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Mandarins grow in the Ismaili Centre's Garden of Fruits, which also includes other species, along with their rich colours and scents.

On a sunny weekend earlier this summer, the gardens at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, along with other flourishing green spaces in the surrounding area, participated in the third edition of the Open Gardens Festival, welcoming visitors, and sharing its diverse flora with the public. 

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture commenced conservation and landscaping works at Sunder Nursery in 2007. The area has since flourished into a park comprising of formal and informal gardens, water features, orchards, pavilions, bird habitats, and a sunken amphitheatre for cultural events and festivals. The Mughal-inspired central areas feature marble fountains and flowing water set amidst geometric flower beds, and raised pathways.

The victorious Kuala Lumpur cricket team at the Far East Sports Tournament. Salman Motani

As Ismailis around the world prepare for the Jubilee Games in Dubai, the Jamat of the Far East came together in November to participate in their own sports tournament, which served as a regional qualifier for the international Games.

The Masjid Sultan in Singapore commemorates Ramadan annually with an informative and educational tour, and graciously hosts an iftaar dinner for all visitors.

This Ramadan, a group of young Ismailis in Singapore set out to learn more about their country’s Muslim heritage and diversity, while joining with other ummah youth to help families in need. Along the way, they visited the historic Masjid Sultan and took in the vibrant cultures of Geylang Serai Bazaar.

Members of the Jamat gather on stage for a photograph at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore after their outreach event.

The Far East Jamat had an opportunity to experience Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum – Architecture in Islamic Arts, a special exhibition of the Aga Khan Museum Collection that visited Malaysia and Singapore last year. The exhibitions also provided an opportunity for the Jamat to reach out and share Ismaili culture and values with the wider public.

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