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.
The much-awaited day had come! It was 8am on 18th October 2018 when participants dropped their luggage and started to board the bus and left for Dhaka airport. After all the formalities, they departed by Regent Airways to Cox’s Bazar.
Mawlana Hazar Imam was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary, its highest academic honour, on 17 October 2018. Watch highlights from the event here.
The University of Calgary conferred Mawlana Hazar Imam with its highest academic honour: a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, reserved for the most distinguished individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in community, national, or international services.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Vancouver today, accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad, for the final leg of his visit to Canada. President of the Ismaili Council for British Columbia Samir Manji and Zulie Sachedina, Chair, International Conciliation and Arbitration Board (ICAB) greeted Hazar Imam and Prince Aly upon their arrival.
The Aga Khan Garden, Alberta was inaugurated on 16 October 2018 in Mawlana Hazar Imam's presence. Watch highlights from the event here.
The short documentary “Islamic Gardens: Catalysts for Change” covers the vast network of parks and gardens around the world developed by the Ismaili Imamat, under the leadership of Mawlana Hazar Imam.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Calgary on October 16 for the second leg of his visit to Canada, accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad. Upon his arrival, Hazar Imam was greeted by President of the Ismaili Council for the Prairies Fauzia Lalani.
Mawlana Hazar Imam joined Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Lois Mitchell, Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley, and University of Alberta President David Turpin on 16 October for the inauguration of the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta.
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Edmonton today, accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad, to begin a visit to Canada that will include the inauguration ceremony of the Aga Khan Garden in Edmonton as well as degree conferral ceremonies in Calgary and Vancouver.
The Aga Khan Garden, Alberta, will be inaugurated this Tuesday 16 October with Mawlana Hazar Imam in attendance. The Garden joins a network of parks and gardens that have been established around the world through the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).
On 2 October, the Aga Khan Palace in Pune was lit up in all its glory, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Shining like a beacon above Pune’s Nagar Road, the brightly lit Palace represents a fitting metaphor for Gandhi’s role as a guiding light in India’s campaign for independence.
Highlights from the Global Centre for Pluralism’s 2018 Annual Pluralism Lecture at the Aga Khan Centre on 4 October, delivered by Karen Armstrong — a British author, historian, officer of the Order of the British Empire, and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature — who spoke about “the urgent global imperative that is pluralism.”
“As a Jamat, we are fortunate to have access to the best education and opportunity to build for ourselves, and it’s now an opportunity to build for our children and our grandchildren...the themes of this conference are sharing knowledge, best practices, coming together, lifelong learning, and building for future generations. What is more befitting for the United States Jamat than to have this Conference as our last Diamond Jubilee initiative?” -Zahir Ladhani, Vice President, Council for USA
Full video: Karen Armstrong delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism’s 2018 Annual Pluralism Lecture at the Aga Khan Centre on 4 October. Armstrong — a British author, historian, officer of the Order of the British Empire, and fellow of the Royal Society of Literature — spoke about “the urgent global imperative that is pluralism.”
Mental health is similar to physical health — everybody has it and should take care of it. When we reflect about our health in general, it is important to include the health of our minds as well as the health of our bodies in our thinking, plans, and conversations.
As the STEP program is being delivered to the Secondary REC students in Dhaka, Bangladesh, students ages 12 to 21 took part in a STEP CAMP organized by ITREB for the first time ever in Bangladesh. The topic was on Identity and Pluralism. The camp was held on Friday, October 5th from 4:30 AM – 4:00 PM and it was led by Mehak Lalani, STEP teacher from USA. Venue was first Jamatkhana, then Kurmitola Golf Club and then sessions in Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center (IJKC). Students started the day by taking part in the rites and rituals of morning Jamatkhana, Later the group went to the Kurmitola Golf Club to enjoy the greenery, walking, breakfast and some golf. Students experienced the sport of golf and it gave exposure to the children to play golf and appreciate the spirit of the sport. Students really enjoyed the sport and were very excited with this new experience.
Karen Armstrong delivered the Global Centre for Pluralism’s 2018 Annual Pluralism Lecture at the Aga Khan Centre on 4 October, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Princess Zahra, former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, and Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism John McNee.
Approximately 2,000 volunteers joined forces across Canada to participate in the second annual Ismaili CIVIC Day over the weekend of September 22-23, 2018.