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When the pandemic struck and forced a nation-wide lockdown, it decimated thousands of small businesses across India. Gripped by uncertainty, and burdened with the costs of rent and inventory, many small businesses struggled to survive. As an immediate response to support the Jamat’s financial needs, the Ismailia Co-operative Credit Society Limited, Hyderabad (ICCS), launched a new series of financial products, offering a much-needed financial lifeline to the Jamat during this time.

Entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet and its people.

Many stereotypes exist for the archetypal entrepreneur: that they are charismatic and talented risk-takers, focused only on increasing profits. Yet a new wave of business leaders is emerging, passionate about doing good and improving the world.

Azan Virji from Kenya and Ashiana Jivraj from Canada aim to help other international students navigate their journey in higher education in the USA.

Take any highly successful person and chances are that person had a mentor to guide his or her journey, but when Kenyan-born Azan Virji set out to obtain a world-class medical education in the United States, he didn’t know whose path he could follow.

Abdul Saboor Farid shares public health guidelines with his students to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As the global community faced unforeseen challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools and universities were required to quickly implement remote learning in order to maintain social distancing and other Covid-19 safety protocols.

It is our responsibility as consumers to carefully think about the data we give away to companies.

In light of a change to its terms of service, the popular messaging service WhatsApp lost millions of its users this week, who have migrated to other apps such as Signal and Telegram, both of which claim to offer better privacy. What are the risks involved in using such apps, and how can we mitigate them?

Enjoy the power of storytelling with this new engaging podcast from the Aga Khan Museum.

A pioneering new arts and culture podcast launched by the Aga Khan Museum showcases extraordinary stories and people from across the kaleidoscope of Muslim experience.

This week, The Ismaili presents an acoustic rendition of Allahuma Salli Aala, performed by Amisha Lakhani in India. Originally written and composed by Khairunissa and Fez Meghani in the United States, the song was first released during the Golden Jubilee, and has remained popular ever since.

Cal OES Secretary Mark Ghilarducci joins the Aga Khan Development Network and Firoz Verjee, Disaster Risk Management Coordinator, and Shahin Karim, Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA Chair, in signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the AKDN and Cal OES in 2013.

The year 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of  Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA (FOCUS USA), with offices in Washington, D.C. Its immediate objective was to support Central Asians emerging from civil instability, socioeconomic insecurity, and those at high risk of being harmed by natural disasters. In the United States, FOCUS has been especially active in strengthening community preparedness and emergency planning as well as providing disaster response and recovery support.

A message from the Presidents of the Ismaili Councils of Angola, Democratic Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzanian and Uganda

September 21, 2020, marked the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace was “Shaping Peace Together,” and the United Nations encouraged citizens around the world to celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture recently completed conservation works on Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan’s Mausoleum in Delhi. The building is inspired by the architectural style of Humayun’s Tomb and, in turn, inspired the Taj Mahal.

The Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. As part of a series of conversations with key figures, Mr Allibhai discusses the positive impact of culture and its development potential, and humanity’s shared responsibility to preserve heritage.

The phrase, Log kya kahenge meaning ‘what will people say,’ highlights a mindset within South Asian communities about the way people act, hold expectations, or even choose to participate in programs. This mindset has also been a contributing roadblock for many people when talking about and seeking out mental health support.

Many people, young and old, have used the medium of writing to document their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the beginning of time, people have handed down knowledge and lessons from one generation to the next in the form of stories. The novelist Haruki Murakami once said that “Stories lie deep in our souls. Stories lie so deep at the bottom of our hearts that they can bring people together at the deepest level.” For one young member of the Jamat in the Far East, continuing this centuries-old tradition is of crucial importance.

The Ismaili is pleased to present a recent rendition of Ali Antar Ma Mara, a well-loved Gujarati geet, made popular at the time of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Silver Jubilee.

The Mosaic virtual camp reached over 80 participants aged 11-17 years across the UK and Europe.

Sensitive to the needs of our young Jamat in a time of uncertainty, and in the absence of regular in-person camp offerings, the virtual Mosaic camp was an example of innovation and dedication from a small group of volunteers in the UK, looking to inspire and educate leaders of the future.

Volunteers outside Seattle Jamatkhana.

“Reopening of Jamatkhanas was like a light and hope for every Jamati member. To follow all the new guidelines wasn’t easy for us as volunteers and for the Jamat in general. This was indeed a new experience for us all.” Bakhtatun Bakhtalieva, New York.

With optimism and hope for a new beginning, and as we all think about our resolutions for the new year, The Ismaili would like to share with you 21 Goals for 2021!

With a nod to each one of our 21 Ismaili Council jurisdictions across the globe, and inspired by our 20 Goals for 2020, we hope we can resolve to accomplish them all together.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to The Ismaili Magazine 2020: A Year of Extraordinary Service. This digital magazine provides a whistle-stop tour across continents, highlighting the various programmes, initiatives, and events organised by AKDN and Jamati institutions around the world over the past 12 months.

It is tempting to think that we can just leave 2020 behind and look ahead to a fresh new year. However, this might be short-sighted. The bigger picture suggests that collectively, we have never learned so much in such a short space of time — about the world, about each other, and about ourselves. It would be wise to hold on to these lessons, as we may soon need to put them into action...

Since Navroz this year, every special occasion in 2020 has been celebrated quite differently to what we are used to — and this New Year’s Eve will be no different. With many stuck at home and large gatherings prohibited around the world, The Ismaili TV is pleased to provide the opportunity to celebrate the start of 2021 as One Jamat — in your very own home.