Prepared by ABDULMALIK MERCHANT
(Editor Barakah.com, Simerg.com and Simergphotos.com)

Introduction

Aga Khan Darbar Aliabad Hunza 22Welcome banner in Aliabad, Hunza. Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.

The Canadian Jamat was informed about the Diamond Jubilee visit of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, to Pakistan on Sunday, November 12, 2017. At that time we were in the midst of getting ready for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s didars that were to commence later that week – several mulaqats for the Ontario Jamat in Toronto over a four day period and two for the Jamats of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Montreal.

Aga Khan Darbar Aliabad Hunza 03Lighting decorations at Gulkhin Jamatkhana.

We were therefore full of excitement for us. However, the news of the Pakistan visit filled our hearts with even more happiness and joy. Shortly after the annoucement, we congratulated each other, and I remember how one joyful lady came to me with tears in her eyes and said,  “I am filled with happiness – I have been praying everyday for the past several years that Hazar Imam should give didar to the Jamat in Pakistan.” Mawlana Hazar Imam would be visiting the Jamat after 17 long years.

2017-12-18-PHOTO-Flower arrangement mediumA lady carefully prepares flowers for a floral composition at the Islamabad Mulaqat.

The patience of the Pakistan Jamat resulted in an extraordinary 13 day visit to the country which has just concluded. During the period of the visit, we provided continuous updates of the visit, and we are now delighted to present to our readers stories, photos and videos which encapsulate the memorable visit. 

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Islamabad: His Highness the Aga Khan arrives for Pakistan Visit

ah_20887Scouts and junior guides wave the national flag and the Ismaili flag as they eagerly await the arrival of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Photo: The Ismaili.

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ah_14269Mawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif, State Minister for Capital Administration & Development Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz, while two young children prepare to greet him and Princess Zahra with flower bouquets. Photo: The Ismaili.

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ah_14298_0Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by Ismaili Council for Pakistan President Hafiz Sherali and Vice President Hussein Tajani. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.

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ah_14386.jpgMawlana Hazar Imam waving happily at the jubilant shaheen scouts and junior guides upon his arrival. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.

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dsc_8646-f_0Princess Zahra is greeted upon her arrival in Islamabad. Photo: The Ismaili/Fazal-e-Rabi.

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A young boy shares an inspiring story

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The young boy who is seen presenting Mawlana Hazar Imam with a bouquet inside the Islamabad terminal shared an inspiring story about the few moments Hazar Imam spent with him.  The boy tells the interviewer, see video below, that he said to Hazar Imam that he loved him very much. Then, according to the boy, Hazar Imam replied, “Me too.” Hazar Imam then asked the boy where he came from, and the boy replied that he was from Chitral. Hazar Imam was insightful, and asked the boy where he currently lived, and the boy answered, “Islamabad.” A few moments later, according to the boy, Hazar Imam returned to him and said to him, “God Bless you.”

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His Highness the Aga Khan meets President Mamnoon Hussain

ah_14539Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by President Mamnoon Hussain upon his arrival at the Presidency. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.

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ah_14637.jpgMawlana Hazar Imam inspects the Guard of Honour at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.

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Tribune ecopy page Aga Khan visitA report in the  Pakistan Tribune, Twin Cities Section, following Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to President Mamnoon Hussain.

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His Highness the Aga Khan meets Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

img-007-ah.jpgPrime Minister Abbasi presents a commemorative First Day Cover to Mawlana Hazar Imam on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.

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Tweets on His Highness the Aga Khan by Marvi Memon

Marvi Memon, aged 45,  is a Pakistani politician who serves as the Minister of State/Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme. She has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since 2013 as a member of Pakistan Muslim League.

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The Diamond Jubilee lapel pin and its explanation

Diamond Jubilee pin photo by Safiq Dewji, Ottawa, 1200Photo: Copyright © Safiq Devji, Ottawa.

The Diamond Jubilee lapel pin was distributed to each member of the Hunza (and possibly other Pakistan) Jamats along with the Darbar registration cards. The lapel pin is circular, and bears the crest of the Ismaili Imamat in the centre. The crest has 60 crescents surrounding it, representing Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 60 year reign. A Kufic rendition of the Qur’anic verse (49:13) from Surah Al-Hujurat (the Dwellings) with the following meaning, forms the outer perimeter of the lapel pin.

“O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware.” — Translation by Pickthall.

The verse highlights the ethic of plurality in Islam, a subject that Mawlana Hazar Imam has spoken about throughout his Imamat, and more so in his speeches made in the past 25 years. This verse, combined with the crest of the Ismaili Imamat and the sixty crescents, enable the wearer, especially members of the Ismaili community, to make a historical statement about their beloved 49th Imam, in the context of what the Imam represents to the community as a religious and spiritual leader, as well as his contributions to human kind.

