Constantinople: Original Production - Re-imagined for the Ismaili Centre, Toronto 2015

Constantinople: Original Production – Re-imagined for the Ismaili Centre, Toronto 2015

Constantinople, composed by award winning composer Christos Hatzis, is a multi-disciplinary theatre work set against a backdrop of vibrant images. Constantinople won a 2008 Juno Award and noted by the Globe and Mail to be ‘one of the most talked about contemporary classical compositions of the decade’. Photographs by Salim Nensi – [Facebook] – November 26, 2015. http://www.citiesofarrival.com/ Ismailimail exclusive. Text/caption via Program leaflet. Continue reading Constantinople: Original Production – Re-imagined for the Ismaili Centre, Toronto 2015

From Left to Right: Salim Merchant, Professor Ali Asani, and Sulaiman Merchant, minutes before the talk at Harvard University. (Image credit: Anvar Nanji Copyright)

Salim & Sulaiman at Harvard: Reflection and Celebration of a Life Inspired by Music

By Samira R. Noorali J.D. special to Ismailimail Photo images courtesy of Anvar Nanji & Nims Merali Brothers Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, popularly known as Salim-Sulaiman, are a composer duo best known for their musical work in popular Indian cinema. Although in the midst of a hectic concert tour, the two gentlemen swept into Barker Center on Friday with Harvard’s own Dr. Ali Asani by their … Continue reading Salim & Sulaiman at Harvard: Reflection and Celebration of a Life Inspired by Music

Authority without Territory The Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamate

Ismailimail Interviews: Daryoush Mohammad Poor of ‘Authority without Territory’ fame

Congratulations on your new book, Daryoush. It has been a profoundly penetrating analysis of the authority of the Ismaili Imam and the scope of the Imam’s engagement with the world through the creation of the Aga Khan Development Network in the context of a cosmopolitan ethic. We are curious to know in the first instance why you chose to publish this book independent of the … Continue reading Ismailimail Interviews: Daryoush Mohammad Poor of ‘Authority without Territory’ fame

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Ismailimail Exclusive: Voyage of discovery, struggle and hardship stretched over three continents

“It was a real struggle marred by insults and open discrimination to settle in Canada,” says retired journalist Sultan Jessa. “But, a strong determination to succeed kept us going.” MONTREAL – Quebec. This is a remarkable story of an enterprising young man leaving his ancestral India for a better, more productive and a prosperous life in Africa. “We always considered Africa our new home after … Continue reading Ismailimail Exclusive: Voyage of discovery, struggle and hardship stretched over three continents

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Salim-Sulaiman Interviews (3 of 3): Bollywood Duo talk to PBS – Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on how faith inspires their music

Over the last 2 days we have shared with our readers Salim-Sulaiman’s interviews – conversations with an 11 year old and with Ismailimail that touched on some interesting themes. Themes ranging from music to sports to service; Mawlana Hazar Imam to youths to musicians to change makers; sentiments that speak of love, of giving and of wanting to make a difference – all unified by … Continue reading Salim-Sulaiman Interviews (3 of 3): Bollywood Duo talk to PBS – Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on how faith inspires their music

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Salim-Sulaiman Interviews (2 of 3): Brothers talk about the genesis of the North American tour, TKN and Giving

Ismailimail is excited to present the second in a series of three interviews, where Salim shared several insights and perspectives as Ismailimail coordinated their interview with PBS in New York. In these heart to heart conversations with Ismailimail, Salim talked about TKN (Time and Knowledge Nazrana) fulfillment and the spirit of giving, what they wanted to achieve with their North American Tour and their love … Continue reading Salim-Sulaiman Interviews (2 of 3): Brothers talk about the genesis of the North American tour, TKN and Giving

Ismailimail in 2013

Ismailimail in 2013 – Thank You to all our Followers – This blog was mentioned in a Published Book out of Canada!

In 2013, Ismailimail blog was viewed about 1,300,000 times, with 2,260 new posts, growing the total archive to 13,456+ posts. Below were the most popular stories at Ismailimail in 2013 – with respective 4-digit hit counts, in reverse order. The Top 10 List has been mentioned below as well. With this end of the year summary, we would like to acknowledge the support of all … Continue reading Ismailimail in 2013 – Thank You to all our Followers – This blog was mentioned in a Published Book out of Canada!

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Ismaili Imamat in 2013

Following are the major events of 2013 in the Ismaili Imamat history. All links will lead to related and categorized stories at Ismailimail, and to related original source(s). The same resource can be accessed at Ismailimail by browsing from the above drop-down Menu -> Useful Links -> Recent Major Events. His Highness the Aga Khan Visits Afghanistan – December 21, 2013. AKDN – TheIsmaili Aga … Continue reading Ismaili Imamat in 2013

Aliya Dad: Life is unpredictable at every instant

Aliya Dad: Life is unpredictable at every instantLife is unpredictable at every instant. Anything can happen at any time, either good or bad because this is the law of nature. Any natural calamity may disrupt the nature because this  is nature. Therefore, we need to ready ourselves all the time in order to handle the situation with care and ease. If things go wrong, we cannot blame our fate or nature, rather we should step back and solve the problem using our senses.

