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Prince Rahim in conversation with Monsignor Edgar Peña Parra, the Substitute for the Secretariat of State at the Vatican.

Yesterday, 12 May, Monsignor Peña Parra, the Substitute for the Secretariat of State at the Vatican, was welcomed to the Ismaili Centre Lisbon by Prince Rahim, accompanied by Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal, and Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal.

The IIS invites readers to explore the new website and its improved user experience.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) is delighted to announce the launch of the new IIS website, which benefits from a complete redesign and the addition of several exciting new features.

Stammering or Stuttering is a neurological condition that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide, about 70 million people in total.

As part of the one percent of the population who stammer (stutter), I know first-hand the challenges that come with having one. I remember the feeling of dread when being asked my name or if I had to speak on the telephone. Ever since I was young, I’ve been on a journey to find the courage to face my speaking fears.

Razakar volunteers have collected trash and thousands of plastic bottles from areas close to UCA's campus, the Naryn river, and the local botanic garden.

“I volunteer because it is a chance to be part of something bigger than myself,” says Roza Amanbekova, a senior Communications and Media student from the University of Central Asia (UCA). “It is discovering the world and making it better.”

On the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, The Ismaili presents a song by younger members of the Jamat, entitled Bismillah. Meaning “In the name of Allah,” Muslims say Bismillah before starting a prayer, enjoying a meal, embarking on a journey, or beginning a difficult task. Invoking the name of Allah can bring us comfort and strength, and helps us to remember Him in everything we do. In most forms of Sign Language, Bismillah is expressed via a simple gesture; the index finger starts at the lip and is then raised towards the sky.

Muslims around the world look forward to Eid ul-Fitr as an occasion of peace, happiness, joy and festivity. It is a day for special prayers and the extension of forgiveness and generosity.

The Ismaili is pleased to present a rendition of Zahe Muqaddar, performed by Fitoor. Originally sung by Qari Waheed Zafar Qasmi, Zahe Muqaddar is a Na’at written in praise of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him and his family).

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal (left), and Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal (right), enjoy a light moment at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

An Iftar dinner was hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, earlier this week, attended by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Princess Zahra, and Prince Hussain. Representatives of fellow faith communities, diplomats, and government officials were invited to break the fast alongside leaders of the Jamat and the Aga Khan Development Network.

As part of our series What Ismailis Believe, this short film details the historical origins of the Holy Qur'an, its significance to Muslim societies, and its inspiration in our daily lives.

Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, commemorates one of the most significant events in the history of Islam. It is the night when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) received the first revelation from Allah. 

No matter how old your child is, exam season can be stressful for everyone involved. Whilst you can’t sit their exams for them, there are ways you can help. Read on for several useful tips to help everyone beat exam stress.

For students, the reintroduction of in-person exams can cause stress and anxiety. Whether it's your first time sitting an exam in high school, or you’re an experienced pro at university, we could all use some help. By finding ways to remain calm, exam season can be a lot easier to cope with.

Afghanistan has seen considerable change over the past 30 to 40 years.

Dr Najm speaks about the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, what the Aga Khan Foundation is doing in response, and his hopes for the future.

Honorable Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania and Princess Zahra laid the foundation stone of the cancer care centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam.

In an effort to strengthen the health system in Tanzania, the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam launched a state-of-the-art cancer care centre earlier this week, for which the foundation stone was laid by Princess Zahra and Honourable Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Princess Zahra (left) and Honorable Ummy Ally Mwalimu, Minister of Health of the United Republic of Tanzania (right), lay the foundation stone of the cancer care centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, on 10 April 2022.

The Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project is a first-of-its kind initiative addressing the impact of non-communicable diseases in the country and wider region.

The metaverse is an evolving future state of technology, but also a world that doesn’t quite exist just yet.

We often hear that technology is evolving towards the metaverse, but what exactly is the metaverse, and how will we get there?

The theme for World Health Day in 2022 is “our planet, our health.”

Our health depends on the planet, and right now the planet’s health depends on us.

Princess Zahra welcomes Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece, to the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, as Prince Hussain and Nazim Ahmad look on.

The President of Greece, Ms Katerina Sakellaropoulou, visited the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, during her three-day trip to Portugal last week. She was welcomed to the Centre by Princess Zahra and Prince Hussain.

Old Fanous Ramadan, also known as Ramadan lantern is a famous Egyptian folklore associated with Ramadan.

In Muslim tradition, Ramadan is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification through special observances such as fasting, the performance of good deeds – including charitable giving and voluntary service – and through personal sacrifices of material comforts. These observances can lead to spiritual fulfilment and a sense of renewal.

Speaking today at the Afghanistan Conference 2022 on behalf of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Rahim urged the international community to act with generosity and speed “at a time when so many Afghans are in peril.” The meeting was convened by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and co-hosted by the Governments of Qatar, the United Kingdom, and Germany.