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.
Construction of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe began in earnest in September 2005, with the first concrete ceremony performed by His Worship Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, the Mayor of Dushanbe. This photo essay follows the building’s progress over the next four years, until the eve of its inauguration on 12 October 2009.
The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was opened on 12 October 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam. Hazar Imam and the President toured the facility prior to the Opening Ceremony.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 30 August 2003 – His Highness the Aga Khan today launched a landmark cultural centre here marking a milestone in the 1 300 year history of the Ismaili Muslim community in Central Asia.
In Tajikistan, the celebration of Imamat Day — or Roz-e Takht Nishini in Tajik — traditionally includes family and neighbourhood gatherings with shared meals, music and dancing. In July 2009 the Aga Khan Development Network Resident Representative Office contributed to the festivities by hosting an education-themed Imamat Day reception.