The Ismaili Centre London hosted a reception and launch event last month for the newly released book Understanding Sharia: Islamic Law in a Globalised World published by I.B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS). The book encourages new thinking about the history of sharia and its role in the world today.

Join us for the annual Milad-un-Nabi Lecture, to be hosted at the Ismaili Centre London on Wednesday 21 November. Entitled The Arab Spring — Quest for Social Justice, this year’s lecture will be presented by Masooda Bano, Professor of Development Studies at the University of Oxford. The presentation will be followed by an on-stage conversation with Sarah Bowen Savant, Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. The event is due to begin at 8:30 PM GMT, and will be webcast at

To commemorate International Day of the Girl Child, we look back at the Skate Girls of Kabul photography exhibition, created by artist Jessica Fulford-Dobson, and curated by Marianne Fenton. The exhibit was showcased at the Ismaili Centre Toronto, Aga Khan Museum, and Aga Khan Park in Autumn 2017, and at the Ismaili Centre Dubai in Spring 2018.

A special presentation will be held tonight at the Ismaili Centre London. John McNee, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism, will provide a background on the organisation’s work, and provide an explanation of its aims, objectives, and vision. The event is expected to begin at 8:30 PM (BST) and will be webast at


A special presentation on the Global Centre for Pluralism to be held at the Ismaili Centre London.

Members of local law enforcement agencies in the courtyard of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby.

Members of Law Enforcement Agencies from the Metro Vancouver were hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 19 September for a presentation on the diversity and history of Islam by Rizwan Mawani. Participants shared perspectives and perceptions of Islam followed by Rizwan’s presentation. One of the RCMP members commented that “this session gave me a better understanding of the diversity within the Muslim communities and I’m so impressed with the Ismaili Centre, and how volunteer service has been at the heart of this building and your community”. 

During the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon, tours were arranged for members of the Jamat to visit the Ismaili Centre and its gardens.

Two decades ago, on 11 July 1998, Mawlana Hazar Imam and then-President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio officially opened the Ismaili Centre Lisbon. The Centre’s 20th anniversary coincided with the Diamond Jubilee Celebration held in Lisbon earlier this month, during which thousands of visitors attended the building and its gardens for guided tours.

Organizers from the City of Burnaby, Simon Fraser University and the Ismaili Centre and the panelists from the event.

On 10 May 2018, a panel of professionals spoke eloquently about the painful experiences of individuals affected by prejudice and hatred, and the need for a systematic analysis of data to combat forces that are eroding our social fabric. The panel was made up of Ms. Sarah Khan, lawyer and acting Executive Director of Seniors First BC, and Ms. Itrath Syed, a researcher and instructor in the portrayal of Muslims in media discourse and moderated by Mr. Aleem Bharmal.

On 15 March 2018, Mehfil Chai House, a medley of performances, poetry and songs, was showcased to celebrate Asian Heritage Month — an annual event that promotes an understanding and appreciation of Asian-Canadian arts and culture in the month of May.

The performing stage under the portal entrance in the courtyard.

The Indian Summer Festival, a contemporary multi-arts festival which takes place annually over 11 days each July in Vancouver, brought Songs for Scheherazade performed by the Allegra Chamber Orchestra, an all-female ensemble on 15 July.

Join us Saturday, April 21 for a live webcast from the Ismaili Centre, Toronto to commemorate Yawm-e Ali. This year’s guest lecturer is Dr. Sajjad Rizvi, Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Dr. Rizvi's lecture is entitled "The Story of Us: Reframing the Narrative of Islam in Our World." The lecture will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m EST and will be webcast on this page and at

Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledges the completion of 1 million volunteer hours by the Ismaili community

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated the occasion of Navroz yesterday at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto where it was announced that the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative surpassed its pledge of service.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee Darbar held at Dubai World Central.

If you missed the showings in Jamatkhana, the film of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to the United Arab Emirates is now available online. This 25-minute film recounts the preparations by the UAE Jamat, and the programme undertaken by Mawlana Hazar Imam during his four-day visit.

Raficq Abdulla, MA (Oxon.), MBE - Writer, Lawyer and Poet.

Raficq Abdulla MA (Oxon.) MBE will deliver the annual Milad-un-Nabi Lecture at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 20 January 2018. His lecture is entitled “The Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him and his family) – The Man and The Ideal". The event is due to begin at approximately 8:00 PM EST (Toronto time) and will be webcast live on this page and at  This event is co-sponsored by Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.

Com uma actuação inebriante, Eduardo Paniagua Ensemble deixou rendido o público que encheu o Salão Nobre do Centro Ismaili, em Lisboa, nos dois espectáculos que ali decorreram no passado dia 16 de Dezembro.  

Prince Amyn visiting the Ethics in Action exhibition with Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal and Nazim Ahmad, Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to the Portuguese Republic.

Prince Amyn graced an Imamat Day reception on 23 November at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon, held to honour Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee.

Prince Rahim meets with current graduate students of the Institute of Ismaili Studies

Prince Rahim was the guest of honour at a celebration hosted by The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in London on 24 November 2017. The reception followed a commemorative lecture held at the Ismaili Centre London the previous evening. The events took place to mark 40 years since the establishment of the IIS in 1977.

Mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings taking a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano facilities.

Many events are organized at the Jamatkhana that aspire to stimulate the intellect, encourage dialogue, and celebrate cultural diversity in the greater Dallas area.

This year, on 11 July 2017, the Ismaili Community around the world marked the Diamond Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ascension to the Imamat.


This year, on the 11 July 2017, the Ismaili Community around the world marked the Diamond Jubilee, and the 60th anniversary of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s ascension to the Imamat.