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(L to R): Their Excellencies Presidents José Maria Neves of Cabo Verde, Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea-Bissau, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal, Prince Rahim, Prince Aly Muhammad, Carlos Manuel Vila Nova of Sao Tome and Principe, José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste, and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal.

Os Chefes de Estado da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP) foram recebidos ontem no Diwan do Ismaili Imamat. O Príncipe Rahim e o Príncipe Aly Muhammad deram as boas-vindas ao Presidente da República, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, e aos líderes de outros países lusófonos.

Prince Rahim receives Mr Goodale’s credentials on behalf of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat, His Excellency Ralph Goodale, presented his credentials today at the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat.

Across cities in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe, a green revolution is sprouting—one that promises hope for the natural environment and local communities. This Earth Day, let’s take a look at microforests, and their potential to transform urban centres.

There are more than 150 million people active in the gig economy in North America and Western Europe.

Ever wondered what links Airbnb hosts, personal tutors, and dog walkers? They are all part of the so-called “gig economy.” If you’ve ever taken an Uber ride or bought something from Etsy, you’ve also participated in this economy. Read on to learn how such trends are changing the way people work and live.

Eid al-Fitr is a festival in which we express gratitude for the blessings in our lives, extend our compassion and generosity to others, and celebrate with our families and communities. Watch this clip to learn about the festival that marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Also available in Arabic, French, Farsi, Gujarati, Portuguese, Tajik, and Urdu.

The Ismaili is pleased to offer our eCard greeting service. For the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, choose from our unique designs, add a personal message, and send your eCard to multiple contacts at a time. Visit to get started. 

The Ismaili presents a rendition of Lab pe aati hai Du’a, performed by ZIKR band. The prayer, in the form of verse, was originally written by the philosopher-poet Muhammad Iqbal in 1902.

An estimated five percent of the population are affected by ADHD, and many of them are still undiagnosed.

From across her desk, the doctor looks me in the eye. “I’m sure you have the condition,” she says in a matter-of-fact tone. “I can confirm the diagnosis.” My mind goes into a spin. These are words nobody wants to hear. Except me — this is exactly what I wanted. 

Programmes such as the Safe Birth initiative and the Pregnancy and Maternal Club have been established to assist expectant parents in Syria.

Bringing a child into the world is a formative experience for every mother, and many factors determine the wellbeing of both mother and baby. In vulnerable societies like Syria, however, child-bearing women face a host of problems, from unreliable information about pregnancy to a lack of suitable healthcare settings. The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) in Syria has been expanding its presence in the country to help overcome such challenges.

Join us for the March edition of The Ismaili Update, as we look back at the exciting stories from the worldwide Jamat over the past month.

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On the 31st of March 2024, Ismaili CIVIC Mozambique volunteers supported around 4000 residents of Matola and Marraquene to receive crucial support after heavy rains. 

The Master Musicians performed alongside the Madeira Classical Orchestra.

The Aga Khan Master Musicians (AKMM) delivered a stunning performance on 23 March to conclude the Madeira Music Festival at the Congress Centre in Funchal, Portugal. The concert generated significant enthusiasm in Madeira, resulting in a sold-out venue and the presence of the island’s highest authorities, alongside AKMM’s patrons Prince Amyn and Prince Aly Muhammad.

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Nowruz, by the Aga Khan Master Musicians, reached number one on the World Music Charts Europe in February 2024.

With the release of Nowruz, the debut album by the Aga Khan Master Musicians, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has unveiled a musical gem that transcends cultural boundaries.

Navroz, like new years traditions from other cultures, is a day when families and communities come together. It's a reminder of renewal and a fresh start. It's also a chance to reflect on one’s personal life, to think about achievements and failures during the previous year, and to make resolutions for the new year.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Navroz hai aya, performed by Ismaili music artists in Pakistan. The song describes the blessings, beauty, and hope that the festival of Navroz brings to our lives.

One of the many devotional practices Muslims observe at various points of the year is fasting (sawm). Muslims have different ways of fasting, including all forms of self-restraint. This includes not eating and drinking, feeding a poor person, being absorbed in the remembrance of God, avoiding gossip or saying mean things, not being greedy with one’s eyes or mouth, showing humility, and the purification of oneself.

Old Fanous Ramadan, also known as Ramadan lantern is a famous Egyptian folklore associated with Ramadan.

In Muslim tradition, Ramadan is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification through special observances such as fasting, the performance of good deeds – including charitable giving and voluntary service – and through personal sacrifices of material comforts. These observances can lead to spiritual fulfilment and a sense of renewal.

To commemorate the blessed month of Ramadan, The Ismaili is pleased to present a rendition of Balaghal, performed by Fitoor.

In this episode of Trailblazers, Nurjehan and Aliya Mawani reflect on the progress made in advancing equality and the obstacles that still lie ahead.

On the occasion of International Women's Day, The Ismaili is excited to present an exclusive video interview featuring two accomplished diplomats, Nurjehan and Aliya Mawani. Their discussion recounts the journeys, challenges, and triumphs in their work and lives thus far.