On 4th January 2010, a natural disaster – landslide – struck over and disrupted the entire area of Atta Abad. The victims of landslide were shifted to Altit village, where they are currently living in shelters. The picture on the right is very recent, which I took while crossing the road. I did not want to make any picture but the embraced faces of these children had grabbed my attention from far away because their faces were glowing due to hot weather. Though these people live in shelter, it is extremely hard. The metal roof has made their lives difficult, due to which the small children suffer a lot. Continue reading “Aliya Dad: Life is unpredictable at every instant”

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3 Questions with Ismailimail: Jalaledin Ebrahim with a PhD degree at the age of 64

“Education is not a matter of age – it is a continuing process.” Mawlana Hazar Imam. We present herewith, an exclusive interview with Dr. Jalaledin Ebrahim who recently graduated from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California with a Ph.D degree. What inspired you to pursue the doctorate in Depth Psychotherapy? After filing business and personal bankruptcy in 2000, I had to make some serious decisions about … Continue reading 3 Questions with Ismailimail: Jalaledin Ebrahim with a PhD degree at the age of 64

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The Eagles’ Serene Palace of Symmetric Wisdom: Historical and Intellectual Genealogy of the Nizaris of Alamut

This paper attempts to investigate, outline and discuss the Nizari doctrines from the establishment of the Nizari state in 1090 until its last phase of existence prior to its demise and downfall in 1256, a period referred to as the Alamut era, named after the fortified Nizari seat in Alamut, Persia. In order to provide a cohesive account of Nizari religio-philosophical doctrinal evolution, the paper … Continue reading The Eagles’ Serene Palace of Symmetric Wisdom: Historical and Intellectual Genealogy of the Nizaris of Alamut

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Karim Premji – Justice of the Peace, receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

TORONTO, September 11, 2012 – Senator Don Meredith awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 17 outstanding Canadians from Southwestern and Central Ontario. The ceremony was held at the Moss Park Armoury in downtown Toronto. Recipients included some of Ontario’s brightest and most dedicated entrepreneurs, legal professionals, and civic and community leaders. The recipients, which reflected the ethnic diversity of Canada’s most multicultural … Continue reading Karim Premji – Justice of the Peace, receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented to retired Ismaili journalist Sultan Jessa

Sept 10 2012 – Canada’s Governor-General David Johnston today presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal to Sultan Jessa, a retired Ismaili journalist, living in Montreal, Quebec. Awards were presented to 35 Canadians at a Special ceremony in Ottawa. This is the third medal for Sultan, who spent more than three decades with various newspapers in East Africa and Canada before retiring. This medal, specially created … Continue reading Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented to retired Ismaili journalist Sultan Jessa

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Prime Minister of Canada sends Khushiali (Imamat Day) Greetings to Ismaili Muslims

Prime Minister of Canada sends Khushiali (Imamat Day) Greetings to Ismaili MuslimsJuly 11, 2012 – Greetings from the Prime Minister

Khushiali (Imamat Day) commemorates the anniversary of the accession of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims. It offers all Canadians a chance to reflect on the extraordinary achievements of the Aga Khan, and on the contributions of Canadian Ismailis to our society. I am pleased to join the many Ismailis in Canada and around the world in marking this year’s 55th anniversary. Continue reading “Prime Minister of Canada sends Khushiali (Imamat Day) Greetings to Ismaili Muslims”

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Brief meaning and history of Institution of Ismaili Volunteer Corp (IIVC), by Amin Kanji MSW

Brief meaning and history of Institution of Ismaili Volunteer Corp (IIVC), by Amin Kanji MSWEvolution of Ismaili Seva:

Ismaili volunteer corp. has a unique history which is both modern and with a past that is tied to the time of the holy Prophet Muhammed and the history of the institution of Imamate from the time of Hazrat Ali. Throughout Ismaili history, Ismaili sevadaris (volunteers) served the military, educational institutions, tariqa institutions and other Imamate governance oriented services on a ‘service without pay basis’ and sometimes risked their lives for Imamate work. This form of personal service also developed within the Ismaili communities where sevadaris helped to support and govern far flung Ismaili communities in particular during the period of Ismaili Dawr-e-satr (when the dawa had to go underground). During such periods Ismailis lived around the homes of the Imam and provided service not only to the family of the Imam, but to the Jamats and the Sufi orders under which the Ismailis performed their regular prayers, Jamati work and other work for the Imam and the secret community. Service, in the Ismaili community has been rendered in the Middle East, later in Central Asia and finally during the transition of dawa from Iran to India during the period of Piratan, where Ismailis offered seva and undertook study under the guidance of Pirs. This is the past under which the modern corp took its foundation of service. Continue reading “Brief meaning and history of Institution of Ismaili Volunteer Corp (IIVC), by Amin Kanji MSW”