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The Ismaili Sounds provides a platform for hundreds of music artists across the worldwide Jamat.

In May 2020, while the world was in lockdown, The Ismaili TV hosted a virtual Shukrana Concert to commemorate Eid ul-Fitr. To prepare, the organising team issued a call out for song submissions, hoping for a few hours worth of content. The response was overwhelming. A new platform was soon created to showcase the musical talent of the Jamat – and thus, two years ago this week, The Ismaili Sounds was born.

Good knowledge of English is important to prepare children and adults to be better placed for financial security and the best opportunities.

Access to English language learning opportunities in Afghanistan has long been uneven and limited, especially in the most remote areas. Yet, proficiency in English is essentially important to compete for the highest quality education and the best employment opportunities. A new language programme, developed in Canada, is helping to increase high-quality access at an exponential rate.

Mawlana Hazar Imam performs the foundation ceremony at the nursing home of Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Bombay, India, in 1967, then known as the Ismailia General Hospital. The hospital was opened in 1945, and is a part of Aga Hall Estate.

On 11 July 2022, the global Jamat will commemorate a rare milestone - Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 65th Imamat Day. Here, we look back at his second decade as Imam.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrives in Mumbai as part of a three-week visit to India in 1962.

On 11 July 2022, the global Jamat will commemorate a rare milestone - Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 65th Imamat Day. To begin a new series of reflections, here, we look back at his first decade as Imam.

Sunni and Shia Muslims share many central beliefs, including a belief in the Oneness of Allah (tawhid), and that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was the final Messenger of Allah, who received Divine revelations recorded in the Holy Qur’an.

Since the climate is changing more rapidly in mountainous areas than elsewhere, those living here are especially vulnerable.

Elders of communities in the Tian-Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan recall stories of the Great Urkun in 1916 when Kyrgyz locals fled their homes during a Tsarist invasion. Desperate to save their families, some parents tied their children to horses. These horses brought the children to safety, carrying them across mountains alone for days.

The concept of environmental stewardship is well-embedded in the ethics of Islam.

In 7th century Arabia, the military general Malik al-Ashtar received a letter from Hazrat Ali. In the letter, Hazrat Ali appointed al-Ashar to be the governor of Egypt, and advised him how to treat the land and its people with fairness and justice.

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We’re experts at ignoring adverts: slogans on billboards, jingles on TV – we tend to dismiss them as hype. But attempts to manipulate us are becoming more effective and difficult to avoid.

ICAB, in collaboration with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and at the direction of Mawlana Hazar Imam, has produced Guidelines for Ethical Wealth Transfer and Inheritance Planning to assist Ismaili murids to engage in ethical wealth transfer and inheritance planning, recognizing that wealth has an ethical value and purpose.

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Hosts and guests of the Africa Day celebration at the Ismaili Centre Lisbon, including Ambassadors of African Countries in Portugal, gather for a group photograph.

On 25 May 2022, the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon commemorated Africa Day at an event organised by the Group of Ambassadors of African countries in Portugal, in partnership with the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat.

For Alishah, happiness is applying artistic mehndi

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Prince Rahim in conversation with Monsignor Edgar Peña Parra, the Substitute for the Secretariat of State at the Vatican.

Yesterday, 12 May, Monsignor Peña Parra, the Substitute for the Secretariat of State at the Vatican, was welcomed to the Ismaili Centre Lisbon by Prince Rahim, accompanied by Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal, and Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal.

The IIS invites readers to explore the new website and its improved user experience.

The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) is delighted to announce the launch of the new IIS website, which benefits from a complete redesign and the addition of several exciting new features.

Stammering or Stuttering is a neurological condition that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide, about 70 million people in total.

As part of the one percent of the population who stammer (stutter), I know first-hand the challenges that come with having one. I remember the feeling of dread when being asked my name or if I had to speak on the telephone. Ever since I was young, I’ve been on a journey to find the courage to face my speaking fears.

Razakar volunteers have collected trash and thousands of plastic bottles from areas close to UCA's campus, the Naryn river, and the local botanic garden.

“I volunteer because it is a chance to be part of something bigger than myself,” says Roza Amanbekova, a senior Communications and Media student from the University of Central Asia (UCA). “It is discovering the world and making it better.”

Members of the Ismaili community took an impromptu photo with President Biden during the celebration.

President Joe Biden hosted an Eid al-Fitr celebration at the White House on Monday, May 2nd, 2022.

On the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, The Ismaili presents a song by younger members of the Jamat, entitled Bismillah. Meaning “In the name of Allah,” Muslims say Bismillah before starting a prayer, enjoying a meal, embarking on a journey, or beginning a difficult task. Invoking the name of Allah can bring us comfort and strength, and helps us to remember Him in everything we do. In most forms of Sign Language, Bismillah is expressed via a simple gesture; the index finger starts at the lip and is then raised towards the sky.

The Ismaili is pleased to present a rendition of Zahe Muqaddar, performed by Fitoor. 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).

In 2014, the Aga Khan Academies (AKA) needed a writer and editor to help communicate the broad vision of their work and impact in Africa and Asia. They turned to TKN volunteer Perviz Walji. Eight years later, Perviz’s dedicated and enthusiastic service is still helping to amplify the work of AKA.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal (left), and Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal (right), enjoy a light moment at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

An Iftar dinner was hosted at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, earlier this week, attended by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Princess Zahra, and Prince Hussain. Representatives of fellow faith communities, diplomats, and government officials were invited to break the fast alongside leaders of the Jamat and the Aga Khan Development Network.