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Grand Haft-Seen table
Grand Haft-Seen table
A Celebration of Spring and Renewal: Southwestern USA Welcomes Navroz (Nowruz)
A Celebration of Spring and Renewal: Southwestern USA Welcomes Navroz (Nowruz)
16 March 2024

On Sunday, March 3rd, The Water Works Buffalo Bayou Park was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors and joyous sounds as the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern USA hosted the third annual Navroz Spring Festival. Navroz, often referred to as Nowruz, holds profound cultural significance for communities across the globe. Originating in ancient Persia, the celebration marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Persian solar year. Its roots originate from agrarian customs, symbolizing renewal, rebirth, and the promise of a new dawn.

Building Bridges and Inspiring Minds: Malala Yousafzai Visits Ismaili Jamatkhana Harvest Green
Building Bridges and Inspiring Minds: Malala Yousafzai Visits Ismaili Jamatkhana Harvest Green
6 March 2024

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, the youngest awarded Nobel laureate and renowned advocate for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai visited the Ismaili Jamatkhana Harvest Green in Richmond, Texas located around the corner from Malala Yousafzai Elementary School. Malala commented on educational initiatives championed by the Malala Fund and Zindagi Trust, an educational non-profit organization in Pakistan. Shehzad Roy, the CEO of Zindagi Trust and a famous Ismaili Muslim Pakistani singer was also in attendance at the event accompanied by his wife Dr. Salma Alam, and son Sikander Roy.

Society must guard against becoming desensitised to frequent natural disasters.
Society must guard against becoming desensitised to frequent natural disasters.
The urgent challenge of escalating natural disasters
The urgent challenge of escalating natural disasters
12 October 2023

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October reminds us that the growing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events cannot be ignored. As climate change reshapes our reality, Jamati and AKDN institutions have been instrumental in preparing communities in disaster-prone areas to help safeguard their future.

We are at the cusp of the Age of AI and are witnessing accelerating computing innovations that will affect how we work, and how commerce will become more efficient, targeted, and personalised. Professionals, workers, educators, and students will all be affected by the proliferation of AI.
We are at the cusp of the Age of AI and are witnessing accelerating computing innovations that will affect how we work, and how commerce will become more efficient, targeted, and personalised. Professionals, workers, educators, and students will all be affected by the proliferation of AI.
AI's economic revolution: Navigating opportunities and challenges
AI's economic revolution: Navigating opportunities and challenges
25 August 2023

For more than 100 days now, Hollywood writers and actors have been on strike, bringing TV and film production in America to a standstill. One of their major concerns centres on the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI). Why is this the case, and how much of a threat to livelihoods does AI present?

KSU’s Department of Architecture, in collaboration with the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, sign a Memorandum of Understanding and commemorated the fifth anniversary of The Global Centre for Pluralism.
KSU’s Department of Architecture, in collaboration with the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, sign a Memorandum of Understanding and commemorated the fifth anniversary of The Global Centre for Pluralism.
Architecture—Providing Solutions for the Future
Architecture—Providing Solutions for the Future
28 June 2022

The Kennesaw State University Department of Architecture, in collaboration with the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and commemorated the fifth anniversary of The Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, Canada on April 13, 2022.

Shelmina meets Mawlana Hazar Imam at the UN Global Leadership event in New York in 2017, as a board member of the Girl Up organization.
Shelmina meets Mawlana Hazar Imam at the UN Global Leadership event in New York in 2017, as a board member of the Girl Up organization.
“Show Your Worth:” Intention and strategy to uplift women leaders
“Show Your Worth:” Intention and strategy to uplift women leaders
22 June 2022

A former IBM executive’s new book encourages women to harness their power to propel them to success.

Al-Khaliq: the Creator - In this painting Rajabali offers his interpretation of the Creation of the Universe.
Al-Khaliq: the Creator - In this painting Rajabali offers his interpretation of the Creation of the Universe.
Day of Judgement
Day of Judgement
2 March 2022

How might we prepare for al-Akhira or the Hereafter? Perhaps one way is to remember the promise we made to our Lord at the time of creation–that we will remain obedient and worship Allah.

The walls of the Ismaili Centre Lisbon showcase the 99 attributes of Allah.
The walls of the Ismaili Centre Lisbon showcase the 99 attributes of Allah.
Reflections on Covenants in the Quran
Reflections on Covenants in the Quran
31 January 2022

From sources of inspiration, we can understand that focusing on our blessings, on the many things that have been provided to us, and performing dhikr or remembrance of Allah’s attributes are ways in which we can fulfill our covenant to worship God.

The social hall portal entrance at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog. The geometric Kufic script above the portal reads: “Al-hamdu lillahi rabil ‘alamin.”
The social hall portal entrance at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog. The geometric Kufic script above the portal reads: “Al-hamdu lillahi rabil ‘alamin.”
Da’i Ghiyath al-Din ʿAli Isfahani
Da’i Ghiyath al-Din ʿAli Isfahani
7 October 2021

For many of us who are not from Central Asia, our knowledge of the Ismaili tradition of this region begins and ends with the figure of Nasir-i Khusraw (d. after 1070).1 Without a doubt, Nasir-i Khusraw is a towering figure not only for the history of the Ismaili Tradition, but more generally for the intellectual history of the Islamic world.

A scene from the film with leading actress Hibba Aziz.
A scene from the film with leading actress Hibba Aziz.
A River that Takes Lives: an Acclaimed Film about Social Issues in Northern Pakistan
A River that Takes Lives: an Acclaimed Film about Social Issues in Northern Pakistan
30 September 2021

A short and poignant new film captures the imagination and underscores social issues leading to suicides among girls in Northern Pakistan. Depicting the strains caused in families and villages by the impact of higher education, the film Darya Kay Iss Paar (This Bank of the River) makes its statement with little dialogue. The emotions, confusion, and despair are all too obvious in the actress who plays the part of a tormented young girl.

Farah sitting in the space shuttle simulator during a trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Farah sitting in the space shuttle simulator during a trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Exploring Mars and Seeing it through the Eyes of a Helicopter
Exploring Mars and Seeing it through the Eyes of a Helicopter
17 July 2021

“Mars tugs at the human imagination like no other planet. With a force mightier than gravity, it attracts the eye to the shimmering red presence in the clear night sky...” - Author, John Noble

The logo comprises of interconnected circles representing the holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the ALIF program that encourages students to see the interconnected nature of living one's faith.
The logo comprises of interconnected circles representing the holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the ALIF program that encourages students to see the interconnected nature of living one's faith.
Preserving Histories: Teaching about the Muslim-American Experience
Preserving Histories: Teaching about the Muslim-American Experience
10 June 2021

Through building an awareness of our history and specific challenges each community faces, we can come together to build solidarity. To advance these efforts, in August 2021, the Jamati Institutions for USA will launch an upper secondary program called American Lived Ismaili Faith, or ALIF. To learn more or to find ways to get engaged with this program, please email [email protected].

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