His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan celebrates his Diamond Jubilee guided by “social ethics” stemming from the core teachings of Islam

July 11th, 2017: His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan addresses senior leaders representing the worldwide Ismaili community on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee at his Aiglemont residence in Gouvieux, France. (image credit: AKDN / Akbar Hakim)
July 11th, 2017: His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan delivering an address on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee at his Aiglemont residence in Gouvieux, France. (image credit: AKDN / Akbar Hakim)

Islam is not a confession of “conflict or social disorder, it is a religion of peace …

 

The nature of the Imamat in Islam is both theological and secular with a unique “value system” [which aims to] improve people’s quality of life.

 

Excerpts from the French news media Le Point covered by AFP and published on July 11, 2017. Excerpts of English translation is provided for the convenience of Ismailimail readers.


His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is presented with the 2013 North-South Prize by the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Lisbon, Portugal, 12 June 2014. (image credit: AKDN / José Manuel Boavida Caria)
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is presented with the 2013 North-South Prize by the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, in Lisbon, Portugal, on
June 12th, 2014. (image credit: AKDN / José Manuel Boavida Caria)

 

L’Aga Khan fête son jubilé de diamant guidé par l'”éthique sociale” au coeur de l’islam

The Aga Khan celebrates his diamond jubilee guided by “social ethics” at the heart of Islam

L’éthique sociale

“L’éthique sociale est un principe fort en islam. Et je pense que tous les musulmans seraient bien avisés de respecter cela, comme une éthique fondamentale de notre foi, et de vivre en conformité avec elle”, a expliqué Karim Aga Khan IV lors d’une interview téléphonique accordée à quelques médias, dont l’AFP

 

Social ethics

“Social ethics is a strong principle in Islam and I think that all Muslims would be well advised to respect this as a fundamental ethic of our faith and to live in conformity with it,” said Karim Aga Khan IV in a telephone interview given to some media, including AFP.

Aga Khan Development Network 

Le Réseau Aga Khan de développement (AKDN) qu’il a fondé emploie aujourd’hui 80.000 salariés, pèse près d’un milliard de dollars investis chaque année sans but lucratif et regroupe de nombreuses agences intervenant dans la santé, l’éducation, l’architecture, la micro-finance, la prévention des catastrophes… En Asie, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, mais aussi dans des pays occidentaux.

En France par exemple, l’Aga Khan a fait savoir qu’il pourrait contribuer au financement de la nouvelle Fondation de l’islam de France, qui a vocation à oeuvrer dans les domaines éducatif et culturel.

 

Aga Khan Development Network

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which he founded, now employs 80,000 people, weighs nearly $ 1 billion invested each year on a non-profit basis and brings together many agencies involved in health, education, Architecture, micro-finance, disaster prevention … In Asia, Africa, the Middle East, but also in Western countries.

In France, for example, the Aga Khan has indicated that it could contribute to the financing of the new Islamic Foundation of France, which aims to work in the educational and cultural fields.

L’islam, Religion de paix

“La nature de l’imamat, en islam, est à la fois théologique et laïque”, explique l’Aga Khan, qui y voit un “système de valeurs” unique. Pour lui, l’engagement de l’imam dans les matières profanes vise à “améliorer la qualité de vie des gens”.

L’islam n’est pas une confession “de conflit ou de désordre social, c’est une religion de paix”, observe-t-il. Il est instrumentalisé dans des situations “essentiellement politiques, mais qui sont présentées, pour diverses raisons, dans un contexte théologique. Ce n’est tout simplement pas correct”, estime-t-il.

 

Islam, Religion of peace

“The nature of the Imamat in Islam is both theological and secular,” says the Aga Khan, who sees it as a unique “value system”. For him, the Imam’s commitment in secular matters aims to “improve people’s quality of life”.

Islam is not a confession of “conflict or social disorder, it is a religion of peace,” he observes. It is instrumentalized in “essentially political situations, but presented for a variety of reasons in a theological context. It is simply not correct,” he said.

Réfugiés, réduction de la pauvreté, changement climatique

Interrogé sur la défiance dans certains pays occidentaux à l’égard de l’accueil de migrants en majorité musulmans, l’imam ismaélien invoque un “manque de compréhension de ce qu’est l’islam”, religion “monothéiste dont les principes correspondent à ceux des autres grandes confessions”.

L’accueil de réfugiés nécessite “empathie et sollicitude”, relève l’Aga Khan, qui souligne l’exemple du Canada où les exilés sont les “bienvenus”.

L’Aga Khan voit comme premier défi la “réduction de la pauvreté”. Pour cela, il insiste sur la nécessité de lutter contre le changement climatique, “menace majeure pour le monde en développement”. Et celle d’améliorer l’accès aux “ressources économiques”, alors que “notre système bancaire est axé sur la notion de profit plutôt que le soutien social”, et que les “entreprises de taille moyenne” sont souvent “sous-financées”.

Refugees, poverty reduction, climate change

Asked about the lack of trust in some western countries with regard to the reception of mainly Muslim migrants, the Ismaili imam invokes a “lack of understanding of what Islam is”, a “monotheistic religion” whose principles correspond to Those of other major denominations “.

Welcoming refugees requires “empathy and solicitude,” says the Aga Khan, who highlights the example of Canada where exiles are “welcome.”

The Aga Khan sees the “poverty reduction” as the first challenge. He stressed the need to combat climate change, “a major threat to the developing world”. And that of improving access to “economic resources”, while “our banking system is focused on the notion of profit rather than social support”, and that “medium-sized enterprises” are often “underfunded” .


 

Via http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/l-aga-khan-fete-son-jubile-de-diamant-guide-par-l-ethique-sociale-au-coeur-de-l-islam-11-07-2017-2142283_24.php

 


Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali


 

 

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