Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in London today to commence his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United Kingdom at the invitation of the government. 

Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Prince Amyn on arrival and was warmly welcomed at the airport by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

President Liakat Hasham welcomed Mawlana Hazar Imam and wished him Diamond Jubilee Mubarak on behalf of the UK jurisdiction Jamat. Mawlana Hazar Imam conveyed how happy he is to be in the United Kingdom.

Other members of leadership were also present, representing the Jamat. Following a military salute, the Royal Imperial Military Band played the Nashid al-Imamah and the British National Anthem.

After the formal ceremony, Mawlana Hazar Imam spent a significant amount of time with Lord Ahmad, and signed the guest book before departing the airport.

While in the United Kingdom, Mawlana Hazar Imam will spend time with the Jamats from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. He is also expected to meet with senior government officials. Hazar Imam will also inaugurate the Aga Khan Centre located in the Knowledge Quarter in London’s King’s Cross. The inauguration ceremony will be webcast on tomorrow from 1:45 PM British Summer Time.