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Anam Sherali (Center) with other volunteers in Houston

Jamati voluntary service was institutionalized by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in 1919, in India, and the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) has continued to evolve bringing to its platform a greater degree of professionalism while creating uniformity across a more globalized Jamat. In recognition of the contribution made by volunteers, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah bestowed the highest honor to the volunteers in India by allowing the use of his own crest, the “Taj,”on the volunteer badge.

Local volunteers prepare the venue to welcome the athletes.

Following the success of Cricket last weekend in Dallas, over 1,200 athletes poured into Austin from around the country on Thanksgiving Day to continue the United States Ismaili Games (USIG).

From the minute athletes stepped into Austin, they could sense the excitement that pervaded the city stemming from the Games.
 

Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for USA Chairman Sean Hassan along with members of the local Ismaili Council leadership attending the presentation of the Proclamation with the Williamson County elected officials.

The 2019 United States Ismaili Games (USIG), which continue over Thanksgiving Weekend, will bring more than 1,200 athletes and hundreds of spectators and volunteers to Austin, Texas, and the surrounding communities.

Sabreena Merchant interviewing Sparks head coach and five-time NBA champion with the Lakers, Derek Fisher

Two young Ismailis, Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant, are now in the forefront of reporting for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

There are twenty seconds left and you are at the edge of your seat. It could be anyone's match and suddenly there is a power outage. You suddenly remember that you follow Shams Charania and Sabreena Merchant on Twitter, among the most-followed and high-profiled NBA-reporters in the business. And as you realize that your team has won, you get the satisfaction of being the first to message your friends as you heard it directly from the best in the industry.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Portugal’s Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete, sign a landmark agreement establishing a formal Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal, on June 4, 2015.

The internal divisions of the Shi‘i community - as highlighted in the first part of this article, which was published in the last edition of The Ismaili USA - can be traced to the dispute over the succession to Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq (d. 148/765 CE). After his death, the majority of his followers eventually recognized his son Musa al-Kazim (d. 183/799 CE) as their next Imam. However, the other Shi‘i groups acknowledged the Imamat of Musa’s eldest half-brother Isma‘il, the eponym of the Isma‘ili Shi‘ia, or his son Muhammad b. Isma‘il as successors to the Imamat. Little is known about the life and career of Muhammad b. Isma‘il, the seventh Imam of the Isma‘ilis, who went into hiding, initiating a period of concealment (dawr al-satr) in early Ismaili history. This period of concealment lasted until the foundation of the Fatimid caliphate when the Ismaili Imams emerged openly as Fatimid Caliphs. Henceforth Imam Muhammad b. Isma‘il acquired the epithet al-Maktum (the hidden one), in addition to al-Maymun (the fortunate one).

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