Source: Cosmopolitan Nomad / By Karim Ladak
Ismaili Center Dushanbe
Ismaili Center Dushanbe. Another inspiring afternoon on many levels. Started off with meeting the Executive Officers of the Center and the Ismaili National Council, Vadim, plus leaders in educational services and community development for the mountain communities, Kishwar, secular work. Truly great to see the work done by the AKDN across the world. The center is another landmark, one of six in the world. Three million bricks from Samarkand, wood from Finland and China, beautiful stone everywhere and the overall design inspired by Uzbek style and colours. The center hosts all the standard features like the social hall, prayer hall (high high ceilings, stunning), and other functional areas. Site largely run by volunteer capacity – you see many of them in my pictures. What really caught my eye was how full the library was on a Saturday evening! Hmmm….meeting place? Lastly I stayed for prayer and was moved by the simplicity of the people and ritual. Women all covered in head gear, men mostly in jeans.
Read more – Dated: May 14, 2016
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