The Jamat is advised that heat advisories and excessive heat warnings are in place for much of the Northeast Region. In several areas, heat indexes over 100 degrees may be experienced during daylight hours through this weekend.
Zameer Rayani receiving the “Just Do It Award’ from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

“I didn’t believe it until I was shaking his hand,” Zameer Rayani admits. When his presence was requested at Amazon’s recent All-Hands Meeting in Seattle, he didn’t even share with his family or friends. After all, no one from the HR department had ever won the award in the company’s 25-year history, but with numerous Ismaili Amazonians live-streaming the event around the world, messages like this spread like wildfire on social media: “Do you know Zameer Rayani? Sounds Ismaili, he just got an award from Bezos at our company All-Hands!”

Representatives of Albuquerque Jamat and invited guests.

A Lunch and Learn event to facilitate knowledge exchange between the Ismaili community and public officials was organized by the Ismaili Council for the Central US at Albuquerque Jamatkhana on April 13, 2019. Ismaili value systems that unify the Jamat globally and the ethics of service in our faith were shared with the guests.

Yasmin Dharamsi (on left in red shirt), with President Zahra Hayat-Daya of the Council for Florida (in blue) and other participants in the Parkland Dash.

Most of us have thought of running a marathon or a race, but very few of us have actually ran one, let alone finish in top positions among hundreds of other runners.

The One Jamat Mosaic — comprising thousands of individual photos into a single, cohesive work of art — was presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam on the morning of Navroz, March 21, 2018, to commemorate his Diamond Jubilee.
On behalf of the Jamati institutions, we extend our heartfelt mubarakis to the Jamat on the occasion of our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam's 62nd year as Imam of the Time. We offer our sincere shukranas for Hazar Imam’s continued benevolent guidance that has led to the unprecedented advancement of the US and global Jamats. 
Over 400 Dallas Jamati members and friends from the larger community volunteered to pack meals on Thanksgiving Day.

“One of the energizing forces that makes a quality civil society possible, of course, is the readiness of its citizens to contribute their talents and energies to the social good. What is required is a profound spirit of voluntary service, a principle cherished in Shia Ismaili culture.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam, Brown University in 2014.

I-CERV Volunteers presenting Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey with a T-shirt commemorating Earth Day 2019.

In a speech made in Ottawa in 2013, Mawlana Hazar Imam stated that Muslims have a “responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it."

More than 500 Ismaili volunteers participated in the Southeast Jamat's 60 for 60: I-CERV Day of Service, packing 80,000 nutritious meals in total.

As long ago as 1835, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States and recognized a unique characteristic, namely, the role played by voluntary private associations in social, political, and economic life. He suggested this freedom to associate was the “mother science” which illustrated how other societal problems might be resolved. Today, the United States Jamat is continuing a long tradition of volunteering for the public good.

The tour ended at the magnificent green domed Masjid Malcolm Shabazz which was founded in 1956. The mosque hosts interfaith congregants, a school, and continues to be a hub of religious life in a rapidly-changing corner of Harlem.

Muslims have been a part of New York City, even before New York was a city. Records show that Muslims arrived in the area as part of the Dutch settlement, New Amsterdam, since the 1600s. Today, there are now over 300 registered mosques in the City. This is how the Muslim Tour of Harlem, a historic neighborhood in New York, begins. Katie Merriman, a doctoral student of religious studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill escorted a group of New York City Ismailis on a tour of 400 years of Muslim history in New York. On a three-hour walking tour, participants expanded their knowledge of how Muslims have contributed to their city and continue to do so.

Jamati members participate in and celebrate Go Green launch in Miami HQ.

Florida Jamatkhanas have turned to eliminate usage of plastic water containers and plastic bags. These are just two steps, in addition to other best practices, to “Going Green.” The initiative was launched January 1st in three Florida Jamatkhanas, and will continue to be implemented in the remaining two centers. 

Midwest AKYSB Honorary Secretary Amyna Visram congratulating all the athletes for their sportsmanship at the  Closing Ceremonies.

“Having team members from different Jamatkhanas and ages allowed me to learn from and interact with people that I usually wouldn’t,” said Arisha Keshwani, an athlete playing co-ed volleyball for the first time. This year’s tournament was especially unique for the diversity among the athletes, who ranged in age from 7 to 65, and experienced or novice. Similar to last year’s format, volleyball was offered as individual registrations so athletes of all skill levels and age groups could play together.

