The Time and Knowledge Nazrana (TKN) represents a combination of two cherished Ismaili traditions: (i) submitting to the Imam of the time an unconditional Nazrana (gift) in commemorating epochal events, as a gesture of love and homage, and (ii) offering one’s intellectual capacity to assist the Imamat’s efforts for the progress of the Jamat, and the communities within which the Jamat lives. We invite you to explore the various sections of this website. Here, you will obtain an understanding of the philosophy and significance of TKN and discover how the knowledge and skills offered by TKN volunteers have substantially contributed to the work of the AKDN and Jamati Institutions for the progress and development of the Jamat and the wider societies in which the Jamat lives.

Volunteers in Action

Mentorship: building global bridges of knowledge
19 June 2019 | Article

It was early fall in 2018 when Dr. Fayyaz Vellani first got his TKN call. “I still remember...

Nashir Karmali (left) with the FOCUS team crossing food aid into Afghanistan.
Serving on TKN Assignments in some of the world’s most difficult regions
27 May 2019 | Article

It had long been Nashir Karmali’s desire to offer voluntary service in a developing country...

UK architect shares her vision for design of new Aswan Community Education Centre
26 April 2019 | Article

Aswan, the ancient city of Swenett on the banks of the Nile and frontier town on the...

It takes a village: Volunteers from around the world contribute to the transformation of the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam
24 April 2019 | Article

Video Clips

7 May 2018 | Video

Dr. Mahmoud Eboo


Leaders' International Forum...

6 May 2018 | Video

Firoz Rasul


Aga Khan University

5 May 2018 | Video

Zamira Kurbonbekova


Mediation and Conciliation Trainer


4 May 2018 | Video

Safia Abji


Communications Advisor

Aga Khan Foundation