Modern challenges and global disruptions, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, have impacted children around the world, both in terms of their physical growth and mental development, as well as their quality of life. On this World Children’s Day 2020, our pledge is to prioritize and contribute towards the holistic development of our children and the children of the Jamat worldwide. Let us invest in our children’s future by providing them with enabling environments and opportunities to realize their aspirations amidst the pandemic and beyond.
International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world on the 8th of March, is dedicated to honouring women of substance and their achievements in the social, economic, cultural and political arenas. It is also a day to bring awareness to gender parity and women’s rights, regardless of one’s race, religion and culture.
From the roots of the “Kathiawadi Mitr Mandal” in 1912, the group was renamed to the modernised Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC), volunteers who over the span of 100 years have been enrolling with the desire to serve the Jamat, the Imam and the community. During its formal establishment in 1919 in the Indian subcontinent, the Ismaili Volunteer Corps was created with the objective of bringing an unparalleled level of professionalism to the structure and guise of the volunteers. In 1920, followed by the granting of the Coat of Arms by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, which was to be worn along with the uniform, he wore the volunteer uniform and Coat of Arms for the first time in 1921 as the ‘Colonel of the Corps.’ At this time, both Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah and Prince Aly Khan became patrons of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps.
Speaking on the occasion of his birthday on the 16th of December in 2016, Mawlana Hazar Imam expressed, “My wish for the decades ahead is that you stand firmly by the principles and ethics of our faith. Wherever you are, whatever age you are, whatever you do in your lives, it is essentially important to me that the principles of our faith should be respected every day of your lives.” Following the guidance of Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Jamat in Pakistan celebrated the birthday highlighting the importance of living by the ethics and principles of the Ismaili faith.
The Ismaili Council for Gilgit hosted the Rays of Light exhibition that showcases Mawlana Hazar Imam’s life, vision and contributions towards uplifting the quality of life for individuals around the world.
The clock strikes ten on a causal Sunday morning as eight Jamati youth members from various parts of Pakistan make their way to Booni Town in Chitral. The picturesque valley of Booni welcomes them with a light-scented summer breeze – for many of these youth, it is their first excursion outside their native city.
The Rays of Light exhibition showcases Mawlana Hazar Imam’s life, vision and contributions towards uplifting the quality of life for individuals around the world. Members of the Pakistan Jamat and community were able to gain insight into the initiatives of the Imamat and its global impact during this unique, experiential journey.
Ismailis celebrated Independence Day throughout Pakistan by fulfilling their civic duties for the betterment of the country.
The Aga Khan Foundation is hosting the “Rays of Light” exhibition at the Serena Hotel Islamabad from 2-3 April 2019.
The Aga Khan University hosted “Rays of Light”, a multi-dimensional exhibition dedicated to celebrating 60 years of His Highness the Aga Khan’s efforts in serving humanity, in Pakistan for the first time.
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."