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The Global STEM Festival continues a long history of the Ismaili Community’s engagement in knowledge, intellectual enquiry, and learning more about the world.
The Global STEM Festival continues a long history of the Ismaili Community’s engagement in knowledge, intellectual enquiry, and learning more about the world.
Global STEM Festival Finale: Presenting the finest young Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics talent in the Jamat
Global STEM Festival Finale: Presenting the finest young Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics talent in the Jamat
28 August 2020

This weekend, the Aga Khan Education Boards are hosting the inaugural Global STEM Festival Finale. Over recent weeks, participants from 20 jurisdictions around the world engaged in activities and experiments so as to better understand the world around us, and develop important skills for the future.

It is important that each of us wear a face mask when we are in a public setting where we could be exposed to a large group of people, and especially in an indoor, closed area.
It is important that each of us wear a face mask when we are in a public setting where we could be exposed to a large group of people, and especially in an indoor, closed area.
Interview with Dr Gijs Walraven, Director of Health at the Aga Khan Development Network
Interview with Dr Gijs Walraven, Director of Health at the Aga Khan Development Network
27 August 2020

Based in Geneva, Dr Walraven has direct management responsibility for the Aga Khan Health Service Companies, located in South and Central Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. In this interview, he explains the value and importance of wearing a face mask in our continued fight against Covid-19.

Dua-e-Reham

Music Video: Dua-e-Reham
24 August 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present Dua-e-Reham, a well-known and beloved poem set to music, and performed by Faisal Amlani, Nafeesa Dhalwani, and Tanzeel Bhaidani, with music by Alishah Wadsaria. The timeless lyrics were authored by the esteemed poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal over a century ago, and encourage us to exemplify universal ethics by being good citizens and showing compassion to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Children engage in creative arts prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Children engage in creative arts prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
LEAPS programme supports early childhood education during Covid-19 pandemic
LEAPS programme supports early childhood education during Covid-19 pandemic
23 August 2020

The clock reads 6 AM and Karima Rehmani is already at work on a Zoom call, talking with colleagues in Boston and Pakistan about everything ranging from children’s art activities to Covid-19 training for teachers and government officials in rural Sindh. 

The principal entrance of the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver, takes the form of a niche, emanating a lamp-like light.
The principal entrance of the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver, takes the form of a niche, emanating a lamp-like light.
Celebrating 35 years of the Ismaili Centre Vancouver
Celebrating 35 years of the Ismaili Centre Vancouver
22 August 2020

Thirty-five years ago, on 23 August 1985, the then Canadian Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, officially opened the Ismaili Centre Vancouver in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, marking a moment of great historical significance for the Jamat in Canada and around the world.

To mark Muharram in some countries, processions take place in which alams are carried afloat. This alam dates back to the 16th century and features the mirror-image inscription of "ya Allah, ya Muhammad, ya Ali."
To mark Muharram in some countries, processions take place in which alams are carried afloat. This alam dates back to the 16th century and features the mirror-image inscription of "ya Allah, ya Muhammad, ya Ali."
Muharram
Muharram
20 August 2020

Muharram is a month of remembrance in the Islamic calendar, observed every year as a time to honour and respect the life and deeds of Hazrat Imam Husayn (peace be upon him).

Mazee Balayem

Music Video: Mazee Balayem
17 August 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present Mazee Balayem, performed by the Yusuf Khirad Band at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog, Tajikistan, in 2019. The lyrics, attributed to Jalal al-Din Rumi, express the complexity of human existence and the importance of zikr. The musical composition is a blend of traditional Central Asian instruments such as the daf, doirah, rubab, and sehtar, and modern instruments including the keyboard and guitar.

Drones will be used increasingly in a number of industries, from agriculture to construction and security.
Drones will be used increasingly in a number of industries, from agriculture to construction and security.
Coronavirus and the acceleration of innovation
Coronavirus and the acceleration of innovation
17 August 2020

The current healthcare crisis is accelerating the pace of change, and new innovations that were expected to take a decade to develop are now being tested and marketed at a dizzying rate, which has consequences for almost all organisations and employees.

Our ability to be resilient can enable us to demonstrate more positive reactions and positive behaviour when faced with adversity.
Our ability to be resilient can enable us to demonstrate more positive reactions and positive behaviour when faced with adversity.
Optimism through resilience
Optimism through resilience
15 August 2020

The playing out of events over recent months has caused many of us to experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Some of us may have felt distress, perhaps taking it out on others around us, some will have felt curious to learn new skills, while others may have felt like curling up into an anxious ball, worrying about what this means for the future.

The Birds

Music Video: The Birds
10 August 2020

The Ismaili is pleased to present The Birds, a multilingual song composed, produced, and performed by senior members of the Global Jamat. It is inspired by Farid ud-Din Attar's Persian poem Conference of the Birds, in which a group of birds join together and undertake a challenging journey to seek the court of their king.

The interior exhibition space at Al Mureijah Art Spaces, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The interior exhibition space at Al Mureijah Art Spaces, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
UAE youth explore Aga Khan Award for Architecture sites
UAE youth explore Aga Khan Award for Architecture sites
10 August 2020

A group of young students from the Middle East Jamat had the chance to visit a series of architectural works and explore how the study of architecture can help to better understand the beliefs, values, technology, and history of various civilizations.

Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Danial Asaria at a chess tournament.
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
Prodigy Danial Asaria inspires others to pursue the game of chess
8 August 2020

In the second round of the USA National High School Senior Online Rapid Chess Tournament, chess prodigy Danial Asaria hovered over the resign button on his computer screen. He describes the moment as being “completely dead lost.” However, since this was his final chess tournament as a high school student, he did not want to regret what could have been, so he continued to play.

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