Central US

Volunteers around the USA engage in various service activities.
Volunteers around the USA engage in various service activities.
Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebrated around the US
Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebrated around the US
11 July 2017

The uniformed volunteers in the community assume added responsibilities year-round, and the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Weekend (VAW) is a way to remember their dedication and to recognize them.

Abbos Kosimov’s virtuoso performance as he plays on three doyras simultaneously.
Abbos Kosimov’s virtuoso performance as he plays on three doyras simultaneously.
Sounds of the Silk Road
Sounds of the Silk Road
10 July 2017

An enraptured audience of over 100 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas experienced the magical journey into times long past. Co-sponsored in April 2017 by the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Aga Khan Council for Central US, the event showcased the extensive musical heritage of Central Asia. 

STEP teacher serving as a tour guide for the guests.
STEP teacher serving as a tour guide for the guests.
Dallas Museum of Art Hosts Event on Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Dallas Museum of Art Hosts Event on Aga Khan Award for Architecture
10 July 2017

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) found a new platform at the Dallas Museum of Art, as 175 people from across the Dallas area learned about the award and its history in October. The UT Arlington students and STEP teachers from the Ismaili Muslim community explained the projects' architectural elements and their impact.

Sandeep Das jamming with Rajib Karmakar playing the sarangi and Kenan Adnawi, an oud virtuoso. In this collaboration, he brings together the intoxicating raga music of India with the magical maqam music of Arabia.
Sandeep Das jamming with Rajib Karmakar playing the sarangi and Kenan Adnawi, an oud virtuoso. In this collaboration, he brings together the intoxicating raga music of India with the magical maqam music of Arabia.
The Music of Togetherness
The Music of Togetherness
9 July 2017

The HUM Ensemble featured Sandeep Das, Kenan Adnawi, an oud player from Syria, and Rajib Karmarkar, an Indian sitar performer. The trio performed for nearly two-hours, during which they combined Hindustani classical music, one of two classical forms in India, with the Maqam musical tradition of Syria.

R to L: Amir Ali Rupani, Council for USA Vice-President Zahir Ladhani, Dallas Mayor Rawlings, Mrs. Rawlings, Fort-Worth Mayor Price, Central US President Nizar Didarali, Samina Hooda.
R to L: Amir Ali Rupani, Council for USA Vice-President Zahir Ladhani, Dallas Mayor Rawlings, Mrs. Rawlings, Fort-Worth Mayor Price, Central US President Nizar Didarali, Samina Hooda.
North Texas Trade Mission’s Visit to the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
North Texas Trade Mission’s Visit to the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
8 July 2017

"Starting off the visit of the Mayors of Fort Worth and Dallas to Canada​,​ with a stop at the Aga Khan Museum​, ​was a great way to highlight the connections between important communities that exist in both of our countries. It allowed us to showcase Canada’s diversity and acceptance in a beautiful and very meaningful way. Others on the trip noted that they were struck by the patterns; thank you once again for arranging the tour and for your ongoing friendship and support." -Sara Wilshaw, Consul General of Canada​ in Dallas​

Former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, following a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano, with President Nizar Didarali of the Ismaili Council for Central USA, Samina Hooda, and Salim Rahimi.
Former Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, following a tour of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano, with President Nizar Didarali of the Ismaili Council for Central USA, Samina Hooda, and Salim Rahimi.
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Spaces for Dialogue and Engagement
Ismaili Jamatkhanas: Spaces for Dialogue and Engagement
8 July 2017

“The Center will be a place of peace, humility, reflection and prayer. It will be a place of search and enlightenment. It will be a center which will seek to bond men and women of this pluralist country to replace their fragility in their narrow spheres by the strength of civilized society bound together by a common destiny.” -Mawlana Hazar Imam at the time of the inauguration of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston

An Art Exhibition is the setting for a discussion on global poverty
An Art Exhibition is the setting for a discussion on global poverty
8 July 2017

Dozens of North Texans, including artists, nonprofit workers and youth, spent their Memorial Day weekend at an art exhibition titled, “Art: A Language for Change,” highlighting the impact of poverty.

 

 
Plate 8: Bowl, painted in luster on an opaque white glaze, Egypt, 11th-12th century. Around the rim, the word “al-yumn” (prosperity) is repeated. The elongation of the letters alif, lam creates a unifying rhythm over the undulating foliated scrolls.
Plate 8: Bowl, painted in luster on an opaque white glaze, Egypt, 11th-12th century. Around the rim, the word “al-yumn” (prosperity) is repeated. The elongation of the letters alif, lam creates a unifying rhythm over the undulating foliated scrolls.
Pluralism through the Lens of “Spirit and Matter”
Pluralism through the Lens of “Spirit and Matter”
4 July 2017
Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir illustrates the diversity and pluralism in the Islamic world through descriptions of art from the Keir Collection, including a magnificent Fatimid-era rock crystal ewer exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2016. 
Amy Hofland, Executive Director of Crow Museum and Dean Kratz from UTD, in discussion
Amy Hofland, Executive Director of Crow Museum and Dean Kratz from UTD, in discussion
Art: A Language for Change
Art: A Language for Change
3 July 2017

An Art Exhibition is the setting for a discussion on global poverty

Eid-al-Adha Service Initiative
Eid-al-Adha Service Initiative
Eid-al-Adha Service Initiative
Eid-al-Adha Service Initiative
2 July 2017

Eid-al-Adha honors one of the greatest trials of faith in the life of Abraham when he was willing to sacrifice his son for God. For Muslims today, this holiday renews the importance of making sacrifices in one’s daily lives; such as those of one's time, energy and resources for the benefit others.

The Plano Mayoral candidates ready to start the forum discussions at Plano Jamatkhana.
The Plano Mayoral candidates ready to start the forum discussions at Plano Jamatkhana.
Mayoral Forum held at Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano
Mayoral Forum held at Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano
27 June 2017
Over 150 residents of Plano attended the Mayoral forum on April 22, 2017 at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Plano. It was moderated by well-known host of the Morning Edition show, Sam Baker, and streamed live by KERA, the Dallas NPR affiliate, reaching more than two thousand people on Facebook Live.
 
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