“The exhibition is an opportunity for the Jamat and for the wider community within which it lives in Pakistan to learn about the work of the Imamat; the Islamic ethics, the principles and foundations upon which the Imamat and its institutions work. This exhibition demonstrates the work that the Imamat and the Ismaili community does both in Pakistan and around the world,” said Hafiz Sherali, President, Ismaili Council for Pakistan.
As one of the objectives of Rays of Light is to showcase the impact the Ismaili community has had within local communities, the launch of the exhibition will be hosted at the Aga Khan University (AKU), a befitting location given that AKU was a project that was announced as part of Mawlana Hazar Imam's Silver Jubilee. In the 35 years since, it has transformed the landscape of healthcare and medical education in Pakistan and beyond.
The work of the Imamat in Pakistan has encompassed healthcare, education, heritage preservation, rural development and more. Diverse initiatives such as the restoration of the Altit and Baltit forts, the Water and Sanitation Project and Aga Khan Schools have had lasting impact, improving the quality of life for communities across Pakistan.
The exhibition will begin in Karachi and then tour other parts of the country, allowing the Jamat and communities in different regions to experience this unique audio-visual journey.