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Mawlana Hazar Imam is escorted by Hon Ndung’u Gethenji upon his arrival in Nairobi, together with  AKDN Resident Representative Aziz Bhaloo, Ismaili Council President Nawaaz Gulam and Vice-President Shamira Dostmohamed. Aziz Islamshah

Nairobi, 16 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Kenya yesterday evening for a visit during which he will inaugurate the Nation Media Group’s new state-of-the-art printing press.

Founded by Mawlana Hazar Imam in 1959, the Nation Media Group is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa. Arthur Buliva

11 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is due to visit Kenya next week for the opening of a new press for the Nation Media Group.

Mawlana Hazar Imam at the plenary session of the Africa 2016 Forum, with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail seated to his left. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 21 February 2016 — A new spirit of African confidence is drawing the continent together, allowing it to move forward with impressive progress, said Mawlana Hazar Imam today. He was speaking at the Africa 2016 Forum, which brought together African heads of state, government and business leaders to advance opportunities in regional investment and trade.

Horse breeding is a 250 year old tradition in Mawlana Hazar Imam's family; many of the horses "are old friends," says Princess Zahra. Ritsuko Naito

“Success breeds success” declares the well-known motto of Aga Khan Studs. Speaking in Mumbai at the end of January, Princess Zahra looked back on her family’s history with horses, and considered the future.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with AKDN Representative Dr Mahmoud Eboo, Global Centre for Pluralism Secretary-General John McNee, and Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa. AKDN / Safiq Devji

Ottawa, 11 February 2016 — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the guest of honour at a private luncheon at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat today. The event underscored the importance of accommodating and valuing diversity around the world.

Mawlana Hazar Imam pledged to increase AKDN's Syria commitment to $200 million over the next four years.

London, 4 February 2016 — Deploring the devastation in war-ravaged Syria, Mawlana Hazar Imam called for the establishment of “islands of stability” to provide areas of relative safety in the midst of conflict. Hazar Imam pledged $200 million towards achieving peace, stability, and reconstruction in the country.

Top Ismaili athletes will compete between 22 - 29 July at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai. GJG

10 January 2016 — National Ismaili Councils worldwide announced today that the 2016 Jubilee Games will be held between 22 – 29 July in Dubai.

The 2015 Gulf Games included competition in badminton, basketball, cricket, football, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, throwball, as well as international and traditional volleyball. Ismaili Council for the UAE

As the year drew to a close, Ismaili Muslim athletes from across the Gulf region came together in Dubai to take part in the 2015 Gulf Games. The event was a qualifier for the Jubilee Games — also set to take place in Dubai later this year.

The European Jamat Committee (EJC) teams across Europe are working with murids who have recently arrived in Europe. Many of them have experienced difficult times prior to and/or during their journey to Europe. The ECJ seeks to build culturally inclusive communities, with the knowledge, resources and support to fulfil their needs. 

Ismaili Council President Nawaaz Gulam and National Team Kenya Games Coordinator Reshma Khan light the torch symbolising the start of the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015. Ejaz Karmali

Nairobi, 18 December 2015 — A jubilant excitement was palpable as athletes, officials, volunteers, members and leaders of the Jamat convened at the Aga Khan Sports Club, Nairobi on a sunny Friday morning to officially open the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015.

The 2015 Kenya Ismaili Games are taking place in Nairobi between 17 – 20 December. Ismaili Council for Keyna

The 2015 Kenya Ismaili Games are taking place in Nairobi between 17 – 20 December. Some 290 athletes and 2 000 spectators are expected to attend the Games with representation from Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, and Kenya.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Yoweri Museveni on the land granted in Nakawa for the new Aga Khan University Hospital, Kampala. AKDN / Will Boase

Kampala, 17 December 2015 — The Aga Khan University will build a world-class teaching hospital in the heart of Kampala on land granted by the Government of Uganda, announced Mawlana Hazar Imam today. Together with the President and Prime Minister of Uganda, he took part in ceremonies marking the granting of land and initiation of the new University Hospital in Kampala.

Ismaili Council President Minaz Jamal and AKDN Representative Mahmood Ahmed accompany Mawlana Hazar Imam and Minister Tumwesigye Elioda from the plane. AKDN / Will Boase

Entebbe, 16 December 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Uganda today ahead of an expected event announcing plans for a new Aga Khan University Hospital to be established in Kampala.

TheIsmaili can now be accessed on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the web.

The Ismaili Muslim community now has a new official page on Facebook and a channel on YouTube. The expanded social media presence will permit more members of the Jamat and the wider public to reach TheIsmaili content on a broader range of platforms.

Arriving for Jamhuri Day celebrations at State House, Mawlana Hazar Imam is greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Aziz Islamshah

Nairobi, 12 December 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Nairobi this evening after participating in Jamhuri Day celebrations at the invitation of the President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by an 8-year-old girl, who presents him with a bouquet upon his arrival in Nairobi. Aziz Islamshah

Nairobi, 11 December 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Kenya today, where he will participate in Jamhuri Day celebrations at the invitation of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Prince Amyn with members of the Jamat, who had gathered at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka to greet him. AKDN Bangladesh

Prince Amyn travelled to Bangladesh last week, where he presented his credentials to the government as Mawlana Hazar Imam’s personal representative. During the three-day visit, he also toured the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka and met with Jamati and AKDN leaders.

“Attacks on cultural heritage are not only attacks on physical objects but on ‘the identity of communities.  It is against peace and it is against all of us and the humanity we all share” said Madame Irina Bokova, at an event hosted by the Ismaili Centre, London on 27 October 2015

Athletes from several regions reconnect at opening ceremony of the 2015 US Ismaili Games. Azim Maknojia

The 2015 United States Ismaili Games were held in Dallas, Texas between 26 – 29 November. Nearly 1 000 athletes competed during the Thanksgiving long weekend, supported by hundreds of volunteers.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Professor Diana L. Eck hold an on-stage conversation at Harvard University following the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture. Farhez Rayani

Mawlana Hazar Imam sat down with Harvard University Professor Diana Eck for an on-stage conversation after delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard. Their dialogue explored many ways in which pluralism affects society and human development.