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Dr. David Marcus, Arabic Lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, sings and performs traditional Arabic music on the oud.

The melody of a mandolin, accordion, banjo, and violin filled the room, bringing together nearly 200 people from different faiths and cultures on a Sunday afternoon. On October 27, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF), and the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States presented in partnership a film screening of “El Gusto,” a musical documentary by filmmaker Safinez Bousbia, who won the Best Director Award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival in 2011. The film screening was held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Norcross, Georgia.

 

Judge Dhanidina with Salim Bhatia, Director, Aga Khan Academies, and Mrs. Bhatia.

At the International Athens Democracy Forum in 2015, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated, "The progress of democracy in our world is fundamentally linked to improving the quality of human life." He cited four elements that could help advance democracy: an improved constitutional understanding, independent and pluralistic media, the potential of civil society, and a genuine democratic ethic.

First responders, government officials, community leaders, and volunteers at the Eid al-Adha Civic Appreciation Event in Duluth, Georgia.

In celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States hosted two civic appreciation events to recognize and honor local law enforcement and public safety officials.  Elected representatives from state, county, and city levels joined in honoring the selfless sacrifices made by first responders, especially in the face of emergencies. The events were held at the Ismaili Jamatkhanas in Duluth, Georgia, and Hoover, Alabama, and were attended by fire, police and sheriff officers from 15 departments, representing 8 local jurisdictions.

Mona Dossani, RN, teaching at AKHS, Dar es Salaam.

“ I have long felt the enhancement of the nursing profession to be absolutely critical to the improvement of healthcare in the developing world, and the Islamic world. The way forward was to professionalize, to institutionalize, and to dignify this great profession.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam, Archon Award Ceremony of Sigma Theta Tau International, Copenhagen, Denmark,  June 7, 2001

Fatima Jamani (“Maaji”) in her volunteer uniform at Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana in Atlanta.

Her blue dupatta (shawl) with the white border glistens as she directs the flow of traffic in Atlanta’s busy Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana, while seated on her chair. "Maaji" celebrated her 105th birthday on January 1st of this year, and she is the epitome of service, dedication and loyalty to the Imam and the Jamat.

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