Our days can become inundated by frivolous scrolling through endless social media feeds, and responding to a constant stream of messages.

The digital age has changed our lives in many parts of the world, inextricably tethering them to the Internet for the simplest to the most sophisticated of tasks. In the first of a new series of articles on how to use digital media safely, Altaf Jiwa outlines the role that the Internet and social media have come to play in our daily lives.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Professor Dr Joachim Nagel, Member of the Executive Board of KfW.

Mawlana Hazar Imam spoke at a conference in Berlin, Germany on 15 January 2019, during an event focussed on stability and effective development in fragile environments.

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International Talent Showcase participants performed the official Jubilee Arts song at the finale of the event.

Performances from the Jubilee Arts International Talent Showcase, which took place in July 2018 during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon, are now available to view online at https://the.ismaili/jubilee-arts/ITS2018.

President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal, Rahim Firozali, offers a replica Ismaili Centre tile to the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. ,

His Excellency the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, attended a celebratory event at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon in December to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its opening.

President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, visits the exhibition “Ismaili Centre Lisbon: 20 Years Celebrating Pluralism” along with guests and leaders of the Jamat and AKDN.

Leaders of the Jamat and AKDN, volunteers, and the Aga Khan Scouts, warmly welcomed His Excellency the President of Portugal to the Ismaili Centre Lisbon, to celebrate the building’s 20th anniversary.

Hazar Imam discursa perante líderes do Jamat por ocasião da designação da sede do Imamat

As we mark the beginning of 2019, we would like to share with you a video recapping the events of 2018. We wish the Jamat good health, success, and happiness in the new year.

The Festival of Friendship (FOF) brings together young people from numerous Asian communities in the country through sports and recreation.

The Jamat in Kenya, alongside other faith communities, recently participated in the Festival of Friendship 2018, in a show of unity, cultural diversity, and friendly competition.

Dr Rubana Huq, Managing Director of the Mohammadi Group, speaks of the dynamic potential of human agency at the event entitled ‘A cosmopolitan ethic in action.’

The Ismaili Council for Bangladesh hosted an event earlier this year in which the notion of a cosmopolitan ethic was explored and discussed by a selection of esteemed speakers and guests, gathered within the beautiful setting of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Dhaka.

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.

Jamati members from Uganda showcase their traditional dance at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Jamat in Uganda consists of a blend of East and West, with Ismailis having settled in Uganda from various parts of the world including Belgium, Canada, India, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom. The various Jamati institutions in Uganda have drawn strength from this diversity and the knowledge and experience it brings, and have organised a number of initiatives to embrace diversity and pluralism within the Jamat and beyond.

While the forces of globalisation may have brought humanity’s inherent differences into sharper focus, the roots of this diversity lie in an ancient and divine imperative.

In our globalised world, people of different national, cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds interact with each other more and more every day. In such a world, the need for a generous outlook that allows us to live in mutual respect and harmony becomes more important than ever before. After all, the Holy Qur’an states that all of mankind has been created from a single soul.

Mawlana Hazar Imam today announced the engagement of his second son, Prince Hussain, to Miss Elizabeth Hoag of Salisbury, Connecticut, United States.

The social hall portal entrance at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog. The geometric Kufic script above the portal reads: “Al-hamdu lillahi rabil ‘alamin.”

Shimmering bright on the evening of 12 December 2018, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog opened its doors to the Jamat on the eve of Salgirah. At the foot of the Pamir mountains, and situated beside Khorog City Park and the Gunt River, the Centre provides a purpose-built space for congregation, contemplation, and contribution to civil society.

An evening view of the civic plaza, highlighting the radiant glow of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog.

Nestled amid flourishing trees, a flowing river, and a formidable mountain range, the newly opened Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog is a long-awaited blessing for the Jamat of Tajikistan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a cake on behalf of the worldwide Jamat on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

On 13 December 2018, Ismailis around the world will celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 82nd birthday — an occasion to reflect on the unique spiritual bond that links each murid to the Imam-of-the-Time.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses leaders of the Jamat gathered at Aiglemont for the inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee.

The.Ismaili is pleased to share with the global Jamat its first interactive digital magazine looking back on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s historic Diamond Jubilee year.

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."

Dr Anees Chagpar and Dr Farin Amersi served on a TKN assignment with the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Karachi for three weeks in September and October this year, in their first visit to Pakistan, to assess the breast cancer programme at AKU.

Participants receive certificates upon completion of the summer Makerspace Lab programme from Zuloby Mamadfozilov, AKES Tajikistan's CEO, and the programme facilitators, Faith Harron and Allison Armstrong.

A Makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school or other facility to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent; as they engage in science, engineering, art, and other creative projects. Two students from Stanford University were selected to implement the Makerspace initiative at the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan.