In advance of the Diamond Jubilee visit by Mawlana Hazer Iman, hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Ismaili Centre Dubai for volunteer orientation, and took the time to pose for a group photo!

Incredible performances by the youth entertain the Jamat at the Mulaqat Mela

In preparation for Mawlana Hazar Imam's Diamond Jubilee visit, the Ismaili Centre Dubai is vibrant with activity and excitement. Mawlana Hazar Imam will be visiting the United Arab Emirates on the official invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. During his visit, Hazar Imam will meet with the UAE Jurisdiction Jamats.

Dr Shiraz Kabani will deliver the third ‘Diamond Jubilee Dialogue’ at the Ismaili Centre, London on Friday, 19 January 2018. His lecture is entitled 'From Diversity to Pluralism: A Vital Value for Cosmopolitan Societies.' The event is due to begin at approximately 8:30 PM GMT and will be webcast live at http://the.ismaili/live

Global Centre for Pluralism

Before we begin this month’s activity, let’s take a moment to reflect on the meaning of pluralism.

How is pluralism different from diversity? 

Mr Ferid Nandjee, Diplomatic Representative of AKDN West Africa, delivers a Diamond Jubilee commemorative speech.

AKDN West Africa commemorated the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam with a diplomatic reception in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on 8 December, 2017.

Young performers recreate the magic of the July 11th stage performances during the Salgirah 81 celebrations at the Headquarters Jamatkhana in Atlanta

Jamati members in the southeastern United States reflect and celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam's 81st Salgirah.

The Cosmopolitan Ethic is a way for all people on Earth to engage peacefully and pluralistically  Photo: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

In the previous articles we reviewed the diversity and pluralism within the Jamat and the communities we live in. In this article, we’ll explore what a cosmopolitan ethic means.  

As we enter into 2018, The.Ismaili wishes you a happy new year, and all the very best for the year ahead. While looking forward to the coming weeks and months, the start of a new year also provides an opportunity to look back and reflect on the previous year. At the Homage Ceremony to mark the beginning of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, an ensemble of 22 Ismaili musicians from around the world joined together to perform an intricate piece of music — a devotional soundscape to accompany the historic event on 11 July 2017. 

Wishing everyone across the world a very happy new year and all the best for 2018.

Musicians. Cannot get a higher res but need to use this Musical Ensemble at the Homage Ceremony, Aiglemont, France, July 11, 2017

Samira Noorali describes her experience performing at Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee Homage Ceremony on July 11, 2017.

Left to right: Dr Haile T. Debas, Chairman pro-te​m, Princess Zahra Aga Khan Member, AKDN Board of Directors, and Hafiz Sherali, Ismaili Council for Pakistan President, applauding the performance at the institutional dinner held at Serena Hotel Islamabad

On 11 December, 2017, during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Pakistan, the Ismaili Council for Pakistan hosted a dinner in honour of the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University. The dinner was attended by Princess Zahra along with other trustees and leaders of the Aga Khan Development Network and Jamati institutions.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, at the dinner hosted by Chief Minister of Sindh, in honour of the Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to the country

During his Diamond Jubilee visit to Pakistan, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also hosted a reception in honour of Hazar Imam on 16 December. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman, along with other key government officials, and AKDN and Jamati leadership were also present.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration of the CIME’s facility.

Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Aga Khan University (AKU) Centre for Innovation in Medical Education (CIME), a state-of-the-art facility for technology-based learning for health professionals, on 15 December.

The Ismaili Community celebrated the inauguration of Jubilee Arts this month, as the Gulf communities fell under the sway of an arts exhibition, unveiling the rich cultural diversity and talents of the local Jamats.

Recipients of the Global Pluralism Awards for 2017 with Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin

Pluralistic communities go beyond tolerance. They require people to actively engage across difference and actively embrace difference as a strength. 

Allegiance to the Imam of the time is ultimately what makes one an Ismaili Muslim. Here Mawlana Hazar Imam walks among the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar at Garamchashma, Lower Chitral in Pakistan

The Ismaili Jamat numbers approximately 15 million people worldwide and is very diverse, representing several backgrounds and traditions. 

President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan Hafiz Sherali bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Karachi Airport

Mawlana Hazar Imam departed from Karachi on 19 December after concluding a historic 13-day visit to Pakistan.

Midwest Jamat’s Choir sings “With Heart, With Love”

With Heart, With Love was composed by Samira Noorali, Kamal Haji, Shariq Lalani and Aamir Barolia, recorded, and then performed live in all nine centers across the US on July 11, 2017, by choirs of 6-12 singers.

Some of the volunteers who helped organize the Diamond Jubilee Orientation weekend

In preparation for the Mawlana Hazar Imam's Diamond Jubilee, Jamati leaders from around the country, including Mukhi and Kamadia Sahebaan, convened in Houston in February for a weekend meeting and a series of workshops.