His Highness the Aga Khan concluded his Golden Jubilee visit to the United States

Leaders of the Jamat from across the United States wave goodbye to Mawlana Hazar Imam as he leaves the United States of America.
Leaders of the Ismaili Community from across the United States wave goodbye to His Highness the Aga Khan as he leaves the United States of America. Photo: Zahur Ramji

Saturday, April 19, 2008 – Having visited the states of Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia, His Highness the Aga Khan departed the United States today, concluding his Golden Jubilee visit to the country. Leaders of the USA Ismaili community gathered at the airport to bid their Imam an emotional farewell.

Additional photographs: Texas, California, Illinois, and Georgia. Also see the video of arrival in Austin.

Photographs at AKDN: Georgia, Illinois, California, Texas.

Reference: theismaili.org

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  1. I was among thousands of Murids from overseas who poured into the 4 venues at which Mawlana Hazar Imam graciously graced and bestowed the Jamats with his Didar. I went to Chicago with thousands of other visitors from Canada. The experience was overwhelming not only from the perspective of having the Didar but also the manner in which the USA Jamat and the volunteers received us and made us feel welcome – they treated us with the utmost of humility and kindness, warmth and love, and the notion of brotherhood and sisterhood was ubiquitous. The spirit was wonderful.

    I saw them (volunteers) standing outside preparing for the arrival of guests – ready with wheelchairs in their hands, they were at the entrances to the halls saying to everyone “Ya Ali Madad and Khushiali Mubaraki”, dozens were ready with plastic bags for the shoes, bottled waters, snacks. Heavy loads or light loads – they appeared to be strong. The young, the youth, the middle aged and the senior citizens – smiles on their faces all the time.

    The registration process that I felt might take an hour or more, from where I was in the line, took only a few minutes – faster than going thru a turnstile at an MLB game.

    I would like to say to the US leadership – congratulations for organizing and coordinating the Padhramni so well.

    And thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work – done in an exemplary manner – humility and kindness was what stood out in your performance.

    And thank you to the various Alwaezins, Ginan and Qasida reciters for keeping us inspired and “well behaved” both before, during and after the Darbars.

    The Chicago experience was a marvellous one, and the humility and kindness shown to everyone by the hosts is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

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  2. My wife and I were blessed as well to have experienced our Imam’s Deedar in San Antonio-I know how big the jamat was there and how stressful it was on the leaders and the registration committee volunteers to try to accommodate the jamat from Canada there, some of us who were in Houston were there because of the ties to the oilpatch in Canada and were really working there and it was not possible for us to go to L.A. or somewhere else in the USA.
    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and our sincere apologies for adding to your stress levels. Inshallah we will be able to return the favor when our Imam comes to Canada.

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  3. we were blessesd with his zaheri and batuni noorani deedar and we were happy a lot …FROM ABHOO FAMILY OF DAR ES SALLAM

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  4. It was the great experience of my life. I was there all the way from Australia and yes i had ginan to recite. Thank you to u all who did put up with me for my accommodation, ginan rehearsal and there were so many many things that u all did. May mawla bless u always. ALSO HAS ANYONE OUT THERE GOT THE JUBLEE CAFE PHOTOS(FOR THE PERFORMANCES).

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