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The Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Random circular roof openings allow daylight into the prayer hall creating an ornate pattern on the floor, enhancing spirituality through light.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was conceptualised with the hope of creating a platform to cultivate conversation and debate about the built environment and provide direction for the betterment of human life through its enhancement. Award-winning architect and Steering Committee member Marina Tabassum spoke to The Ismaili to continue the conversation.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by Shri Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs; and Ashish Merchant, President of the Ismaili Council for India (right).

Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to India in February 2018 for his Diamond Jubilee visit. 

Narangi Baug Jamatkhana in Pune

The Jamat in India is all set to welcome Mawlana Hazar Imam for a historic Diamond Jubilee visit to India to commence on 20 February 2018. Festivities have been taking place across the country, including decorating Jamatkhana buildings, traditional dandia-raas, and other cultural events and highlights, reflecting the Jamat’s excitement and unity in anticipation for the visit.

 

Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Prince Aly Khan Hospital. (Mumbai, 1958) A. H. Ukani

Over the past decades, Mawlana Hazar Imam has visited India to meet with the country’s leaders, review the progress of Aga Khan Development Network initiatives, and launch new projects. This photo gallery showcases some of his visits over the years.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking with AKTC staff in 2015 after touring the Sundar Nursery and Batashewala complex with Prince Aly Muhammad, Princess Zahra and her children, Sara and Iliyan.

During his visit to India earlier this month, Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family visited the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, where conservation work is being carried out by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Days earlier, Hazar Imam and and his family had toured Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.

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