the poor is simply a part of the Islamic faith, a time-honored tradition of service to humanity to improve lives.
Working in Africa
Today the Aga Khan is one of the most positive influences on the continent, where he has been active for decades.
In 1959, he founded the Nation Media Group in Kenya. Today the group is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and is the largest private media company in eastern and central Africa. It runs television stations and many newspapers in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The AKDN still owns 44.66 percent of the conglomerate.
Mali Timbuktu Djinguereber Moschee (Imago/robertharding/J. Pate)
The Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu, Mali. This structure is almost entirely made of mud and other organic materials like straw and wood. Built in 1327 it has two minarets and space for 2,000. A restoration of the complex was undertaken in 2006 by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Overall the AKDN is now active in 13 African countries, working in everything from healthcare and banking to manufacturing and dam building. Of the 80,000 people that the network employs worldwide, 36,000 are in Africa.
Besides major infrastructure projects, teaching thousands of local farmers how to improve crop yield, fighting poverty, hunger and illiteracy another major focus is on education. They support many local schools and run the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
A 'Civil Society'
As part of the Aga Khan's holistic approach to development, cultural projects are also high on the to-do list, which leads us directly to his goal of a "civil society."
To him a civil society does not come from governments or businesses. It comes from private institutions devoted to the public good, which are motivated by volunteers who want to improve the quality of community life.
In a speech in Egypt in February 2016 he went into detail about why this is important:
"I focus on Civil Society because I think its potential is often under-appreciated as we become absorbed in debates about the most effective programs of governments and others, or the most successful business strategies. But, in fact, it is often the quality of the third sector, Civil Society, that is the 'difference-maker.' It not only complements the work of the private and public sectors, it can often help complete that work."
Tomorrow is an important day for Ismaili Muslims all over the world; a season of yearlong celebrations start on July 11 to mark the 60th year of the Imamat of His Highness Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan III.
Though a spiritual leader of Ismailis, Aga Khan holds a special place in Pakistan due to the role of the Ismaili leadership in the foundation of Pakistan and his unique contribution to Pakistani society and its people. This is an occasion for all of us to pay our tributes to a remarkable Muslim leader – a statesman without a state. It is also an opportunity for us to remember his predecessor, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III, a founding father of this country.
One hundred and six years ago, in 1911, Sir Sultan Mohammad Aga Khan embarked upon a country wide tour of India to collect funds for the Aligarh Muslim University. “I am now going out to beg from house to house and from street to street for the children of Indian Muslims,” he stated. Just as his ancestors, the Fatimid caliphs, had founded Al-Azhar University in Egypt, Aga Khan wanted a Muslim Oxford in India. Aligarh College became a university in 1920, twenty two years after the death of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
Fourteen years earlier, in 1906, Aga Khan had led the process of forming a political platform for South Asian Muslims at a meeting of the All-India Muhammadan Educational Conference in Dhaka. It was he who suggested the name of the party – All India Muslim League – and was elected its first president. Aga Khan made a major contribution to the three most important ingredients of Pakistan movement – the Muslim League, the Aligarh University and the leadership. Let’s not forget that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah was also born into an Ismaili family. What is remarkable here is the fact that South Asian Muslim followed these leaders disregarding sectarian considerations.
In the early 21st century, a major advance in the analysis of economic development is the recognition of the importance of institutions. Institutions have become a central focus of all development initiatives. Interestingly, though world class charismatic leaders, both Aga Khans can be called men of institutions, dedicating their energies to founding and nurturing a host of institutions aimed to serve their own community and the Muslim and global community.
Sir Sultan Mohammed was nominated to represent India to the League of Nations in 1932 and served as president of the League of Nations from 1937 to 1938. In 1945, the Ismaili community celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Aga Khan III. The wealth generated in the Jubilee was used to establish the Diamond Jubilee Investment Trust, a community-based financial system that further led to the creation of cooperative societies, corporations, building societies and a bank.
The formation of Diamond Jubilee Schools all over India and specifically in the northern areas of Pakistan (now Gilgit-Baltistan) in 1946 laid the foundation for an educational revolution within the Ismaili community as well as the region at large, with literacy levels reaching up to 90 percent in some parts of the region.
Before the Jubilee schools were built, education in the region was a luxury. This is how a teacher explained it to me: “In those days, there were no schools beyond the 8th grade and anyone aspiring to do matriculation had to go to Kashmir. Not only this, these schools rotated every three years and shifted from one village to another, making it impossible for poor students to continue their education.”
After taking over the leadership of the community in 1957, at the age of 20, His Highness Aga Khan IV further enhanced institutional organisation for education, health, social welfare, women empowerment and strengthening of civil society through the establishment of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The AKDN now works in 30 countries around the world, employing approximately 80,000 people. This network benefits more than two million people every year.
In 1982, Aga Khan founded the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) to improve the quality of life of the people in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. He handed over the leadership of the programme to Shoaib Sultan Khan, a student of legendary development worker, Akhtar Hameed Khan. For Shoaib Sultan Khan, it was an opportunity to implement the ideas of his teacher on a wider scale, something he had tried with limited success during his career as a civil servant. The AKRSP succeeded in transforming the region into a model of community development.
