Guest at Eid Al Fitr celebrations held at Fickling Convention Centre (Three Kings) in Auckland on July 8, 2017 were keen to learn about the ‘Ismaili Community,’ which had organised the event.
The population of Ismail Muslims in New Zealand and Australia is small but they have been pursuing the tenets of their belief, the most significant of which is social development and economic progress.
Shiraz Hajee, an active member of the Community and a successful businessman said that the Community stood for diversity and pluralism.
“Our Leader Karim Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam and stated to be a direct descendant of Prophet Mohammed through his cousin and son-in-law Ali, the first Imam and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter. We will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of his leadership as our Imam on July 11, 2017,” he had said.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, who is addressed with the honorific, ‘His Highness,’ believes that his duties as the Imam are dictated by ‘Social Ethics’ stemming from the core teachings of Islam.