Late last year, a diverse group of interfaith leaders visited the Aga Khan Museum to explore its exhibitions, architecture, and facilities. As the United Nations has decreed the first week of February World Interfaith Harmony Week, The.Ismaili is pleased to share the experiences of these visitors in an article written by Ruth Broyde Sharone, first published on 15 November 2018 by The Interfaith Observer.

Professor Mona Siddiqui delivers the annual lecture commemorating Milad-un-Nabi on the topic of “Hospitality, Global Conflicts and Migration: From Divine Imperative to Social Conscience.”

On 15 January 2019, world-renowned public intellectual Professor Mona Siddiqui, OBE, delivered the annual lecture commemorating Milad-un-Nabi, to an audience of over 250 government and community leaders, academics, and members of the Jamat on the topic of “Hospitality, Global Conflicts and Migration: From Divine Imperative to Social Conscience.” 

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Artist: Mursal Bahri

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Ismailis around the world may be cheering for a Canadian sailor at the 2020 Olympics.

Dancers perform during the Rihla performance in Vancouver.

Audience members at Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall were taken on an inspiring musical journey as Rihla: from Roots to Dreams completed its cross-Canada performance tour on 22 December 2018.

Girl Guides and Boy Scouts plant trees together to commemorate Pakistan's 71st Independence Day.

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."

Prince Amyn, Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib, and AKDN Resident Representative for Canada Dr Mahmoud Eboo admire the donor wall after its unveiling at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Prince Amyn attended an event at the Aga Khan Museum on 22 November, where a new donor wall was unveiled to acknowledge friends, patrons, and supporters of the Museum.

Sulaiman Hakimi and Jamil Ahmadi cycled across Canada while raising awareness and funds for the Breakfast Club of Canada.

Cycling across Canada to raise money for charity wasn’t the original plan for Sulaiman Hakimi and Jamil Ahmadi, both from Afghanistan, who came to the country as refugees over a decade ago.

Full video: Lt Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell, Premier Rachel Notley and Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the new Aga Khan Garden, Alberta, the northern-most Islamic garden in the world, and the first garden of its kind in western Canada.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the audience at the inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta.

Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Vancouver on 20 October, concluding his five-day visit to Canada. Accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad for the duration of his trip, Hazar Imam participated in historic events in three cities in Western Canada. 

AKU President Firoz Rasul, SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter, Mawlana Hazar Imam, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa Ono, and University of Central Asia Board of Trustees Chairman Shams Kassim-Lakha pose for a ceremonial picture.

On 19 October, Mawlana Hazar Imam was conferred with honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University at a joint ceremony, the first of its kind.

SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter adjusts the ceremonial SFU robe on Mawlana Hazar Imam as part of honorary degree conferral ceremony.

In an historic joint ceremony in Vancouver, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) each conferred Mawlana Hazar Imam with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his lifelong service to humanity.

University of Calgary Chancellor Deborah Yedlin presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the University’s highest academic degree, a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to humanity.

Mawlana Hazar Imam was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary, its highest academic honour, on 17 October 2018. Watch highlights from the event here.

Mawlana Hazar Imam looks on as University of Calgary President Dr Elizabeth Cannon reads aloud the citation accompanying the honorary Doctor of Laws degree conferred upon him in a special ceremony at the University’s Rozsa Centre. The citation highlighted Hazar Imam’s outstanding contributions to humanity and expressed admiration for his ability to bring together faith and action.

The University of Calgary conferred Mawlana Hazar Imam with its highest academic honour: a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, reserved for the most distinguished individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in community, national, or international services. 

Upon his arrival in Vancouver, Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Samir Manji, President of the Ismaili Council for British Columbia, and Zulie Sachedina, Chair of the International Conciliation and Arbitration Board.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Vancouver today, accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad, for the final leg of his visit to Canada. President of the Ismaili Council for British Columbia Samir Manji and Zulie Sachedina, Chair, International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB) greeted Hazar Imam and Prince Aly upon their arrival.

From left: University of Alberta President David Turpin, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell, Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley, and Mawlana Hazar Imam preside over the Aga Khan Garden inauguration ceremony.

The Aga Khan Garden, Alberta was inaugurated on 16 October 2018 in Mawlana Hazar Imam's presence. Watch highlights from the event here.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Calgary with Prince Aly Muhammad following the inauguration of the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta earlier in the day. He was received by Ismaili Council for the Prairies President Fauzia Lalani upon his arrival.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Calgary on October 16 for the second leg of his visit to Canada, accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad. Upon his arrival, Hazar Imam was greeted by President of the Ismaili Council for the Prairies Fauzia Lalani.