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Calligraphic rendering of “Ali” in Arabic.

This week, Ismailis and other Muslims mark Yawm‐e Ali, which commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali. The cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), Hazrat Ali is recognised as the most important spiritual and intellectual authority in Islam after the Holy Prophet, who, in accordance with the Shia tradition of Islam, designated him under Divine Command, as the first in the line of hereditary Imams from the Prophet’s own progeny.

Thousands of spectators gathered to support participants at the DJSF National Games in Islamabad

Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival (DJSF) recently reached its apex with an iconic National Games at the Jinnah Complex in Islamabad. Over 1,300 athletes from eight regions in the country competed for medals in 17 different sports, cheered on and supported by thousands more.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Mamnoon Hussain discussing matters of mutual interest at the Aiwan-e-Sadr

On the first full day of his Diamond Jubilee visit to Pakistan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, accompanied by Princess Zahra, called on His Excellency President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Pakistan’s Presidential Palace.

Mawlana Hazar Imam met with His Excellency President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on 8 December 2017.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in discussion with Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Khawaja Asif upon his arrival at Nur Khan Air Base, Islamabad

In December 2017, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to Pakistan for his Diamond Jubilee visit. While there, he met with the Jamats in Islamabad and Karachi, and granted Diamond Jubilee Darbars to Jamats in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan. While in Karachi, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the Aga Khan University Centre for Innovation in Medical Education, a state-of-the-art facility for technology-based learning for health professionals.

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