The Jamati Members and volunteers embracing the counter showcasing many types of bird feeders which would then be distribute among the houses nearby

With the intent of doing something for other living creatures in the habitat, a team of members got together and brainstormed of a way to help our aviary neighbours – nature’s flying machines - by providing Bird water feeders for our winged friends, to get a little respite, particularly in the hot, dry summer when water can be hard to find.

 

Farmers from Sangodra showing off their turmeric crop which was grown under the guidance of the United Farmers Alliance and the Junagadh Agriculture University

Raju Bhai Kotadia (name changed) was a troubled man – besides the usual issues such as weather dependence, market prices and input availability that one would normally associate a farmer with, he was very concerned about damage to his crops by stray animals. Most nights he would stay up guarding his field from damage by these animals to which he sometimes lost as much as 30% of his produce.

 

Mawlana Hazar Imam and HRH The Prince of Wales unveil a plaque to commemorate the opening of the Aga Khan Centre.

Earlier today, the Aga Khan Centre was opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, at an inauguration ceremony to coincide with Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to the UK. Mawlana Hazar Imam was joined by Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa, Prince Hussain, and Prince Aly Muhammad, for a momentous occasion in the history of the Ismaili Imamat and the global Jamat.

Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Liakat Hasham, President of the Ismaili Council for the UK.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in London on 25 June 2018 for his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United Kingdom. Upon his arrival, Mawlana Hazar Imam was received by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, Liakat Hasham, President of the Ismaili Council for the UK, and other Jamati leaders. Following a military salute, the Royal Imperial Military Band played the Nashid al-Imamah and the British National Anthem.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed to the United Kingdom on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in London today to commence his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United Kingdom at the invitation of the government. 

Upon arriving to meet the Jamat, Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by Ismaili Council for France President Shamir Samdjee.

The full film of Mawlana Hazar Imam's June 2018 visit to France is now available online. This 38-minute film recounts the preparations by the France Jamat, and the programme undertaken by Mawlana Hazar Imam during his visit.

The Ismaili Centre London participated in the annual Open Garden Squares weekend, inviting the public to discover and enjoy the Centre's beautiful garden.

Over the weekend of 9 and 10 June 2018, The Ismaili Centre London participated in the annual Open Garden Squares weekend, inviting the public to discover and enjoy ‘one of London’s best-kept secrets.’

Mawlana Hazar Imam arriving at the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in London, July 1983.

As we prepare for Mawlana Hazar Imam's arrival in the United Kingdom, we look back on previous visits which included Mawlana Hazar Imam meeting with the country's leaders, establishing new projects and institutions, and meeting with the Jamat. This photo gallery showcases some of his visits over the years.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Paris.

Mawlana Hazar Imam granted a Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Paris yesterday for the France jurisdiction Jamat.

Jahanara Mirzai was motivated to volunteer after her experience serving during the Golden Jubilee

With Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit quickly approaching, thousands of volunteers are working all hours, preparing to host Jamats from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and across the UK.

Volunteers line up to collect special-edition Mulaqat uniforms

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Diamond Jubilee Mulaqat with Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Jamats of France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Côte d’Ivoire have set up special programmes to prepare for and celebrate the auspicious occasion. 

Prince Aly Muhammad speaks at the World Partnership Walk Toronto of the devastating impact of climate change.

Prince Aly Muhammad, the youngest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, joined a crowd of thousands on 17 June to launch the 34th annual World Partnership Walk in Toronto, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC). 

There is so much to see and do this July at the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival (IAF). Start planning for your time in Lisbon by reading through these five suggestions.

Facilitators group at the end of the programme.

Aashayein, a 20-day residential camp is conducted every year for the Ismaili youth between 16 - 22 years who live in the rural belts of Northern and Southern Saurashtra. Southern India Region has been hosting this camp for the last two years; this year the camp was held from 6th to 25th May. Aashayein includes  Personality Development and Self Enhancement Programs, English Training, Computer Training, City Skills, Entrepreneurial Development and Adventure Zone Activities for the youth

Presented to honour the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, a concert entitled Jubilee, hosted at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, will celebrate the diversity, richness, and vitality of Muslim musical heritage and its expression in contemporary music making. Musical innovators from the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Kronos Quartet, and the Bassekou Kouyate Trio will perform pieces inspired by diverse traditions, developed from the meeting of different cultures.

Join us at the.ismaili/live for the webcast.

Join us on Wednesday 20 June, at 8 PM UK time for a live webcast from the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London.

An afternoon performance of Sufi Voyage has been added to the Diamond Jubilee Celebration schedule, for which tickets are now available to purchase.

Evening view of the Aga Khan Centre at King's Cross, London.

Next week, the Aga Khan Centre will be opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Situated at the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, the Aga Khan Centre — home to the UK institutions founded by Mawlana Hazar Imam — will be a place for education, cultural exchange, and insight into Muslim civilisations.

This July, Lisbon will play host to some of the finest musical and artistic talent representing a diversity of art forms and cultures from around the world.

The eTicketing Platform for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration – Lisboa 2018 is now open. From this centralised platform you can purchase tickets and reserve places for the various concerts, shows, events, and exhibitions taking place in Lisbon from 6-10 July 2018.

A student reading at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa.

"The Academies have a dual mission: to provide an outstanding education to exceptional students from diverse backgrounds, and to provide world-class training for a growing corps of inspiring teachers." Mawlana Hazar Imam, Peterson Lecture, Meeting of the International Baccalaureate, Atlanta, 18 April, 2008.