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
6 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."

Young students study in the Gulshan-e-Noor Library and Reading Room.
Young students study in the Gulshan-e-Noor Library and Reading Room.
International Literacy Day: New library in Gulshan-e-Noor celebrates joy of reading
International Literacy Day: New library in Gulshan-e-Noor celebrates joy of reading
8 September 2018

The very first revelation to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was a command to read. Thus, from the very beginning, learning and education has held a special place in Islam. For all communities and societies today, learning and education rests on literacy, or, the ability to read and write. The recently-established Gulshan-e-Noor Library and Reading Room in Pakistan aims to enhance the literacy of its visitors by providing them with access to knowledge, a space to hold educational programming, and a team of well-trained staff to facilitate learning.

A student reading at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa.
A student reading at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa.
Teachers from California State University, Northridge, visit Aga Khan Academy Mombasa
Teachers from California State University, Northridge, visit Aga Khan Academy Mombasa
11 June 2018

"The Academies have a dual mission: to provide an outstanding education to exceptional students from diverse backgrounds, and to provide world-class training for a growing corps of inspiring teachers." Mawlana Hazar Imam, Peterson Lecture, Meeting of the International Baccalaureate, Atlanta, 18 April, 2008.

Volunteers clean parks as part of the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative in Mississauga.
Volunteers clean parks as part of the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative in Mississauga.
Canadian Jamat celebrates major milestones with over one million hours of service
Canadian Jamat celebrates major milestones with over one million hours of service
11 May 2018

While commemorating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, the Canadian Jamat also celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary. To honour these milestones, the Jamat participated in Ismaili CIVIC 150, an initiative that pledged one million hours of service to improving quality of life for communities across Canada.

"A kiss of mist": View of Hunza
"A kiss of mist": View of Hunza
Being the change: A lens on the beauty of northern Pakistan
Being the change: A lens on the beauty of northern Pakistan
23 April 2018

Often referred to as the roof of the world, the remote regions of Gilgit-Baltistan feature some of the world’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Lush green valleys surrounded by snow-capped mountains provide a home to 1.8 million people in the northernmost areas of Pakistan.

The Tolerance statues are located in Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston.
The Tolerance statues are located in Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston.
The glow of Tolerance continues to light Houston
The glow of Tolerance continues to light Houston
23 March 2018

Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston is home to seven glowing 10-foot sculptures, dedicated to tolerance. The sculptures, themselves named Tolerance, are open-weave, metal structures that depict kneeling human forms, with characters and symbols from nine different languages, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. The sculptures represent the seven continents.

Members of the Jamat at an English as a Second Language class.
Members of the Jamat at an English as a Second Language class.
Seeking knowledge at all ages
Seeking knowledge at all ages
20 March 2018

Through a Skills Development Initiative, the Ismaili Council for the USA provides a support system for members of the Jamat seeking income enhancement and financial sustainability in an increasingly competitive economy.

Dr Amyn Alidina examines a patient.
Dr Amyn Alidina examines a patient.
Sharing knowledge to improve quality of life
Sharing knowledge to improve quality of life
19 March 2018

"I have always thought that the Jamat in this country would play a special role in the future of the Jamat world-wide, because this country is the leader in the knowledge society. I think that, there probably isn’t an area of human endeavor in which we do not have today, a murid who is exceptional in his own or her own field."
Mawlana Hazar Imam, Institutional Dinner, Atlanta, March 18, 2008

Students at the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Students at the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan.
Educating women, developing society
Educating women, developing society
7 February 2018

Over a century ago, Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah had an unprecedented vision for the region of South Asia: to provide exceptional, educational opportunities to students, particularly girls, to help spur development.

Premier Rachel Notley and Mayor Naheed Nenshi visit residents currently living at Generations campus in Calgary.
Premier Rachel Notley and Mayor Naheed Nenshi visit residents currently living at Generations campus in Calgary.
Generations programme expansion brings families closer together
Generations programme expansion brings families closer together
8 November 2017

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the Generations: Multi-Generational Housing and Community Centre campus on 3 November 2017.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges million-hour pledge from Canadian Jamat
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges million-hour pledge from Canadian Jamat
19 September 2017

In 2017, the Canadian Jamat is celebrating both the Diamond Jubilee as well as the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. In honour of these special occasions, the Jamat has pledged one million hours of service to improving quality of life in Canada as part of the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative.

Volunteers ventured out into stormy conditions to provide assistance in flood affected areas
Volunteers ventured out into stormy conditions to provide assistance in flood affected areas
Helping Hands reach out to assist in Texas
Helping Hands reach out to assist in Texas
4 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey has been referred to as a "1,000-year flood," with its 50 inches of rainfall exceeding all records for the continental USA. It is estimated that damage from the storm will surpass that of hurricanes Sandy (New Jersey 2012) and Katrina (Louisiana 2005) combined. Volunteers have worked to reach Jamati members and others affected by the flooding, and to provide assistance with the recovery process.