Mawlana Hazar Imam was presented with a State Proclamation by Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal today, recognizing his 60 years of dedication and inspiration towards improving the human condition around the world. The Governor welcomed Hazar Imam at the Georgia State Capitol, following his arrival in Atlanta yesterday for the commencement of his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States.
Upon his arrival at the Capitol, Mawlana Hazar Imam was received by Brian Kemp, Secretary of State for the State of Georgia. The Proclamation was presented at the meeting, which was attended by Chief of Staff Chris Riley, and Abby Turano, Deputy Commissioner for International Relations, Georgia Department of Economic Development.
The Governor congratulated Hazar Imam for his profound vision and leadership over the past 60 years. They discussed a shared vision of improving the quality of life for all people by promoting early childhood development, planning for the future, and creating opportunities for economic growth. They also discussed possible partnerships around research in vocational education, healthcare, and agriculture, as well as best practices in student and faculty exchange.
The Proclamation recognizes the Aga Khan Development Network's efforts in providing "care and support to people of all faiths and origins who may face serious health and economic challenges." It also mentions Hazar Imam's inspiration for the Jamat of Georgia to "actively contribute to the well-being of all citizens through civic engagement and community service initiatives."
The Ismaili Muslim Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (I-CERV) Days of Service, held throughout United States, engages Ismailis of all ages in service to the community. Its members in Atlanta host a Thanksgiving Day of Service, and packed 80,000 meals for the Atlanta Community Food Bank last year. The community frequently collaborates with the Carlos Museum, Emory University, Kennesaw State University’s School of Architecture, Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, and the Atlanta Children’s Museum, on an array of educational and cultural programs.
Mawlana Hazar Imam commenced his Mulaqats with the Jamat this afternoon in Atlanta, and is scheduled to travel to Houston later in the week to meet with the rest of the US Jamat.