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A Jamatkhana is a designated space for Shia Ismaili Muslims to gather and perform tariqah practices, such as supplicatory prayers - du‘a, meditative sessions of remembrance - zikr, and the recitation of devotional poetry, such as ginans and qasidas.
At the foundation ceremony of the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon in 1996, Mawlana Hazar Imam said that the Ismaili Centres were to be seen as “ambassadorial buildings, which today reflect and illustrate much of what the Shi‘a Ismaili community represents”. But what does it mean for a building to play an ambassadorial role?
A Golden Jubilee initiative, the Ismaili Community Ensemble (ICE) has gone from strength to strength, encouraging musical creativity, fostering community spirit and making themselves known within the wider community.