Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah about to be weighed in diamonds in celebration of the 60th year of his Imamate at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, 10 March 1946.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah about to be weighed in diamonds in celebration of the 60th year of his Imamate at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, 10 March 1946.
Jubilee weighing ceremonies of the past catalysed the Jamat's upliftment
Jubilee weighing ceremonies of the past catalysed the Jamat's upliftment
9 July 2017

As the commencement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee approaches, we take a look back at the commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of our 48th Imam, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah.

Two ceremonies were held to commemorate Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s Diamond Jubilee – the first on 10 March 1946 in Bombay and the second on 17 August 1946 in Dar es Salaam. Most of the Jamat today will not have first-hand memories of the ceremonies, though they captured public imagination at the time and were widely covered by the media as the world began to rebuild itself following the war.

 
Nazrana of Time and Knowledge is both a gift and a privilege
Nazrana of Time and Knowledge is both a gift and a privilege
29 June 2017

Since the earliest days of Islam, the Shia notion of nazrana — the offering of an unconditional gift to the Imam of the Time as a gesture of a murid’s love and homage — has been a time-honoured tradition in the Jamat. With the approach of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, Ismailis around the world are renewing this age-old tradition.

 
A folio from a 16th century Indian manuscript of Nasir's Ethics. The text was authored by Ismaili Dai Nasir al-Din Tusi at Alamut around 1235 CE, two decades before the castle was surrendered to the Mongol armies
A folio from a 16th century Indian manuscript of Nasir's Ethics. The text was authored by Ismaili Dai Nasir al-Din Tusi at Alamut around 1235 CE, two decades before the castle was surrendered to the Mongol armies
Values and ethics provide a compass for navigating a sensitive world
Values and ethics provide a compass for navigating a sensitive world
27 June 2017

In all times and in all places, Ismailis have looked to the Imam of the Time, who has protected and guided the community in spiritual and worldly matters. And throughout 1 400 years of history, the Jamat has been continuously reminded of the value system that anchors our faith, and which continues to serve us as it has served our ancestors.

 

First musical tribute of the Diamond Jubilee released today
First musical tribute of the Diamond Jubilee released today
1 June 2017

With 40 days until the inauguration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, TheIsmaili is pleased to unveil a musical tribute composed by Salim – Sulaiman and performed by Ismaili artists from around the world.

Prince Amyn, accompanied by Museum of Anthropology Director Dr. Anthony Shelton, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, AKDN Diplomatic Representative for Canada, and Council for Canada President Malik Talib entering the Museum of Anthropology for the opening reception of the
Prince Amyn, accompanied by Museum of Anthropology Director Dr. Anthony Shelton, Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, AKDN Diplomatic Representative for Canada, and Council for Canada President Malik Talib entering the Museum of Anthropology for the opening reception of the
Prince Amyn speaks at opening of calligraphy exhibition at UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver
Prince Amyn speaks at opening of calligraphy exhibition at UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver
17 May 2017

Prince Amyn was in Vancouver on 11 and 12 May to participate in the opening of a new exhibition at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology.

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
12 May 2017
Sixty days ahead of the commencement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee on 11 July 2017, TheIsmaili is pleased to launch the first in a series of Jubilee-related articles. Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, talks about the Ismaili tradition of commemorating Jubilee anniversaries of our Imams, and the legacies that they leave behind.
The staggered block arrangement of the 66-storey Met Tower in Bangkok — shortlisted for the 2013 Award — provides plenty of light and cross-ventilation, so that apartments require no air conditioning.
The staggered block arrangement of the 66-storey Met Tower in Bangkok — shortlisted for the 2013 Award — provides plenty of light and cross-ventilation, so that apartments require no air conditioning.
Sustainability over spectacle: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Part 2)
Sustainability over spectacle: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (Part 2)
30 August 2013

In the 36 years since the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established, it has recognised a broad array of projects, from office towers to affordable housing developments; the restoration of heritage to radical innovations in the built environment. But what the winning projects have in common is that each is an example of how architecture can make society a better place to live, says journalist Ayesha Daya.

Saloni Firasta-Vastani, Member of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, Imam Plemon El-Amin, and Priyanka Sinha, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum gather with Dr. Hussein Rashid (second from the rig
Saloni Firasta-Vastani, Member of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, Imam Plemon El-Amin, and Priyanka Sinha, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum gather with Dr. Hussein Rashid (second from the rig
The Islamic impact on American arts
28 March 2011

Dr Hussein Rashid delivered a lecture titled Everyday Art: An Islamic Impact on American Art on 13 February 2011 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Saloni Firasta-Vastani, Member of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, Imam Plemon El-Amin, and Priyanka Sinha, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum gather with Dr. Hussein Rashid (second from the rig
Saloni Firasta-Vastani, Member of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, Imam Plemon El-Amin, and Priyanka Sinha, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum gather with Dr. Hussein Rashid (second from the rig
Video: The Islamic impact on American arts
Video: The Islamic impact on American arts
27 March 2011

Dr Hussein Rashid delivered a lecture titled Everyday Art: An Islamic Impact on American Art on 13 February 2011 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In the talk, Dr Rashid highlights Islamic influences on popular art in America – from architecture and popular media to poetry and writing – by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his From Persian of Hafiz II, to Toni Morrison's portrayal of Muslim characters in her novel Beloved. The lecture followed two exhibitions on Islamic calligraphy at the museum.

Pages from a manuscript of Firdawsi’s “Shanama”.
Pages from a manuscript of Firdawsi’s “Shanama”.
Video: Millennial anniversary of Firdawsi’s “Shahnama” marked at UT Arlington
Video: Millennial anniversary of Firdawsi’s “Shahnama” marked at UT Arlington
8 January 2011

On 4 November 2010, Dr Francesca Leoni delivered a presentation to mark the millennial anniversary of Firdawsi’s Shahnama. The presentation took place at the University of Texas at Arlington, with support from its Office of the Provost, the University’s College of Liberal Arts, and the Ismaili Council for Northern Texas.

During rehearsal, Paul Griffiths works with a Syrian musician from the UAE Jamat.
During rehearsal, Paul Griffiths works with a Syrian musician from the UAE Jamat.
UK Ismaili Community Ensemble shares its melodies in Dubai
UK Ismaili Community Ensemble shares its melodies in Dubai
21 October 2010

The UK-based Ismaili Community Ensemble undertook a journey to Dubai at the end of September. During the trip, they collaborated with local Jamati members in a performance at the Ismaili Centre, supported an international fundraising event organised by FOCUS, and conducted a workshop with children challenged by disabilities. Ensemble member Rabiyyah Raval shares her account.

Women who survived the landslide rest in one of the schools that was re-purposed as a camp for internally displaced persons.
Women who survived the landslide rest in one of the schools that was re-purposed as a camp for internally displaced persons.
Displaced people of Hunza struggle to move on
Displaced people of Hunza struggle to move on
13 April 2010

Life in the Hunza valley was changed forever when a landslide buried the entire village of Attabad in the Northern Pakistan territory of Gilgit-Baltistan earlier this year. Despite extensive relief efforts, the future remains uncertain as a lake resulting from the landslide swallows villages and threatens the lives of thousands downstream.