These sculptures have been rooted in the city’s “Harmony Walk,” since they were commissioned in 2011, as a result of a partnership between Mawlana Hazar Imam and the City of Houston to fund the project, along with other donors.
"Tolerance, openness and understanding towards other peoples' cultures, social structures, values and faiths are now essential to the very survival of an interdependent world," said Mawlana Hazar Imam, at the inauguration of the Humayun’s Tomb Gardens in New Delhi, in 2003. He added, “Pluralism is no longer simply an asset or a prerequisite for progress and development, it is vital to our existence."
Now, during Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States, these sculptures stand as an artistic representation of this emphasis on the need for tolerance and pluralism for social progress. The Jamat in the United States has also embraced these ideas, introducing many initiatives to engage with local communities through educational and cultural programs, as well as service projects.
“The Ismaili Muslim community is a thought partner, and a symbol of the religious and cultural pluralism that makes America the greatest nation on earth,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a video welcoming Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Jamat to Houston. “When reflecting on the key values that guide my work as Mayor of the City, and the values that the Ismaili Muslim community exemplifies, it is no wonder that Houston has a close relationship with the Ismaili community and deep respect for His Highness the Aga Khan.”