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Selected verses from the Holy Qur’an and Persian poetry by Ferdowsi, Jalal al-Din Rumi, Hafez, Nasir Khusraw and Sa’di are lovingly calligraphed before being carved into marble panels around the perimeters of the Garden of Light.

To mark the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi this week, The Ismaili is pleased to present Zahe Muqaddar performed by Karim Javed Alwani. Originally sung by Qari Waheed Zafar Qasmi, Zahe Muqaddar is a Na’at written in praise of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him and his family). This video was recorded in the Garden of Light at the Aga Khan Centre in London. The marble screens in the garden are inscribed with poetry by celebrated Persian poets and extracts from the Qur’an.

Science and technology are intimately intertwined. Each fuels the other’s progress. The modern world is indebted to the many scientists, physicians, and mathematicians throughout history, whose hunger for knowledge led them to push the boundaries of invention, extend the frontiers of scientific thought, and expand the breadth and depth of human knowledge. Our history tells us that many scientists thrived in Muslim civilisations – their curiosity to understand the world driving some of the key developments that took place in their time. This tradition continues today in our Jamat. A new series on The Ismaili TV shines a spotlight on members of the Jamat working on the forefront of scientific and technological advancement, continuing a long tradition of innovation.

We are pleased to announce the following key Executive Officer position for the Department of Jamati Institutions, and based in Paris, France.
Global Encounters CONNECT participants from all over the world form a heart shape together to pose for a virtual group photo.

CONNECT, a virtual camp that was brought directly to the homes of 1,075 participants during a 10-day period this July, was an effort to bring the global youth together through creativity and exploration. Due to its success, registration is now open for a second session to be held this December.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Ya Ali Madad, performed by the Dhun Kids. This light-hearted song features young members of the Jamat greeting each other across the world, and illustrates our shared sense of community, regardless of where we come from.

Talking Hands is an initiative by AKEB and AKSWB UK that introduces viewers to British Sign Language.

Talking Hands is an initiative by the Aga Khan Education Board and Aga Khan Social Welfare Board in the UK that introduces viewers to British Sign Language (BSL). The eight-episode series will air weekly on The Ismaili TV, with different topics covered in each lesson. Viewers will build up their sign vocabulary and be able to have basic everyday conversations in BSL.

In Roshtqala, Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Foundation supports a programme that links "Pamiri Yarn" – a cashgora-producing women's group – to buyers in the USA. The business benefits Tajik and American artisans, as well as cashgora goat producers in the Pamirs.

The vital role of women throughout history has ensured that communities and nations have been able to progress, safeguarding the stability and long-term development of society as a whole. Rural women play a key role in food production worldwide and form a large proportion of the global agricultural workforce.

Periodic surveys allow the Jamati institutions to report on the condition of the Jamat and to determine which programs should be implemented to meet its needs. The Jamat is requested to complete the 2020 survey by October 31, 2020


Earthquakes continue to be a danger to life and property. Each year, we remind people of this hidden threat and how to take precautions and remain safe.

The Palacete Leitão is located on Rua Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon, adjacent to the existing Palacete Henrique Mendonça, which on 11 July 2018, was designated by Mawlana Hazar Imam as the Diwan of the Ismail Imamat.

The Ismaili Imamat has acquired the Palacete Leitão located on Rua Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon. The site is adjacent to the existing Palacete Henrique Mendonça, which on 11 July 2018, was designated by Mawlana Hazar Imam as the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat.

Every year, the third Thursday in October is designated as Conflict Resolution Day, a global event intended to promote the concept of peaceful conflict resolution. Mediation Week is also celebrated during the month of October. This month gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we can each play a part in creating a more peaceful, generous, and hopeful world, especially during these challenging and stressful times. The theme for Mediation Week 2020 is “Access to Justice – The Role of Mediation.”

In February of this year, before the global pandemic emerged, an audience of 289 gathered at Westwinds Jamatkhana in Calgary, Alberta to learn about mental health and suicide prevention in youth through a dramatic performance entitled Screaming in Silence. National and local institutional leadership and family units consisting of multiple generations were in attendance.

Studies on major depression have been pivotal in uncovering the contributions of genetics and environmental factors to its development.

During the pandemic, mental health has come to the forefront of many discussions, not only because of the effects of the virus on the body, but because of additional factors such as changes in daily life, job stress, stay at home orders, and reductions in social interactions within and outside the Jamat. A silver lining of the virus is the growing awareness and more frequent conversations around the topic of mental health.

Mental health isn’t just the absence of mental illness. It extends to a more holistic spectrum of emotional and social well-being.

The Covid-19 outbreak has not only drastically affected healthcare systems, major economies, social interactions, education, and almost every aspect of normal human life, but has also brought about unexpected, unprecedented, and rather sudden changes in our lives, which most of us were probably not ready for. On World Mental Health Day, 10 October, we find out how to deal with these circumstances and strive towards healthy minds and healthy lives.

Actively taking out some time in the day or the week to practice self-care is known to boost mood, build resilience, and add to overall well-being.

The Covid-19 crisis has only added to our pre-existing stresses and worries. With new lifestyle changes, unusual working environments, and restrictions on social interactions, the pandemic has caught us off guard and unprepared. Although many of us are adjusting to a new normal, it is quite natural to feel overwhelmed and experience burnout. What can we do to help? Here are some tips to try out.

With our shared planet at the centre of its thinking, the new Earthshot prize is centred around five simple yet ambitious goals to repair the natural environment.

The most prestigious global environment prize in history is being launched today by Prince William with the Aga Khan Development Network as a Founding Partner. The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage large-scale change over the next 10 years — a critical decade for the Earth.

Ismaili students across India have been participating in a Virtual Learning Programme, providing quality education, wholesome learning, and periodic assessment.

Responding to crises often requires us to think quickly; providing agile and adaptable solutions that can evolve with a changing context. In India, when the pandemic forced the closure of schools and Religious Education Centres, AKEB and ITREB in India took their learning programmes online for the first time ever.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Badle gi, performed by Fitoor the Band. The song’s lyrics represent a monologue influenced by the current pandemic. It touches on how human actions — often driven by greed and self-interest — have negatively impacted the natural environment and our own wellbeing, and expresses hope and optimism that things will now change for the better.

This year’s theme for World Habitat Day, Housing for All: A Better Urban Future, is an opportunity to reflect on the state of housing in our towns, cities, and communities, exploring how we can build stronger, more resilient settlements.

In celebration of World Teachers’ Day, The Ismaili presents a new short film featuring Bait-ul Ilm teachers and students in the UK jurisdiction Jamat, discussing the value of Religious Education and the recent adaptation to online classes.