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A Simerg Brief: “I Absolutely Admire the Aga Khan” — Howard Shearer

” … I absolutely admire the Aga Khan. He established a moral compass in terms of his teaching and his commitment to social responsibility – for contributing to society.”  – Howard Shearer, President and CEO, Hitachi Canada Ltd. & member of McMaster University’s Board of Governors McMaster Times 2008 Winter/Spring edition, McMaster University Discover, Explore…

Mary Mwaniki receiving her nursing degree from His Highness the Aga Khan, as AKU President Firoz Rasul looks on. (image via Simerg)

Simerg | Voices of Graduates: The Magnificent Aga Khan University Convocations in Nairobi, Kampala and Dar-es-Salaam

Convocations are commencements Reflecting the past Looking at the future … – By Shariffa Keshavjee (Special to Simerg) Discover, Explore & Read more at Simerg | “We Appreciate” – Poem and Voices from the Aga Khan University East Africa Convocations: Graduates and Families Speak About Hopes and Express Gratitude to University’s Founder, His Highness the…

Mawlana Hazar Imam at a luncheon hosted by Premier Gordon Campbell that was attended by community, education and business leaders in honour of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee visit to British Columbia in 2008. (Photo via Simerg - The Ismaili/Gary Otte)

Simerg Profiles His Excellency Gordon Campbell, Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat

Mawlana Hazar Imam received His Excellency Gordon Campbell, Canada’s Representative to the Ismaili Imamat, at Aiglemont, France, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Recently appointed to this role by the Government of Canada, Gordon Campbell has also been serving as Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since September 2011. Discover, Explore & Read more at Simerg Profiles His…

The Well of Zamzam is a well located within the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 20 m (66 ft) east of the Kaaba, the holiest place in Islam. According to Islamic belief, it is a miraculously-generated source of water from God, which began thousands of years ago when Prophet Abraham’s infant son Ismail was thirsty and kept crying for water. (Photo and caption credit: Wikipedia via Simerg.com)

Aab-i Shifaa, Water that Heals

The reference by the Persian Ismaili Missionary, Fida’i  Khurasani, of the distribution of healing water by Imam Islamshah (a.s.), the 30th Ismaili Imam, is significant, as the practice of drinking water blessed by the Imam is frequently attested in Ismaili Ginans and continues to form part of the Ismaili tradition to this day.

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2014 Simerg Collection: Passings, Achievements and Historical Reminiscences

Memoriam: To the Memory of Roshan Thomas and Zeenab Kassam Roshan Thomas – Acting in the Path of God By Jalal Jaffer Ameer Kassam Janmohamed (1931-2014) A True Account of How Three Ismaili “Shaheeds” Lost Their Lives in a Tragic Accident in 1925 Near Kilosa, Tanganyika Remembering Rai Hussein Khanmohammed of Burma Historical Reminiscences Conversations on Three Continents Rediscovering a…

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Simerg: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) changed world history in 23 years and continues to shape and inspire the lives of more than 1.4 billion Muslims around the world. Simerg is pleased to make available for its readers around the world a link to the film, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, that was originally aired on PBS to a world-wide audience exceeding…

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Salim-Sulaiman Interviews (1 of 3): Salim inspires 5th Grade Student discussing Mawlana Hazar Imam, FIFA World Cup Soccer & Music

Before leaving for India at the conclusion of the Salim-Sulaiman Live North American tour, Salim and Sulaiman shared a series of heart to heart conversations in three different settings. Ismailimail is excited to present the first in a series of three interviews, beginning with an interview conducted by Qayl Maherali – an 11 year old…

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Simerg | Ahl al-Bayt: The People of the House of the Prophet – Mawlana Murtaza Ali to Mawlana Shah Karim al Hussaini Hazar Imam

  The excerpts shown below from the Holy Qur’an, the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) and speeches of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, are quite clear about who the term Ahl al-Bayt refers to. However, Farhad Husseinali Patni gives further light on the subject by providing examples and references from early Islamic…

