A Golden Jubilee International Programme, RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat is an exhibition that depicts 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Imamat, against the backdrop of the 1 400 year history of Ismaili Imamat.
In the Muslim tradition of leadership, going back 14 centuries and covering all interpretations of Islam, the role of the Imam is not only to interpret the faith to his murids but also to lead the effort towards their security and wellbeing – the latter concern also extending to communities among whom they live. In 1957, when he succeeded his grandfather and became the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, Mawlana Hazar Imam declared that he dedicated his life to the uplift and progress of Ismailis worldwide. Few at that time could have imagined the scope and depth of this commitment.
The 4 000 square foot circular exhibition, which incorporates over 200 photographs, imparts a glimpse into Mawlana Hazar Imam's efforts to improve the quality of life of all.