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Volunteers line up to collect special-edition Mulaqat uniforms

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Diamond Jubilee Mulaqat with Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Jamats of France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Côte d’Ivoire have set up special programmes to prepare for and celebrate the auspicious occasion. 

Town Jamatkhana, Nairobi
The official announcement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Kenya, saw the entire jurisdiction Jamat overcome with jubilation. At the invitation of the Government of Kenya, Mawlana Hazar Imam will visit Nairobi from 12 to 15 April 2018, during which time he is expected to grace the Jamat with a Diamond Jubilee Darbar.

 

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince's downtown area demonstrates the extent of damage inflicted by the powerful earthquake that hit the Haitian capital on 12 January.

In January, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shattered the Republic of Haiti. Horrified by the disaster, countries, civil society organisations and individual donors responded with desperately needed help. Among them were many Ismailis who used their resources and skills to find creative ways to provide timely assistance to Haitians.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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