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Minaz Fazal and Shajahan Merchant, posing with their awards.

New York State Senator Anna Kaplan presented former Council for the USA President Banu Minaz Fazal, and former Council for the Northeastern United States President Shajahan Merchant, with the State Senate’s Commendation Award to recognize the Ismaili leaders for their dedication and outstanding contributions to their community while exemplifying the values of Islam.

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).

The Jamat is advised that heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in place for much of the Northeast Region. In several areas, heat indexes over 100 degrees may be experienced during daylight hours through this weekend.
Taimur Moolji (left) and Saif Moolji (right), pose alongside their Coach Mr. Matthew Salah

Two Ismaili students from Manhattan Jamatkhana reached the semi-finals of the public forum debate category, beating the second and third-ranked teams in the nation, at the Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament held in Cambridge on President’s Day weekend.

Hasan-uddin Khan, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal at RMA Architects and Dr. Nasser Rabat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture at MIT, share their views of the development of the impact of the AKAA on Architecture and the development of AKAA over its forty year history.

The Ismaili Council for the Northeast and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) hosted a panel discussion exploring the history and significance of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA). The standing-room-only event on October 4, 2018, closed out a three-month exhibition of “Design for Diversity” at BSA Space which highlighted the winners and shortlisted works from the 2014-2016 cycle of the AKAA.

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