The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston

Learn more about the programs and events occurring at The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston.

World-renowned architects to design the Ismaili Center Houston
World-renowned architects to design the Ismaili Center Houston
4 February 2019

UK-based architect Farshid Moussavi has been selected to lead the design of the Ismaili Center, Houston — the first Ismaili Center in the USA.

Houston Mayor Turner and President Murad Ajani of the Council for the Southwestern United States at Eid luncheon.
Houston Mayor Turner and President Murad Ajani of the Council for the Southwestern United States at Eid luncheon.
A community space with a purpose: Reflections on the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston
A community space with a purpose: Reflections on the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston
29 March 2018

Hazar Imam's five-day visit to Houston this week is an opportunity to reflect on how IJKC has realized the Imam's vision through its programmatic activities, and built bridges of understanding with other communities and organizations.

The Tolerance statues are located in Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston.
The Tolerance statues are located in Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston.
The glow of Tolerance continues to light Houston
The glow of Tolerance continues to light Houston
23 March 2018

Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston is home to seven glowing 10-foot sculptures, dedicated to tolerance. The sculptures, themselves named Tolerance, are open-weave, metal structures that depict kneeling human forms, with characters and symbols from nine different languages, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The sculptures represent the seven continents.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Jamati leaders, shortly before his departure from Houston, completing a 10-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States.
Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Jamati leaders, shortly before his departure from Houston, completing a 10-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States.
Mawlana Hazar Imam departs Houston, completing his Diamond Jubilee visit to the USA
Mawlana Hazar Imam departs Houston, completing his Diamond Jubilee visit to the USA
22 March 2018

Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Houston early this morning, marking an end to his 10-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States. Jamati leaders were present to bid him an emotional farewell on behalf of the US Jamat.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted upon his arrival in Houston by Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos as Dr. Barkat Fazal, President of the Ismaili Council for USA, looks on.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Houston

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted upon his arrival in Houston by Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos as Dr. Barkat Fazal, President of the Ismaili Council for USA, looks on.
Video: Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Houston
18 March 2018

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Houston yesterday for the second stop of his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States. Upon his arrival, Hazar Imam was welcomed with a sabre salute by the Texas A&M Ross Volunteers, the State of Texas’ official honor guard. 

R-L ​: ​​Anthony Giuliani ​and ​Corey Rose​ from the Texas Sec. of State's Office, Samina Hooda, President Nizar Didarali​, Texas Sec. of State Rolando Pablos, V​P Karima Karmali​, Council for Canada, Amir Ali Rupani, Arman Rupani, Nimet Ahmed.
R-L ​: ​​Anthony Giuliani ​and ​Corey Rose​ from the Texas Sec. of State's Office, Samina Hooda, President Nizar Didarali​, Texas Sec. of State Rolando Pablos, V​P Karima Karmali​, Council for Canada, Amir Ali Rupani, Arman Rupani, Nimet Ahmed.
Texas Secretary of State visits the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
Texas Secretary of State visits the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto
7 February 2018

Rolando Pablos, Texas Secretary of State, along with members of his staff, visited the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

At the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, the majority of the building’s footprint is outdoors. Its gardens and fountains encourage conversation, social exchange and opportunities to host premiere events in Portugal.
At the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, the majority of the building’s footprint is outdoors. Its gardens and fountains encourage conversation, social exchange and opportunities to host premiere events in Portugal.
Jamatkhanas: Spaces of Community, Places of Belonging
Jamatkhanas: Spaces of Community, Places of Belonging
13 September 2017

It is difficult to imagine the Ismaili community without the Jamatkhana, and yet it has not always been a part of the Jamat’s story. 

Former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, following a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano, with President Nizar Didarali of the Ismaili Council for Central USA, Samina Hooda, and Salim Rahimi.
Former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, following a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano, with President Nizar Didarali of the Ismaili Council for Central USA, Samina Hooda, and Salim Rahimi.
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Spaces for Dialogue and Engagement
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Spaces for Dialogue and Engagement
8 July 2017

“The Center will be a place of peace, humility, reflection and prayer. It will be a place of search and enlightenment. It will be a center which will seek to bond men and women of this pluralist country to replace their fragility in their narrow spheres by the strength of civilized society bound together by a common destiny.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam at the time of the inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston

A view of the Tolerance sculptures along Allen Parkway at night time.
A view of the Tolerance sculptures along Allen Parkway at night time.
Mawlana Hazar Imam partners with the City of Houston in commissioning a landmark sculpture celebrating tolerance
Mawlana Hazar Imam partners with the City of Houston in commissioning a landmark sculpture celebrating tolerance
16 April 2011

In February 2011, a group of seven 10-foot high installations called Tolerance was unveiled at Harmony Walk in Houston near the site of the planned Ismaili Center, Houston. The statues were created by Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa and funded by City of Houston together with Mawlana Hazar Imam and a few private donors.

Jaume Plensa at the Tolerance dedication ceremony held at Harmony Walk, with one of the sculptures visible in the background.
Jaume Plensa at the Tolerance dedication ceremony held at Harmony Walk, with one of the sculptures visible in the background.
Interview with Jaume Plensa, creator of Tolerance statues in Houston
Interview with Jaume Plensa, creator of Tolerance statues in Houston
16 April 2011

In February 2011, an installation of seven statues titled Tolerance was unveiled at Harmony Walk in Houston, near the site of the planned Ismaili Center, Houston. Sculptor Jaume Plensa describes his vision, inspiration and technique in creating this work of art.

Professor Nyang, and Iqbal Lakhani, President of the Ismaili Council for Florida with guests at the Milad-un-Nabi in Tampa
Professor Nyang, and Iqbal Lakhani, President of the Ismaili Council for Florida with guests at the Milad-un-Nabi in Tampa
Learning, interacting and reflecting during Milad-un-Nabi
Learning, interacting and reflecting during Milad-un-Nabi
13 November 2007

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was born in the city of Mecca over 14 centuries ago. As the agency for Allah’s final revelation to mankind, he was the manifestation of the teachings of the Qur’an and an exemplar of unparalleled generosity, and piety. The Ismaili Councils for the USA and Canada commemorated Milad-un-Nabi (the birth of Prophet Muhammad) in cities across North America by remembering the Prophet of Islam and his contributions, and bringing together Muslims and those of other religious traditions to reflect upon our common heritage and the principles, ethics and values that bind us together.