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A group of Ismailis in Vancouver hold a banner welcoming Mawlana Hazar Imam to the city on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee visit to Canada.

For the Canadian Jamat, a year-and-a-half of anticipation, planning and hard work culminated in Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee visit to the country in November 2008. Some 20 000 volunteers ensured that the experience was a happy and memorable one.

Bait-ul Ilm students in France prepare for the Golden Jubilee visit by creating their own messages for Mawlana Hazar Imam.

The announcement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Paris has filled the Jamat with happiness. The excitement is palpable, as the France Jamat prepares to host Hazar Imam’s final visit of the Golden Jubilee.

Members of the Jamat from Japan perform in “Rangeen Safar” — a showcase of the cultures of the countries in which the Ismaili Imams resided over 1 400 years, as well as the countries where the Far East Jamat lives today.

Jamati members from 11 countries of the Far East are gathering in Singapore for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee visit. The events and celebrations leading up to the Darbar reflect the diversity of the Jamat in the region.

Bright colours and smiling faces abounded, as Ismailis from coast to coast came together to celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee visit to Canada. These photographs capture the Jamat’s growing excitement and anticipation in the days leading up to the Darbars.

Children ready to play dandia at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver.

In the days leading up to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee visit to Canada, the diversity of the Jamat’s cultural roots will come alive in celebration. Events have been planned across the country under the theme One Jamat, One Heart.

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