Mansoor Ladha: ‘Heart of India’ thrives on tourism

Mansoor Ladha: ‘Heart of India’ thrives on tourism

Madhya Pradesh tourism and government officials often describe their state as the heart of India. After my recent visit to Madhya Pradesh, a large state in central India, I tend to agree with them.Located in the heartland of India, it is the second largest state, with more than 75 million inhabitants and a home to India’s biggest tourist attractions, including UNESCO world heritage sites, cultural … Continue reading Mansoor Ladha: ‘Heart of India’ thrives on tourism

Opinion Mansoor Ladha: Canada missing out in effort to aid Syrian refugees | Edmonton Journal

Opinion Mansoor Ladha: Canada missing out in effort to aid Syrian refugees | Edmonton Journal

September 17, 2015: Ugandan dictator Idi Amin embarked upon a campaign of racial cleansing, expelling people of Asian descent, including third-generation Uganda Asians whose ancestors had lived there for more than 100 years. They were given 90 days to leave, leaving businesses, homes and vehicles. They had been stripped of their citizenship and possessions, hounded out of their homes and their businesses. Bank accounts were frozen, making … Continue reading Opinion Mansoor Ladha: Canada missing out in effort to aid Syrian refugees | Edmonton Journal

Mansoor Ladha: New Landmark Opens in Toronto | Lethbridge Sun Times

May 6, 2015 – Mansoor Ladha for Lethbridge Sun Times: Tourists visiting Toronto now have a new landmark. A must in every tourist itinerary would be the spectacular Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, which opened last September heralding a new but proud chapter in Canadian Ismaili Muslim history.

Torontonians, driving along Don Valley Parkway in the Don Mills neighbourhood, have been noticing two magnificent structures — the remarkable buildings of international stature are the Aga Khan Museum and a new Ismailii Muslim community Centre and prayer hall. A beautiful park and gardens, created by Lebanese landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic, will be situated between the two the prestigious buildings. Continue reading “Mansoor Ladha: New Landmark Opens in Toronto | Lethbridge Sun Times”

Edmonton Journal | Mansoor Ladha - Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values

Edmonton Journal | Mansoor Ladha – Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, Toronto enhances Islamic values

“These centres serve to reflect, illustrate and represent the community’s intellectual and spiritual understanding of Islam, its social conscience, its organization, its forward outlook and its positive attitude toward the societies in which it lives.” – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at the foundation laying ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe The 17-acre site of the new Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre in … Continue reading Edmonton Journal | Mansoor Ladha – Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, Toronto enhances Islamic values

Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values

Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values

By Mansoor Ladha for Edmonton Journal: A new and proud chapter in Canadian Ismaili Muslim history is set to unfold in September with the opening of the spectacular Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre in Toronto. Located in the city’s Don Mills neighbourhood, in addition to two magnificent structures (the Aga Khan Museum and a new Ismaili Muslim community centre prayer hall), the project will … Continue reading Offerings: Aga Khan Museum enhances Islamic values

Mansoor Ladha: If you can get there, Kashmir really can be heaven on Earth

Mansoor Ladha: If you can get there, Kashmir really can be heaven on Earth

Mansoor Ladha For the Calgary Herald: It was third time lucky for us; on two previous visits to India, we were advised not to venture into Kashmir, the disputed area sought by both India and Pakistan.

Mansoor Ladha: If you can get there, Kashmir really can be heaven on Earth
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Mansoor Ladha: Time to salute nation’s volunteers

Mansoor Ladha: Time to salute nation’s volunteers

The week of April 6-12 has been declared the National Volunteer Week. Volunteerism is the lubricant that enables our modern society to function. It is that time of the year that we make a special effort to recognize our local, provincial and national volunteers, pay tribute and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers. Many people go around their business of earning a living and maintaining a … Continue reading Mansoor Ladha: Time to salute nation’s volunteers

The Ismaili: Canadian Ismailis rejoice at Mawlana Hazar Imam’s landmark address to Parliament

Mansoor Ladha: Aga Khan pleads for understanding of Muslims

Mansoor Ladha | | Posted: 27 March 2014 – “When you are in Canada, you are home!” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said while welcoming the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, who was due to address the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. The Aga Khan joins six other distinguished personalities to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The honour has been bestowed on … Continue reading Mansoor Ladha: Aga Khan pleads for understanding of Muslims

Columnist Ladha: Why Aga Khan strengthens ties with Canada

Columnist Ladha: Why Aga Khan strengthens ties with Canada

via The Anchor Weekly – The Chestermere Lake News – The Canadian Parliament is expected to hear a speech from His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, on February 27, 2014. He is also expected to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the visit. Usually, it is heads of state and government who are invited to … Continue reading Columnist Ladha: Why Aga Khan strengthens ties with Canada

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Columnist Ladha: Heralding the New Year 2014 | The Anchor Weekly

Mansoor Ladha | | Posted: 09 January 2014 We are welcoming the New Year – 2014 – and bidding goodbye to the old one. It is a time to take stock and reminisce about main events of 2013 and looking ahead positively. The year 2013 was marked in Canada with political scandals and dominated by theatrics performed by Toronto’s infamous mayor Rob Ford. The scandalous … Continue reading Columnist Ladha: Heralding the New Year 2014 | The Anchor Weekly

Mansoor Ladha: Nenshi Canada's second most important person

Mansoor Ladha: Nenshi Canada’s second most important person

via The Anchor Weekly – The Chestermere Lake News – Calgary’s popular mayor is the second most important person in Canada, behind only to the nation’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This is according to Maclean’s most powerful list. The magazine explained that its power list is aimed at Canadians who command the spotlight but who also have a knack for operating from the shadows. The … Continue reading Mansoor Ladha: Nenshi Canada’s second most important person

Mansoor Ladha: Calgary journalist receives Gov. Gen. award

Mansoor Ladha: Calgary journalist receives Gov. Gen. award

Calgary-based journalist Mansoor Ladha was one of seven community volunteers whose dedicated efforts were recognized at a Governor General’s Caring Award ceremony hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. The awards were handed over on behalf of the Governor General of Canada, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston. “There are many aspects of the quality of life we enjoy that are dependent on the energy, compassion, … Continue reading Mansoor Ladha: Calgary journalist receives Gov. Gen. award

Mansoor Ladha: Boycott of Commonwealth talks raises serious questions | The Anchor Weekly – The Chestermere Lake News

Canada will boycott next month’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka. Stephen Harper has also threatened to cut the purse strings to the 64-year-old Commonwealth organization due to on-going human rights violations. These include the impeachment of a chief justice, allegations of extra judicial killings and disappearances and the arrest of political opponents and journalists. “In the past two years we have not only seen no … Continue reading Mansoor Ladha: Boycott of Commonwealth talks raises serious questions | The Anchor Weekly – The Chestermere Lake News

Opinion Mansoor Ladha: Should a Muslim write about Jesus?

AUGUST 30, 2013 – A fierce debate is raging in the U.S. about whether a Muslim academic can write a book on Jesus. The author, Reza Aslan, has written a book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. A reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle says, “‘Zealot’? A biography of Jesus could have no more provocative title. But it turns out to be … Continue reading Opinion Mansoor Ladha: Should a Muslim write about Jesus?

Opinion Ladha: Being a Muslim does not make one a terrorist

So, two Muslims are apparently responsible for butchering a British soldier on a busy London street. One of the men’s justification for doing this sickening act: “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying by British soldiers every day.” Another terrorist, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, justified his action by saying that “when you attack one Muslim, you attack all … Continue reading Opinion Ladha: Being a Muslim does not make one a terrorist