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Calligraphic rendering of “Ali” in Arabic.

This week, Ismailis and other Muslims mark Yawm‐e Ali, which commemorates the birthday of Hazrat Ali. The cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), Hazrat Ali is recognised as the most important spiritual and intellectual authority in Islam after the Holy Prophet, who, in accordance with the Shia tradition of Islam, designated him under Divine Command, as the first in the line of hereditary Imams from the Prophet’s own progeny.

R-L ​: ​​Anthony Giuliani ​and ​Corey Rose​ from the Texas Sec. of State's Office, Samina Hooda, President Nizar Didarali​, Texas Sec. of State Rolando Pablos, V​P Karima Karmali​, Council for Canada, Amir Ali Rupani, Arman Rupani, Nimet Ahmed.

Rolando Pablos, Texas Secretary of State, along with members of his staff, visited the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

As part of the Snow Lion Dance, the snow lion tousles the rainbow tassels attached to its ears. The dance demonstrates the spirit of “the fearless and elegant quality of the enlightened mind.”

Plano Jamatkhana partnered with the Thanks-Giving Foundation and the Crow Collection of Asian Art to host a performance of The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance

The Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir in the Plano Jamatkhana lobby for its performance.

The Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano hosted an interfaith event, where people of all religions were invited to learn more about the Ismaili Muslim community to bridge the gap with the greater Plano community. 

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.

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