Reflection: Prince Amyn – on the Ismaili ethos of caring for the marginalized

“This far flung community is characterized despite geographical distances, by its coherence and organization, by its unwavering progressiveness, and by its universal commitment to the welfare of the less fortunate …

The Ismaili community is noteworthy also for its tradition, deeply embedded in its values and in its very ethos, of the individual voluntarily donating his or her time, effort, intellect, and material resources in the service of others. 

A religious minority in virtually every country where it finds itself, the community has always been apolitical, with a history of loyalty to each country in which it resides and enviable reputation of active engagement – as good citizens – in constructively promoting the well-being of its neighbours, irrespective of their faith, race, or origin.”

– Prince Amyn Aga Khan
Lisbon, Portugal, February 1996

Lisbon, Portugal, 9th May 2012: The Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, His Eminence Dom José Policarpo, and Prince Amyn Aga Khan sign the renewed partnership agreement between the Patriarchate of Lisbon and the Aga Khan Foundation to improve the quality of life of marginalized groups in Greater Lisbon, as the Portuguese Minister of Solidarity and Social Security, Pedro Mota Soares and the AKDN Resident Representative for Portugal, Nazim Ahmad look on. (Photo AKDN)
Lisbon, Portugal, 9th May 2012: The Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, His Eminence Dom José Policarpo, and Prince Amyn Aga Khan sign the renewed partnership agreement between the Patriarchate of Lisbon and the Aga Khan Foundation to improve the quality of life of marginalized groups in Greater Lisbon, as the Portuguese Minister of Solidarity and Social Security, Pedro Mota Soares and the AKDN Resident Representative for Portugal, Nazim Ahmad look on. (Photo AKDN)

Prince Amyn visited Lisbon, Portugal, in connection with developments that will affect the future activities of the Aga Khan Development Net-work (AKDN) and of the Jamat in Portugal. In his capacity as a Director of the Aga Khan Foundation, Prince Amyn hosted a gala dinner organized by AKF (Portugal) to highlight the Foundation’s work in the country, at which then-President Mario Soares was the chief guest. Also attending the function, were President Jorge Sampaio, senior cabinet ministers, representatives of the diplomatic corps, as well as of various international and local non-governmental organisations and numerous donors.

Source: Canadian Ismaili, July 1996

Research by Nimira Dewji

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