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Dr Farouk Topan is awarded an Honorary Fellowship at SOAS' 2022 graduation ceremony.

In recognition of his contribution to the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Professor Dr Farouk Mohamedhusein Tharia Topan was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship at SOAS, where he worked from 1993 until his retirement in 2006. In a wide-ranging interview with The Ismaili, Dr Topan reflects on his life in teaching, academia, and service to the Jamat.

Dr Shahbozov (second from left) at the Creative and Scientific Intelligentsia Forum of CIS Members in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Mirgand Shahbozov was recently awarded the prestigious “Stars of the Commonwealth” interstate award, owing to his impressive work at scientific and higher education institutions, becoming only the third person from Tajikistan to win the prize so far.

The Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, by night. The Academies were established to provide potential leaders of tomorrow with a high quality education.

When the first Aga Khan Schools were opened by Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah in 1905, they reflected an explicit understanding by the Imam, underscored by centuries of Ismaili history, that learning and intellectual pursuit were paramount obligations, both for individuals and for communities.

Participants of the professional development programme work together to brainstorm alternative assessment methodologies for their classrooms.

Today, the UN celebrates International Day of Education. The theme this year is “to invest in people, prioritise education.” Investing in teachers is an intended product of the Professional Teachers Collaboration, an initiative whose primary focus is the international exchange of best practices in teaching.

Prince Rahim and Dr Farhad Daftary at a special event in London to honour the contributions of Dr Daftary to The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Prince Rahim attended a special event in London on 18 January to honour the contributions of Dr Farhad Daftary to The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and more broadly to the fields of Ismaili and Islamic studies, as he steps down from his management roles at The Institute.

Project Shelter Wakadogo started with just 40 children. Today, 477 girls and boys are enrolled at the school.

Project Shelter Wakadogo, founded in the wake of war in 2005, was the first school to provide quality education to children living on the outskirts of Gulu, a small town in northern Uganda. The school recently won the T4 World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity. In an interview, co-founder Farah Williamson spoke about the story of Wakadogo and what overcoming adversity means to her. 

Seasonal depression is recurring, and one might notice a significant shift in their well-being consistently as the seasons change.

Have you ever noticed that your mood and energy levels change with the weather? For example, how do you feel when the sun is shining versus when it is rainy and gloomy?

The Ismaili is pleased to present a rendition of the hamd Mera Khuda, performed by four young Ismaili artists in Pakistan. The hamd’s lyrics express happiness for the presence of God in our lives. As we begin a new year full of new hopes, the song reminds us to do so with our faith in mind.

A look back at the stories we told over the past year.

Para celebrar o 26º aniversário da Cerimónia de Lançamento da Primeira Pedra, o Centro Ismaili Lisboa abriu as suas portas ao público para um fim-de-semana de visitas guiadas, uma exposição de arte criativa e momentos musicais. O Príncipe Aly Muhammad e o Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa estiveram presentes no evento.


This Persian miniature painting depicts Prophet ‘Isa (Jesus) and his mother, Maryam (Mary).

Muslims regard Jesus (peace be upon him) as one of the great prophets who brought divine guidance to humanity before Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family).

Celebrating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 86th birthday, the unveiling of signage for Aga Khan Street took place on 8 December 2022.

The Government of Tanzania has named a street “Aga Khan Street” in recognition of the services being rendered by the Aga Khan Development Network, the Aga Khan Hospital, and Aga Khan Health Services.

Prince Aly Muhammad and the Mayor of Lisbon, Dr Carlos Moedas, tour the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of its Foundation Ceremony, the Ismaili Centre Lisbon opened its doors to the public for a weekend of guided tours, a creative art exhibition, and unique musical performances. Prince Aly Muhammad and the Mayor of Lisbon were in attendance at the event.

شباب اليوم... قادة المستقبل

لمن؟: الشباب بين 15-18 من العمر

المدة؟: أربعة أسابيع

أين؟: المخيمات في كينيا والهند وباكستان

Khushiali Mubarak is a devotional collaboration between 86 Ismaili artists around the world in celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam's 86th Birthday. The song weaves together different languages, traditions, and styles of music and dance, performed at Ismaili Centres in Dushanbe, Houston, London, Lisbon, Vancouver, and Toronto, with a stirring finale in Dubai.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Happy Birthday Mawla, performed by and featuring Ismaili children from all over the world. Follow along with the lyrics and learn how to say happy birthday in different languages including Swahili, Arabic, Farsi, French, Portuguese, and more!

Watch this creative new animated short story produced especially for Ismaili children, entitled, How can I tell my Mawla I love him? Join Inara and her family on an adventure as they ask, reflect, and search for ways to express their love and gratitude to Mawlana Hazar Imam on the occasion of Salgirah.

The latest short video in our What Ismailis Believe series explains why Ismailis celebrate their Imam's birthday every year.