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His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, thanks the Ismaili community for their contributions to the nation.
His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, thanks the Ismaili community for their contributions to the nation.
Portuguese President visits Jamat at Ismaili Centre, expresses nation’s gratitude
Portuguese President visits Jamat at Ismaili Centre, expresses nation’s gratitude
29 May 2017

Portuguese President visits Jamat at Ismaili Centre, expresses nation’s gratitude

Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah acknowledges the greetings of all those gathered in commemoration of 70 years of his Imamat during Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Karachi, February 1954.
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
Diamond Jubilee to renew a tradition of enduring legacy
12 May 2017
Sixty days ahead of the commencement of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee on 11 July 2017, TheIsmaili is pleased to launch the first in a series of Jubilee-related articles. Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, talks about the Ismaili tradition of commemorating Jubilee anniversaries of our Imams, and the legacies that they leave behind.
Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. Courtesy of Bamba
Children at Viara Junior Academy receive books as rewards for their commitment to learning. Courtesy of Bamba
Innovative charity boosts school attendance in Kenya
Innovative charity boosts school attendance in Kenya
11 December 2014

When three Ismaili entrepreneurs saw the potential for their business model to improve education and address poverty in Kenya, they partnered with a Nairobi primary school and a local charity to test the idea. Student attendance, grades and enrollment at the school have since soared.

Governor of Gaza Province, Raimundo Diomba, receives a donation of food and cooking utensils for flood victims in Chibuto District, delivered by representatives of the AKDN and the Ismaili community.
Governor of Gaza Province, Raimundo Diomba, receives a donation of food and cooking utensils for flood victims in Chibuto District, delivered by representatives of the AKDN and the Ismaili community.
Jamat and AKDN team up in response to flooding in Mozambique
Jamat and AKDN team up in response to flooding in Mozambique
17 April 2013

When heavy January rains caused massive flooding in south and central Mozambique, the Ismaili community and the institutions of the Ismaili Imamat quickly mobilized a response. A donation of food, medicine, tools, and supplies was assembled to help the Government of Mozambique support victims, volunteers and military forces who were providing assistance on the ground.

Children play with everyday food items as they learn about the world in which they live, at the National Council Sparks Early Childhood Development Program in Kabul.
Children play with everyday food items as they learn about the world in which they live, at the National Council Sparks Early Childhood Development Program in Kabul.
Kabul school sparks new opportunities for young people and a brighter future for Afghanistan
Kabul school sparks new opportunities for young people and a brighter future for Afghanistan
14 October 2011

Sparks Academy in Kabul is a catalyst for community development and learning opportunities for people of all ages. When Tahmina Shayan began volunteering with a community-based early childhood development programme of the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan that was supported by the school, she discovered new opportunities for herself and an avenue to make a difference in the lives of other young Afghans.

President Manji waves at the residents of Don Mills as he carries the Olympic Torch along York Mills Road in Toronto.
President Manji waves at the residents of Don Mills as he carries the Olympic Torch along York Mills Road in Toronto.
Ismaili community celebrates the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay in Don Mills
18 December 2009

Thursday afternoon, President Mohamed Manji of the Ismaili Council for Canada carried the Olympic torch through the Don Mills neighbourhood of Toronto. Earlier in the day, community members gathered for a pre-torch event hosted by the Ismaili community in partnership with the Flemingdon Food Bank.

A busy street in Bangladesh’s capital city.
A busy street in Bangladesh’s capital city.
Economic opportunities in Bangladesh attract interest from the Jamat abroad
Economic opportunities in Bangladesh attract interest from the Jamat abroad
10 August 2009

Decades ago, Bangladesh was home to a thriving Jamat. Ismailis were active in key industries including jute, textiles, steel, aluminum, leather, construction, and food processing, as well as trading, banking, insurance and hotels. Today, the country is re-emerging as an area of economic interest to both the Jamat and the wider international community.

Members of the Badakhshan Ensemble performed traditional Pamiri music and dance for the Afghan audience in the spirit of mutual understanding and learning.
Members of the Badakhshan Ensemble performed traditional Pamiri music and dance for the Afghan audience in the spirit of mutual understanding and learning.
Jamat in Badakhshan celebrates Navroz with an historic cross-border concert
Jamat in Badakhshan celebrates Navroz with an historic cross-border concert
10 April 2008

In a symbolic expression of their long historic ties and common roots, thousands of Jamati members from the Tajik and Afghan sides of Badakhshan came together for a cross-border concert to celebrate Navroz.

Aga Khan Scouts and Guides rehearsing a flute performance
Aga Khan Scouts and Guides rehearsing a flute performance
UAE Jamat prepares in anticipation of Golden Jubilee visit
UAE Jamat prepares in anticipation of Golden Jubilee visit
20 March 2008

With only hours remaining before Mawlana Hazar Imam’s expected arrival in the United Arab Emirates, there is an air of excitement and anticipation as the Jamat prepares for an historic visit.

Top 4 Under 40
Top 4 Under 40
Young Canadian Ismailis recognized for their achievements
Young Canadian Ismailis recognized for their achievements
11 March 2008

Six Canadian Ismailis were recently named to prestigious “Top 40 Under 40” lists for their achievements, vision, leadership and community involvement. They attribute their success to the values instilled in them as Ismaili Muslims, as well as the opportunity to thrive in the fields they love.

Madagascar’s Lake Mantasoa — site of Camp Wasal 2007
Madagascar’s Lake Mantasoa — site of Camp Wasal 2007
Camp Wasal 2007
Camp Wasal 2007
29 November 2007

The Indian Ocean region islands include: Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Comoros and Reunion Island. The predominantly French-speaking Jamat is spread among these islands and, in an effort promote English among the youth, the Aga Khan Education Services, Madagascar organised an English language camp that brought together participants from continental Africa and the Indian Ocean region.

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