Jason from Evanston, Illinois, blogs about his visit to Aga Khan Museum’s Park, in Toronto. While in Toronto in June we got to see the new Aga Khan Museum, which had opened just the previous September. The museum is a showcase of Islamic art and culture from around the world. Outside the museum there are 10 acres of public space inspired by the gardens of Persia. … Continue reading The Garden of the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto | gardeninacity
The Ismaili community has shown remarkable ability to peacefully assimilate into the pluralistic ethos of the 21st century
Esam Sohail for Dhaka Tribune: When a big organisation sees most of its departments performing at sub-par levels and public relations hitting a nadir, some consultants opt for bringing in outside academics to look into “root causes,” while others in the management craft would search for smaller-scale imitable working models closer to home. Sometimes, such models are simply smaller, less heralded, and less conspicuous units within the organisations.
In the case of global Islam, a religious tradition followed in various forms by a billion and a half people across the six continents and seven seas, the repeated, heightened, and legitimate scrutiny in the aftermath of terror attacks across Western cities is only to be expected. Somewhere, somehow, the rot of militancy, extremism, and violence has concocted to become a toxic brew that has become the public face of Muslims in much of the world. Continue reading “The model that works: Ismaili Muslim Community”
“An increasing number of students clearing Intermediate from the Aga Khan University Examination Board are doing well in the Institute of Business Administration admission test…Candidates from AKU-EB go beyond the conventional textbook study style of education, which is essential for the practical application of education. –Chief guest Dr Ishrat Hussain, IBA Karachi dean” One hundred and fifty-six students including position holders from cities across Pakistan … Continue reading The Aga Khan Examination Board hosts High Achievers Awards 2015
A modern-day Guernica: Shazia’Ayn Babul’s pastel drawing uses Picasso’s recognizable cubist forms and borrows some of the figures from his painting By kevin Griffin for Vancouver Sun – November 26, 2015 — A 17-year-old high school student is hoping her art work, inspired by Pablo Picasso’s antiwar painting Guernica, will help Canadians see the humanity in the plight of Syrian refugees. Shazia’Ayn Babul’s pastel drawing … Continue reading Shazia’Ayn Babul: Young West Vancouver artist reflects on Syria
American Ismailis gathering for US Games over Thanksgiving weekend 24 November 2015: Nearly 1 000 athletes are competing at the United States Ismaili Games taking place in Dallas, Texas between 26–29 November. Athletes will compete in a diverse set of sports including basketball, cricket, squash, and soccer. Sports such as dance, flag football and volleyball have helped boost female athlete registration beyond levels seen in prior tournaments. … Continue reading Forerunner to Diamond Jubilee Games in Dubai next year, Ismaili Athletes of USA gather in Dallas for 2015 Games
Planning for the Ismaili Centre program began almost exactly two years ago following a performance of a shortened version of Constantinople at the University of Toronto convocation at Trinity College that conferred an honorary degree on the Aga Khan, the force behind the building of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the nearby Aga Khan Museum. By Peter Goddard for Toronto Star – November 26 2015: … Continue reading Music bridges cultures in Constantinople – at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto
“Nizamuddin Basti is a cradle of Hindustani culture since the time of Amir Khusrau who composed many of his qawwalis in honour of saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Rahim is buried here, there are also Ghalib and Jahanara Begum. So it’s not only about its architectural heritage but culture too. Somehow, that culture has disappeared in the past three to four decades. And this is one … Continue reading Aga Khan Trust for Culture India, all set to begin three-day Nizamuddin Apni Basti Mela
Exhibition highlights celebrated Iranian director’s approach to living and working under censorship. “My feet may be in Iran,” he says, “but my head is elsewhere.” By Murray Whyte for Toronto Star, November 26 2015: Abbas Kiarostami may be Iran’s most-loved filmmaker in the big world out there, but his new exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum here puts the difficult fact of his living circumstance … Continue reading Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s doors explore censorship | Toronto Star
Princess Zahra Aga Khan will give the opening address at the Opening Ceremony of the 36th Asian Racing Conference at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai on Monday, Jan. 26, 2016.
The address has special significance given that the history of her family’s involvement in racing and breeding began in India in the 1800’s with Aga Khan I.
The green silks with red epaulets of His Highness the Aga Khan IV are famous in top-class racing in Europe and throughout the world. Continue reading “Princess Zahra Aga Khan To Open Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai, India”
“The initiative will install household and communal drinking water tap stands that meet World Health Organization standards.” –Rizwan Jamil, AKDN.
