As you may recall, on March 22, 2018, during his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States, Mawlana Hazar Imam gave permission to start planning to build the seventh Ismaili Center in the world to be located in Houston, Texas.

We are deeply grateful to Mawlana Hazar Imam for his oversight of this project and for visiting Houston in November 2019 to provide his continuing guidance as the plans and design for the Center have been developed.

The project and design teams have been working diligently to refine the design of the Center based on continual input from the Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Mawlana Hazar Imam and includes Prince Amyn and Prince Rahim. We are delighted to share that Mawlana Hazar Imam has approved the start of construction; as such, we will now proceed with site work and excavation. Considering the current context and travel restrictions, the formal foundation ceremony to commemorate the start of the project will, inshallah, be organized in a few months.

As a next step, we are planning to hold a design sharing event in Houston in mid-November to share preliminary images of the Center and discuss how it will be used to serve the Jamat and the broader community in the Houston area and beyond. We will share these preview images in the near future.

We thank you for your continued support, look forward to continuing to partner with you in realizing Mawlana Hazar Imam’s vision for the Ismaili Center Houston, and will keep you updated as the project progresses. 

We remain deeply grateful for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s generosity of time as he continues to guide the development of the Ismaili Center Houston. This is an important milestone project for the US and global Jamat, as it marks our permanence in this country and speaks to the Imam’s confidence in and vision for the future of our community in the United States. We convey our heartfelt mubarakis to you all on this defining moment in our history. Let us collectively offer our humble shukrana to the Imam for the blessings bestowed upon us.

Al-Karim Alidina                                                                          Murad Abdullah
President, Ismaili Council for USA                                            Chairman, ITREB USA