Ismaili youth from the UAE participate in i-Robotics, an event held to prepare participants to enter the First LEGO League — an international competition for elementary and middle school students, at the Ismaili Centre Dubai in March 2018.

In today’s digital world, coding is increasingly becoming a fundamental skill. As part of The.Ismaili’s November theme of Science and Technology, and to recognise International Children’s Day today, we will learn about the children and youth of the UAE Jamat, who are engaging in a variety of stimulating technology-related programmes, from computer software to robotics.

Prince Aly Muhammad visits a local chicken farm owned by Mr Kalyikul Ysyraliev. As a graduate of UCA’s Entrepreneurship Programme, Mr Ysraliev built his first greenhouse in 2013 with the support of a loan from the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank and UCA, and has been supplying chickens, eggs, as well as vegetables and roses to the local community for the past five years.

Earlier this month, Prince Aly Muhammad completed a five-day, private visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, during which he visited the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia. Prince Aly Muhammad spent time with students in Naryn to understand more about their backgrounds and aspirations.

Alaudin Bhanji being presented with the Outstanding Leadership Award from NASA, by the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi (L); and Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA.

This month, The.Ismaili is focussing on the theme of Science and Technology. Today, we will explore the numerous ways that members of the Jamat in the United States participate in and contribute to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Children from the India Jamat participate in the Little Master Chef programme, which aims to help form healthy eating habits during the younger, impressionable years.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, for which there is currently no cure, although scientists are undertaking pioneering research into care, treatment, and prevention. In recent years, the prevalence of diabetes has been rising more rapidly in the developing world.

Participants of the Little Master Chef programme created mouth-watering delicacies.

On the occasion of Children’s Day in India, The.Ismaili India brings to you special moments, thoughts, and journeys of some of our young minds across India. Take a sneak peek into some exciting events and programmes organised for their holistic development.

Sulaiman Hakimi and Jamil Ahmadi cycled across Canada while raising awareness and funds for the Breakfast Club of Canada.

Cycling across Canada to raise money for charity wasn’t the original plan for Sulaiman Hakimi and Jamil Ahmadi, both from Afghanistan, who came to the country as refugees over a decade ago.

Prince Amyn delivers the keynote address during an evening reception, in which he remarked on the history of giving in the Ismaili tradition.

An educational programme was hosted at the Aga Khan Centre in London in late-September, for supporters of its three resident institutions, namely the Aga Khan Foundation, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and the Aga Khan University. The two-day event was attended by Prince Amyn and Princess Zahra.

A panel discussion featured senior leaders of the Aga Khan University, including Princess Zahra, who spoke about the vital importance of the liberal arts.

The Aga Khan Foundation, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and the Aga Khan University welcomed supporters to the Aga Khan Centre in September 2018, where senior leaders shared the progress of the institutions, and the positive impact they have made on the lives of individuals and communities around the world.

The official photograph of the participants at the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum.

Mawlana Hazar Imam joined over 60 world leaders for the opening session of the inaugural Paris Peace Forum on 11 November 2018. Leadership from the French Jamat and AKDN were also present at the Forum.

From Baghdad to Bukhara, and Cordoba to Cairo, historic Muslim civilisations became centres of learning in fields such as mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and physics.

As patrons and promoters of the entire spectrum of human knowledge, historic Muslim societies laid the foundations for a flowering of culture and learning, the impact of which would be felt across the Islamic and wider civilisations for centuries to come.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative works to promote the revitalisation of cultural heritage as a source of livelihood, and as a means to strengthen pluralism.

Often referred to as a universal language, music provides a common theme to bring people together. Intended to entertain, educate, and inspire thought; music also has the ability to inform listeners about the diversity of artistic expression, and by extension, the diversity of peoples and cultures.

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month around the world.

Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, and can affect up to one in eight women. Like some other forms of cancer, the condition is treatable, and over 90 per cent of cases are successfully treated when detected early. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer in rare instances, with approximately one out of every 100 cases affecting men.

Volunteers in Kutch assisting in the collection of flood relief items

Kerala, India was hit with what has been termed by meteorologists as the worst floods in over a century, this past August.

Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with Sir Nicholas Barrington, an honorary vice-president of The Pakistan Society.

“If there is one person above all others who personifies what is best about the world of Islam, it is Your Highness.” - Sir William Blackburne, Chairman of the Pakistan Society

Prince Amyn delivers remarks upon accepting the 31st annual Hadrian Award.

On 23 October, Prince Amyn was presented with the 2018 Hadrian Award by World Monuments Fund (WMF) Chair Lorna B. Goodman, who paid tribute to his “generous, thoughtful, responsible, and engaged” contribution to WMF. In his acceptance remarks, Prince Amyn emphasised the importance of monuments, and ensuring that they are self-sustaining and accepted by local communities.

Full video: Lt Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell, Premier Rachel Notley and Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the new Aga Khan Garden, Alberta, the northern-most Islamic garden in the world, and the first garden of its kind in western Canada.

Lorna B. Goodman, Chair of the World Monuments Fund, presents the 2018 Hadrian Award to Prince Amyn.

The World Monuments Fund honoured Prince Amyn at the 31st annual Hadrian Gala on 23 October at the Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York City, in recognition of his lifelong support for cultural heritage.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the audience at the inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta.

Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Vancouver on 20 October, concluding his five-day visit to Canada. Accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad for the duration of his trip, Hazar Imam participated in historic events in three cities in Western Canada. 

AKU President Firoz Rasul, SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter, Mawlana Hazar Imam, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa Ono, and University of Central Asia Board of Trustees Chairman Shams Kassim-Lakha pose for a ceremonial picture.

On 19 October, Mawlana Hazar Imam was conferred with honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University at a joint ceremony, the first of its kind.

SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter adjusts the ceremonial SFU robe on Mawlana Hazar Imam as part of honorary degree conferral ceremony.

In an historic joint ceremony in Vancouver, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) each conferred Mawlana Hazar Imam with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his lifelong service to humanity.