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Runners Nash Pradhan and Dan McCormack completed the 2012 London Marathon in support of the Aga Khan Development Network. The pair set a Guinness world record for “Fastest marathon dressed as a video games character”.

Runners Nash Pradhan and Dan McCormack ran in support of the Aga Khan Development Network. Dressed as characters from the video game Super Mario Brothers, they set a new Guinness world record and achieved their goal of raising funds for the Khorog Diagnostic Unit in Tajikistan.

Jamati leaders bid farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam as he prepares to depart Singapore.

Mawlana Hazar Imam visited the Far East Jamat in Singapore, during which he met with a number of the country's leaders. A Jamati institutional dinner was hosted in Hazar Imam's honour, featuring a performance by Ismaili youth that illustrated some of the cultures of the Far East.

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, 9 April 2012 – The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa has been named a recipient of the 2012 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The award recognises outstanding design in projects by Canadian architects, and is administered by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

His Eminence Dom José Policarpo, Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, and Prince Amyn, Director of the Aga Khan Foundation, sign the renewal of a partnership agreement to improve the quality of life of marginalised groups in Greater Lisbon.

Lisbon, 9 May 2012 – Representing Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Amyn signed the renewal of a partnership agreement between the Aga Khan Foundation and the Patriarchate of Lisbon. Programmes implemented under the partnership, which aims to improve the quality of life of marginalised groups in Greater Lisbon, benefited almost 43 000 people in 2011.

Ismaili Council for Portugal President Amirali Bhanji and AKDN Resident Representative Nazim Ahmad with Ismaili students and volunteers at the World Interfaith Harmony event.

Dedicated to promoting harmony among people of all faiths, World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed around the world each year during the first week of February. In Portugal, the UN Alliance of Civilizations sought to present a unique multicultural perspective on the week. The Ismaili Muslim community was among 15 religious traditions represented at the event.

The Miller Bell Tower is an icon of the century-old Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York.

In their quest to broaden their relationships with religious communities, the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in New York state reached out to the Muslim community. With a mind to creating greater awareness about Islam and Muslim cultures, members of the Ismaili Muslim community responded, drawing in Muslim intellectuals to Chautauqua, who could share an understanding of Islam that is hard to find in mainstream media.

Prince Hussain, Professor Karega Mutahi, and Dr Jacob Ole Miaron PhD, sign a memorandum of understanding for the restoration and rehabilitation of Nairobi's City Park.

Nairobi, 16 April 2012 – A Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday by Prince Hussain on behalf of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to collaborate in the rehabilitation and restoration of the Nairobi City Park to international standards in terms of architecture, landscape and horticulture.

Karen Armstrong speaks about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) and the relevance of his life to our present time at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 25 March 2012.

Prominent religious historian and well-known author, Karen Armstrong, was the keynote speaker at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby on 25 March 2012, where she delivered a lecture on Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), the relevance of his life to our present time, and Islamophobia – a clash of ignorance. The visit was part of Armstrong's “12 Days of Compassion” tour of Greater Vancouver, during which she was awarded Simon Fraser University's Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue in celebration of her innovative contributions to tolerance, understanding and compassion globally.

 
Yoga enthusiasts at the Karimabad Fitness Centre.

Only a minimal percentage of adults in Pakistan actively participate in any sports, games or exercise to stay fit. Nevertheless, societal changes over the past two decades have resulted in a greater need for active lifestyles and increased health awareness. Through programming, facilities and services, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board in Pakistan is helping the Jamat to “leap into fitness”.

Upon his arrival, Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by volunteers with flowers in the presence of His Excellency Hamrokhon Zarifi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, Dr Shafik Sachedina, Director of Diplomatic Affairs at the Aga Khan D

Dushanbe, 4 April 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to Tajikistan for a brief, but historic one-day visit. In a meeting with the leaders of the newly-established Jamati institutions in Tajikistan, Hazar Imam emphasised the significance of the formal establishment of Jamati institutions to serve the needs and requirements of the Tajik Jamat.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Governor Nur Bekri, members of the government of Xinjiang and members of the AKDN delegation.

Urumxi, China, 4 April 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam paid an official visit to Urumxi, China from 2–4 April 2012, at the invitation of the Governor of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Mr Nur Bekri, to discuss collaboration between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Government of Xinjiang.

Jamati leaders bid farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam as he prepares to depart Singapore.

Singapore, 2 April 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam's visit to the Far East drew to a close this morning as he departed Singapore. During his visit, Hazar Imam met with the Far East Jamat over a two-day period. Members of the Jamat had come from 13 countries across the region.

Mawlana Hazar Imam meets with the President of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, at the Istana.

Singapore, 31 March 2012 – Continuing his visit to the Far East, Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived at Singapore’s Changi Airport yesterday evening. Meanwhile, members of the Far East Jamat celebrated Mawlana Hazar Imam’s arrival and made preparations for his visit with the Jamat.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses guests gathered for the opening of “Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts” at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur, 30 March 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Architecture in Islamic Arts today, at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. On display until 29 June, the Malaysian exhibition marks the first time that objects and art from the Aga Khan Museum collection have been displayed in Southeast Asia.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Mr Zakri Jaafar, Malaysia’s Undersecretary for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, as Dato’ Naimun Ashakli Mohammad, Chief of Protocol and Consular from the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks on.

Kuala Lumpur, 29 March 2012 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Malaysia for the start of his visit to the Far East. In the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, he will officially inaugurate an exhibition of objects and art from the Aga Khan Museum collection at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

Rays of Light

RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat will be opening in Dubai later this month. A Golden Jubilee International Programme, the exhibition depicts 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, against the backdrop of the Jamat’s 1 400-year history.

Hussein Janmohamed (centre) in a pre-show huddle with members of the Canadian Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir at a performence in Edmonton.

Music has the power to transcend difference. Drawing upon heritage and tradition, it can inspire people to better appreciate and come to know one another. Speaking with Ambreen Delawalla and Sameera Gokal, Ismaili musicians shared stories from their own life journeys, and their encounters with faith and music.

Princess Zahra is greeted by Jamati leaders at an institutional dinner held in her honour in Mumbai.

Addressing a gathering of India’s Jamati institutional leaders last month, Princess Zahra spoke of the immense opportunities available in India. She was in Mumbai to review the ongoing expansion of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital in her capacity as Chair of the steering committee for its redevelopment.

Accompanied by the Chairman of AKHS, India and members of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital management team, Princess Zahra tours the Aga Hall Estate — the grounds on which the hospital stands.

Princess Zahra Aga Khan arrived in Mumbai on 19 February to visit the Prince Aly Khan Hospital. The hospital is undergoing an expansion, and Princess Zahra toured the facility and reviewed its plans in her capacity as Chair of the Steering Committee for its redevelopment.

Karim Moledina (centre) enjoys a picnic with the Rovers of Darkhana Scout Group. In 2011, Moledina marked 50 years with the Scouts movement.

Karim Moledina has been a Scout for 50 years. In that time he has worked his way up through the organisation, steadily widening his scope of impact from his local roots in Mumbai to the national stage in India, and, more recently, beyond national borders to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tajikistan. Through the Scouting movement, he is enabling young people to put their values into action.