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.
This week, Shia Muslims across the world observe Eid-e Ghadir, marking the anniversary of an important event in Muslim history. According to Shia belief, tradition, and interpretation of history, this occasion commemorates the pivotal gathering at Ghadir Khumm, when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) — based on a divine command from Allah — designated Hazrat Ali as his successor and the first in the continuing line of hereditary Imams.
Performed by a group of high school students in Calgary, Canada, the song Close to You shares messages of hope, unity, and faith. During these challenging times, it reminds us that we are never alone, and expresses gratitude for the support and guidance received from the Imam-of-the-Time.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, 36 per cent of Americans say coronavirus is having a serious impact on their mental health. This means that in every group of three friends, at least one could be at risk of developing a mental health condition.
Since launching in April 2020, The Ismaili TV has streamed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, had over two million views and aired thousands of hours of programming. In this short video, members of the Jamat from around the world convey their gratitude and best wishes to The Ismaili TV in recognition of its 100-day anniversary.
This week, alongside our sisters and brothers in Islam, we commemorate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. The occasion recalls the monotheistic ethos at the heart of the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Each of the Ismaili National Council Presidents shares Eid greetings and felicitations as the global Jamat celebrates the occasion of Eid al-Adha together at home.
Recent months have been a challenging time for the global Jamat. Schools, stores, workplaces, and Jamatkhanas around the world temporarily closed their doors in order to protect the health and safety of those around them. This introduced a void in many peoples’ day-to-day lives. However, with challenge comes opportunity, and exactly 100 days ago — mere weeks after the global shutdowns — The Ismaili launched an online TV channel in an effort to help fill the void.
The involvement of youth in solving complex global issues is crucial to the human race’s trajectory. Here are a few examples of some unique stories of young Ismailis paving the way for the future.
Global Encounters alumni from Syria explain how they have been spending time during the recent lockdown, including learning how to play musical instruments, engaging in arts and crafts, dance, online courses, and more.
The Ismaili is pleased to present the Eid al-Adha programme, bringing the Jamat together to celebrate in multiple languages and timezones.
The Ismaili is pleased to present Parwardigar, which translates as “sustainer.” This composition thanks God for cherishing and nurturing us. During challenging times, it can be easy to forget the blessings bestowed on us. Parwardigar is a song about recognising the grace in our lives, and expressing gratitude for these gifts.