2018, April 12 - 15, Kenya Didar for Kenya Jurisdiction (Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Africa) , Madagascar and Congo.
ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ISMAILI LEADERS’ INTERNATIONAL FORUM
Our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam has authorised the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF) to inform the Jamat formally that, responding to an official invitation from the Government, he will visit Kenya in April 2018.
At this time, alongside engaging with activities relating to the initiatives of the Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Mawlana Hazar Imam will grant a Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Nairobi for the Kenya jurisdiction Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam has graciously consented to the participation in this Darbar of the jurisdiction Jamats of the Malagasy Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Access to the Diamond Jubilee Darbar will be restricted to the Kenya, Malagasy and Congo Jamats and, therefore, Jamati members from outside these jurisdictions are respectfully requested to refrain from travelling to Kenya in the expectation of being able to participate in this event.
Mawlana Hazar Imam has expressed his intention to continue granting Diamond Jubilee visits to other Jamats during 2018.
On this happy occasion of the confirmation of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Kenya, the LIF, all Jamati institutions, and Mukhis, Kamadias, Mukhianis and Kamadianis convey warm Mubarak to the Jamat.
The Council for Kenya, the Jamati Institutions and Jamati Mukhi Kamadiasahebs, and Mukhiani Kamadianimaas have great pleasure to share with the Jamat that Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to arrive into the country early in the evening tomorrow Thursday the 12th of April 2018.
Mawlana Hazar Imam will be engaged with the Government of Kenya on Friday the 13th of April.
The Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Nairobi has been scheduled for 11am on Saturday morning, the 14th of April.
Further details of the opening time of the Darbar Hall and other arrangements will be advised in due course.
We convey to the Jamat warm Mubaraki and give our heartfelt Shukhrana on this most happy occasion.
There will be Thar Sufro Ghat paat in all Jamatkhanas tomorrow.
Sherbert and cake will be served to the Jamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam grants Darbar before departing Kenya
In a moment that was uniquely historic for the entire Jamat, Mawlana Hazar Imam granted a Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Nairobi, Kenya on the very same grounds where the Imam had been installed during his Takht Nashini in 1957 when he acceded to the Imamat. This was also the same site where Mawlana Hazar Imam celebrated both his Silver and Golden Jubilees.
Yesterday morning’s Darbar brought together Jamats from the jurisdictions of Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Malagasy who had travelled to see their Imam.
Delivering his address on behalf of all the Jamats present, Ismaili Council for Kenya President Nawaaz Gulam expressed gratitude to Mawlana Hazar Imam for his leadership, vision and untiring commitment to improving the lives of the Jamat not only in the jurisdiction but throughout the world. President Gulam reflected upon the 60 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s period of Imamat with prayers that this may continue forever more.
During the Darbar, senior Jamati leaders of all countries present offered gifts to Mawlana Hazar Imam, each carefully selected to represent their country's cultural identity and it's resonance with the Jamat. These included a beautifully hand carved wooden chair “Kiti cha Enzi”; an antique French silver ewer and dish; and a 16th - 17th century Chinese blue and white porcelain water sprinkler, illustrating an Islamic influence, whose six spouts may be interpreted as each representing 10 years of the Imamat.
Mawlana Hazar Imam acknowledged the courtesies extended to him by the Government of Kenya. He also recognised the contribution of all volunteers, thanking them for making the Darbar such an immensely happy occasion for him.
Following the Darbar, Mawlana Hazar Imam was given a warm send off by young volunteers as well as Ismaili Band Troupes of Nairobi and Mombasa who had come together to perform for the Imam.
Mawlana Hazar Imam then travelled to the airport where Ambassador Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade bid him farewell on behalf of the government. Jamati leadership were also present at the airport to wish their Imam farewell.
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