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Join host Noor Al Kassir for the first instalment of The Ismaili Update: Aga Khan Awards, a special insight into this week's events in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman. Episode one includes a behind-the-scenes look at the venue for this year’s Aga Khan Awards, the Royal Opera House, and a glimpse of the Muscat Jamat’s excitement to host international guests for the events this weekend.

 Inspiration for the song came from Ayat an-Nur. “God is the Light of the heavens and the earth” is cleverly depicted with a reflection in the sea and the names of the Imams appearing like stars in the sky.

One of the most constructive outlets for humans to express feeling and emotion is via art and music, as we will witness at the Aga Khan Awards this weekend. As an example, earlier this year, a collection of accomplished Ismaili musicians came together to perform a special song reflective of the Jamat’s loyalty and devotion to the Imam-of-the-Time. This is the story of their collaboration.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.

Tune in for the 2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Aga Khan Music Awards being jointly hosted this weekend in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The prize-giving ceremonies and gala concerts, to be attended by members of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family, will be streamed live on The Ismaili TV this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

This year’s Aga Khan Music Awards laureates hail from nine countries around the world.

In a world that can often feel uncertain, music is a source of hope. It’s a universal language; one that transcends cultural boundaries and can unite people of different backgrounds. Just a single chord can touch one’s innermost being, evoking emotions without uttering a word.

A praise singer from Dar es Salaam, an all-female quartet from Tehran, a dervish from Lahore, and the world’s most famous tabla player… These are just a few of the 16 remarkable laureates of the 2022 Aga Khan Music Awards, which are being celebrated this weekend in Muscat, Oman, as the Music Awards and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture team up to create the first-ever joint Awards event.

In anticipation of the Aga Khan Music Awards this weekend, take a look at this 10-minute Ismaili Sounds special behind the scenes video, The making of Shukrana. A collection of 50 music artists came together earlier this year to produce Shukrana in celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 65th Imamat Day. The song is an expression of gratitude for the guidance and leadership of our Imam-of-the-Time. Filmed in Vancouver, Toronto, and Lisbon, this short film tells the story of a unique international collaboration.

In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Farrokh Derakhshani reflects on the unique nature of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

In an exclusive interview for The Ismaili TV, Farrokh Derakhshani recalls the Award’s history and explains its contribution to the fields of architecture, urban planning, and design.

Time and again, Mawlana Hazar Imam has taken the opportunity to recognise and appreciate the importance and value of voluntary service.

Mawlana Hazar Imam has approved a set of new guidelines for our uniformed volunteers who render service day in, day out, in Jamatkhanas and beyond.

Young members of the Jamat from across Syria came together for the Sufaraa (Ambassadors) Camp in Tartous.

The first-ever residential camp programme for young Ismailis in Syria brought together 40 excited participants for a holistic learning experience promoting growth, friendship, and inspiration.

Finding the right way to communicate, reflect on, and address conflicts can help increase harmony in our lives despite the challenges life may present. This process is vital for building harmony into the practice of mediation. The theme for Mediation Week this year is “Mediate first - Harmony from now to beyond.”

In an interview with The Ismaili TV, Luis Monreal explains that AKTC is a unique organisation, with its span of disciplines taking in architecture, music, education, heritage and more.

In an exclusive interview for The Ismaili TV, Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), shares his perspective on culture’s potential to transform lives. This is the first in an exciting new series, entitled “In Conversation,” a collection of hosted interviews produced especially for The Ismaili TV. 

Masjid an-Nabawi, known in English as the Prophet's Mosque, was built by Prophet Muhammad himself, next to the house where he settled after his migration to Medina in 622 AD.

This week, Muslims around the world commemorate Milad-un-Nabi, literally meaning the “birth of the Prophet.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was born in Mecca in the year 570 CE and grew up to be a respected merchant, known for his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from Allah, marking the commencement of his mission as Allah's last and final messenger.

Whenever the Prophet’s name is written in calligraphy, it is common to add a beautifully written salawat alongside it.

The latest article in our What Ismailis Believe series explains why we recite the salawat for the family of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family).

Episode four includes highlights from the signing of an Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat and the Government of British Columbia. Prince Rahim and Princess Zahra took part in the signing prior to a luncheon hosted by British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin. Let's join Mursal Bahri as she recaps the events in Celebrating 50, a behind-the-scenes video special at the commemorative events taking place across Canada this week.

Princess Zahra addresses guests at a luncheon to commemorate 50 years of the Ismaili community's significant presence in Canada.

Remarks by Princess Zahra Aga Khan
Luncheon hosted by Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
29 September 2022

Prince Rahim and British Columbia Premier John Horgan sign an Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat and the Province of British Columbia on 29 September 2022.

Prince Rahim and Princess Zahra represented Mawlana Hazar Imam at a special ceremony and luncheon today in Vancouver to sign an Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat and the Province of British Columbia.

Let's join Mursal Bahri for the third instalment of Celebrating 50, a special behind-the-scenes look at the commemorative events taking place across Canada this week. Episode three includes highlights from a luncheon in honour of Princess Zahra, hosted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in the presence of Alberta Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani. Also included are highlights from the inauguration of the Diwan Pavilion at the Aga Khan Garden in Edmonton, held later the same day.

Princess Zahra is welcomed to Government House in Edmonton by Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney and Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani.

The celebrations of 50 years of the Ismaili community’s significant presence in Canada continued today in the city of Edmonton, with a luncheon at Government House attended by Princess Zahra and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Salma Lakhani, followed by the formal opening of the Diwan Pavilion at the Aga Khan Garden.

Princess Zahra addresses guests gathered for a luncheon to celebrate 50 years of the Jamat's significant presence in Canada, hosted at Government House in Edmonton.

Remarks by Princess Zahra Aga Khan
Luncheon at Government House
Edmonton, Alberta
28 September 2022

Take a look at the second instalment of Celebrating 50, a special behind-the-scenes look at this week's commemorative events taking place across Canada. Episode two includes highlights from the groundbreaking ceremony of Generations Toronto, a multi-generational housing development close to the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. Distinguished guests included Prince Amyn, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Toronto’s Mayor John Tory, and local and national leaders of the Jamat.