Gilgit, November 26, 2015: A potable water and hygiene improvement project was launched in Murtazaabad in Hunza Valley to improve the general quality of life in the area. At least 3,500 people are expected to benefit from the project launched by USAID and the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS), Pakistan.
The project was launched to celebrate World Toilet Day which aims to draw global attention to the fact that 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to adequate sanitation, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) spokesperson Rizwan Jamil told The Express Tribune on Wednesday. “The initiative will install household and communal drinking water tap stands that meet World Health Organization standards.” Continue reading “Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS), Pakistan kicks off Potable water project”
Samer Yaghi is an Ismaili digital artist from Salamiyah, Syria. He shares his digital photograph of Prince Aly Khan Mausoleum. Click here to view Samer Yaghi’s photograph collection at National Geographic Online – Click here for his digital collection on Facebook – Photograph collection of Salamiyah, Syria – Painting Collection On Google+ – Facebook – Twitter Continue reading Ismaili Artist from Syria, Samer Yaghi: Prince Aly Khan Mausoleum in Salamiyah
Ismailimail takes a short break for maintenance. We will be back with a refreshed and modern website look. Please pardon our construction for short period of time. The website will be operational during the maintenance. Since its inception in 2006 (completing a milestone of 10th year next October), Ismailimail has consistently focused on community’s content, over and above anything else. At the same time, we … Continue reading Ismailimail takes a short break for maintenance – Invites authors and blogging enthusiasts to participate!
“From a global perspective, it is here, in Central Asia, that one of the most unusual water situations exists. I am referring to Lake Sarez. It is some 60 kilometres in length, containing some 17 cubic kilometres of water, is at 3200 meters altitude and has a natural dam of 550 meters, the highest of any dam in the world. For years it has been … Continue reading His Highness the Aga Khan on Lake Sarez, Tajikistan with images from Prince Hussain’s Focused on Nature Collection
Years in the making, I am very proud to complete and officially launch my cookbook. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my daughter, Jinu who was instrumental in helping me to accomplish this. I could not have done it without her help. Cooking and family is my joy and I am hopeful that you all get the same enjoyment as I do in using these recipes … Continue reading Dolly’s Cookbook launched by Zeenaz Gourmet Products
Chelsea, London’s most elite club opens its door for Uganandan kids education. The Raffles Club in Chelsea, London has numbered amongst its former members Royalty, Politicians, celebrities and several generations of established families and has welcomed everyone from Princess Margaret, Earl Snowdon and Lichfield, the world-renowned American singer Barbara Streisand to the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. […] Smiles Uganda is a Rose Charities program in … Continue reading Galib Kara’s Rose Charities Canada: Raffles ‘Night of Smiles’
Sandra Zimmermann Issue 10 – November 24–December 8, 2015: Creating art as a vehicle for communication to help transcend boundaries is the focus of the contemporary art exhibition presented by local Ismaili Muslim artists in Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (Nov. 23–Dec. 1). The show, Odyssey: Past Meets Present, features 15 artists who explore, in their art works, how their past influences their present. … Continue reading Ismaili Muslim artists draw on the past and present
They have diverse backgrounds and research interests, but three of Canada’s newest 11 Rhodes Scholars have something in common. By Geoff McMaster – November 23, 2015: Excerpt: Zia Saleh is a medical student who has aspired to becoming “an agent of change” since he was a child. He and his brother were raised by a single mother in Edmonton’s Ismaili Muslim community, where service is … Continue reading Zia Saleh: University of Alberta to send three Rhodes Scholars to Oxford next fall
“Maybe the Syrian crisis will be good — if it can force us to focus not only on refugees, but also on the homeless. I’ve thought a lot about this. My heart goes out for all humanity. We have to push for resources on both these issues.” – Farida Bano, psychiatric nurse B.C. Muslims fear ‘backlash’ Security, screening paramount concerns as community mobilizes to help … Continue reading Opportunity or Threat – Settling the Syrian Refugees in Vancouver
Executive Impact – By Robert Green: Paymetric, the global leader in integrated payment and data security for ERP, has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Since Asif Ramji joined the company, as Chief Revenue Officer in 2009 and CEO in 2011, the company has experienced 15 quarters of record sales and double digit revenue growth. After leading the company to profitability, Asif is now moving … Continue reading Executive Profile: Asif Ramji, CEO, Paymetric
Show me the Way is a prayer to find strength, to change our ways for the better and to lead by example. This composition was inspired by a Lab Pe Aati hai Dua – a prayer very commonly recited in the schools of sub-continent authored by Poet Allama Iqbal. This modern day prayer promotes the message of keeping faith and never giving up hope for … Continue reading Show Me The Way by Kamal Haji and Team