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In January 2014, Prince Rahim and his wife Princess Salwa travelled to Kenya, where they joined in marking the opening of new facilities for the Diamond Trust Bank and Jubilee Insurance, and visited the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa.

Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa tour the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa with with acting Senior School Principal Naheed Bardai.

Nairobi, 17 January 2014 – Prince Rahim and his wife Princess Salwa travelled to Kenya this week, where they joined in marking the opening of new facilities for the Diamond Trust Bank and Jubilee Insurance, and visited the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa.

RAYS OF LIGHT visitors take in photographs spanning Mawlana Hazar Imam’s life and his work during the first fifty years of his Imamat.

RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat, a Golden Jubilee International Programme depicting the first 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, completed its Canadian tour in Toronto last week. The exhibition is set to open in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania next month.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is presented with a bouquet of flowers by AKDN Resident Representative Nurjehan Mawani upon his arrival in Kabul, as Ismaili Council for Afghanistan President Shair Baz Hakemy looks on.

Kabul, 21 December 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Afghanistan today, where he met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, as well as ministers and other senior government officials.


Mawlana Hazar Imam together with Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh Province and the province’s Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the 2013 Convocation of the Aga Khan University.

Karachi, 19 December 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam set out a bold vision for the Aga Khan University, an ambitious challenge that will see it evolve into “a distinguished liberal arts university” over the next few decades. Presiding over the 26th Convocation of the University, Hazar Imam also announced the creation of seven graduate schools.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s residence.

Islamabad, 16 December 2013 – In separate meetings with the President, the Prime Minister, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs and the Finance Minister of Pakistan, Mawlana Hazar Imam received praise for the leadership role taken by the AKDN in the country’s development, and for its effectiveness in improving the quality of life of those whom it reaches.

Upon his arrival in Islamabad, Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, and Aitmadi Iqbal Sadru-Dean Walji, President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan.

Islamabad, 15 December 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Islamabad this evening, commencing an official visit to Pakistan. During the visit, Hazar Imam will meet with government officials, attend to AKDN related matters and preside over a convocation of the Aga Khan University.

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa served as the venue for the RAIC Gold Medal presentation ceremony. The 2013 edition of the Institute’s highest distinction was awarded to Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Ottawa, 27 November 2013 – In a ceremony held at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Mawlana Hazar Imam was lauded by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, who presented the Imam with their highest honour – the 2013 Gold Medal. In his remarks, Hazar Imam expressed his gratitude and went on to describe the connection between architecture and quality of life, explaining how the Ismaili Centres embodied for the Jamat the hopeful aspirations of a forward looking community.

Members of the procession pose for a group photo ahead of the convocation ceremony at Trinity College.

Toronto, 25 November 2013 – The University of Toronto’s Trinity College held a special convocation this evening, to bestow upon Mawlana Hazar Imam the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa. In a glowing citation, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, presented Hazar Imam before the Chancellor of Trinity College.

Mawlana Hazar Imam inspects Ismaili Bulbuls and Cubs standing at attention in the compound of Hasanabad in Mazagaon — the burial place of the 46th Ismaili Imam, Hazrat Aga Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I.

Mumbai, 28 September 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 11-day visit to India drew to a close today. During the visit, which included a ceremony marking the restoration of Humayun’s Tomb and the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, the Imam met with senior government leaders at the national and state levels. Hazar Imam also devoted a considerable amount of time to meeting with the Jamat of Western India, who gathered at Hasanabad Jamatkhana.

The purpose-built campus of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad was designed by award-winning Bimal Patel of HCP in Ahmedabad.

The recently inaugurated Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad is one of the few schools in India to combine a rigorous academic programme with a rich array of co-curricular activities on a state-of-the-art residential campus. It also benefits from being part of a global network of Academies for which shared values and pluralistic ethos are an inspiration to the school’s students.

A young girl presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with flowers on the occasion of the inauguration of the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad.

Hyderabad, India, 20 September 2013 –The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, the second in a global network of 18 schools, was officially inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and India’s Minister for Human Resource Development in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

The newly restored dome of Humayun’s Tomb, in Delhi.

Delhi, 18 September 2013 – The restoration of the 16th century garden tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun was inaugurated in Delhi today. Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch, and Chairman Ratan Tata of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust presided over the ceremony together, a reflection of the public-private partnership that was pivotal to the project’s success.

President Ajanee presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with a 19th century Indian dervish staff with a handle formed in the calligraphic name of Ali, and inscriptions that read “Ya Ali Madad” and “Huwa Ya Ali Madad”. The gift was presented a

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 September 2013 – Concluding a two-day visit to Bangladesh, Mawlana Hazar Imam departed from Dhaka this afternoon. Hazar Imam travels on to India for a two-week visit.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, accompanied by Prince Hussain and officials from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, walks down the central axis of the Sunder Nursery — once known as Azim Bagh (great garden) — after visiting  the Sunder Burj, a 16th century tomb restored

Delhi, 17 September 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in India today, starting a 10-day visit during which he will join Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in marking the completion of the restoration of Humayun's Tomb. He will also inaugurate a new Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr Dipu Moni, and the Ambassador at Large from the Prime Minister’s Office, Mohammad Ziauddin, upon his arrival in Dhaka.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 September 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Dhaka this morning for a two-day official visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of the government. During the visit, Hazar Imam is expected to meet with government leaders, sign a protocol agreement between the AKDN and the Government of Bangladesh and meet with the Jamat at the new Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre.

Mawlana Hazar Imam signs a protocol agreement with Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni between AKDN and the Government of Bangladesh, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina looks on.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 16 September 2013 – An agreement was signed between the Aga Khan Development Network and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh today, that will work towards improving the quality of life of the people of Bangladesh.

The 2013 ceremony of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture will take place on 6 September in Lisbon, Portugal, and will be broadcast live on the AKDN website starting at 8:30 PM Lisbon time (7:30 PM GMT). The website also includes detailed profiles of the projects that are shortlisted for this year's award, as well as information about winners from past years.


Mawlana Hazar Imam welcomes the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, His Eminence Dom Manuel Clemente, accompanied by the Patriarch Emeritus of Lisbon, His Eminence Dom José Policarpo, to the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon.

Lisbon, 7 September 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam is in Portugal for the 12th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which was presented yesterday at Lisbon’s São Jorge Castle. As part of his visit Hazar Imam also held meetings with a number of senior Portuguese officials, and presided over the signing ceremony of a renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the Catholic University of Portugal and the Aga Khan University.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa and members of the Imam’s family pose for a photograph with the members of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum after the nikah ceremony.

Geneva, Switzerland, 31 August 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam’s eldest son, Prince Rahim and Ms Kendra Salwa Spears were married in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier today.