Pahela Boishakh- Bringing in 1425

Pahela Boishakh literally means the first day of Boishakh. Boishakh is the first month of the Bengali Calendar and it falls on the 14 April, each year. The Bengalis love to celebrate, be it the last day of the year, called Choitro Shonkranti or the first, adoringly known as Noboborsho, or the New Year.

Mawlana Hazar Imam signs the guest book at the State House in Nairobi as His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta look on.

His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta today welcomed Mawlana Hazar Imam at the State House in Nairobi on the second day of Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed to Kenya by leaders of the Jamat.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Nairobi, Kenya on 12 April to commence his Diamond Jubilee visit.

Mawlana Hazar Imam waves to leaders and members of the Jamat upon his arrival in Nairobi.

Mawlana Hazar Imam today arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for his Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya.

Popularly known as  'The Taj Mahal' of Mumbai, Hasnabad Mausoleum is part of the Heritage walk organised by the Communications team of the National Council for India.

With the arrival of our 46th Imam Hasanali Shah in India in the mid nineteenth century from Iran, there was a turning point in Ismaili history. The Imamat base shifted from Iran to India, and remained here till our 48th Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah shifted base to Europe in the early 20th Century. Various structures and monuments were established and maintained during this period in India. ’The Heritage walk’, one of the programs by the Communications team of the National Council for India aims to make our community and particularly the youth aware of the importance of our cultural and historical heritage and inculcate a sense of pride and appreciation of our historic cultural heritage. It also aims to help the community develop a harmonious relationship with our historical past. In pursuit of this objective, the Communications team has been regularly conducting walks in three historic areas of Darkhana, Agahall and Hasanabad in Mumbai since June 2017.


Curator, Dr. Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani, shows an artefact to Prince Amyn, AKDN Resident Representative to Canada Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan Trust for Culture General Manager Luis Monreal, and Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib.

The World of the Fatimids, the newest exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum, launched on 12 March in Toronto. Prince Amyn delivered the keynote address for the opening of the exhibition, which explores the Fatimid period through artefacts and objects from the 10th and 11th centuries.

Two concerts set to dazzle Lisbon, featuring internationally acclaimed artists as never seen before, in a celebration of music this July.

Over the past few months, thousands of artists from around the world have participated in regional and national arts festivals as part of Jubilee Arts, a Diamond Jubilee international programme celebrating a wide range of artistic disciplines including dance, film, musical performance, visual arts, poetry, graphic design, and more.

The National Jubilee Arts Festival USA will be held in Los Angeles, CA from March 30 - April 1, 2018

On the joyous occasion of Navroz, we are happy to share with you a letter from the UK Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Teresa May, to the Ismaili Community. The letter is a reflection on 60 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam promoting peace, pluralism, improved quality of life and good governance.

Enlightenment Dome at Rays of Light

The Aga Khan Council for Kenya and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), will once again host the updated Rays of Light exhibition in Town Jamatkhana from April 6th - 25th, 2018.  

The Tolerance statues are located in Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston.

Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston is home to seven glowing 10-foot sculptures, dedicated to tolerance. The sculptures, themselves named Tolerance, are open-weave, metal structures that depict kneeling human forms, with characters and symbols from nine different languages, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The sculptures represent the seven continents.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Jamati leaders, shortly before his departure from Houston, completing a 10-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States.

Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Houston early this morning, marking an end to his 10-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States. Jamati leaders were present to bid him an emotional farewell on behalf of the US Jamat.

Mawlana Hazar Imam waves to the Jamat gathered outside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston after the last Mulaqat of his Diamond Jubilee visit to USA.

Mawlana Hazar Imam confirmed plans to build a high-profile centre in Houston on 22 March during his final Mulaqat of the USA Diamond Jubilee visit. He went on to say that the process of selecting architects is already underway with guidance from Hazar Imam’s brother Prince Amyn.

The Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF) announced on 21 March that Mawlana Hazar Imam will visit Portugal in July 2018 to attend events marking the conclusion of the Diamond Jubilee Year, including a Diamond Jubilee festival and a Darbar open to all Jamats.

A performance by artists of the Aga Khan Music Initiative Ensemble – Homayoun Sakhi on the Afghan rubab, Salar Nader on the tabla, and Wu Man on the pipa.

Today, Mawlana Hazar Imam announced the establishment of the Aga Khan Music Awards.

A display of the Haft Sin table displaying the seven traditional items symbolizing spring and renewal.

For centuries, Navroz (Nowruz) has been celebrated as a festival marking the arrival of spring, with its promise of a fresh start in both nature, and in our lives. For Shia Muslims, March 21 signifies plentiful harvests, spiritual rejuvenation, a time of festivities, and a celebration of the bounty provided to us as we look forward to the future with optimism.

Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledges the completion of 1 million volunteer hours by the Ismaili community

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated the occasion of Navroz yesterday at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto where it was announced that the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative surpassed its pledge of service.

The Ethics in Action Exhibit at the City Hall in Houston, Texas.

Ethics in Action, a multi-dimensional exhibition illustrating the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has been touring the United States the last few months. 

Members of the Jamat at an English as a Second Language class.

Through a Skills Development Initiative, the Ismaili Council for the USA provides a support system for members of the Jamat seeking income enhancement and financial sustainability in an increasingly competitive economy.