His Excellency President Michael Higgins of Ireland and his wife Sabina Mary Coyne, today received Mawlana Hazar Imam at their official residence Áras an Uachtaráin. The occasion honoured Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, which concluded last month.
As part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Film Festival was held in Lisbon last month. NOS Cinemas at the Vasco da Gama mall in Portugal’s capital hosted over 20,000 visitors, who watched film submissions screened in six movie theatres over the course of four days.
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.
During the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, the Jubilee Arts International Art Gallery displayed 129 works of art, selected from thousands of submissions around the world. Through paintings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, installations, digital art, and mixed media, artists showcased the talent and rich diversity within the global Jamat. Artist spotlights, guest panels, workshops, and the art gallery itself engaged, educated, and awed visitors and artists.
Over 40,000 members of the Jamat from over 45 countries around the world assembled at Feira Internacional de Lisboa for one of the largest Jamati gatherings in modern history and the final Darbar of the Diamond Jubilee year on 11 July 2018.
Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Portugal on 12 July, concluding a seven-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the country as well as the Diamond Jubilee year.
At a ceremony earlier today, marking the conclusion of his Diamond Jubilee year, Mawlana Hazar Imam officially designated the premises located at Rua Marquês de Fronteira in Lisbon — the Henrique de Mendonça Palace — as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat, and declared that it be known as the “Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat”. The ceremony was attended by members of the Imam’s family including Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra and her children Sara and Iliyan, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa with their children Prince Irfan and Prince Sinan, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad as well as leaders of the Jamat from around the world.
Altice Arena was buzzing on Saturday evening for the first of three consecutive days of performances that will comprise the Jubilee Arts International Talent Showcase.
The Jubilee Arts Festivals, held in countries across the world and culminating in the International Arts Festival in Lisbon in the coming days, has engaged the creative talent of the global Jamat for the past year. This is the first undertaking of its kind, bringing together Ismailis from around the world to celebrate art, film, photography, dance, music, and other forms of artistic expression.
The Diamond Jubilee Celebration - Lisboa 2018 will host the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival this July. The International Art Gallery will feature art pieces from all over the world, and provides an opportunity for budding artists to get involved through workshops and panels.
If you missed the screenings in Jamatkhana, the film of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to India is now available online. This 50-minute film recounts the history of the Ismaili Imamat in India, preparations by the Jamat, and the programme undertaken by Mawlana Hazar Imam during his 10-day visit to the country.
On 29 April 2018, the Province of Ontario and the Aga Khan Academies network of schools formally extended their partnership on mutually beneficial education projects, as part of the renewal of initiatives under an agreement between the Province and the Ismaili Imamat.
The Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF) has announced that Mawlana Hazar Imam will grant Diamond Jubilee visits to France and the United Kingdom in the latter part of June 2018.
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 lead to spiritual fulfilment and a sense of renewal.
After granting Diamond Jubilee Mulaqats in Calgary, Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Canada, concluding his 12-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the country.
While commemorating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, the Canadian Jamat also celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary. To honour these milestones, the Jamat participated in Ismaili CIVIC 150, an initiative that pledged one million hours of service to improving quality of life for communities across Canada.
Building on a strong and long history of collaboration between the Ismaili Imamat and the Province of Alberta, Mawlana Hazar Imam and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley met on 10 May 2018 to discuss how to strengthen collaboration on areas of mutual interest.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Calgary on 7 May 2018 during his Diamond Jubilee visit to Canada.
Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Ottawa on 4 May 2018 during his Diamond Jubilee visit to Canada.