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Members of the Canadian Jamat participate in a music video for the devotional song "Aaya Mawlana" written and composed by Zaheed Damani and Alya Bejaoui.
Members of the Canadian Jamat participate in a music video for the devotional song "Aaya Mawlana" written and composed by Zaheed Damani and Alya Bejaoui.
Devotional music: A timeless art of mysticism, beauty, and connectivity
Devotional music: A timeless art of mysticism, beauty, and connectivity
28 March 2019

In 1978, the Canadian Jamat awaited Hazar Imam’s first visit to Canada with excitement. Shamshu Jamal, a talented Vancouver musician, expressed his joy on this blessed occasion by composing “Maara Mawla Canada Padhaarshe,” the devotional music piece that would go on to become an iconic musical tribute in the Canadian Ismaili community for generations.

Entrance into the Ismaili Centre, Dubai — a plurality of perspectives.
Entrance into the Ismaili Centre, Dubai — a plurality of perspectives.
The Ismaili Centre Dubai – a reflection on the first decade
The Ismaili Centre Dubai – a reflection on the first decade
28 February 2019

Over the past decade since its opening, the Ismaili Centre Dubai has become established as a multidisciplinary hub of culture, faith, education, and community identity. Exemplifying the core values of Ismaili Muslims, the Centre offers a platform for dialogue, unity, and progress within the Jamat and the wider community.

In this age of constant connectivity, there is both an expectation and perhaps a desire to always be contactable, in a plethora of ways.
In this age of constant connectivity, there is both an expectation and perhaps a desire to always be contactable, in a plethora of ways.
Are you ‘connected’? The Internet and its potential impact on health
Are you ‘connected’? The Internet and its potential impact on health
26 February 2019

It is estimated that at the end of 2018, 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, were using the Internet. While the Internet has brought about many positive changes, there have also been some undesirable effects of its growth and increased usage.

The Jamat singing traditional songs at the Roz-e-Nur event in New York.
The Jamat singing traditional songs at the Roz-e-Nur event in New York.
USA Jamatkhanas play important role in diversity and pluralism
USA Jamatkhanas play important role in diversity and pluralism
10 February 2019

Jamatkhanas and Ismaili Centres play an important role in the lives of the Ismaili community in the USA but they also play a very important role in promoting diversity and pluralism in the communities where they exist.

Aga Khan Museum: An interfaith crucible of art and architecture
Aga Khan Museum: An interfaith crucible of art and architecture
7 February 2019

Late last year, a diverse group of interfaith leaders visited the Aga Khan Museum to explore its exhibitions, architecture, and facilities. As the United Nations has decreed the first week of February World Interfaith Harmony Week, The.Ismaili is pleased to share the experiences of these visitors in an article written by Ruth Broyde Sharone, first published on 15 November 2018 by The Interfaith Observer.

World-renowned architects to design the Ismaili Center Houston
World-renowned architects to design the Ismaili Center Houston
5 February 2019

UK-based architect Farshid Moussavi has been selected to lead the design of the Ismaili Center, Houston — the first Ismaili Center in the USA.

A façade of interspersed openings facing the courtyard at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai
A façade of interspersed openings facing the courtyard at the Ismaili Centre, Dubai
Ismaili Centres: Spaces that uplift mind and spirit
Ismaili Centres: Spaces that uplift mind and spirit
4 February 2019

Situated in six cities around the world, the Ismaili Centres are places of contemplation and congregation, peace and prayer, humility and hope, discovery and dialogue, and equanimity and enlightenment.

Established recently, UCA’s Green Community Club promote awareness of ecological issues and encourage environmentally sustainable practices.
Established recently, UCA’s Green Community Club promote awareness of ecological issues and encourage environmentally sustainable practices.
Spreading green messages in Khorog
Spreading green messages in Khorog
28 January 2019

An enthusiastic group of students at the Khorog campus of the University of Central Asia (UCA) have formed an initiative to promote awareness of ecological issues and encourage participation in environmentally sustainable practices.

Our days can become inundated by frivolous scrolling through endless social media feeds, and responding to a constant stream of messages.
Our days can become inundated by frivolous scrolling through endless social media feeds, and responding to a constant stream of messages.
How the Internet has changed us
How the Internet has changed us
17 January 2019

The digital age has changed our lives in many parts of the world, inextricably tethering them to the Internet for the simplest to the most sophisticated of tasks. In the first of a new series of articles on how to use digital media safely, Altaf Jiwa outlines the role that the Internet and social media have come to play in our daily lives.

Hazar Imam discursa perante líderes do Jamat por ocasião da designação da sede do Imamat

2018 Year in Review

Hazar Imam discursa perante líderes do Jamat por ocasião da designação da sede do Imamat
Video: 2018 Year in Review
30 December 2018

As we mark the beginning of 2019, we would like to share with you a video recapping the events of 2018. We wish the Jamat good health, success, and happiness in the new year.

Girl Guides and Boy Scouts plant trees together to commemorate Pakistan's 71st Independence Day.
Girl Guides and Boy Scouts plant trees together to commemorate Pakistan's 71st Independence Day.
Environmental awareness highlighted through tree-planting events around the world
Environmental awareness highlighted through tree-planting events around the world
5 December 2018

In Islamic tradition, society is encouraged to leave behind a wholesome and sustainable natural environment for those who will inherit the Earth. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) is believed to have said "Even if the end of time is upon you and you have a seedling in your hand, plant it."

Ismaili youth from the UAE participate in i-Robotics, an event held to prepare participants to enter the First LEGO League — an international competition for elementary and middle school students, at the Ismaili Centre Dubai in March 2018.
Ismaili youth from the UAE participate in i-Robotics, an event held to prepare participants to enter the First LEGO League — an international competition for elementary and middle school students, at the Ismaili Centre Dubai in March 2018.
Essential skills for the future: UAE youth engage in robotics and computer science
Essential skills for the future: UAE youth engage in robotics and computer science
20 November 2018

In today’s digital world, coding is increasingly becoming a fundamental skill. As part of The.Ismaili’s November theme of Science and Technology, and to recognise International Children’s Day today, we will learn about the children and youth of the UAE Jamat, who are engaging in a variety of stimulating technology-related programmes, from computer software to robotics.

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