Canada’s Ismaili Community Celebrates Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee

The Shia Ismaili Muslim community on Tuesday will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of The Aga Khan.

Many Ismailis from East African countries call Canada their second home.

Ismailis are Marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of the Aga Khan IV to the seat of the Imamate and as the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual guide) of the global Ismaili community.

This commemorative event will be held in over 25 countries worldwide including here in Canada. It will bring together partners of the Aga Khan Development Network, the government, and the faith’s community leaders.

Canadians will be familiar with Aga Khan’s several initiatives and work through. One of the worthwhile contributions to Canada received from the Aga Khan:

The Global Centre for Pluralism, an international initiative of Aga Khan IV, 49th hereditary Imam of Ismaili Muslims, and was established jointly by the Government of Canada in 2006. It is located in the former Canadian War Museum building along Ottawa’s Sussex Drive and was officially opened on May 16, 2017.

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Another visible initiative by the Aga Khan is that of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an international development organization and registered charity.

Below is one of the famous quotes by the Aga Khan, who Ismailis believe is a direct lineal descendant of Prophet Muhammad through Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali,[ Considered the first Imam in Shia Islam, and Ali’s wife Fatima az-Zahra, Muhammad’s daughter from his first marriage.

“The Muslim world, with its history and cultures, and indeed its different interpretations of Islam, is still little known in the West… The two worlds, Muslim and non-Muslim, Eastern and Western, must, as a matter of urgency, make a real effort to get to know one another, for I fear that what we have is not a clash of civilisations, but a clash of ignorance on both sides.”

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