On behalf of the Government, Hon. Minister of Defence Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, Hon. Minister of Education, Science and Technology Professor Joyce Ndalichako, and Regional Commissioner of Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda welcomed Hazar Imam to Tanzania. Ismaili Council for Tanzania President Amin Lakhani received him on behalf of the Jamat. AKDN Resident Representative Amin Kurji, Jamati leaders, and representatives from various faiths were also present to greet Mawlana Hazar Imam at the airport.
The arrival ceremony commenced with the Tanzania Police Band playing the Nashid al Imamah and the Tanzanian National Anthem. Mawlana Hazar Imam was welcomed with a Guard of Honour and took a moment to enjoy a selection of performances. These included Tanzanian traditional dancers, and a vibrant group of young Ismailis performing a fusion dance showcasing a blend of African and South Asian cultures with dhol and ngoma (traditional drums). Jamati members, along with Aga Khan Scouts and Guides watched with happiness and excitement in the presence of the Imam, and waved as his convoy departed the airport.
Mawlana Hazar Imam is in Tanzania at the invitation of His Excellency President of the United Republic of Tanzania John P. Magufuli. Shortly after leaving the airport, Hazar Imam visited the President at State House and was hosted to a lunch in his honour.
While in Tanzania, Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to grace the Jamat with a Darbar to commemorate his Diamond Jubilee year, marking 60 years of his Imamat as the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.