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This week, The Ismaili presents Mawla Tera Shukriya, a song written to express gratitude for the blessings we enjoy everyday. The lyrics also feature a humble request for mushkil-asan during times of difficulty and hardship.

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat makes bathymetric (depth) assessments of lakes and rivers in Tajikistan jointly with Moscow State University specialists.

University of Central Asia student Payrov Dehqonov interned at the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, and helped to analyse data in order to better prepare communities in Tajikistan that are at high-risk of being impacted by natural disasters.

As the home of some of the world's most endangered species, it is essential to protect Africa’s wildlife from further decline.

Mawlana Hazar Imam has often spoken of the importance of caring for the environment. In Ottawa in 2013, he said, “Our faith constantly reminds us to observe and be thankful for the beauty of the world and the universe around us, and our responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it.” Young people today are shouldering this responsibility, and raising awareness of environmental issues, including through the medium of film.

At the Aga Khan Academies, students learn innovative ways to address the climate crisis and better care for the natural world.

As the impact of climate change intensifies over time, it is the young people of today who will face the worst consequences. To address this urgent issue, the Aga Khan Academies recently held its inaugural Climate and Environment Conference, featuring students from across the Academies network, along with alumni and prominent guests.

A close-up of Olga Prinku’s dried-flower wall in the exhibition.

Making Paradise: Exploring the Concept of Eden through Art and Islamic Garden Design is the latest exhibition at the Aga Khan Centre Gallery in London, UK. In this interview, its curator Esen Salma Kaya gives an insight into the multi-sensory show, the diverse artists involved, and planning it “from the heart.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family pose for a group photograph on the occasion of the University of Central Asia’s inaugural convocation, hosted on 19 June 2021.

Against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, the University of Central Asia celebrated the achievements of its inaugural cohort of graduates: the Class of 2021. A live-streamed convocation brought together students, family members, faculty, and well-wishers across multiple countries and time zones around the world.

Students enjoying the outdoor landscaping at the UCA Khorog Campus.

Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver a virtual address at the University of Central Asia’s first-ever convocation on 19 June. The ceremony will honour the first class of undergraduate students at the School of Arts and Sciences and will be livestreamed from the University campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan and Naryn, Kyrgyzstan.

This production features three music artists from different backgrounds, all sharing a common passion for music. The fusion of poetry, piano, and song lyrics symbolises that the bonds of togetherness endure, despite whatever may come our way.

Mawlana Hazar Imam accepts a newly granted charter for Aga Khan University in Kenya via a video message during a special ceremony held in Nairobi on 11 June 2021.

President Uhuru Kenyatta presented the Aga Khan University with a newly granted charter at a special ceremony held in Nairobi yesterday. The event also included the inauguration of AKU’s University Centre, and featured an address by Mawlana Hazar Imam.

On 11 June 2021, the Aga Khan University will inaugurate the University Centre — its new main campus in Kenya's capital city.

In a momentous occasion, the Aga Khan University will receive its Charter from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and will inaugurate a new state-of-the-art University Centre in the heart of Nairobi. The event will air live on The Ismaili TV tomorrow, 11 June, and will feature an address by Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott poses with members of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US and a number of Ismaili volunteers at the Texas State Capitol on 26 May 2021.

Over the past year, the challenge of Covid-19 in Texas has been compounded by a winter storm that left millions throughout the state without power and water, and Hurricane Laura, which caused extensive property damage and displaced many. In the face of these challenges, members of the Ismaili community came together to assist those in need, staffing vaccine mega-sites, volunteering to distribute food and water, donating large amounts of PPE to first responders and communities in need, and organizing dozens of drives, including to collect blood, food, and books.

The film 7 Seas is shot in Sataya Reef, along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, where Prince Hussain spent time swimming with and photographing spinner dolphins, against a backdrop of crystal clear waters.

To coincide with World Environment Day, The Ismaili is pleased to present two short films produced by Prince Hussain, demonstrating the natural beauty of the oceans and the delicate ecosystems they support.

This week, The Ismaili presents a rendition of Ya Imami Haqq by Ambarkhan Sarojkhan from Tajikistan. The song’s lyrics express gratitude for the grace of the Imam-of-the-Time, while the video illustrates that one’s generosity may be returned in the most unexpected way.

Ismaili youth have been serving on the frontlines during the public health crisis.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues through 2021, Ismaili youth from around the world have been playing their part on the frontline. From travelling to remote areas to provide healthcare access, to stepping in at short-staffed hospitals, to holding down the fort in Covid wards, young members of the Jamat have stepped up to support citizens and families impacted by the pandemic.

As the field of cyber security grows, it presents new career opportunities in a variety of different roles.

As technology advances and the realm of cyberspace becomes more central in our personal and professional lives, understanding the landscape of cyber security and technological policy will become ever more important.

Through various initiatives, AKDN and Jamati institutions are helping increase rates of digital literacy in Pakistan and beyond.

Embracing new technologies and investing in innovation is perhaps no longer a choice, but a necessity. In line with this view, Imamat and Jamati institutions in Pakistan are harnessing the potential of digital transformation to improve lives across the region.

Children stand to benefit in many ways from technology, but it is important to be aware of the potentially harmful effects.

Covid-19 has amplified the pervasive presence of technology in human life, especially among children. According to a report by Qustodio, screen time among children doubled after the onset of the pandemic. Technology proved to be an invaluable asset to society over the past year, but it's unfettered use does not come without risks. By teaching moderation and discretion at home, parents can help their children reap the benefits of technology while avoiding its pitfalls.

Innovation has often influenced the values of society while raising new questions around the ethics of technology.

In this insightful conversation with The Ismaili, Rahim Hirji details the ways in which technology is having a growing influence on our everyday lives, covering topics from artificial intelligence and robotics, to social media and education. Detailing some of the opportunities and risks this presents, Rahim suggests how we might prepare for an increasingly digital future.