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The currently ongoing events in Afghanistan are causing concern for the Jamat around the world, and the purpose of this advisory is to share updated information in this regard.


The Global STEM Festival 2021 is an opportunity for youth aged 5-18 to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), by creating and showcasing projects to the global Jamat — virtually.

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Continuing our Salgirah Songs series, The Ismaili is pleased to present We are the World, a remix of a popular track from the 1980s, performed by artists in Canada. The song’s lyrics express gratitude and love for Mawlana Hazar Imam on the occasion of his 84th birthday.

The Salgirah Song series continues with Happy Birthday Shah Karim, a heartfelt ode to the Imam-of-the-Time performed in Urdu by Naila Karmali in Calgary, Canada.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Chehra Tera with music by Alykhan Surani, performed by Zaheed Damani and Anar Hussainaly, and filmed at the Aga Khan Garden in Alberta. The song’s lyrics explore the notions of longing and search, and illustrate how the signs we seek are often closer than we may realise.

This year, the Lapis Benefit will be a free-to-attend online celebration aiming to reconnect and reinvigorate communities through the arts.

The Aga Khan Museum’s annual fundraising gala will take place online this year, aiming to extend friendship across divides and reach a diverse, global audience. Showcasing performances and on-screen conversations with a wide array of luminaries from the worlds of art, film, literature, music and science, the event will also include a special address from Prince Amyn.

Yaseena Khalfan, a teacher at the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, has had to be creative and learn new skills to transition to remote learning.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced teachers and students around the world to make an abrupt transition from classrooms to remote learning as schools, universities, and religious education centres were closed. Teachers redesigned lessons and adapted to the new reality of keeping students engaged virtually. Meanwhile, students adjusted to learning online without the ease of classroom interactions. Ismaili teachers and students around the world have risen to this challenge and are finding ways to embrace remote learning and tap into the opportunities it offers.

The principal entrance of the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver, takes the form of a niche, emanating a lamp-like light.

Thirty-five years ago, on 23 August 1985, the then Canadian Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, officially opened the Ismaili Centre Vancouver in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, marking a moment of great historical significance for the Jamat in Canada and around the world.

Performed by a group of high school students in Calgary, Canada, the song Close to You shares messages of hope, unity, and faith. During these challenging times, it reminds us that we are never alone, and expresses gratitude for the support and guidance received from the Imam-of-the-Time.

Amin Bhatia is an award-winning composer with nearly 50 scores to his credit. He has written music for film, TV, and album projects for over 30 years and recently won a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the Netflix show Anne with an E.

Amin Bhatia and his musical composing partner Ari Posner have been nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards for the last five consecutive years, including two nominations this year for Canadian TV shows. However, with no wins to show from the previous years, Amin wasn’t expecting to win this year.

In April, Ismaili seniors, adults, and youth took on the task of sewing 10,000 cloth masks.

Dr Karim Damji with Dr Sheila Marco, who graduated as a glaucoma specialist from the University of Nairobi and now works at AKUH Nairobi and the University of Nairobi.

Mawlana Hazar Imam has frequently commented on the value of sharing our time and knowledge with Jamats around the world and with the communities in which they live. Canadian Ismaili health professionals have taken that message to heart, having a long history of partnering with the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to improve the quality of life of people around the world.

Afraaz Mulji believes music will bring Canadian communities together as life returns to normal following COVID-19 shutdowns.

Salma Lakhani from Edmonton will be the first Muslim Lieutenant Governor in Canadian history.

On 30 June 2020, Salma Lakhani, a member of the Jamat in Edmonton, was named as the next Lieutenant Governor of Alberta by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

SEED Sharing and Generosity

Aga Khan Museum Sunday, 7 June 2020

Gifts from Amin: The Resettlement, Integration, and Identities of Ugandan Asian Refugees, presented by Dr Shezan Muhammedi.

Join us for an engaging evening with UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono. Drawing on his own experience as a researcher, academic and senior administrator, Ono will discuss how servant leadership can help faith and science co-exist at the modern secular university.

Virtual Art Class: Kufic Calligraphy Workshop

Samidha Joglekar from Canada performs for the Shukrana Concert.