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Dilshad Mawani (left), Sultana Sherali (top left), and Mumtaz Hirani (top right) have helped to make face coverings for physicians and families all over the Dallas region.
Dilshad Mawani (left), Sultana Sherali (top left), and Mumtaz Hirani (top right) have helped to make face coverings for physicians and families all over the Dallas region.
College student and friends produce face masks for physicians
College student and friends produce face masks for physicians
29 May 2020

For Sofia Babool, a 20-year-old sophomore studying neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas, conversation in recent weeks has centered around Covid-19. The world seems to be on pause; her school, favorite coffee shop, everything in her life has been turned upside down.

Celebrating the Ismaili Volunteer Corps’ 100th anniversary in December 2019 in the Southeast.
Celebrating the Ismaili Volunteer Corps’ 100th anniversary in December 2019 in the Southeast.
Our Volunteers: A Tradition of Service
Our Volunteers: A Tradition of Service
25 May 2020

“One of the energizing forces that makes a quality civil society possible, of course, is the readiness of its citizens to contribute their talents and energies to the social good. What is required is a profound spirit of voluntary service, a principle cherished in Shia Ismaili culture…” Mawlana Hazar Imam, Stephen Ogden Lecture, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, March 10, 2014.

Volunteers at Glenview Jamatkhana, Chicago,  celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps.
Volunteers at Glenview Jamatkhana, Chicago,  celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps.
Recognizing our Volunteers
Recognizing our Volunteers
22 May 2020

“I am fortunate to lead an international community with a strong social conscience. Bridging North and South, East and West, the Ismailis have a long tradition of philanthropy, self-reliance, and voluntary service. Wherever they live, they faithfully abide by the Qur’anic ethic of a common humanity and the dignity of man. They willingly pool knowledge and resources with all those who share our social ethic to help improve the quality of life of less fortunate men, women, and children.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam, upon receiving the Die Quadriga Prize, Berlin, Germany, October 3, 2005

Farrokh Derakshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in a discussion with Dr. Zahra Jamal at the Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana, Houston.
Farrokh Derakshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in a discussion with Dr. Zahra Jamal at the Ismaili Center and Jamatkhana, Houston.
Farrokh Derakhshani: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture and its global impact
Farrokh Derakhshani: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture and its global impact
17 May 2020

“Architecture is the only art form which has a direct, daily impact on the quality of human life.” Mawlana Hazar Imam, Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony, Al-Ain, UAE, November 6, 2016

State of the Economy with Ali Velshi
15 May 2020

Ali Velshi, a veteran economics and global affairs journalist, has been a host on MSNBC since October 2016. Here, he talks to Akbar Poonawala, Chairman of the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for the United States, about the state of the economy and the impact of COVID-19.

Naveed Ali (far left) in San Antonio with REC graduates.
Naveed Ali (far left) in San Antonio with REC graduates.
Teaching about Faith, History, and Ethics
Teaching about Faith, History, and Ethics
8 May 2020

Recognizing some of our REC teachers who impart history, values, and ethics to our children.

Interdependence can facilitate a united and concerted global effort, one that may also lead to greater realisation that we are part of a single community, inseparable from others.
Interdependence can facilitate a united and concerted global effort, one that may also lead to greater realisation that we are part of a single community, inseparable from others.
Hope, faith, and community
Hope, faith, and community
2 May 2020

How does one define their role and value in society, or one’s purpose in life? Are we atomised beings moving through life in a random fashion or connected and “born of a single soul,” as the Qur’an informs us? How are we connected, and what is an individual without a community?

Karishma Ali has built a team of 100 girls to play soccer. “One person can make a difference, never give up,” she says.
Karishma Ali has built a team of 100 girls to play soccer. “One person can make a difference, never give up,” she says.
How Soccer is Making a Difference for Girls in Chitral
How Soccer is Making a Difference for Girls in Chitral
26 April 2020

One lonely girl’s passion and determination to play soccer is changing the lives of so many in Northern Pakistan

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim artwork by US Seniors to show how art can decipher the meaning of life.
Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim artwork by US Seniors to show how art can decipher the meaning of life.
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 7: Rahma
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 7: Rahma
12 April 2020

The following article is part of a special week of reflection focused on inspirations from the Qur’an.

The Garden features secluded forest paths, granite and limestone terraces, still pools that reflect the prairie sky and a waterfall that tumbles over textured stone. The landscape allows us to reflect upon how nature can provide us signs from God.
The Garden features secluded forest paths, granite and limestone terraces, still pools that reflect the prairie sky and a waterfall that tumbles over textured stone. The landscape allows us to reflect upon how nature can provide us signs from God.
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 6: Ayaat
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 6: Ayaat
11 April 2020

The following article is part of a special week of reflection focused on inspirations from the Qur’an.

 The Ismaili Center UK's entrance showcases Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, in the name of Allah the most Beneficient, the most Merciful.
 The Ismaili Center UK's entrance showcases Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim, in the name of Allah the most Beneficient, the most Merciful.
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 5: Tawba
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 5: Tawba
9 April 2020

The following article is part of a special week of reflection focused on inspirations from the Qur’an.

Shukr means thank you but is also a reminder of one’s constant trust and gratitude in the Divine.
Shukr means thank you but is also a reminder of one’s constant trust and gratitude in the Divine.
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 4: Shukr
Inspirations from the Qur’an | Day 4: Shukr
8 April 2020

The following article is part of a special week of reflection focused on inspirations from the Qur’an.

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