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Simerg | Photo Essay: Autumn Foliage at Gatineau Park & Canada’s Two Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson

Two Great Canadian Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson, Feature in Simerg’s Peep into Gatineau Park’s Autumn Foliage Ottawa, a city of a million people has a magnificent nature parks in its vicinity with some of the most spectacular foliage that autumn (fall) has to offer. A 15 minute drive from downtown Ottawa brings you…

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Synergy: Simerg | The Garden of Ideas: An Example of Collaboration & Partnership – Aga Khan Museum, Artists & Corporate Sponsors

“The Garden of Ideas” is a collection of fascinating, inspiring and vibrant works of art by a team of six Pakistani artists in the gallery spaces inside the Aga Khan Museum as well as outside in the Park. The exhibition received a major boost when three international corporate sponsors stepped in with a generous donation. The three…

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Simerg | Orations of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (a.s.)

The orations of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq appeared in Kitab al-Kafi by Abu Ja’far Muhammad al-Kulayni (d. 949 AC), who is considered as the foremost compiler of traditions of the Shia Imams of Ahl al-Bayt. More recently, the orations were published in an Arabic work on Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq by the prominent Shia scholar, the late Shaykh Mohammed al-Husayn…

Images of some stamps and coins issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran between 1990 and 2010 commemorating the Idd-e-Ghadir. The inscriptions inlude the Shahada, Qur’anic ayats and the declaration made by Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir Khumm, “Mun Koontu Mawla, Fa Hada, Aliyun Mawla” meaning “He of whom I am the Mawla Ali is also the Mawla.” (Simerg.com)

Simerg | Ghadir Khumm in Images and Quotations

‘Id-e-Ghadir is celebrated by the Shi ‘ite communities to mark the event that took place at Ghadir Khumm. This event commemorates the designation (appointment by way of nass) of Hazrat Ali as the ‘Amir-ul-Mu’minin (commander of the faithful) and Imamul-Muslimin’ (the Imam of the community of believers) at Ghadir Khumm when the Prophet (s.a.s.) was…

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Simerg | Photo Essay: The Ismaili Centre – “Peace Through Prayer” and “A Splendid Reality”

Today marks the four weeks anniversary of the inauguration of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum by Mowlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It is also three weeks since the Centre was opened for congregational prayers . Simerg continues to do a  phenomenal job of capturing this epic “moment” in the life…

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto - “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Poem: Shariffa Keshavjee: The Jamatkhana in Toronto – “A Seed of Faith Planted…”

Shariffa Keshavjee of Nairobi, Kenya, in a beautiful and thoughtful piece for Simerg reflects on the newly opened Jamatkhana at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. She sees the establishment of each Jamatkhana, in recent and past history, as the planting of a seed of faith. Her poetic lines speak about the nurturing of the murid-murshid,…

Joint Simerg-Ismaili Artists Collaboration Results in Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World

Joint Simerg-Ismaili Artists Collaboration Results in Compendium of Ismaili Artists from Around the World

Simerg with the support of Ismaili artists from around the world is pleased to release the first official version of A Compendium of Ismaili Artists, following a preview version that was circulated about a month ago. The new publication profiles more than thirty Ismaili visual artists from around the world – professionals and non-professionals alike.…

Simerg - September 19, 2014- Historical Day for the Ismaili Imamat and the Worldwide Jamat – Photos and Videos of the Opening Day of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Canada

Simerg | September 19, 2014: Historical Day for the Ismaili Imamat and the Worldwide Jamat – Photos and Videos of the Opening Day of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, Canada

Simerg brings to life the jubilation felt by the Jamat and Volunteers on the opening day of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Several video interviews and photos punctuate the article to bring you different perspectives of how the Ismaili Centre is a turning point in the life of the Ismailis in Toronto and around the world.…