The AKRSP model has been replicated throughout the country and internationally. Within Pakistan, a network of Rural Support Programmes has been formed with the involvement of federal and provincial governments. Internationally, this model has been replicated in a number of countries including India.
Turning back to the higher education, Prince Karim Aga Khan chose Pakistan as the base for the Aga Khan University. Chartered in 1983, AKU is Pakistan’s first private international university. With academic programmes in Pakistan, East Africa, the United Kingdom, Syria and Afghanistan, AKU has now established itself as an international institution with ten sites in seven countries.
In 2000, Aga Khan founded the University of Central Asia (UCA) through an international treaty ratified by parliaments of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and registered with the United Nations. While the presidents of these countries are patrons of the UCA, His Highness the Aga Khan is the chancellor.
Presentation of Muslim heritage is one of the most high-profile passions of Aga Khan. The AKDN has also overseen the restoration of Muslim heritage sites all over the world. It won a 2011 Unesco Award for Culture Heritage Conservation for its restoration of the 900 year old Altit Fort in Pakistan. In 2013, the AKDN restored the tomb of Emperor Humayun in India after six years of hard work.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture grew from a realisation that traditional Islamic architecture was disappearing in the face of modernization. It was announced at the Islamic Summit Conference in Lahore in 1976 and has since turned into one of the most important architecture awards in the world.
I want to sum up this article with Aga Khan’s efforts at promoting pluralism and presenting the case of the Muslim world in the din of the clash of civilisations – what he calls the clash of ignorance. According to Aga Khan, it is the failure of pluralism that results in various kinds of conflicts. “The inability of human society to recognise pluralism as a fundamental value constitutes a serious danger for our future.” According to Aga Khan: “One of the principal reasons why today there is so much uninformed speculation about conflict between the Muslim world and others is insufficiently complete general education. For instance, the historic root causes of conflict in the Middle East or Kashmir are not addressed at any level of general education in the most powerful western democracies that dominate world affairs.”
True to his message, his followers have laid down their lives while protecting Muslims of other denominations from each other, while they have remained committed to peace and pluralism. Perhaps, it is a time for South Asian Muslims to pay serious attention to the wisdom of His Highness the Aga Khan. From me and my readers, Jubilee Mubarak to His Highness and our Ismaili brothers and sisters.
The writer is an anthropologist and development professional.
Spiritual leader of 15 million Ismailis to meet government and faith leaders from more than 25 countries in France
Paris: The Aga Khan on Tuesday marked 60 years as a spiritual leader of around 15 million Ismaili Muslims.
To mark his occasion, Prince Karim Aga Khan, 80, will meet with government and faith leaders from more than 25 countries in Chantilly, France.
Followers of the Aga Khan, known as Ismailis, are scattered across Pakistan and India, while others live in Central Asia and the West.
As part of his role, the Aga Khan serves as founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a massive charitable organisation.
The network, which has its headquarters in Switzerland, employs 80,000 staff, aims to boost developing countries and alleviate poverty.
While guided by Islamic ethics, the AKDN claims to work for the common good of everyone, regardless of their gender, origin, or religion.
The AKDN’s agencies have mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, micro-finance, rural development, and revitalising historic cities.
Some of the new charity projects and initiatives to be announced or dedicated this year include increased access to finance for education, health and housing, early childhood development, and infrastructure projects in developing countries.
More resources and capacity will be given to some of the AKDN’s institutions, such as the Karachi-Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia.
Parallel celebrations will be held at Ismaili Community centres around the world.
Press Trust of India | New Delhi July 10, 2017 Last Updated at 19:42 IST
The diamond jubilee of global Shia spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, will be marked tomorrow in various parts of the globe, which his philanthropy body feels would also help "foster collaboration" between different people and faith communities around the world.
"July 11 begins a year of milestone announcements by the Aga Khan for a global commitment to partnerships based on the principles of ethics in action, peace and pluralism," the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) today said.
Tomorrow, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini (the Aga Khan IV) will mark the 60th year as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the world's Shia Ismaili Muslims.
"In the continuously turbulent times the world finds ourselves in, it is hoped that the diamond jubilee will also provide occasion to improve understanding of Islam and Muslim civilisations and foster collaboration between different peoples and faith communities around the world," the AKDN said in a statement.
This worldwide celebration brings together the global Ismaili community, partners of the AKDN, and government and faith community leaders in over 25 countries.
"The Aga Khan believes diversity should inspire, not divide, and that enhancing pluralism is a crucial building block for constructing peaceful and successful societies," it said.
The Aga Khan is the founder and chairman of the AKDN, which operates in over 30 countries principally in Central and South Asia, Eastern and Western Africa and the Middle East.
The Ismaili community resides in various parts of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vapi, Nagpur, Kolkata and Bengaluru among other places.
