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The Jamat celebrates the Diamond Jubilee through the One Jamat Dance.

Learn about how the Diamond Jubilee USA One Jamat Celebration Dance was conceived and choreographed.

On March 25, the Ismaili Center of Richmond used Navroz as an opportunity to expose its Jamati members to traditions they might not otherwise know of. The center hosted its third annual Navroz celebration at Tuckahoe High School, where the Jamati members had the opportunity to meet fellow Ismailis from different parts of the world while learning about the traditions tied to the Persian New Year.

Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos delivering the Keynote Address at the Eid Celebration on Saturday, July 8​,​ 2017​,​ at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center.

Celebrating the culmination of Ramadan, the Ismaili Muslim community hosted a community Eid Luncheon, attended by various dignitaries, elected and appointed officials, representatives of consulates, and service and civic professionals.  

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

3 April 2015 — The Unity Games 2015 Mwanza kicked off with over 1 500 Ismailis coming together from five nations, including hosts Tanzania, as well as Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

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

2 April 2015 — Participants and spectators from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda joined together to travel to Mwanza for the 2015 Unity Games. Many of the buses journeyed for up to 20 hours before arriving to a warm Tanzanian welcome in the middle of the night.

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

2 April 2015 — On Thursday, Mwanza welcomed Jamati members from all over Tanzania as well as Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to participate in the four-day Unity Games sports tournament.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and AKU President Firoz Rasul lead the procession out of the convocation hall, followed by AKU Trustees Princess Zahra and Yusuf Keshavjee. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Kampala, 26 February 2015 — In a world that is more connected and complex than ever before, the Aga Khan University is educating leaders who will be able to face the challenges of tomorrow, said Firoz Rasul. The AKU President was addressing the university’s 2015 convocation in Kampala, which was held in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group performs at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto in celebration of Eid al-Adha. Vazir Karsan

Toronto, 5 October 2014 — The lyrical sounds of qawwali music filled the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Over 200 guests attended the celebration, which was also the inaugural public event of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

RAYS OF LIGHT will open in Sydney later this week before traveling to other cities in Australia and New Zealand. Ismaili Council for ANZ

Beginning this week, Australia plays host to RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat. Opening first in Sydney, the photographic exhibition will travel to centres across the country in November and December, and on to New Zealand in the new year.

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Head of the AKDN Representation in the Kyrgyz Republic, and Executive Chairman of the UCA Board Executive Committee bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam as he departs Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte

Bishkek, 5 November 2014 — On the final day of his Kyrgyz visit, Mawlana Hazar Imam attended a reception hosted by the head of the Aga Khan Development Network Representation for the Kyrgyz Republic.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev enter the Ala Archa Official State Residence. Sultan Dosaliev (Presidential photographer)

Bishkek, 4 November 2014 — In a series of high-level meetings in Bishkek, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Kyrgyz President, Speaker of the Parliament and Prime Minister to discuss cooperation between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives at the UCA School of Professional and Continuing Education in Naryn. AKDN / Mikhail Romanyuk

Naryn, 3 November 2014 — As Chancellor of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Mawlana Hazar Imam visited the university's Naryn campus, the first of three new undergraduate campuses spread across the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Minister Kanat Sadykov and AKDN Representative Shamsh Kassim-Lakha upon his arrival in Bishkek. AKDN / Gary Otte

Bishkek, 2 November 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic this evening for a four day visit to review Aga Khan Development Network activities in the country.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Minister Chris Alexander and President Malik Talib upon his arrival in Toronto. Zahur Ramji

Toronto, 10 September 2014 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Canada this afternoon, ahead of the opening of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. The occasion, to be marked by two separate ceremonies, will take place on Friday.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands after signing a Protocol of Understanding between the Ismaili Imamat and Canada.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, announced a joint human development initiative that will touch the lives of more than a million people.

RAYS OF LIGHT visitors take in photographs spanning Mawlana Hazar Imam’s life and his work during the first fifty years of his Imamat.

RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat, a Golden Jubilee International Programme depicting the first 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, completed its Canadian tour in Toronto last week. The exhibition is set to open in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania next month.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr Dipu Moni, and the Ambassador at Large from the Prime Minister’s Office, Mohammad Ziauddin, upon his arrival in Dhaka.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 September 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Dhaka this morning for a two-day official visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of the government. During the visit, Hazar Imam is expected to meet with government leaders, sign a protocol agreement between the AKDN and the Government of Bangladesh and meet with the Jamat at the new Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre.

Mawlana Hazar Imam signs a protocol agreement with Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni between AKDN and the Government of Bangladesh, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina looks on.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 September 2013 – An agreement was signed between the Aga Khan Development Network and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh today, that will work towards improving the quality of life of the people of Bangladesh.

Mawlana Hazar Imam participates in a panel discussion on Culture in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Hangzhou, China, 15 May 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam delivered the keynote address today at the Hangzhou International Congress "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development" organised by UNESCO, the People’s Republic of China and the Hangzhou Municipal Government. 

Upon his arrival, Mawlana Hazar Imam was received by the Tanzanian Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Honourable Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, AKDN Resident Representative in Tanzania Amin Kurji and Ismaili Council for Tanzania President Aitmadi Jehang

Dar es Salaam, 17 July 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Tanzania for a brief visit to meet with senior government officials and review progress on AKDN projects in the country.

Jamati leaders bid farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam as he prepares to depart Singapore.

Mawlana Hazar Imam visited the Far East Jamat in Singapore, during which he met with a number of the country's leaders. A Jamati institutional dinner was hosted in Hazar Imam's honour, featuring a performance by Ismaili youth that illustrated some of the cultures of the Far East.

Ismaili Council and Kabul City leaders plant the first tree at an event marking Navroz.

Marking Navroz, some 2 500 Ismaili volunteers gathered on 30 March to plant 5 000 trees in the city’s Afshar area. Organised by the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan, the tree planting took place in the presence of Kabul’s mayor, Eng Mohammad Younus Nawandesh, and was part of an ongoing effort to make the city more beautiful and greener for its inhabitants.

Ismaili Council for Portugal President Amirali Bhanji and AKDN Resident Representative Nazim Ahmad with Ismaili students and volunteers at the World Interfaith Harmony event.

Dedicated to promoting harmony among peoples of all faiths, World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed around the world each year during the first week of February. In Portugal, the UN Alliance of Civilizations sought to present a unique multicultural perspective on the week. The Ismaili Muslim community was among 15 religious traditions represented at the event.