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.

Lion’s Head, Historic Syria, 9th–8th centuries BCE, Ivory, carved. With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM.

The large contemporary photographs that greet visitors at the entrance to Syria: A Living History, contrast sharply with the devastation wreaked by the country’s six-year civil war. Instead, the exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which spans 5 000 years, celebrates the land and people of Syria — and offers hope.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in an onstage conversation with Adrienne Clarkson. Lisa Sakulensky

Adrienne Clarkson and Mawlana Hazar Imam in an onstage conversation at the awarding of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship at Koerner Hall in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Adrienne Clarkson presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship in Toronto's Koerner Hall. Vazir Karsan

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaks upon receiving the inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship at Koerner Hall in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Adrienne Clarkson introduces Mawlana Hazar Imam, recipient of the inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship. Vazir Karsan

Speech by Adrienne Clarkson at the awarding of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Koerner Hall in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in an onstage conversation with Adrienne Clarkson. Lisa Sakulensky

Adrienne Clarkson and Mawlana Hazar Imam in an onstage conversation at the awarding of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship at Koerner Hall in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Speech by Adrienne Clarkson at the awarding of the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Koerner Hall in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the gathering on the challenges of global citizenship today. Vazir Karsan

Mawlana Hazar Imam speaks upon receiving the inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship at Koerner Hall in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Adrienne Clarkson presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship in Toronto's Koerner Hall. Vazir Karsan

Toronto, 21 September 2016 — Before a distinguished gathering at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with an award bearing her name and representing the convictions that she has long championed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's video message at the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship awarded to Mawlana Hazar Imam on 21 September 2016. ICC

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau​, Prime Minister of Canada, honours Mawlana Hazar Imam in a video message presented during the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship ceremony in Toronto on 21 September 2016.

Mawlana Hazar Imam will receive the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship in Toronto on Wednesday evening, culminating the 6 Degrees Citizen Space 2016 conference presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Ismaili Council for Canada

Toronto, 19 September 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam will receive the inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship on the evening of Wednesday, 21 September in Toronto. The ceremony will be webcast live on TheIsmaili.org at 7:30 PM EDT (Toronto time).

The convocation of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies took place at St Basil’s Collegiate Church in Toronto. Mo Govindji

Canada’s oldest humanities research, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, awarded Mawlana Hazar Imam an honorary degree for his service to humanity at a ceremony in Toronto on 20 May 2016.

Richard Alway, Praeses of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies congratulates Mawlana Hazar Imam upon the conferring the honorary degree. Zahur Ramji

Toronto, 20 May 2016 — At a special ceremony held this evening, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies awarded Mawlana Hazar Imam an honorary degree for his service to humanity. The Chancellor of the Institute, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Archbishop of Toronto conferred the degree at St Basil’s Collegiate Church.

Justice Albie Sachs presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the South African Bill of Rights at the 2016 Annual Pluralism Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism. GCP / Tom Sandler

Toronto, 20 May 2016 — Justice Albie Sachs, a heroic activist, freedom fighter and a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the Annual Pluralism Lecture yesterday evening. A flagship event of the Global Centre for Pluralism, this year’s talk gave a riveting recount of how South Africa’s constitution was created.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn review plans for the future home of the Global Centre for Pluralism with Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects, Ismaili Council for Canada President Malik Talib and Farhad Mawani of Imara. Moez Visram

Mawlana Hazar Imam is on a six-day visit to Canada, during which he will be in Ottawa and Toronto to attend various meetings and events. On Thursday, Mawlana Hazar Imam will deliver introductory remarks at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Annual Pluralism Lecture, being held at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

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.

Mawlana Hazar Imam thanks Prime Minister Harper following the Prime Minister's address at the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. 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. As the Jamat in Canada and around the world celebrates the anniversary of the opening, TheIsmaili.org invites you to look back on this historic occasion.

Aga Khan Park volunteers gather with Leila Keshavjee, who carried the Pan Am flame. Ismaili Council for Canada

Thousands of visitors came out to see the Pan Am flame light up the Aga Khan Park at its inaugural event held on 5 July. Reflections — Celebrating our Cultures and Communities united the spirit of the Pan Am Games with a Silk Road theme.

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.