“As the 49th Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, I often look back to the words of the Fourth Caliph, who was also the first Imam of the Shia Muslims, Hazrat Ali ibn Abi Talib.
Listen to Hazrat Ali’s words: “No honour is like knowledge. No belief is like modesty and patience. No attainment is like humility. No power is like forbearance. And no support is more reliable than consultation”.
The passage – beginning with the word “knowledge” and ending with the word “consultation”- sums up my message to you tonight. It is my prayer that all of us – with a common commitment to knowledge – and in a continuing spirit of consultation – can go forward together to meet our great challenges.”
Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State Banquet, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
August 18, 2007
Research by Nimira Dewji