Aziz Mohammad shares his moving experience during Hazar Imam’s visit to San Antonio

Below Aziz Abdul Mohammad shares his personal experience of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s arrival in Texas for the San Antonio Darbar visit, where he was given the opportunity to represent the youth of Mid-Cities Jamat Khana in welcoming Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Austin Airport.. We thank Aziz Mohammad for sharing his moving experience with our readership. My name is Aziz Abdul Mohammad, and I currently … Continue reading Aziz Mohammad shares his moving experience during Hazar Imam’s visit to San Antonio

Expressions of Love and Devotion: A Golden Jubilee Project

http://www.theismaili.org/cms/574/Expressions-of-Love-and-Devotion-A-Golden-Jubilee-project In celebrating 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, many Ismailis sought to express their feelings creatively. Expressions of Love and Devotion, a Golden Jubilee programme in the United States, received thousands of entries, including works of prose, poetry and visual art. Selected submissions were exhibited to the Jamat at Imamat Day celebrations, and galleries were set up in each Darbar hall during Mawlana … Continue reading Expressions of Love and Devotion: A Golden Jubilee Project

The Harvard Crimson Article: Karim Aga Khan, Imam

By Nini S. Moorhead, Crimson Staff Writer – Published: Sunday, June 01, 2008 The summer before his senior year, Prince Karim Khan ’58 received unexpected news. His grandfather, His Highness Aga Khan III, had died, and his will named Karim—fondly known by his classmates as ‘K’—as his successor, making him Aga Khan IV. And so, at 20 years old, Karim became the leader of the … Continue reading The Harvard Crimson Article: Karim Aga Khan, Imam

Video of the Peterson Lecture given by His Highness the Aga Khan

Update: The video is no longer available at C-SPAN for free; however, you can watch it at AKDN (link provided below). Complete video speech (1 hour, 5 minutes). Once you click on the picture, it will take you to the source and bring a static image, on the right you have two option of players, once you select the player the video will play. The … Continue reading Video of the Peterson Lecture given by His Highness the Aga Khan

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Sabre Salute – Welcoming Ceremony for His Highness the Aga Khan


College Station, TX (PRWEB) May 2, 2008 — One of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor guards, the Texas A&M Aggie Corps Of Cadets Ross Volunteer Company, completed a busy April with numerous performances across the state. The Ross Volunteer Company is the official Honor Guard for the Governor of the state of Texas, and, aside from the Cadet Corps itself, is the oldest student organization in the state of Texas.

April 11 – Sabre Arch Salute-Arrival of the Aga Khan – Austin: (more at PRWeb Release)

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The Aga Khan receives applause …

The Aga Khan, head of Ismaili Muslims, receives applause from International Baccalaureate board chairman Monique Seefried, left, and the rest of the auditorium after speaking to students and educators Friday April 18, 2008, in Atlanta. The Aga Khan, one of the world’s richest men is planning to give away nearly one billion dollars to create academies for underprivileged children in fourteen countries. Yahoo/AP Photo/John Amis … Continue reading The Aga Khan receives applause …

Hussein Rashid: Religion Has Been Framed; Covering the Aga Khan’s Visit

Hussein Rashid who is a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, analyzes the media coverage of His Highness the Aga Khan and the understanding of religion among the journalists in general. An excellent write-up. Visit the source.

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Update: Since the initial publication of this blog post several people have written to me to note that CNN did do a short piece on the Aga Khan’s visit, as did some of the cable news channels. Apologies for missing this piece. However, my basic point remains unchallenged. In a largely positive piece on religion a section is inserted stating that some Muslims don’t consider the Isma’ilis Muslim, putting the discussion in the frame of conflict once more.


Even with Pope Benedict’s visit to the US last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see some fairly major coverage of the visit of another religious leader, the Aga Khan. He is the head of a Shi’ah community known as the Isma’ilis, who officially have 15-20 million members worldwide. CNN’s 360º Blog ran two pieces: one by Zarifmo Aslamshoyeva and one by Reza Aslan; OnFaith had a piece by Eboo Patel. There was no other national coverage I could find, although local coverage was fairly good, such as this piece from a Houston Chronicle blog.