Projects of the AKDN in India include the restoration of the Humayun's Tomb by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), activities in areas of water conservation in Gujarat by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and empowerment of adolescent women and early childhood development as well as sanitation initiatives under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Développement-Paix-Pluralisme : Son Altesse l’Aga Khan célébrera son Jubilé de diamant
lundi, 10 juillet 2017 10:14
Le 11 juillet marquera le lancement d’une année particulière durant laquelle l’Aga Khan fera d’importantes annonces à l’appui de son engagement, à l’échelle mondiale, au sein de partenariats fondés sur les principes éthiques de l’action, de la paix et du pluralisme.
Développement-Paix-Pluralisme : Son Altesse l’Aga Khan célébrera son Jubilé de diamant
Pour ses 60 ans passés dans sa charge de 49e imam héréditaire (leader spirituel) des musulmans chiites ismailis, son Altesse l’Aga Khan célébrera son Jubilé de diamant.
Partout dans le monde, ces célébrations rassembleront toute la communauté ismailie, les partenaires du Réseau Aga Khan de développement (AKDN) ainsi que les responsables politiques et religieux de plus de 25 pays.
Le 11 juillet marquera le lancement d’une année particulière durant laquelle l’Aga Khan fera d’importantes annonces à l’appui de son engagement, à l’échelle mondiale, au sein de partenariats fondés sur les principes éthiques de l’action, de la paix et du pluralisme.
Ces soixante dernières années, l’Aga Khan a transformé la qualité de vie de millions de personnes à travers le monde. Dans les domaines de la santé, de l’éducation, de la revitalisation culturelle et de l’autonomisation économique, Son Altesse a oeuvré pour inspirer l’excellence, améliorer les conditions de vie et ouvrir les perspectives dans certaines des régions les plus reculées et les plus instables de la planète.
Selon la tradition musulmane, les leaders religieux non seulement interprètent les textes sacrés, mais doivent aussi aider à améliorer la qualité de vie de leur communauté et des sociétés où vivent ses membres. Pour l’Aga Khan, cela se traduit par une vie consacrée aux difficultés du monde en développement.
L’Aga Khan et la communauté des musulmans chiites ismailis L’Aga Khan est un descendant direct du prophète Mahomet (que la paix soit sur lui et sur sa famille) par le cousin et gendre de celui-ci, Ali, premier Imam, et son épouse Fatima, fille du prophète. À vingt ans, il a donc succédé à son grand-père, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan au titre d’imam des musulmans chiites ismailis, il y a soixante ans.
Aujourd’hui, Son Altesse l’Aga Khan est le chef spirituel d’une communauté globale de quelque 15 millions de musulmans chiites ismailis, qui vivent surtout en Asie du Sud, en Asie centrale, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Europe, en Amérique du Nord et en Extrême-Orient. Comme le monde musulman dans son ensemble, la communauté ismailie représente une riche diversité de cultures, de langues et de nationalités. Le rôle d’imam consiste à interpréter les textes sacrés et à assumer la responsabilité des activités et institutions religieuses de ses disciples dans le monde.
The Aga Khan celebrates Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday
TUESDAY JULY 11 2017
The celebrations, to be held worldwide, will bring together the global Ismaili community, partners of the Aga Khan Development Network as well as government and faith community leaders.For the Aga Khan, this has meant dedicating his life to addressing the concerns of the developing world.The AKDN spends $925 million annually on non-profit social and cultural development activities — a threefold increase over the past 10 years.
By DAVE OPIYO
The Aga Khan will on Tuesday mark his Diamond Jubilee — or 60 years as the 49th hereditary Imam, spiritual leader of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims.
The celebrations, to be held worldwide, will bring together the global Ismaili community, partners of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) as well as government and faith community leaders.
In Islam’s ethical tradition, religious leaders not only interpret the faith but also have a responsibility to help to improve the quality of lives of their community and the societies they live in.
For the Aga Khan, this has meant dedicating his life to addressing the concerns of the developing world.
“Over the past six decades, the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world,” reads a statement from the Aga Khan Development Network. “They include in the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation, and economic empowerment.
“He has worked to inspire excellence and improve living conditions and opportunities, including in some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions.”
In keeping with tradition, the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will include the launch of social, cultural and economic development projects.
These will further help to alleviate poverty, increase access to finance for education, health and housing, early childhood development and infrastructure — principally, water, energy and telecommunications — in developing countries.
Resources and capacity will further be added to the institutions of the AKDN, including the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia.
“The Aga Khan believes diversity should inspire, not divide, and that enhancing pluralism is a crucial building block for constructing peaceful and successful societies,” added the statement.
The AKDN spends $925 million annually on non-profit social and cultural development activities — a threefold increase over the past 10 years.
It operates more than 200 healthcare institutions, two universities spanning six countries and 200 schools and school improvement programmes in some of the most remote and poorest parts of the world.
AKDN also operates more than 90 project companies in post-conflict and transitional economies, helping to lay the foundations of economic Development of These Countries .
The State of Illinois in the USA has declared the Diamond Jubilee Year to honour H.H. The Aga Khan's 60 years of leadership as Direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). See the preamble in the first sentence - Isn't this exceptional?
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