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Amaan Nathoo of Vancouver, B.C, working at home.
Amaan Nathoo of Vancouver, B.C, working at home.
The future of work: In the office, at home
The future of work: In the office, at home
8 June 2020

The future is here. Once a remote possibility, working from home has become commonplace and more accepted, much sooner than anticipated. While most employers have in the past resisted the idea of their workforces performing their duties from home, necessity is the mother of invention, and the current coronavirus crisis has left many employers with no other option.

Finding a balance between human progress and respecting the planet we live on is crucial to building a sustainable future for ourselves and the generations to follow.
Finding a balance between human progress and respecting the planet we live on is crucial to building a sustainable future for ourselves and the generations to follow.
World Environment Day: Building a sustainable future
World Environment Day: Building a sustainable future
4 June 2020

The world is made up of different races, nations, languages, and opinions, but we all share one thing in common: the Earth we inhabit. We depend on the planet’s resources to live our lives. The faith of Islam teaches followers to care for Allah’s creation, as part of our values of ethical behaviour and good character.

The act of reflection can be incredibly powerful. It can help improve self-awareness, deepen understanding, increase clarity of thinking, and provide general mental decluttering.
The act of reflection can be incredibly powerful. It can help improve self-awareness, deepen understanding, increase clarity of thinking, and provide general mental decluttering.
Ten questions for self reflection (and what to do with the answers)
Ten questions for self reflection (and what to do with the answers)
1 June 2020

If you’re finding yourself with some extra time in lockdown, don't give in to boredom. Instead, see if you can give yourself some space and time to think about where you are in life — and where you'd like to be.

History, the arts, and pandemics
History, the arts, and pandemics
29 May 2020

Paintings, literature, and films, amongst other forms of art, are repositories of a society’s collective memory. They have much to tell us about prior pandemics, their impact, and what we can learn from these impressions today.

The Ismaili spoke with Vladimir Djurovic about his experience designing Toronto's Aga Khan Park, and how the space brings people together.
The Ismaili spoke with Vladimir Djurovic about his experience designing Toronto's Aga Khan Park, and how the space brings people together.
Interview with landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic
Interview with landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic
25 May 2020

When Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic was commissioned to design the Aga Khan Park in Toronto in 2005, Mawlana Hazar Imam suggested he take a tour of Islamic gardens and architecture around the world, ranging from Fatehpur Sikri in India to Alhambra in Spain. In this interview, he explains how the research trip helped his design of the Aga Khan Park to capture the essence of the Islamic garden.

Interdependence can facilitate a united and concerted global effort, one that may also lead to greater realisation that we are part of a single community, inseparable from others.
Interdependence can facilitate a united and concerted global effort, one that may also lead to greater realisation that we are part of a single community, inseparable from others.
Hope, faith, and community
Hope, faith, and community
2 May 2020

How does one define their role and value in society, or one’s purpose in life? Are we atomised beings moving through life in a random fashion or connected and “born of a single soul,” as the Qur’an informs us? How are we connected, and what is an individual without a community?

Mindfulness is not to suppress, deny, or avoid feelings that come up, but to help us navigate them.
Mindfulness is not to suppress, deny, or avoid feelings that come up, but to help us navigate them.
Mindful living while studying at home
Mindful living while studying at home
1 May 2020

As we navigate through this uncertain time, it is important to acknowledge the changes that we are going through. It can be helpful for students to seek support and engage in activities that will encourage us to stay rational, kind, and compassionate to ourselves and towards others.

Trailer - Restoring Dignity

Video trailer: Restoring Dignity
24 April 2020

Screening exclusively on The Ismaili TV, this three-part documentary series features the transformational work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in the cities of Kabul, Lahore, and Delhi. Look out for all three parts at the.ismaili/tv.

It’s likely we all know someone who has unfortunately shared inaccurate information on social media, or on a WhatsApp group.
It’s likely we all know someone who has unfortunately shared inaccurate information on social media, or on a WhatsApp group.
Fake News: How to deal with misinformation
Fake News: How to deal with misinformation
14 April 2020

We are living in a different world compared to just three months ago. Critical parts of our lives have been uprooted and turned upside down, which has led to a further spiral of worry and stress. We want to be helpful, so we tend to share information that comforts and reassures us - however, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s accurate, and in fact, it often contributes to the growing uncertainty.

When a storm begins to subside, the dust is cleaned from the rain-swept air, and the view becomes sharper and clearer.
When a storm begins to subside, the dust is cleaned from the rain-swept air, and the view becomes sharper and clearer.
Finding a new normal: What comes next?
Finding a new normal: What comes next?
12 April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic, with all the uncertainty and anxiety it has brought, can also awaken a greater appreciation for all we have been blessed with, along with the confidence and determination to face this new, unfamiliar world, and all the challenges it has yet to bring.

The most important thing we can do is acknowledge our feelings as they arise, rather than ignore our emotions or push them aside.
The most important thing we can do is acknowledge our feelings as they arise, rather than ignore our emotions or push them aside.
Caring for your mental health
Caring for your mental health
8 April 2020

As Covid-19 continues to impact communities around the world and fundamentally change how we live our everyday lives, many of us are experiencing a toll on our mental health. Especially during times of uncertainty, it’s important to focus on our mental and emotional well-being in order to navigate these difficult circumstances in a healthy way. Here are some strategies to try in the weeks and months to come.

In this miniature from a 17th century Ottoman manuscript of the Canon of medicine by Avicenna, a physician prepares medicine for the treatment of patient.
In this miniature from a 17th century Ottoman manuscript of the Canon of medicine by Avicenna, a physician prepares medicine for the treatment of patient.
The development of medicine in Muslim societies
The development of medicine in Muslim societies
6 April 2020

In contributing to the development of human knowledge, historic Muslim societies laid the foundations of modern science and medicine. Throughout history, Muslim doctors and nurses pushed the boundaries of medical science, and established hospitals and clinics. Today, and especially at the current time, the modern world is indebted to these figures and institutions.

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