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State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, and President of the Ismaili  Council of the United States, Dr. Barkat Fazal, unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, and President of the Ismaili  Council of the United States, Dr. Barkat Fazal, unveiled the commemorative plaque marking the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana.
Texas Governor and community officials inaugurate new Ismaili Jamatkhana
Texas Governor and community officials inaugurate new Ismaili Jamatkhana
22 August 2018

Nestled just outside Austin, the city of Cedar Park is now home to a new, permanent Ismaili Jamatkhana. On 7 August 2018, state, city, and local leaders from across Texas joined Jamati leaders and volunteers to open the new purpose-built space, and share its vision.

Seattle I-CERV volunteers help Food Lifeline prepare 91,000 lbs of food for those in need.
Seattle I-CERV volunteers help Food Lifeline prepare 91,000 lbs of food for those in need.
Ramadan inspires Ismaili volunteers to serve as an expression of their faith
Ramadan inspires Ismaili volunteers to serve as an expression of their faith
7 August 2018

In celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, Ismaili volunteers came together across the country to serve their communities to mark the end of Ramadan.

Diamond Jubilee Alliances Conference
Diamond Jubilee Alliances Conference
17 July 2018

The Diamond Jubilee Alliances Conference is an energetic two-and-a-half day conference to enable an interactive knowledge exchange with talented Ismaili professionals from our various Alliance groups including Finance, Education, Media and Communications, Healthcare, Technology, Legal, Public Service, Business, and Finance.

A student reading at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa.
A student reading at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa.
Teachers from California State University, Northridge, visit Aga Khan Academy Mombasa
Teachers from California State University, Northridge, visit Aga Khan Academy Mombasa
11 June 2018

"The Academies have a dual mission: to provide an outstanding education to exceptional students from diverse backgrounds, and to provide world-class training for a growing corps of inspiring teachers." Mawlana Hazar Imam, Peterson Lecture, Meeting of the International Baccalaureate, Atlanta, 18 April, 2008.

Mawlana Hazar Imam viewing the One Jamat Mosaic in Houston.
Mawlana Hazar Imam viewing the One Jamat Mosaic in Houston.
Creating the One Jamat Mosaic
Creating the One Jamat Mosaic
4 June 2018

Approximately 5,100 photos were incorporated into the large 15-foot mosaic that was on display at the Houston Mulaqat.

The entire troupe of dancers from Stories perform a swing routine to the sounds of live vocalists and instrumentalists as part of the show finale.
The entire troupe of dancers from Stories perform a swing routine to the sounds of live vocalists and instrumentalists as part of the show finale.
"Stories: Our American Journey" begins USA Tour
"Stories: Our American Journey" begins USA Tour
2 June 2018

Stories: Our American Journey, is a full-scale theatrical production that tells the stories of our community over the past 60 years and brings those stories to life though mesmerizing performing arts such as music, dance, song, and poetry.

Dr. Hussein Rashid’s audience with Pope Francis at a conference on environmental care in September 2016
Dr. Hussein Rashid’s audience with Pope Francis at a conference on environmental care in September 2016
A Discussion with Professor Hussein Rashid
A Discussion with Professor Hussein Rashid
28 May 2018

Professor Hussein Rashid discusses his work, perceptions of Muslims, cosmopolitan ethics, attitudes towards faith, materialism, and religious and cultural literacy.

"Stories" vocalists singing passionately.
"Stories" vocalists singing passionately.
The Making of "Stories: Our American Journey"
The Making of "Stories: Our American Journey"
10 May 2018

The concept of Stories: Our American Journey, was first conceived by a small group of individuals, including professional Ismaili artists, about a year ago.

Some of the glass weights from the collection presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam in Houston.
Some of the glass weights from the collection presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam in Houston.
And Diverse are their Hues: A description of the gift presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam during his USA Visit
And Diverse are their Hues: A description of the gift presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam during his USA Visit
5 May 2018

A rare collection of Fatimid era (909-1171) colorful glass weights was presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam on the final Mulaqat of his USA visit, in Houston on March 22, 2018.

Shehrose Noormohamed, a Jubilee Heritage participant from Chicago, examines an 18th-century dagger and sheath at the Aga Khan Museum.
Shehrose Noormohamed, a Jubilee Heritage participant from Chicago, examines an 18th-century dagger and sheath at the Aga Khan Museum.
Young adults tour institutional buildings in Jubilee Heritage Programme
Young adults tour institutional buildings in Jubilee Heritage Programme
30 April 2018

Approximately 170 young adults from across the U.S. and Canada participated in the Jubilee Heritage Programme over the weekend of 13-15 April 2018. 

Detail of Rifaa Tajani's lamp.
Detail of Rifaa Tajani's lamp.
Reflection and Inspiration: two budding artists
Reflection and Inspiration: two budding artists
22 April 2018

Moved by Ayat Al-Nur, Rifaa aspired to communicate their meaning through an artistic and physical depiction.

Shezana Virani's artwork, The Gate.
Shezana Virani's artwork, The Gate.
The National Jubilee Arts Festival: visual arts reflect societal change and faith
The National Jubilee Arts Festival: visual arts reflect societal change and faith
22 April 2018

When it comes to visual arts, artists begin the planning process with the conceptualization of ideas, the appropriate medium, and the mode of expression—all components actively engage to create an elaborate ensemble piece.

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