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The prayer hall of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog. The geometric Kufic script at the wall articulates the names of the Ahl al-Bayt, or House of the Prophet.

Up close, a jewel is made up of a number of facets, each producing intriguing patterns, which help the gem to shine. Nestled amid flourishing trees, a flowing river, and a formidable mountain range, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog adds another facet to the ‘Jewel of the Pamir.’

Dr. Ruhee Jaffer.

The concept of public service was instilled in Dr. Ruhee Jaffer at a young age. She recalls, “My great grandfather and his family were sent to Africa from Bombay to serve. I feel honored to have the opportunity and support from my peers and colleagues to continue this tradition of service in places that hold such beautiful memories and significance for our family.”

Zameer Rayani receiving the “Just Do It Award’ from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

“I didn’t believe it until I was shaking his hand,” Zameer Rayani admits. When his presence was requested at Amazon’s recent All-Hands Meeting in Seattle, he didn’t even share with his family or friends. After all, no one from the HR department had ever won the award in the company’s 25-year history, but with numerous Ismaili Amazonians live-streaming the event around the world, messages like this spread like wildfire on social media: “Do you know Zameer Rayani? Sounds Ismaili, he just got an award from Bezos at our company All-Hands!”

Alaudin Bhanji receiving NASA's Outstanding Leadership Award, in 2014. He is with the (then) Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi (L), and Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.

It is a rare and historic honor to have an object in space named after an individual. It is usually reserved for someone who first discovers it, generally after years of painstaking observation of the night sky through giant telescopes. So to be recognized in this manner is indeed an occasion worthy of note. Yet, this is precisely what happened at the end of 2018.

As part of a new interview series, Dr Sharofat Mamadambarova discusses the recent opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog; its construction, design, and the role it will fulfil for the Jamat in Tajikistan in the years ahead. The.Ismaili is pleased to publish this interview on the 3-month anniversary of the Jamatkhana's opening.

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