“Continuing his forefathers' long-standing tradition of Muslim leadership and service to humanity, His Highness [the Aga Khan] has devoted more than 50 years of his life towards upholding the dignity of man, promoting peace and stability and working towards the common good of all peoples, regardless of their origin or religion,” reads an excerpt from the photographic exhibition. “RAYS OF LIGHT is a glimpse into the enduring commitment of Mawlana Hazar Imam and his efforts to improve the quality of life of people living across the globe. It aims to present visitors with a feast for the eyes that stimulates the intellect and stirs the soul”
RAYS OF LIGHT originally premiered in December 2008 in Paris at the occasion of the final Darbar of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Golden Jubilee. Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family received a tour of the exhibition. Since then members of the Jamat from around the world also had an opportunity to experience it, as the exhibition travelled to other cities in Europe and North America.
Incorporating over 200 photographs, the 4,000 square foot circular exhibition provides visitors with a glimpse into Mawlana Hazar Imam's efforts to improve the quality of life of all.
“The exhibition is not just one to be looked at – it is to be experienced,” said Nina Hirji Kheraj, one of the curators of RAYS OF LIGHT. “We hope that visitors will be touched intellectually, emotionally and spiritually by the experience and will leave with an increased understanding of the role of the Imam as a spiritual and world leader, and with a heightened sense of pride in their Ismaili heritage.”
Experience RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai 30 March – 7 April 2012. For more information email [email protected].