His Highness the Aga Khan is seen with the Governor of Cairo, Galal Said, in marking the occasion at the Mosque. Photo: AKTC/Gary Otte.

Glimpses of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Global Travels and Work in 2015 | Simerg Photos

From the Aga Khan University Convocations in East Africa to the Signing of Agreement to Establish the Seat of the Imamat in Portugal to the Opening of the Aga Khan Park in Canada, to the Jodi Lecture at Harvard University in the USA & more; as well as a return to East Africa! Source: SimergPhotos Continue reading Glimpses of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Global Travels and Work in 2015 | Simerg Photos

Om Habibeh, Mata Salamat, the Begum Aga Khan (1906-2000) at the Hajj in 1954. She was accompanied by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan (Mohammad Ali Bogra) and the Governor General of Pakistan. Click on the image to watch at the source.

History: 1954 Video footage of the Hajj – With Om Habibeh, the Begum Aga Khan | Simerg Photos

Om Habibeh, Mata Salamat, the Begum Aga Khan III (1906-2000) at the Hajj in 1954. She was accompanied by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan (Mohammad Ali Bogra) and the Governor General of Pakistan. Click on the image to watch at the source. Source: Simerg Photos Continue reading History: 1954 Video footage of the Hajj – With Om Habibeh, the Begum Aga Khan | Simerg Photos

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Reflection: 138th Birth Anniversary of the 48th Ismaili Imam – His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III

As November 2 marks the 138th birth anniversary of our beloved 48th Ismaili Imam – His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III, we take a moment to reflect on the Concept of Imamat drawing on the words of our Imam when he ascended to the throne of Imamat at a tender age of 7 (1885-08-17). The same spirit is also articulated in … Continue reading Reflection: 138th Birth Anniversary of the 48th Ismaili Imam – His Highness Aga Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III

His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Ismaili Imam, is seen addressing his followers in Ishkashim, Badakhshan, during his first historic visit to the region in 1995. (Image via Simerg.com)

Simerg | Images of autumn in Canada’s Capital Region invokes memories of profound reflections on nature by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan during his first visit to the Central Asian Jamat in 1995

October 25, 2015 BY MALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor Simerg and Simergphotos) “The Qur’an refers very often to nature as a reflection of Allah’s power of creation, and it says, look at the mountains, the rivers, the trees, the flowers, as evidence of Allah’s love for the people whom He has created. Today, I look at the environment and I say to you, I believe Allah is … Continue reading Simerg | Images of autumn in Canada’s Capital Region invokes memories of profound reflections on nature by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan during his first visit to the Central Asian Jamat in 1995

This view from the majestic main entrance of Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe shows a seating alcove on the left, a reception desk on the right, and the axial corridor of the administration area leading to the Great Courtyard. (Image credit: Muslim Harji (Copyright) via Simerg Photos).

Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe through the lens of Canadian Muslim Harji | Simerg Photos

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe is the first such Center in Central Asia — a region that has been home to Ismaili Muslims for more than a thousand years. The site of the Ismaili Center Dushanbe is located on Ismoili Somoni Avenue, named after the founder of the Samanid dynasty (early 10th Century) and considered Tajikistan’s national hero. The Centre was designed by Farouk Noormohamed Design … Continue reading Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe through the lens of Canadian Muslim Harji | Simerg Photos

A young Ismaili volunteer giving out tasbhis (prayer beads) at the Dar-al-Noor entrance in Khorogh. (Image credit: Muslim Harji. Copyright.)

Prayer Houses of Badakhshan, Tajikistan, Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Montreal’s Muslim Harji, pictured above with Ismaili students in Khorogh, continues his special series on Central Asia with this special feature on Ismaili prayer houses in Badakhshan. Thousands of readers have been inspired and touched by Muslim’s preceding photo essays. “These Tajik brothers are an inspiration to all the rest of us … upholding the Ismaili tradition in the most harsh climatic and treacherous mountain … Continue reading Prayer Houses of Badakhshan, Tajikistan, Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

