Southwestern US

Solero Flamenco performing their final song, Bulerias, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Social Hall on Sunday, May 6 ,2018.
Solero Flamenco performing their final song, Bulerias, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Social Hall on Sunday, May 6 ,2018.
Performing Arts: Fanna-Fi-Allah and Solero Flamenco
Performing Arts: Fanna-Fi-Allah and Solero Flamenco
16 June 2018

The Houston Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center’s (IJKC) Social Hall was transformed into a stage for global arts and culture as it hosted performances by Fanna-Fi-Allah and Solero Flamenco.

Visitors interacting with artifacts at the Ethics in Action exhibition in Houston, Texas.
Visitors interacting with artifacts at the Ethics in Action exhibition in Houston, Texas.
Ethics in Action exhibition tours San Antonio and Houston
Ethics in Action exhibition tours San Antonio and Houston
12 May 2018

This multi-dimensional exhibition illustrating the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, toured the cities of San Antonio and Houston.

Houston Mayor Turner and President Murad Ajani of the Council for the Southwestern United States at Eid luncheon.
Houston Mayor Turner and President Murad Ajani of the Council for the Southwestern United States at Eid luncheon.
A community space with a purpose: Reflections on the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston
A community space with a purpose: Reflections on the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston
29 March 2018

Hazar Imam's five-day visit to Houston this week is an opportunity to reflect on how IJKC has realized the Imam's vision through its programmatic activities, and built bridges of understanding with other communities and organizations.

An artist performing at the Southwestern Jubilee Arts Festival, held in Houston on February 24 - 25, 2018
An artist performing at the Southwestern Jubilee Arts Festival, held in Houston on February 24 - 25, 2018
Southwest Jubilee Arts – The Heritage Experience
Southwest Jubilee Arts – The Heritage Experience
25 March 2018

The Southwest Jamat witnessed an outpouring of enthusiastic artists and spectators in downtown Houston. In two short days, there were over 6,500 attendees from the Ismaili community and friends and neighbors of the Jamat as well. 

The Ethics in Action Exhibit at the City Hall in Houston, Texas.
The Ethics in Action Exhibit at the City Hall in Houston, Texas.
Ethics in Action Exhibition hosted in Georgia and Texas
Ethics in Action Exhibition hosted in Georgia and Texas
20 March 2018

Ethics in Action, a multi-dimensional exhibition illustrating the work of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has been touring the United States the last few months. 

Tour guides for the Rays of Light event in Houston
Tour guides for the Rays of Light event in Houston
Rays of Light exhibition tours Austin and Houston
Rays of Light exhibition tours Austin and Houston
16 February 2018

The Diamond Jubilee International Program, Rays of Light: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat, toured Houston and Austin where state and city officials joined for the exhibit’s launch in both cities, including Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos in Houston, and Mayor Steve Adler in Austin.

Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman, the Sugar Land City Council, I-CERV team members, and leadership of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States at the Sugar Land City Council meeting on February 6, 2018.
Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman, the Sugar Land City Council, I-CERV team members, and leadership of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States at the Sugar Land City Council meeting on February 6, 2018.
City of Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman recognizes Ismaili Muslim I-CERV Volunteers
City of Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman recognizes Ismaili Muslim I-CERV Volunteers
16 February 2018

City of Sugar Land’s Council recognized the Ismaili Muslim I-CERV volunteers for receiving the Points of Light Foundation’s Daily Point of Light Award for their volunteer work related to Hurricane Harvey.

Faisal Momin, Hon. Sec. of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States, reading a quote from Mawlana Hazar Imam on Pluralism at the Thanksgiving Service.
Faisal Momin, Hon. Sec. of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States, reading a quote from Mawlana Hazar Imam on Pluralism at the Thanksgiving Service.
Ismaili Muslim Community participates in the Third Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Ismaili Muslim Community participates in the Third Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
18 December 2017

The third annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas took place on November 20, 2017.

Some of the volunteers who helped organize the Diamond Jubilee Orientation weekend
Some of the volunteers who helped organize the Diamond Jubilee Orientation weekend
Jamati Leaders Gather for a Diamond Jubilee Orientation
Jamati Leaders Gather for a Diamond Jubilee Orientation
17 December 2017

In preparation for the Mawlana Hazar Imam's Diamond Jubilee, Jamati leaders from around the country, including Mukhi and Kamadia Sahebaan, convened in Houston in February for a weekend meeting and a series of workshops. 

Shahzadi Khan at Houston Baptist University, where she obtained her nursing degree.
Shahzadi Khan at Houston Baptist University, where she obtained her nursing degree.
A Community Effort: Improving Quality of Life through Education
A Community Effort: Improving Quality of Life through Education
29 November 2017

Growing up in Hunza, Northern Pakistan, Shahzadi Khan and her family lived a comfortable life. Her father was a teacher at the Aga Khan School and earned an income sufficient to support his family, so Shahzadi went to boarding school, and she and her siblings focused only on their studies.

Jamati members performing a dance.
Jamati members performing a dance.
A Journey Home to Experience the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
A Journey Home to Experience the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
15 November 2017

A Personal Diamond Jubilee Experience

Five former Presidents on stage for the Points of Light Award ceremony, with the five awardees and Neil Bush
Five former Presidents on stage for the Points of Light Award ceremony, with the five awardees and Neil Bush
Five former U.S. presidents recognise Houston’s Ismaili Muslim volunteers
Five former U.S. presidents recognise Houston’s Ismaili Muslim volunteers
30 October 2017

“These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. That spirit of volunteerism, that spirit that says we are all in this together, that spirit is exemplified by the five Points of Light recipients.”

— President Barack Obama, speaking about the Points of Light honourees at Texas A&M University on 21 October 2017.

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