Four Definitions of Success, One Message from Ismaili Women Leaders: Your Story is Your Own.
Ismaili women in America fit no singular mould. But in interviews with four women leaders, one key aspect shines through: Ismaili women are breaking new grounds and setting bars extremely high, equipped with education, critical thinking, humility, and a thirst for excellence.
At just six years old, Safiya Wazir fled from Afghanistan as a refugee of the civil war. Wazir lived in Uzbekistan for a decade before arriving in the USA as a high school student. At the age of 16, she had to master a new language, and become familiar with a new culture - and lots of snow.
The.Ismaili USA is presenting a series of articles on Education, the Future, and New Skills, that appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of The Ismaili USA magazine. Quality higher education is a key priority of the Jamat and this series of articles explores some of the new scientific areas worth considering as careers, as well as the need to adapt to the changing work environment, and the skills needed for advancement. Additionally, as technology develops, so too are the media through which knowledge is disseminated, and new avenues to acquire learning are becoming prominent.
The.Ismaili brings you Sahil Badruddin’s interview with Karen Armstrong, an internationally acclaimed scholar and bestselling author of numerous books on religion. She won the 2008 TED Prize launching The Charter for Compassion, which has over two million signatories. She discussed her insights on compassion, the Golden Rule, nationalism, materialism, cosmopolitan ethics, religious literacy, the future of religion, perceptions of religious people, religious institutions, personal search, and her vision for the future.
Professor Hussein Rashid discusses his work, perceptions of Muslims, cosmopolitan ethics, attitudes towards faith, materialism, and religious and cultural literacy.
Three Ismailis express their views about their Ismaili identity.
"There are those who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink back into renewed apathy, depredation and despair. It is for us who are more fortunate to provide that spark." -Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration of the Aga Khan Baug Housing project at Versova, Mumbai, India, January 17, 1983
Recently, Sahil Badruddin, an interview host for OnFaith (onfaith.co), sat down with Dr. Eboo Patel.
Growing up in Hunza, Northern Pakistan, Shahzadi Khan and her family lived a comfortable life. Her father was a teacher at the Aga Khan School and earned an income sufficient to support his family, so Shahzadi went to boarding school, and she and her siblings focused only on their studies.