The Silk Road Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

The Silk Road Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Simergphotos presents An Anthology of the Silk Road Through the Lens of Muslim Harji and Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival with magnificent photos taken by Harji during his recent visits to the iconic Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bokhara in Uzbekistan. Then the post steps back in time and brings you wonderful memories from the Smithsonian Institution’s Annual Folklife Festival held in Washington D.C. in 2002, … Continue reading The Silk Road Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Visit Two Mosques, an Embassy, and The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, with Malik Merchant

Visit Two Mosques, an Embassy, and The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, with Malik Merchant

The 2015 “Doors Open” in Ottawa got underway on Saturday, June 6, with more than 130 buildings listed for the tour. Malik Merchant of Simerg.com covered the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Sussex Drive in addition to the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Algeria in Sandy Hill and two Islamic Centres — the South Nepean Muslim Community and the Jami Omar Mosque, which … Continue reading Visit Two Mosques, an Embassy, and The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, with Malik Merchant

The Ismailis of Badakhshan

The Ismailis of Badakhshan

June 12, 2015 – By Abdulmalik Merchant: When my parents visited me in Voorhees, New Jersey, during the spring of 1995, we would together walk to the main library twice a week. The short walk passed by scenic ponds and streams. There was a scary component to it though — encounters with scattered groups of unfriendly geese. Once in the library, our focus was to … Continue reading The Ismailis of Badakhshan

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At Simergphotos.com: Exceptional Work of Ismaili Volunteers at a Jamati Feast

Volunteers are the backbone of the Ismaili community. From the very young to some of the oldest members of the jamat, volunteers are always present to support whatever work they are called upon to do. Montreal’s Muslim Harji offers a photo insight into the exceptional work of Ismaili volunteers at a jamati feast….   More Working Behind the Scenes – The Exceptional Work of Ismaili … Continue reading At Simergphotos.com: Exceptional Work of Ismaili Volunteers at a Jamati Feast

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@Simergphotos Photo Essay: Montreal’s 2015 Navroz Celebration by Muslim Harji

Photographer Muslim Harji captures the spirit of the Navroz celebrations in Canada’s 2nd largest city, Montreal, with a series of photographs portraying the beauty, diversity and happiness of the Ismaili jamat. The city is host to the largest contingency of Ismailis from Afghanistan in the Western world, and has been home to hundreds of Ismailis of South Asian origin, mainly from Africa, since the early 1970’s …

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A portrait of the 48th Ismaili Imam His Highness the Aga Khan III.Credit Library of Congress

The Muslim World at the USA Library of Congress: An Interesting Collection of Images at Simergphotos

loc-his-highness-the-aga-khanSimerg’s companion photo blogsite, Simergphotos features an interesting collection of prints, photographs and images at the US Library of Congress on Islam and the Muslim World,  including a portrait of His Highness Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan III and Qur’an with inscriptions in praise of Prophet Muhammad and Hazrat Imam Ali.

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Simergphotos: Photos Spanning the Reign of Two Ismaili Imams – 130 Years of Ismaili History

2014 Twelve Piece Collection from Simergphotos: Photos Spanning the Reign of Two Ismaili Imams – 130 Years of Ismaili History   Simergphotos: Celebrating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 78th Salgirah (Birthday) With a Rich Collection of Photos and Quotes A Collection of 48 (Plus 1) Memorable Images from the Life of the 48th Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, His Highness the Aga Khan III Photo Essay: The Ismaili Centre … Continue reading Simergphotos: Photos Spanning the Reign of Two Ismaili Imams – 130 Years of Ismaili History

New Delhi’s Spectacular Islamic Heritage Through a Canadian Lens | Simerg Photos

New Delhi’s Spectacular Islamic Heritage Through a Canadian Lens | Simerg Photos

New Delhi’s Spectacular Islamic Heritage Through a Canadian Lens | Simerg Photos

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SimergPhotos.com: For Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 78th Salgirah, a Splendid Collection of (100+) Photos and Quotes

SimergPhotos.com: For Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 78th Salgirah, a Splendid Collection of (100+) Photos and Quotes

The images and quotes published represent: Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family; the Imam’s affection and love for all his murids; the breadth and scope of his Imamat work around the world through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN); the worldwide admiration, respect and warmth that is shown to him by leaders at all levels; and the inspiration and motivation that he provides to his beloved spiritual … Continue reading SimergPhotos.com: For Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 78th Salgirah, a Splendid Collection of (100+) Photos and Quotes