Sultan Jessa: South Korea is a forward­ thinking country with a can­ do attitude!

Sultan Jessa: South Korea is a forward­ thinking country with a can­ do attitude!

By Sultan Jessa Seoul: SOUTH KOREA – A significant achievement in its travel infrastructure is giving South Korea a big boost in its efforts to attract more tourists to the fast developing country. This Asian giant has developed into one of the most affluent countries since partition in 1948. This has happened when its neighbor, the Communist North Korea has slipped into a severe and … Continue reading Sultan Jessa: South Korea is a forward­ thinking country with a can­ do attitude!

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Sultan Jessa: Japan – Land of the Rising Sun

Story and photographs By Sultan Jessa TOKYO: Japan: This “land of the Rising Sun” is small in size with a big heart and lots of optimism.  Despite numerous setbacks in recent years, Japan, one of the world’s third largest economies, is open to tourists and for business. This country has a lot to offer to tourists and entrepreneurs. But, take heed. Japan is an expensive destination, tourists … Continue reading Sultan Jessa: Japan – Land of the Rising Sun

Canada’s Official Opposition leader wishes Arusha Ismaili Reunion great success!

Sultan Jessa: Canada’s Official Opposition leader wishes Arusha Ismaili Reunion great success

By Sultan Jessa – December 17, 2015, OTTAWA: Canada’s leader of the Official Opposition has extended her “warmest greetings” to all planning to attend the Arusha Ismaili Reunion next year. The three­day event, second since 2010, will be held in Calgary, Alberta, from July 29 to 31. “Canada’s Official Opposition wishes you great success at the Arusha Reunion 2016,” said Opposition leader Rona Ambrose, who is also the interim … Continue reading Sultan Jessa: Canada’s Official Opposition leader wishes Arusha Ismaili Reunion great success

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Sultan Jessa: Vatican gaining popularity with tourists!

The Vatican is the centre of the Roman Catholic Faith Story and photographs BY SULTAN JESSA VATICAN CITY: It is the smallest independent state in the world, but tourists in increasing numbers are flocking here to view a trove of iconic art, architecture and absorb spiritualism. This city-­state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of Argentina-­born … Continue reading Sultan Jessa: Vatican gaining popularity with tourists!

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Turkey is very different from other Muslim countries

Story and Photographs By Sultan Jessa Ankara – TURKEY: With more than 99 per cent of the population Muslim, Turkey, a secular republic, is very different compared to other Islamic states. This country, roughly the size of Quebec but crammed with 80 million people, has nearly 83,000 mosques. Istanbul, a bustling city with 12 million people and the starting point for tours, alone has 3,000 … Continue reading Turkey is very different from other Muslim countries

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Opinion Sultan Jessa: Settling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the year end will be a colossal task!

By Sultan Jessa MONTREAL: An election pledge by the new Liberal Prime Minister­elect Justin Trudeau to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada before the end of the year will be a colossal but not an impossible task. The time frame is too short considering the festive holiday season is just around the corner when official government business slows down considerably. Trudeau’s cabinet will be sworn … Continue reading Opinion Sultan Jessa: Settling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the year end will be a colossal task!

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Former Arusha resident who wrote extensively on racism passes away

BY SULTAN JESSA A tireless Ismaili volunteer, who wrote extensively on racism, just passed away in Britain after a battle with dreaded cancer. The Tanzania-­born Naaz (Rahemtulla) Coker’s parents at one time ran a successful restaurant business in downtown Arusha near the Clock Tower, a landmark in the community. This restaurant was called Naaz Restaurant and mainly served Indian delicacies. It was a meeting place … Continue reading Former Arusha resident who wrote extensively on racism passes away

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Toronto’s triple landmarks made us proud!

By Sultan Jessa Metro Toronto’s new imposing triple landmarks – the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Park – are attracting thousands of visitors from around the globe. We finally made it to the three sites in one location this past weekend. And we were not at all disappointed. In fact, we felt more proud to belong to such an enterprising and dynamic … Continue reading Toronto’s triple landmarks made us proud!

Ismailis enjoy food and fellowship at the annual Ottawa picnic

Ismailis enjoy food and fellowship at the annual Ottawa picnic

Story and photos by Sultan Jessa August 16, 2015 – Edwards, Ontario: Despite a hot and humid day, Ottawa’s annual Ismaili Jamat picnic was declared a huge success. “The weather was great and so was the food and music,” said Bashir Surani, president of the Aga Khan District Council of Ottawa. “Everyone had a great time.” Close to 900 people, most from the Ottawa area, and also … Continue reading Ismailis enjoy food and fellowship at the annual Ottawa picnic

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Ismaili Settlement in Moshi, Tanzania

Early Ismaili settlers found Moshi, nestling on the slopes of the mighty Kilimanjaro, offered a lot of potential and employment opportunities! BY SULTAN JESSA EDITOR’S NOTE: Retired Canadian journalist, Sultan Jessa, who was born in Moshi, takes a look at the early Ismaili settlement in the northern Tanzanian town. “I expected this to be an easy task,” he admits. “I contacted many Ismailis but the … Continue reading Ismaili Settlement in Moshi, Tanzania

First Ismaili ever to be “honourary chief” of Tsuu T’ina tribe in Southern Alberta, Canada!

Moez Kamrudin Maherali: First Ismaili ever to be “honourary chief” of Tsuu T’ina tribe in Southern Alberta, Canada

BY SULTAN JESSA – Ottawa – Canada: A prestigious and a rare honour has been conferred on an Albertan Ismaili. The 60 ­year ­old Moez Kamrudin Maherali has been officially recognized and presented with the traditional headdress and Blackfoot name in a three ­hour ceremony conducted within a tipi on Tsuu T’ina First Nation land. Britain’s Prince Charles and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper are … Continue reading Moez Kamrudin Maherali: First Ismaili ever to be “honourary chief” of Tsuu T’ina tribe in Southern Alberta, Canada

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Education and membership campaign gets underway for the Aga Khan Museum

June 4, 2015 – By Sultan Jessa: MONTREAL – Quebec: A massive education and membership drive for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto will be officially launched Friday in Quebec and the rest of Canada. The $300­ million Aga Khan Museum in Toronto was opened last September. This mammoth and high­ profile project took 14 years to plan and four years to build. “We are … Continue reading Education and membership campaign gets underway for the Aga Khan Museum

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Early Ismaili settlement in Arusha

Early Ismaili settlement in Arusha, Tanzania BY SULTAN JESSA Information on when and where Ismailis, followers of their spiritual leader the Aga Khan, came from to begin new settlement in the northern Tanzania town of Arusha is hard to come by. Unless immediate steps are taken our early history may be lost forever. This report has been put together by gathering and accumulating pertinent information … Continue reading Early Ismaili settlement in Arusha

Sultan Jessa, a retired journalist, right talks to his childhood friend Kanji and his wife Jane.

Ismaili radio and television engineer elected to the borough council of Weymouth in Britain

BY SULTAN JESSA Being persistent has finally brought success for an Ismaili who had been elected to the borough council of Weymouth in Britain. Firoz Ismail Kanji (Oz Kanji) ran for Liberal Democrats in the just concluded elections. “I am excited and over the moon,” Kanji told me. “This is a massive victory for me. It feels great to be part of this community.” Weymouth … Continue reading Ismaili radio and television engineer elected to the borough council of Weymouth in Britain