BY JALAL JAFFER

Leaders at His Highness the Aga Khan Homage July 11 2017 Aiglemont France 3

Leaders from across the Globe
Adorned in formal regalia
Jabas and paghdis conferred
In acknowledgement, in celebration
Of service to the Imam, to the Jamat
Prominently or discreetly
In respect, in reverence, in humility
Elegance, harmony, unison abounding
Walk in procession
Along a beautifully laid path
Hard and concrete at surface
But indescribable in essence
Leading to the magnificent gateway
More than an entrance
Much more than a passage
Towards the welcoming arms

Out-stretched and ready.

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The gracious smile
The loving eyes
The unspoken words
A symbolic embrace
Extend a gracious welcome
For each and every murid
From the mountains of Tajikistan
To the plains of Africa,
From the northern areas of Pakistan
To the forgotten continent of Australia
Through the Leaders, past and present.

And in a majestic flair
A kingly benevolence
The Murshid accepts the Homage
From and on behalf of His global Jamats.

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The raised arms of the Leaders
Carrying heavy loads
Of prayers, du’as, supplications

And unbounded love and devotion
From murids across the world
Submit their loads unto the Murshid
Whispering without words
In utter humility and reverence
Feelings and sentiments
Emanating from their hearts and souls
“Mubaraki, our Beloved Hazar Imam
On this auspicious Diamond Jubilee”

Date posted: July 13, 2017.

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About the author: Jalal Jaffer is a practising lawyer in Vancouver. He has held numerous leadership positions in Ismaili institutions in Canada, and attended the Homage ceremony on July 11, 2017, in Aiglemont, France, to commence the Diamond Jubilee year of His Highness the Aga Khan.

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