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Members of the medical team were among the thousands of volunteers who cared for the Jamat during the July 11 celebration at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

The thousands of Ismailis who came together in Dallas on July 11, 2017, to usher in the Diamond Jubilee walked away with fond memories of the much-anticipated day.

At the foundation ceremony of the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon in 1996, Mawlana Hazar Imam said that the Ismaili Centres were to be seen as “ambassadorial buildings, which today reflect and illustrate much of what the Shi‘a Ismaili community represents”. But what does it mean for a building to play an ambassadorial role?

Lee Hilling, Chairman of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) with Stephen Love, President of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano.

Author of "A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It", Lee Hilling explains the role of the Aga Khan Hospital and its impact on the children of Afghanistan.

After a 12-hour bus ride, Albuquerque Jamati members gathered together to pose for a picture upon arriving at the district Jamat hotel.

After all the preparation, build up and travel to Dallas, the district Jamats had the opportunity to unite with the entire Central U.S. region with a deep sense of faith and jubilation that matched those of their Ismaili brothers and sisters from across the country.

Dubravko Vidacak, whose wife is Ismaili, helped set up the physical site where the Diamond Jubilee celebration in Dallas took place.

With other Ismaili interfaith families, my husband Mahebub Dossa and I, joined the Central United States Jamat at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, to celebrate the Imam’s Diamond Jubilee.