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.
The Ismaili Council for Bangladesh hosted an event earlier this year in which the notion of a cosmopolitan ethic was explored and discussed by a selection of esteemed speakers and guests, gathered within the beautiful setting of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Dhaka.
Hurricane Harvey has been referred to as a "1,000-year flood," with its 50 inches of rainfall exceeding all records for the continental USA. It is estimated that damage from the storm will surpass that of hurricanes Sandy (New Jersey 2012) and Katrina (Louisiana 2005) combined. Volunteers have worked to reach Jamati members and others affected by the flooding, and to provide assistance with the recovery process.
Events celebrating the Bangladeshi winners of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture are being held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka on 8 and 9 March 2017. The event recognising the Friendship Centre is taking place on 9 March at 6:30 PM Dhaka time (GMT+6), and will be webcast at TheIsmaili.org/live.
Video of Mawlana Hazar Imam presiding over the Foundation-Stone laying ceremony for the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre Dhaka, in Bangladesh.
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.