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Today we feature a rendition of the popular Sabza Ba Naaz by US-based The Sufistics featuring the Noor Band from Tajikistan. The song aspires to leave us with hope that the world will soon be green with abundance again.

“Of course, Mummy,” responds Zoya Nayani, the main character of Pebbles to Penguins: A Story of Renewal. Zoya’s definite statement is not unlike the responses of many people when asked, “Are you okay?” Entrenched in the context of the pandemic — like nearly everyone else in the world — the directors of Pebbles to Penguins are committed to uncovering the psychological subtext of these conversations.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Navroz Mubarak 1400, performed by the Canadian Artist Collective. The song not only welcomes the coming of spring, but also celebrates the new year, and a new century in the Solar Hijri calendar.

Today, The Ismaili brings you Natasha Baig's Dar Pe Tere, a heartfelt tribute and request. The song seeks blessings and guidance, as we individually and collectively navigate towards brighter times.

This week, on our fourth episode of Trailblazers, we are joined by Rahim Daya, CEO of Barclays Private Bank, Switzerland, as well as the head of Middle East at Barclays. Based in Dubai, Rahim is responsible for the management and strategy of Barclays, Middle East, and is a drummer for the band, Khayal, having performed all across the globe, including at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon in 2018.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Tere Nur Se Mawla, a collaborative initiative between music artists Taufiq Karmali and Irfan Sheen. With lyrics in both Urdu and Farsi, the song describes the colours and fragrances associated with spring and the occasion of Navroz.

The Ismaili is pleased to release a Children's Song for Navroz entitled A New Day. Featuring youth from across the world, the track is an uplifting take on what Navroz means to the younger members of our Jamat.

Today we share a story about two children, Nargis and Aziz, who celebrate the festival of Navroz with their family. Parents and grandparents may wish to read this story with children, whether in person or over a video call.

Today, The Ismaili brings you Nairouzel-Mahaba Wal Khaeer (Navroz is Love and Grace). This Syrian Nasheed, performed in Arabic, is dedicated to the joy and radiance of the occasion of Navroz.

Visual art has always been a powerful medium of expression; bridging divides and bringing people together. During a time of physical distance between one another, art takes on an additional dimension, offering the ability to connect with others and with oneself. In response, the UK jurisdiction Jamat launched the heARTspace initiative. Participants were given a very simple brief: their artwork should come from the heart.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Naya Din (New Day) performed by Fitoor the Band, inspired by the occasion of Navroz. The song describes the natural beauty of the spring season and encourages us all to keep this beauty alive for generations to come.

To coincide with Navroz, The Ismaili is pleased to present a collection of songs in various languages in the days leading up to Navroz. The first one is entitled The Light of Navroz, which highlights that although we might be celebrating separately, we remain united as One Jamat.

Next weekend, the Jamat around the world will celebrate Navroz, marking the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring. The Ismaili TV is pleased to present a two-day Navroz programme featuring programmes in multiple languages for children and adults alike.

Testing will be needed for a long time: finding out who has the virus is a cornerstone for guiding measures that can suppress the pandemic.

On 21 March 2020, as nation after nation succumbed to the largest lockdowns of our time, Mawlana Hazar Imam issued a directive to establish a Covid-19 Global Task Force and Steering Committee to coordinate the Jamati and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

As the spring season approaches, there is light at the end of the tunnel in our journey towards normalcy.

Last March, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global pandemic. After 12 months of mixed emotions and disruption to our lives, what have we learned, and where do we go from here?

Latif Nasser is the host and executive producer of the Netflix documentary series ‘Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything’.

This week, on the third episode of The Ismaili TV’s Trailblazers, we are joined by Latif Nasser, the host and executive producer of the Netflix documentary series ‘Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything’, and host of two podcast series’. He received a PhD in the history of science from Harvard University and is the recipient of the 2021 duPont Columbia Award for his series ‘The Other Latif’.

Part of the exhibition, In Search of Illusion, on display in the education wing of Spring Ismaili Jamatkhana. Art on left, “Inspiration of the Mind,” by Fahim Somani. Art on right, “Jorah,” by Salman Abdul.

Art historians and enthusiasts often recognize the 10th through 13th centuries as a period that marked an increase in the usage of symmetrical, geometric patterns in the Muslim world. Most likely aided by Muslim mathematicians, artists and artisans produced a large variety of designs. Many of these geometric models developed interpretations of ornament that embody metaphysical intent.

The Ismaili is pleased to present Ya Ali, Ya Ali, a song in praise of the first Imam. The video was filmed in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, among scenery of snowy peaks, evergreen trees, and crystal clear lakes, reminding us of the beauty of the natural world.

The recent recognition of outstanding Ismaili nurses is a testament to their service, especially after a particularly challenging year for healthcare workers.

Nine Ismaili nurses and midwives have been honoured in the World Health Organization’s 100 Outstanding Nurses and Midwives list, in recognition of their vital role in providing health services. Throughout their careers, they have worked to promote women’s health and empowerment in their respective regions and beyond.

Farah Williamson is the co-founder of Project Shelter Wakadogo, a not-for-profit school in Gulu, Uganda.

Farah Williamson’s story is multi-faceted. As a 10-year-old girl, she had to flee her home country, Rwanda, during the 1994 genocide. Today, Farah is the co-founder of Project Shelter Wakadogo, a not-for-profit school in Gulu, Uganda. Farah speaks about these experiences and more in the second episode of The Ismaili TV’s original series Trailblazers.