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Toronto Mayor John Tory, Prince Amyn, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford unveil the ceremonial plaque for Generations Toronto at the Ismaili Centre Toronto on 27 September 2022.

Prince Amyn attended the groundbreaking ceremony today for Generations Toronto, a multi-generational housing development close to the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. Distinguished guests included Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Toronto’s Mayor John Tory and local and national leaders of the Jamat.

Join host Mursal Bahri for the first instalment of Celebrating 50, a special behind-the-scenes look at this week's commemorative events taking place across Canada. Day one includes highlights from the Municipal Honours ceremony held in Toronto.

The eagerly anticipated winners of this year’s Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced this week. The six winning projects uniquely differ from one another but, as Faisal Ali explains, they share one important aspect.

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while preserving the planet.

Action, ambition, and hope were on display this week as world leaders joined United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Amanda Gorman, and others for the annual SDG Moment at the UN headquarters in New York. Projected onto the big screens this year were Prince Hussain’s photographs depicting the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

Remarks by Prince Amyn Aga Khan
at the Municipal Honours Ceremony in Toronto
25 September 2022

The Key to the City of Toronto was awarded to Mawlana Hazar Imam at a special ceremony hosted today at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto, during which a segment of Wynford Drive was ceremonially named Aga Khan Boulevard.

Prince Amyn accepted the honours on behalf of Hazar Imam and thanked Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto for the special gesture.

Hundreds of Ismaili CIVIC volunteers, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Boy Scouts, are providing relief to the flood-affected areas in Pakistan.

As rehabilitation efforts continue in Pakistan, Ismaili CIVIC volunteers continue to support affected individuals and the communities in which they reside – demonstrating a commitment to Islam’s core values of service, peace, compassion and care for the vulnerable.

The tradition of service and volunteering in the Ismaili community is one rooted in a 1400-year history. The giving of one’s time, effort, and resources for the development of both the community and wider society is a core value of the faith, and its many expressions have been an essential part of the community’s history, well-being, and identity.

The Crown Room at the Aga Khan Centre, illuminated at night. The Aga Khan Centre in London, inaugurated by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 2018, is the permanent home of The Institute of Ismaili Studies.

After having served for 34 years in leadership positions, including the past 12 years as Co-Director of The Institute of Ismaili Studies (“IIS”), Dr Farhad Daftary has decided to step down from his management roles in early January 2023. Dr Daftary will not be retiring from IIS, but will continue his scholarly research, writing and teaching activities at IIS indefinitely.

The new AKDN website sports a fresher look, an enhanced user experience, and better supports visual imagery.

The Aga Khan Development Network is excited to announce the launch of its new website, which features a redesign and new visual identity.

Following an invitation from Buckingham Palace, Mawlana Hazar Imam requested Prince Rahim to represent him at the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which took place today. Prince Rahim attended the Committal Ceremony held at Windsor Castle this afternoon.

Ismaili CIVIC volunteers in the Far East partnered with local organisations to plant trees in Singapore.

On 25 September, the worldwide Ismaili community will unite in a concerted effort to improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods and societies through Environmental Stewardship.

The concept of minimalism promotes seeking meaning and happiness from life without accumulating excess material possessions. At this year’s TEDx conference in Naryn, speakers shared their insights on this concept from philosophical, ecological, financial, and linguistic perspectives.

The ABC programme provides much-needed skills enhancement in a socially fragile environment.

When done right, skills development can improve productivity and reduce unemployment, thereby helping to enhance quality of life. In Afghanistan, volunteers from Canada and elsewhere are helping the Jamat to acquire the right skills to thrive in a changing environment.

My blindness is not my weakness, but my greatest strength. I could see one day, but the next I could not. Once I realized I would be blind for the rest of my life, the challenge placed before me cultivated a strong motivation. I wanted to learn new and diverse ways of doing things. Each barrier became a challenge, and each challenge an invitation to overcome.

Prince Hussain and Princess Fareen at the UK launch event for the photography exhibition The Living Sea – Fragile Beauty at The Ismaili Centre, London.

Featuring almost a decade’s worth of photos, Prince Hussain’s exhibition The Living Sea – Fragile Beauty finally arrived in the UK. Entering the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, London yesterday, visitors found themselves in a dazzling underwater world.

To coincide with Prince Hussain's exhibition The Living Sea - Fragile Beauty currently on display in the UK, The Ismaili is pleased to present Child of The Ocean, produced and performed by the Ismaili Community Ensemble in the UK.

HBL Bank and Jubilee Life Insurance, both part of the AKFED portfolio, have provided food rations and waterproof tents to more than 12,000 families.

Lisbon, Portugal, 4 September 2022 – The Ismaili Imamat has announced it will be donating US$10 million to support relief efforts following the severe flooding in Pakistan.  $5m will be donated directly to the Government of Pakistan while a further $5m will be provided to the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies in the country, which are engaged in the relief efforts.

An AKDN helicopter has been delivering food and relief items to stranded families in inaccessible regions.

Weeks of extreme rainfall in Pakistan have caused the world’s deadliest flooding for years and have placed the country in a state of emergency. Senator and Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman described the situation as a climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.

Mental disabilities refer to the conditions that affect a person’s behaviour or emotional state. Examples include mood disorders, autism, ADHD, dyslexia, depression, anxiety and more.

The number one priority of all parents is to protect and care for their children. So being faced with the possibility that their child may struggle more than others, most parents may refuse to accept it. However, this is doing them a disservice. We might instead accept that some young people are different, and offer them the support they need to succeed.