In promoting the sanctity of human life, the Qur'an-e Shariff says that good health, like knowledge, is a divine gift. The family unit nurtures the lives of its members, assisting them in their physical and spiritual endeavours. The wellbeing of individuals, in-turn, contributes to the overall health of the family, and that of society at large.
Yavatmal District in Maharashtra was facing drought during the last year due to insufficient rainfall and there was heavy scarcity of drinking water in the area. Keeping this in mind the Board of Directors of The Ismailia Urban Credit Co-Operative Society Ltd. Yavatmal started a project to provide safe and pure RO filtered drinking water at minimal cost not only to Yavatmal Jamat but to all communities in the area.
As a curious learner, I was always fascinated to learn about the work of The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) – especially their work in India and the restoration process of historical sites. Therefore, when I learnt of the site visit planned by the National Communications Team, India, I immediately signed up for that. This site visit was a cultural excursion and opportunity for us, as members of the Jamat, to understand and explore the impact of the projects carried forward by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in India. At the beginning of our site visit, AKTC officials and historians leading the restoration work received us and guided us inside the Humayun’s tomb complex. The high-rise ceilings carved with Quranic Ayats, calligraphy on walls, and sophisticated geometric patterns on the Tomb Complex teleported us all to medieval times.
As participants lined up for pre – auditions of Jubilee Arts at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai, the sight was indeed magical… artists of all ages, in so many different areas, engaging with so many different art forms… made one think, it was a whole different world altogether. One which promised beauty and splendour and expression and a chance to view life in all it’s glory. Jubilee Arts is a new international programme established during the Diamond Jubilee year to celebrate the global Jamat's vast artistic skills and cultural traditions.
Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers his acceptance remarks at a banquet in San Francisco on 26 April 2011, after being presented with the University of California San Francisco Medal, the University’s highest honour.