Aslamshoyeva’s piece focused on the meaning of the Aga Khan as both religious leader and philanthropist (CNN article, AKDN website). It was a moving piece on nature of hope and belief. Aslan’s post focuses mostly on the charitable work of the Aga Khan and asks the key question that immediately came to my mind when I started looking for coverage of the Aga Khan’s visit: “Americans are interested in hearing a major Muslim leader speak of tolerance and cooperation, so why isn’t the media covering the Aga Khan’s visit?” Patel, with his inter-faith interest, focused on the message of Pluralism the Aga Khan espoused, and the role education plays in generating a sense of pluralism amongst people.

All these messages are accurate and necessary, but of the three writers of this event, all are Shi’ah, and two are Isma’ili, followers of the Aga Khan. Looking at that spread, one would think Shi’ah dominate America’s Muslim population, or at least its intellectual landscape. All of these pieces are blog pieces, not one news report among them. The Sunni community is well aware of the works of the Aga Khan and has a great deal of respect for them. Shahed Amanullah, founder of altmuslim, said in an interview, “There are a lot of non-Ismaili Muslims around the world who wish they had a leader that is as organized and as visionary.”

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Video: Muslim Spiritual Leader Helps International Baccalaureate Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Source: Global Atlanta

Prince Karim Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader of some 20 million Muslims worldwide, stressed the importance of education in the age of globalization in Atlanta as he helped the International Baccalaureate celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The International Baccalaureate, or IB, has programs for students aged 3-19 at 2,300 participating schools in 126 countries, said Monique Seefried, chair of the IB Board of Governors.

Ms. Seefried, along with IB Director General Jeff Beard, hosted a delegation of educators from around the world April 15-18.  The trip featured visits to local schools and culminated in the annual Peterson Lecture, which this year was delivered by the Aga Khan at North Atlanta High School.

Revered as a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad and the imam of the minority Shi’a sect of Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan heads the Aga Khan Development Network, which employs nine interrelated agencies to alleviate poverty in underprivileged countries.

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Glenview Illinois Village President greets Ismaili leader

Suntimes News Group Posted April 25, 2008, meeting occurred April 15 Glenview Village President Kerry Cummins shakes hands with the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, during his April 15 visit to Chicago. Glenview Village President Kerry Cummings joined Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to welcome the Aga Khan, spritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, to Chicago April … Continue reading Glenview Illinois Village President greets Ismaili leader

Eboo Patel: The Aga Khan in America

The Pope and the Dalai Lama got all the headlines last week, but they weren’t the only international religious leaders visiting the United States. The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims (the community I belong to; read my piece on the Aga Khan on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his Imamat), was also here. It was the Aga … Continue reading Eboo Patel: The Aga Khan in America

Aga Khan delivers Peterson Lecture 2008

(Picture – left to right Indu Shahani, Monique Seefried and the Aga Khan) The Peterson lectures were inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the commitment of Alec Peterson to the IB, as its first director general from 1966–77. He had been attracted to the “IB project” because it encompassed so much of his own desire for a broad-based education favouring critical thinking skills, community service and … Continue reading Aga Khan delivers Peterson Lecture 2008

His Highness the Aga Khan concluded his Golden Jubilee visit to the United States

Leaders of the Ismaili Community from across the United States wave goodbye to His Highness the Aga Khan as he leaves the United States of America. Photo: Zahur Ramji Saturday, April 19, 2008 – Having visited the states of Texas, California, Illinois and Georgia, His Highness the Aga Khan departed the United States today, concluding his Golden Jubilee visit to the country. Leaders of the … Continue reading His Highness the Aga Khan concluded his Golden Jubilee visit to the United States

Governor Perdue Welcomes the Aga Khan to Georgia

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Luncheon Hosted in Honor of the Aga Khan’s 50th Year as Imam

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281336113_AaLmu-M ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue welcomed His Highness the Aga Khan to Georgia today. Governor Perdue hosted a luncheon in honor of the Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee (50th year as Imam) at the Governor’s Mansion.

“The Aga Khan is not only a spiritual leader to millions but also a champion for causes benefitting the developing countries of the world,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “His devotion to lifting up others through faith and service is an example to us all.”

The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.

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