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Hidden within the narrow, bustling streets of Mazgaon, Mumbai, is Hasanabad Mausoleum, the resting place of Mawlana Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I.
Hidden within the narrow, bustling streets of Mazgaon, Mumbai, is Hasanabad Mausoleum, the resting place of Mawlana Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I.
History speaks: Rediscovering Hasanabad
History speaks: Rediscovering Hasanabad
30 March 2021

Hidden among the bustling streets of South Mumbai and its sprawling skyline lies a haven of solace and peace: Hasanabad. Often described as ‘Mumbai’s Taj Mahal’, the monument is a mausoleum or dargah: the final resting place of Imam Hasan Ali Shah, the 46th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. 

As the spring season approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel in our journey towards normalcy.
As the spring season approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel in our journey towards normalcy.
One year on: How did we cope?
One year on: How did we cope?
10 March 2021

Last March, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global pandemic. After 12 months of mixed emotions and disruption to our lives, what have we learned, and where do we go from here?

Pandemic perseverance: Pursuing your dreams during Covid-19
Pandemic perseverance: Pursuing your dreams during Covid-19
26 February 2021

I always saw the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as a daunting exam; nevertheless, the fact that so many students would be taking it with me physically gave me some sense of moral support, even if that support was coming from strangers.

Five tips for coping with financial stress
Five tips for coping with financial stress
23 February 2021

Many aspects of our daily lives can cause stress and coping with these stresses is an important element of maintaining our mental wellbeing. One of the leading causes of stress is financial circumstance. Many people are dealing with job loss, increasing debt, and unexpected expenses, especially during this time of uncertainty. Here are five tips to assist you in coping with financial stresses.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture recently completed conservation works on Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan’s Mausoleum in Delhi. The building is inspired by the architectural style of Humayun’s Tomb and, in turn, inspired the Taj Mahal.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture recently completed conservation works on Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan’s Mausoleum in Delhi. The building is inspired by the architectural style of Humayun’s Tomb and, in turn, inspired the Taj Mahal.
Interview with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Interview with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture
20 January 2021

The Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. As part of a series of conversations with key figures, Mr Allibhai discusses the positive impact of culture and its development potential, and humanity’s shared responsibility to preserve heritage.

21 Goals for 2021
21 Goals for 2021
31 December 2020

With optimism and hope for a new beginning, and as we all think about our resolutions for the new year, The Ismaili would like to share with you 21 Goals for 2021!

With a nod to each one of our 21 Ismaili Council jurisdictions across the globe, and inspired by our 20 Goals for 2020, we hope we can resolve to accomplish them all together.

Happy New Year!

The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service
31 December 2020

Welcome to The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service. This digital magazine provides a whistle-stop tour across continents, highlighting the various programmes, initiatives, and events organised by AKDN and Jamati institutions around the world over the past 12 months.

2020: The year when everything changed
2020: The year when everything changed
30 December 2020

It is tempting to think that we can just leave 2020 behind and look ahead to a fresh new year. However, this might be short-sighted. The bigger picture suggests that collectively, we have never learned so much in such a short space of time — about the world, about each other, and about ourselves. It would be wise to hold on to these lessons, as we may soon need to put them into action...

How can we begin to turn noble ideals into action and solutions to the challenges we face today?
How can we begin to turn noble ideals into action and solutions to the challenges we face today?
Pluralism: a work in progress
Pluralism: a work in progress
26 November 2020

The year 2020 has rapidly become one of the most disruptive in living memory. Just as one life-altering crisis becomes embedded in the collective consciousness, other developments gain attention, raising additional questions to address. Many of us are asking, what is our responsibility? What can we do, and how can we help?

Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Milad-un-Nabi
Milad-un-Nabi
27 October 2020

This week, Muslims around the world commemorate Milad-un-Nabi, literally meaning the “birth of the Prophet.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was born in Mecca in the year 570 CE and grew up to be a respected merchant, known for his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from Allah, marking the commencement of his mission as Allah's last and final messenger.

In Roshtqala, Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Foundation supports a programme that links "Pamiri Yarn" – a cashgora-producing women's group – to buyers in the USA. The business benefits Tajik and American artisans, as well as cashgora goat producers in the Pamirs.
In Roshtqala, Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Foundation supports a programme that links "Pamiri Yarn" – a cashgora-producing women's group – to buyers in the USA. The business benefits Tajik and American artisans, as well as cashgora goat producers in the Pamirs.
Recognising rural women for their contribution to a sustainable future
Recognising rural women for their contribution to a sustainable future
15 October 2020

The vital role of women throughout history has ensured that communities and nations have been able to progress, safeguarding the stability and long-term development of society as a whole. Rural women play a key role in food production worldwide and form a large proportion of the global agricultural workforce.

Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
Teachers and students of the Jamat embrace remote learning amidst pandemic
1 September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced teachers and students around the world to make an abrupt transition from classrooms to remote learning as schools, universities, and religious education centres were closed. Teachers redesigned lessons and adapted to the new reality of keeping students engaged virtually. Meanwhile, students adjusted to learning online without the ease of classroom interactions. Ismaili teachers and students around the world have risen to this challenge and are finding ways to embrace remote learning and tap into the opportunities it offers.

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