His Highness the Aga Khan: our responsibility as stewards of God’s creation

For our faith constantly reminds us…our responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it. The garden is, in this context, a particularly important space in Islamic cultures…”

His Highness the Aga Khan

Khorog Park
His Highness the Aga Khan, the First Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Gulomov, and the Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, Qodiri Qosim, tour the newly revitalised Khorog Park. (Image: AKDN/Gary Otte)
Park Mali
His Highness the Aga Khan addresses the gathering at the Opening Ceremony of the National Park of Mali. (Image: AKDN / Gary Otte)

For our faith constantly reminds us to observe and be thankful for the beauty of the world and the universe around us, and our responsibility and obligation, as good stewards of God’s creation, to leave the world in a better condition than we found it. The garden is, in this context, a particularly important space in Islamic cultures, the Moghul garden in urban environments, or the Bustan in rural environments.”
Highness the Aga Khan at the Presentation of the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Ottawa, November 27, 2013

Speech at AKDN.org

Like Mali itself, this Park has the mission of upholding the country’s tradition of encounters and dialogue, while preserving the natural heritage and ecosystems of which man has stewardship, as the Holy Qur’an instructs us.”
His Highness the Aga Khan at the inauguration ceremony of the National Park of Mali, Bamako, September 22, 2010

Speech at AKDN.org

Forodhani
Forodhani Park

Gardens restored by Aga Khan Trust for Culture in partnership with local governments and agencies, and global institutions:
Bateshwala Mughl Garden Complex, Delhi, India – completed in April 2015
National Park of Mali – inaugurated on September 22, 2010
Khorog City Park – inaugurated on October 10, 2009
Forodhani Park, Zanzibar – inaugurated on July 30, 2009
Baghe-e Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan – completed in 2007
Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt – inaugurated on March 25, 2005
Humayun’s Tomb gardens, Delhi, India – completed in 2004

The development of parks and conservation initiatives are in progress in HyderabadNairobi, Burnaby, and Edmonton.

Dubai Park, situated across the road from the Ismaili Centre, Dubai, is a gift from His Highness the Aga Khan to the city of Dubai.

The foundation ceremony of the Aga Khan Park in Toronto, together with the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum, was held on May 28, 2010.

Compiled by Nimira Dewji

 

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