2017_SDP_2359_Ottawa Jamat celebrates Hazar Imam visit announcementOctober 28, 2017. Raas in Ottawa to celebrate Mawlana Hazar Imam’s forthcoming visit to Eastern Canada . Raas is a hand clapping dance that is performed in circles – it can be slow or fast paced, depending on the beat of the music. Photo: Safiq Devji.

By ABDULMALIK J. MERCHANT
(Editor/Publisher of Barakah, Simerg and Simergphotos)

Sherbet and cake along with chai and an assortment of biscuits were served in the Ottawa Jamatkhana social hall following Jamati ceremonies on Saturday October 28, 2017. The celebration was in response to the joyous announcement on Friday in Ismaili Jamatkhanas across Canada that Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, will visit the Ismaili Jamat in Eastern Canada in November 2017. An updated announcement on Saturday confirmed that Mawlana Hazar Imam will be conducting Jamati work in Toronto for the Ontario Jamat and in Montreal for Jamats living under the jurisdiction of  the Aga Khan Council for the Quebec and Maritime Provinces. Although Ottawa is in Ontario and has its own local Aga Khan Council, the Jamat in Canada’s capital region will be travelling to Montreal where they will join hands with their brothers and sisters from Quebec and the Maritime Provinces for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit.

2017_IMG_4325-Ottawa Jamat celebrates Hazar Imam visit announcement.jpgSisters Yasmin and Mehrun (both in green) pictured in the Ottawa Jamatkhana social hall with members of Afghanistan Jamat. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.

2017_IMG_4311_Ottawa Jamat celebrates Hazar Imam visit announcementKarim Maherally with his daughter and wife. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.

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Farida (left) and Nazmina.  Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.

October 28, 2017. Raas in Ottawa. Photo: Safiq Devji.

The joy in the faces and hearts of members of the Ottawa Jamat was clearly evident as they hugged and congratulated one another, sipped sherbet and participated in the raas program. We are pleased to publish a small selection of the pictures that were taken in the Jamatkhana social hall on Saturday October 28, and welcome photos and reports from other regions in Eastern Canada where celebrations and preparations for Hazar Imam’s forthcoming visit are taking place. Please submit your material to Simerg@aol.com, and we will endeavour to include some of the material in future posts leading upto the visit.

2017_SDP_2395_Ottawa Jamat celebrates Hazar Imam visit announcementOctober 28, 2017. Raas in Ottawa. Photo: Safiq Devji.

2017_SDP_2364_Ottawa Jamat celebrates Hazar Imam visit announcementOctober 28, 2017. Raas in Ottawa. Photo: Safiq Devji.

2017_SDP_2390_Ottawa Jamat celebrates Hazar Imam visit announcement.jpgOctober 28, 2017.  Ottawa Aga Khan Council President Bashir Surani, and Mukhi and Kamadia of Ottawa Jamat join a young boy playing raas. Photo: Safiq Devji.

Date posted: October 29, 2017.

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