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Team USA arrives at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai, UAE.

The Ismaili tradition of voluntary service has a long history, and has continued with the creation of modern institutions by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah and by Mawlana Hazar Imam, with the array of institutions in countries where the Jamat resides, as well as the developing world through the Aga Khan Development Network.

On 11 July, 2017, His Highness the Aga Khan will mark his Diamond Jubilee, or 60th year as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the world’s Shia Ismaili Muslims.  

Recalling 60 years of His Highness the Aga Khan's work in realising goals and values of the Ismaili Imamat through the work of the Aga Khan Development Network.

 Kailash Kher wishes the Ismailis Diamond Jubilee Mubarak and are excited to perform for the Jubilee Concerts.

This book by Professor Heinz Halm is the first publication to focus mainly on the Fatimids’ varied contributions to Islamic culture and civilization and their patronage of learning. 

Khakhoo's wife and daughter remember him along with players he used to coach. Credit: Ismaili Council for Canada

The Prairies' ladies hockey team remembered their former coach Arif Khakoo in many ways.

One of three Lakhani siblings who swam at CIG. Credit Asif Bhalesha

The swim meet at the Canadian Ismaili Games turned out to be quite the family affair as siblings, parents and their children and even some spouses raced with and against each other.

Around the world there are approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims, who belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Their spiritual leader is the Aga Khan, who traces his ancestors directly back to the Prophet Muhammad. We spoke with him in Toronto.

President Lalani-Khudabux glows aside the Games' torch. Credit: Ismaili Council for BC

An estimated crowd of over 2,000 from around the world gathered at Calgary’s Max Bell Centre to watch the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Ismaili Games.

In his remarks, Mawlana Hazar Imam thanked the government for inviting the Ismaili Imamat to establish its permanent Seat in Portugal. TheIsmaili / Gary Otte

Lisbon, 3 June 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Portugal’s Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Rui Machete signed a landmark agreement today, for the establishment of a formal Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal.

Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivers the fourth Annual Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. GCP / T Sandler

Toronto, 28 May 2015 — The Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism Annual Lecture. The event took place at the Aga Khan Museum in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam and numerous Canadian dignitaries.

Mawlana Hazar Imam calls on Prime Minister Stephen Harper at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. PMO / Deb Ransom

Ottawa, 26 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to the Canadian capital today, where he met with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Premier Kathleen Wynne share in applause after unveiling the plaque marking the inauguration of the Aga Khan Park. Zahur Ramji

Toronto, 25 May 2015 — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne inaugurated the Aga Khan Park this afternoon in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. The ceremony followed the signing of a historic Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat and the province earlier in the day.

Prince Amyn, and Prince Hussain join Mawlana Hazar Imam and Premier Wynne at Queen's Park for the signing of the Agreement of Cooperation.

Toronto, 25 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne signed a historic Agreement of Cooperation between the province and the Ismaili Imamat today. The agreement reflects the shared concerns of the Ismaili Imamat and the Government of Ontario for society’s most vulnerable populations, and a desire to support the advancement of people and collaborate in fields of mutual interest such as education.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport. Amir Hemraj

Toronto, 24 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada today in advance of the Inauguration of the Aga Khan Park. Hazar Imam is accompanied during his visit by Prince Amyn and Prince Hussain.

The Aga Khan Park will be inaugurated by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Scott Norsworthy

Toronto, 22 May 2015 — The Aga Khan Park will be inaugurated by the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam on 25 May 2015.

Aga Khan Park, Toronto

The Aga Khan Park was inaugurated by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam on 25 May 2015. Situated along Wynford Drive, the Park provides a beautifully landscaped contemplative public space that encompasses the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration ceremony marking the completed restoration of the Aqsunqur Mosque in Cairo, Egypt. AKDN / Gary Otte

Cairo, 2 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam was in Egypt to attend an event marking the restoration of the 14th century Aqsunqur Mosque. Work on Cairo’s “Blue Mosque” was completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as part of its Al-Darb al-Ahmar Urban Regeneration Programme.

MPs Angie Bray, Eric Ollerenshaw and Secretary of State Sajid Javid, with Ismaili Council President Amin Mawji and other Jamati leaders at the Houses of Parliament Navroz reception. Riaz Kassam

Members of the British Parliament invited the Ismaili Muslim community to mark the festival of Navroz at the Houses of Parliament last month. The fourth annual Navroz reception took place on 17 March in the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons.

Ismaili Council Vice-President and Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Service, India welcome Princess Zahra, her children Sara and Iliyan, Prince Aly Muhammad, and Mawlana Hazar Imam to the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. Nazim Lokhandwala

On 10 April, Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad, Princess Zahra and her children, Sara and Iliyan on a visit to the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. Hazar Imam and his family members met teachers, staff and students as they toured the Junior and Senior schools, the athletics centre and the student residences.

Accepting a championship trophy in style. Alkarim Pirmohamed

6 April 2015 — Exhaustion from three days of intense sports competition couldn’t stop Unity Games participants from dancing until the early hours of Monday morning. Attendees of the closing ceremonies enjoyed many performances as well as each others’ company before returning to their homes.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma at the foundation ceremony of the Humayun's Tomb site museum. AKDN / Narendra Swain

Delhi, 7 April 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam and Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, presided over the foundation ceremony of a site museum to be situated at the Humayun’s Tomb complex.

Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa are gathering in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, taking place between 3–6 April. Unity Games 2015

5 April 2015 – Three women speak about returning to Mwanza after many years away.

Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa are gathering in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, taking place between 3–6 April. Unity Games 2015

4 April 2015 —A plethora of talents was showcased by young and young at heart Ismailis at the Unity Games talent show on Friday night. Memorable performances included a classical Indian meets Flamenco dance and a human pyramid built by scouts.

Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa are gathering in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, taking place between 3–6 April. Unity Games 2015

4 April 2015 — While Unity Games spectators took a break from sports, many enjoyed tours of the surrounding areas, including a day trip to the world-famous Serengeti National Park.

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