Attendees at the Day of Religious Pluralism, including members from the Aga Khan Council, the Los Angeles Day of Religious Pluralism Planning Committee, and representatives from various civic organizations.

Los Angeles is a city where the multicultural ethic is thriving, with continuous efforts to engage diverse communities in order to cultivate greater tolerance. The fourth annual Los Angeles Day of Religious Pluralism was held on April 9, 2019, at the Los Angeles City Hall, sponsored by the Aga Khan Council in collaboration with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. It was organized by the Human Relations Commission and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement.

Hasan-uddin Khan, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design and principal at RMA Architects and Dr. Nasser Rabat, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture at MIT, share their views of the development of the impact of the AKAA on Architecture and the development of AKAA over its forty year history.

The Ismaili Council for the Northeast and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) hosted a panel discussion exploring the history and significance of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA). The standing-room-only event on October 4, 2018, closed out a three-month exhibition of “Design for Diversity” at BSA Space which highlighted the winners and shortlisted works from the 2014-2016 cycle of the AKAA.

Buddhist monks and Nuns from Emory University’s Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholar Program perform a prayer chant about developing friendship and unity among practitioners of different disciplines.

The members of the Atlanta City Council issued an official Proclamation and joined “faith, community and civic leaders to affirm (our) shared, cherished values of dignity, unity, respect, and compassion for our fellow human beings,” thereby endorsing April 4, 2019, as Atlanta’s inaugural Day of Religious Pluralism.

Seniors in Atlanta’s Matki Band performing at the Diamond Jubilee Opening Ceremonies on July 11, 2017.

Recreation plays a key role in the physical and mental wellbeing of everyone, young and old. For seniors especially, involvement in recreation has a number of benefits in enhancing cognitive and motor skills, and provides an opportunity for socializing and developing new talents. For a group of seniors in the USA, a passion for music has shown that age is no limit to composing and performing for themselves and others.

Alaudin Bhanji receiving NASA's Outstanding Leadership Award, in 2014. He is with the (then) Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi (L), and Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.

It is a rare and historic honor to have an object in space named after an individual. It is usually reserved for someone who first discovers it, generally after years of painstaking observation of the night sky through giant telescopes. So to be recognized in this manner is indeed an occasion worthy of note. Yet, this is precisely what happened at the end of 2018.

Leadership with Milpitas Police Chief Armando Corpuz and Assistant Police Chief Kevin Moscuzza.

“This is one of the most peaceful places in the City of Milpitas” -Richard Tran, Mayor of Milpitas

The recent opening of the Milpitas Jamatkhana was celebrated with an open house where community members were invited and provided with a guided tour of the new center. California Assemblyman Kansen Chu, Milpitas Chief of Police Armando Corpuz, and Superintendent of Milpitas Unified School District Cheryl Jordan were amongst the invited guests.

"Islam: An Illustrated Journey"

Lavishly illustrated and written in a style accessible to all, Islam: An Illustrated Journey tells the story of Islam. Beginning in the world of late antiquity and the pre-Islamic period, the book takes the reader through Islam’s formative era and early development in the Arabian peninsula, the rise and decline of its major dynasties, including the Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, Mughals, Safavids, Ottomans and finally up to its place in the modern world.

Representative Beth Moore, the Consulates, panelists, and volunteers celebrate 2019 International Women’s Day and pose for the theme #BalanceforBetter, promoting gender balance.

Storytelling has long been used as a means to share traditions, preserve culture, educate and instill values, even before the advent of writing. Whether through gestures, expressions, music or dance, various forms of oral storytelling have been used historically by families and communities.

Council leadership members and participants were welcomed by Governor Greg Abott of Texas.

Texas students and young professionals get an inspiring glimpse into life and opportunities as a public servant.

On a brisk February morning, Ismaili young professionals and students from across Texas converged in Austin for a day-long visit to the Capitol building. Throughout their visit, the group met with a host of public officials including five State Representatives, the Texas Railroad Commissioner and Secretary of State. It was an opportunity to hear both the day-to-day travails and the long term vision of those in public service.