Mawlana Hazar Imam announced the establishment of the Ismaili Center during his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States. In November 2021, a design preview event was held in Houston to reveal the plans to an audience of civil society leaders and guests.
The upcoming event will offer an opportunity to share progress on the project thus far, including an architectural fly-through of the planned building and its gardens.
The Center in Houston will join its counterparts in Dubai, Dushanbe, Lisbon, London, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Ismaili Centers have been developed to respond to the Jamat’s presence and its expanding engagement with civil society. They represent its aspirations, serve as its institutional, intellectual, and cultural hubs, and function as a place of contemplation and gathering. A congregational space for the traditions and religious practices of the Ismaili community, known as the Jamatkhana, is incorporated within every Ismaili Center.
Comprising spaces for social and cultural gatherings, intellectual engagement and reflection, and spiritual contemplation, the new Center will promote friendship and understanding among faith communities, government, and civil society. It will serve as a venue for all Houstonians to participate in thoughtful programs and meaningful exchanges.
Tune in for the exclusive presentation on Thursday, 11 August 2022 on The Ismaili TV. The event is expected to begin at 12:30 PM (Houston), 6:30 PM (London), and 8:30 PM (Nairobi). Additional timings are available on The Ismaili TV guide.