The 66-year-old Tanzanian-born Ismaili businessman was in town for the foundation ceremony of the new Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and Islamic park, to be located on a seven–hectare site at Wynford Dr., near Eglinton Ave. E. and Don Mills.
“It’s a privilege for the community to have a home. This is a groundbreaking event not only for the Ismaili community but everyone in Canada,” said Kassam, one of 800 guests at the ceremony held in a gigantic carpeted and air-conditioned white tent set in an empty field.
“Our spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, preaches peace and pluralism,” he added. “Toronto is a very fitting home for this project.”