Syed Ali Abbas Razawi at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, where he gave a keynote lecture at the occasion of Yawm-e Ali 2017. Salim Nensi

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi gave a lecture commemorating Yawm-e-Ali, the birthday of Hazrat Ali, at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 1 April 2017. Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi spoke on the topic of Imam-Caliph 'Ali ibn Abi Talib and the Spirit of Pluralism in Islam. Mr Razawi is Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. He is also a member of the Council of Scholars, Europe and has represented Muslim communities in European Commission countries at high level religious leaders' meetings in Brussels.

Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi gave a lecture commemorating Yawm-e-Ali, the birthday of Hazrat Ali, at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

Toronto photography workshop students experiment with using their cameras to "write with light." Mike Sakis

An extraordinary exhibition of more than 120 photographs made by youth from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, and Canada opens on 30 April 2016 at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Musicians from the Constantinople Ensemble showcased percussion and string instruments from the East and West. Asif Murji

Toronto, 6 June 2015 — The Montreal-based Constantinople Musical Ensemble, along with special guests from Greece and Turkey, gave a concert at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Their performance recalled the sights and sounds of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), a city rich in history and culture.

Detail of plaster artwork by Takik artists Khasan and Firdavs Dzhumaev at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Moez Visram

In the generous foyer of the Ismaili Centre Toronto, a large wall has become canvass to a pair of artists from Tajikistan. The plaster work of father and son team Khasan and Firdavs Dzhumaev will complement a space that is already adorned with other exquisite artwork.

Thousands visited the Ismaili Centre during Doors Open Toronto 2015. Amir Hemraj

Thousands of visitors streamed into the Ismaili Centre as part of Doors Open Toronto 2015. Held last weekend, the annual city-wide open house offered visitors free access to approximately 155 buildings of cultural, historical and social significance.

Aga Khan Park, Toronto

The Aga Khan Park was inaugurated by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam on 25 May 2015. Situated along Wynford Drive, the Park provides a beautifully landscaped contemplative public space that encompasses the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mawlana Hazar Imam applaud after unveiling the plaque commemorating the Foundation of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, London.

Visitors gather around the architectural-scale model of a historic district of Cairo that served as a centrepiece of the exhibition and was populated by houses designed and printed by 3D workshop participants. Vazir Karsan

Connect Create Cairo is an exhibition and workshop that uses 3D printing technology to get people thinking about the past, present and future of cities and urban spaces. Recently held at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the exhibition gave participants a chance to become urban planners and conceive their own design solutions.

Artist rendering of the Aga Khan Museum, adjacent to the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, looking through the formal gardens.

The opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum took place on 12 September 2014, following the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto earlier in the afternoon by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mawlana Hazar Imam. They also marked the opening of the museum, together with Prince Amyn and the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Among the distinguished guests at the ceremony were Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa, and Prince Hussain, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, government leaders, diplomats, and leaders of Jamati and Imamat institutions.

Professor Nasser Rabbat speaking at the Royal Ontario Museum on 14 July 2014. Ibrahim Meru

Cairene sunsets and medieval tourists retrace the development of one of the most important centres in the Muslim world.

Cairo has been the talk of Toronto — at least in the halls of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Ismaili Centre. Through a series of lectures, leading scholars have been journeying into the thousand-year-old city, describing how it has been reshaped over the centuries, and sharing the historic impressions recorded by medieval visitors in their writings.

The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group performs at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto in celebration of Eid al-Adha. Vazir Karsan

The lyrical sounds of qawwali music filled the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Guests were treated to a special workshop and performance by the Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group.

The Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group performs at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto in celebration of Eid al-Adha. Vazir Karsan

Toronto, 5 October 2014 — The lyrical sounds of qawwali music filled the social hall of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. Over 200 guests attended the celebration, which was also the inaugural public event of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

Ismailis from across Toronto attended Jamatkhana for the first time at the new Ismaili Centre on 19 September 2014. Moez Visram

Toronto, 19 September 2014 — Ismaili Muslims from across the city gathered to attend Jamatkhana for the first time at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. It was a particularly happy and emotional occasion, especially for the Jamat who live in the Don Mills area and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaks at the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, as the Canadian Prime Minister looks on. Gary Otte

In a ceremony marking the culmination of 18 years of planning, design and construction, the Prime Minister of Canada — in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam — declared the Ismaili Centre, Toronto open.

Unveiling the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

Unveiling the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto.

Entrance to the Ismaili Centre, Toronto with a view of the Aga Khan Museum in the distance. Gary Otte

Born in a “cradle of friendship,” the Ismaili Centre, Toronto was opened by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam on 12 September 2014.

Speech by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, at the Opening Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Friday, 12 September 2014.