Young students study in the Gulshan-e-Noor Library and Reading Room.
Young students study in the Gulshan-e-Noor Library and Reading Room.
International Literacy Day: New library in Gulshan-e-Noor celebrates joy of reading
International Literacy Day: New library in Gulshan-e-Noor celebrates joy of reading
8 September 2018

The very first revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was a command to read. Thus, from the very beginning, learning and education has held a special place in Islam. For all communities and societies today, learning and education rests on literacy, or, the ability to read and write. The recently-established Gulshan-e-Noor Library and Reading Room in Pakistan aims to enhance the literacy of its visitors by providing them with access to knowledge, a space to hold educational programming, and a team of well-trained staff to facilitate learning.

Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat
Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat
Video: Mawlana Hazar Imam's Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya
2 September 2018

The film of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya is now available online. This 37-minute film recounts the history of the Ismaili community in East Africa, preparations by the Jamat, and the programme undertaken by Hazar Imam during his visit to the country in April 2018. The visit brought together Jamats from the jurisdictions of Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of Malagasy.

State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, and President of the Ismaili  Council of the United States, Dr. Barkat Fazal, unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, and President of the Ismaili  Council of the United States, Dr. Barkat Fazal, unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
Texas Governor and community officials inaugurate new Ismaili Jamatkhana
Texas Governor and community officials inaugurate new Ismaili Jamatkhana
22 August 2018

Nestled just outside Austin, the city of Cedar Park is now home to a new, permanent Ismaili Jamatkhana. On 7 August 2018, state, city, and local leaders from across Texas joined Jamati leaders and volunteers to open the new purpose-built space, and share its vision.

Sirbaz Khan, on his way to scaling the legendary K2.
Sirbaz Khan, on his way to scaling the legendary K2.
Pakistani mountaineers hit new heights scaling the legendary K2
Pakistani mountaineers hit new heights scaling the legendary K2
16 August 2018

Two Ismaili mountaineers recently summited K2, the second highest mountain in the world and considered by many to be a more difficult and dangerous climb than Mount Everest. Fazal Ali is the first Pakistani to have ascended to the summit of K2 (8,611m) on three separate occasions. He first conquered K2 in 2014, followed by a second successful climb to the summit in 2017.

The inaugural i-CERV weekend saw Ismailis from across the UK volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, park clean-ups, and training sessions for the aged.
The inaugural i-CERV weekend saw Ismailis from across the UK volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, park clean-ups, and training sessions for the aged.
i-CERV programme illustrates UK Jamat’s contribution to the wider community
i-CERV programme illustrates UK Jamat’s contribution to the wider community
15 August 2018

The i-CERV initiative was launched in the United Kingdom jurisdiction Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee year with a great sense of excitement. i-CERV — Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering — is a programme first established in the United States, with a mission to offer its members an opportunity to serve the wider communities in which they reside.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by His Excellency President Michael Higgins of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by His Excellency President Michael Higgins of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with President of Ireland
Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with President of Ireland
10 August 2018

His Excellency President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabina Mary Coyne, today received Mawlana Hazar Imam at their official residence Áras an Uachtaráin. The occasion honoured Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, which concluded last month.

Participating entrants were invited to an exclusive red carpet opening event to mark the launch of the International Film Festival.
Participating entrants were invited to an exclusive red carpet opening event to mark the launch of the International Film Festival.
Filmmakers shine spotlight on world cinema at International Film Festival
Filmmakers shine spotlight on world cinema at International Film Festival
2 August 2018

As part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Film Festival was held in Lisbon last month. NOS Cinemas at the Vasco da Gama mall in Portugal’s capital hosted over 20,000 visitors, who watched film submissions screened in six movie theatres over the course of four days. 

During the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon, tours were arranged for members of the Jamat to visit the Ismaili Centre and its gardens.
During the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon, tours were arranged for members of the Jamat to visit the Ismaili Centre and its gardens.
The Ismaili Centre Lisbon celebrates 20 years during Diamond Jubilee Celebration
The Ismaili Centre Lisbon celebrates 20 years during Diamond Jubilee Celebration
29 July 2018

Two decades ago, on 11 July 1998, Mawlana Hazar Imam and then-President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio officially opened the Ismaili Centre Lisbon. The Centre’s 20th anniversary coincided with the Diamond Jubilee Celebration held in Lisbon earlier this month, during which thousands of visitors attended the building and its gardens for guided tours.

Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon, as Prince Amyn looks on.
Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon, as Prince Amyn looks on.
Mawlana Hazar Imam graces Jamat with Darbar in Portugal
Mawlana Hazar Imam graces Jamat with Darbar in Portugal
17 July 2018

Over 40,000 members of the Jamat from over 45 countries around the world assembled at Feira Internacional de Lisboa for one of the largest Jamati gatherings in modern history and the final Darbar of the Diamond Jubilee year on 11 July 2018. 

Leaders of the Jamat and AKDN bid farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam upon his departure from Lisbon.
Leaders of the Jamat and AKDN bid farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam upon his departure from Lisbon.
Mawlana Hazar Imam departs Portugal, concluding his Diamond Jubilee year
Mawlana Hazar Imam departs Portugal, concluding his Diamond Jubilee year
12 July 2018

Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Portugal on 12 July, concluding a seven-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the country as well as the Diamond Jubilee year.

Mawlana Hazar Imam ordains the instrument to designate the Henrique de Mendonça Palace as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat on 11 July 2018.
Mawlana Hazar Imam ordains the instrument to designate the Henrique de Mendonça Palace as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat on 11 July 2018.
Mawlana Hazar Imam designates the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat
Mawlana Hazar Imam designates the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat
11 July 2018

At a ceremony earlier today, marking the conclusion of his Diamond Jubilee year, Mawlana Hazar Imam officially designated the premises located at Rua Marquês de Fronteira in Lisbon — the Henrique de Mendonça Palace — as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat, and declared that it be known as the “Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat”. The ceremony was attended by members of the Imam’s family including Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra and her children Sara and Iliyan, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa with their children Prince Irfan and Prince Sinan, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad as well as leaders of the Jamat from around the world.

Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden enjoy a performance at the International Talent Showcase.
Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden enjoy a performance at the International Talent Showcase.
Members of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family attend the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon
Members of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family attend the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon
10 July 2018

Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa, Prince Irfan, Prince Sinan, Miss Sara Boyden, and Master Iliyan Boyden visited the Diamond Jubilee Celebration today, where they went on a tour of the Exhibitions before taking in the International Art Gallery and the International Talent Showcase. 

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