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Since the earliest days of Islam, the Shia notion of nazrana — the offering of an unconditional gift to the Imam of the Time as a gesture of a murid’s love and homage — has been a time-honoured tradition in the Jamat. With the approach of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, Ismailis around the world are renewing this age-old tradition.

 
A folio from a 16th century Indian manuscript of Nasir's Ethics. The text was authored by Ismaili Dai Nasir al-Din Tusi at Alamut around 1235 CE, two decades before the castle was surrendered to the Mongol armies

In all times and in all places, Ismailis have looked to the Imam of the Time, who has protected and guided the community in spiritual and worldly matters. And throughout 1 400 years of history, the Jamat has been continuously reminded of the value system that anchors our faith, and which continues to serve us as it has served our ancestors.

 

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Sixty days ahead of the commencement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee on 11 July 2017, TheIsmaili is pleased to launch the first in a series of Jubilee-related articles. Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, talks about the Ismaili tradition of commemorating Jubilee anniversaries of our Imams, and the legacies that they leave behind.
A view of the courtyard of the mosque of al-Azhar in Cairo. Bernard O'Kane

Leading historian of Islamic art and culture, Professor Bernard O’Kane offers a peek at the architectural accomplishments of the Fatimids in Egypt. On 21 February, he will speak on the same topic at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

US Ambassador Elizabeth Millard and the First Deputy Minister Rahmatullo Mirboboev look at the educational material on display by the Aga Khan Foundation at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe. Rukhshona Broimshoeva

To mark International Education Week, the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe hosted an education fair in November that was attended by dignitaries from the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as the United States Ambassador to Tajikistan.

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