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Seniors take part in a theatre performance about mediation and dispute resolution during the Seniors in Movement programme held at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

What defines being old? Is it reaching a particular age? Retiring from the workplace? And what meaningful roles can the elderly play in society today? These and other matters were put forward at a recent gathering of seniors in Lisbon.

In the absence of electricity, students in a primary school classroom have to study using kerosene lamps.

Using mini solar-powered electric grids, Naeem Mawji – a determined Canadian Ismaili student and entrepreneur – has provided the villagers of Masurura, Tanzania access to both electricity and hope. Now he aims to transform the country’s economy by increasing access to electricity for other villages in the region.

The Court of Gayumars from the Shahnama.

Dr. Francesca Leoni delivered a presentation to mark the millennial anniversary of Firdawsi's Shahnama. The presentation took place at the University of Texas at Arlington, with support from its Office of the Provost, the University's College of Liberal Arts, and the Ismaili Council for Northern Texas.

Pages from a manuscript of Firdawsi’s “Shanama”.

On 4 November 2010, Dr Francesca Leoni delivered a presentation to mark the millennial anniversary of Firdawsi’s Shahnama. The presentation took place at the University of Texas at Arlington, with support from its Office of the Provost, the University’s College of Liberal Arts, and the Ismaili Council for Northern Texas.

The site of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park along Wynford Drive in Toronto on 1 October 2010.

An exhibition that showcases the images and architectural renderings of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and some of its Collection, and their Park, will be displayed across Canada over the next six months starting in Toronto. The exhibition will also include images of the global Ismaili Centres and various projects of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Shirin Keshvani shooting a scene from “Dream School”.

Shirin Keshvani was a toddler when she first took to the stage. At age four, she was selected to emcee the official opening of her nursery school. In November, the 12-year-old made her television acting debut on Singapore’s Okto TV Channel in Dream School.

Panoramic view of ongoing landscape at the Lakkarwala Burj in Sunder Nursery.

Aftab Jalia works with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Delhi and is part of an initiative to revitalise the area surrounding Humayun’s Tomb and Gardens, and improve the quality of life of the residents in the neighbouring Nizamuddin district. A graduate of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, he shares some insight on the progress of the project and its impact on the surrounding community.

The front facade of the newly refurbished Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique.

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 December 2010 – In the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Mozambique’s president, His Excellency Armando Guebuza, officially inaugurated the refurbished Polana Serena Hotel, a historic water-front landmark in the capital city of Maputo, and one of Africa’s grandest colonial era hotels.

In “Outsourced”, Rizwan Manji plays the part of Rajiv Gidwani, an ambitious and conniving assistant manager of a call centre in India.

Rizwan Manji, an Ismaili Muslim actor from Toronto, plays the part of Rajiv in the hit comedy TV series Outsourced. The show, which features a cast of South Asian actors premiered this fall on NBC to critical acclaim, and has garnered worldwide attention and publicity.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Prime Minister Aires Bonifacio Ali and AKDN Resident Representative Nazim Ahmed at the newly refurbished Polana Serena Hotel.

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 December 2010 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Maputo this evening on a two-day visit to Mozambique. During the visit, Hazar Imam will participate in the inauguration of the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo.

Children parade into the hall waving the Qatari and Ismaili flags.

As the “Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 2010”, Doha was a fitting venue for the Award Ceremony of the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which was held in November. The event was particularly special for members of the Qatar Jamat, who were jubilant over Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to their peninsular country.

Following the Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony held in Doha at the end of November, CNN’s John Defterios spoke with Mawlana Hazar Imam about the pace of social change in the developing world.

Mawlana Hazar Imam meeting with Her Excellency Suzanne Mubarak, the First Lady of Egypt, at the Old Winter Palace in Luxor. Hazar Imam is attending the Luxor International Forum to Combat Human Trafficking.

Luxor, Egypt, 10 December 2010 –Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Egypt today to attend the Luxor International Forum to Combat Human Trafficking. Upon his arrival, Hazar Imam met with Her Excellency Suzanne Mubarak, the First Lady of Egypt.

The Ismaili Council’s Art for Alzheimer’s canvas includes notes from many supporters, including the First Lady of California, Maria Shriver.

At Maria Shriver’s March on Alzheimer’s held at Long Beach, California in October, two large communal canvases served as creative outlets for those who visited the booth on “Art Therapy and Alzheimer’s” hosted by the Ismaili Council for the USA. The canvases drew patients and family members, some of whom were emotional as they painted messages honouring loved ones suffering from a disease that causes memory loss and confusion.

Guests gathered at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby for Karen Armstrong’s lecture, which was part of her “12 Days of Compassion” tour of Greater Vancouver.

Highlights from the past 25 years of the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, featuring video footage of Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at the Opening Ceremony of the Centre on 23 August 1985.

Members of the Salimahabad Orchestra. From left to right: Amirali Meghani, Naveed Rajput, Sadaf Faiz, Asif Noorani, Rahim Sundrani, Sohail Noorani, and Rafiq Vadivala.

A passionate group of eight individuals makes up the Salimahabad Orchestra in Pakistan. They recently released an album that espouses a vision of life, devotion to faith and respect for humankind through a fusion of contemporary musical genres including hip-hop, Arabic melody and soft rock.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the Award Ceremony of the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture held in Doha, Qatar on 24 November 2010.

Doha, Qatar, 24 November 2010 – Mawlana Hazar Imam, together with His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, presided over the Award Ceremony of the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture today. Five projects were selected as winners of the 2010 Award, and Professor Oleg Grabar received the Chairman's Award.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking to the assembled guests at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony, held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

“Diversity, in fact, is part of the essence of Islam. The unity of the Ummah does not imply sameness. Working in an Islamic context need not confine us to constraining models. Nor does respecting the past mean copying the past. Indeed, if we hold too fast to what is past, we run the risk of crushing that inheritance. The best way to honour the past is to seize the future.”

 

 

Yawm-e Ali 2010 Lecture on Imam Ali and the Power of Compassion by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi at the Ismaili Centre, London.

The 2010 Yawm-e Ali Lecture at the Ismaili Centre, London was delivered on 14 July by Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi, Reasearch Fellow at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. In his lecture titled Imam Ali and the Power of Compassion, Dr Shah-Kazemi explored the role played by Rahma – divine compassion – in the teachings of Hazrat Ali.