Humans are not only made to move — it is essential to our survival. The World Health Organization attributes over 3 million deaths each year to insufficient physical activity. The more we move, the more we boost the health of our bodies and minds, and the more alive we feel. Walking is one of the simplest ways to stay active.
Are you curious to learn more about Islamic history, culture, and societies? The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) publishes a wide range of books that explore some of the diverse manifestations of Islam. This guide, in celebration of World Book Day, suggests a few good places to start.
One year ago, The Ismaili launched an online TV channel, supported almost entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers, in an effort to fill the void that the pandemic left in the lives of the global Jamat.
Grains are a basic food in households around the world and can be broken down into two categories: whole grains and refined grains. Unlike the refined grain, the whole grain kernel or the seed has all three parts intact: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Each one of these parts offer health promoting benefits. The bran, which is the outermost layer, contains the fibre, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. The germ is the centre most part of the seed and it is loaded with healthy fats, vitamin E, B vitamins, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. The endosperm is the innermost layer that holds the carbohydrates, protein, and small amounts of B vitamins.
Ever wonder why our parents tell us to drink milk with turmeric and saffron when we are fighting a cold? Or why so many diverse spices are added to our foods to add flavour and more? Our cultural foods — whether from Central Asia, South Asia, or the Middle East — have a beautiful history, but they can also be perceived as unhealthy. While some dishes do indeed cause concern, many are healthy or can be made healthy with some simple tweaks.
If scrolling through social media sites such as LinkedIn makes you feel overwhelmed or unaccomplished in comparison to others — you're not alone.
Covid-19 has changed much of what we do and how we do it; from shaking hands and hugging our friends, to the very way we learn and work with our peers and colleagues. At the same time, Covid-19 has given rise to CONNECT, an initiative of Global Encounters and Aga Khan Youth and Sports Boards from around the world. Taking the form of a virtual camp, CONNECT is a way for Ismaili students to build bonds no matter where they may come from. CONNECT will be returning this summer from 19-25 July and 2-8 August.
In Muslim tradition, Ramadan is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification through special observances such as fasting, the performance of good deeds – including charitable giving and voluntary service – and through personal sacrifices of material comforts. These observances can lead to spiritual fulfilment and a sense of renewal.
This week, on our sixth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Dr Eboo Patel, the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a nonprofit organisation based in Chicago that prepares youth to become interfaith leaders in a changing environment. Eboo was also a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships. A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in sociology from Oxford University, Eboo has authored four books, with a fifth on the way. In recognition of his life’s work, Eboo has also been awarded numerous honorary degrees.
Building a fairer, healthier world is the theme for this year’s World Health Day, recognized annually by the World Health Organization on 7 April.
Healthy living is a difficult state to achieve at the best of times. How can we create and sustain good health, whilst facing an unprecedented public health challenge which has left a trail of economic and social upheaval?