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Chitral Airport

Flight Delay in Islamabad: “The C130 aircraft in which he was supposed to fly could not takeoff from Islamabad in time. The AKF Helicopter Wing however took over and proved its worth by promptly dashing over to Islamabad in marginal weather and ferried the Imam and his entourage to grace Chitral and allay the anxiety of tens of thousands of the waiting faithful at Garam Chashma and Booni. Due to the four hour delay in scheduled departure from Islamabad and extended ceremonies at both the Deedar Gahs, the Imam decided to stay overnight in Chitral” — Excerpt from ChitralNews.com

img_5891_0.jpgMawlana Hazar Imam in conversation with officials who received him at Chitral Airport. They included Magfirat Shah, District Nazim, Salim Khan, MPA.l, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,  Syed Zaheer ul Islam, Commissioner, Malakand Division, among others. He then departed to grace the Jamats with Darbars in Booni, Garam Chashma (both in Chitral), and Yasin and Alibad (both in Gilgit-Baltistan) Photo: The Ismaili/Imtiaz Alwani.

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 Helicopter departure from Chitral to Booni

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Diamond Jubilee Darbars in Northern Pakistan

Darbar Locations - Garam Chashma inLower Chitral, Booni in Upper Chitral (both North West Frontier Province), Ghizer (Gilgit-Baltistan), and Aliabad (Gilgit-Baltistan)Darbar locations (approximate) – Garam Chashma, (Lower Chitral), Booni (Upper Chitral), Yasin (Gligit-Baltistan) and Aliabad (Gilgit-Baltistan)

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1. Booni, Upper Chitral

192a5849Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat during the Darbar at Booni, Upper Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili.

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192a5854Mawlana Hazar Imam walks through the Jamat during the Darbar at Booni, Upper Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili/Karim Sadruddin.

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2. Garam Chashma, Lower Chitral

_o5a3037Mawlana Hazar Imam walks through the Jamat during the Darbar at Garamchashma, Lower Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili/Amirali Rimjee.

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img_0283_0.jpgMawlana Hazar Imam grants a Darbar at Garamchashma, Lower Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili/Shafaat Salim.

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img_0312Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat during the Darbar at Garamchashma, Lower Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili.

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img_0356Mawlana Hazar Imam greets the local leadership as he departs from Garamchashma, Lower Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili/Amirali Rimjee.

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3. Taus, Yasin, Gilgit-Balistan

img_0450.jpgMawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar at Taus, Yasin
Photo: The Ismaili/Haseeb Chagani.

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img_0398Mawlana Hazar Imam walks through the Jamat during the Darbar at Taus, Yasin.
Photo: The Ismaili/Haseeb Chagani.

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 Yasin Darbar: A short account

djd_4881_0.jpgMawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee Darbar at Taus, Yasin. Photo: The Ismaili/Ali Shan.

By IZZAT SHAH

I was bestowed Didar Mubarak and Darbar in the glorious pandal at Yassin, as I belong to Yassin Valley. We the Jamat in Yassin feel extremely fortunate and lucky as Mawlana Hazar Imam gave us his loving blessings and unmmeasurable affection at our door step. Through this Didar, he gave us the splendid chance to serve those Jamaats who had come from the rural areas of Northern Pakistan. We did the very best we could for those who had come from far and wide. Mawlana Hazar Imam was very happy during the Didar and gave us a loving Farman and conveyed his loving blessings with deep affection. He came thrice on the stage and I have no words to explain how I feel at the moment. I pray for the happiness of each and every Ismaili brother and sister living in the world today.

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4. Aliabad, Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan

Aga Khan Visit Preparations Gilgit Baltistan 019 Sadruddin SakhiIsmaili youth in Passu, a town north of Aliabad, Hunza, etch the words “Diamond Jubilee” on the lower slopes of the Cathedral Mountains. Photo: Sadrudin Sakhi. 

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Aga Khan Visit Preparations Gilgit Baltistan 063 Faqir UllahThis amazing gate at the Aliabad Darbar site has captured the entire Ismaili world’s attention. Designed by the Sost Council, it contains inscriptions from a Persian poem by Kokab Peshawari. It is in praise of Mawlana Hazar Imam and the poem is mostly versed into songs and qasidas for Hazar Imam. Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.

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Aga Khan Darbar Aliabad Hunza 16Volunteers provided relief and help to the aged and physically challenged murids. Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.

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Aga Khan Darbar Aliabad Hunza 06mA sea of vibrant carpet colours at the didargah in Aliabad. Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.

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Aga Khan Visit Preparations Gilgit Baltistan 022 Sadruddin SakhiThe Diamond Jubilee Band in the town of Passu.  Photo: Sadrudin Sakhi.

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Aliabad Darbar: A short account

By FAQIR ULLAN KHAN

When Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived at the didargah in Aliabad, the Jamat’s emotion and excitement reached its peak. Tears started rolling down our faces without control as his helicopter landed. We were tens of thousands in this huge landscape surrounded by mountains. Our wish was for a glimpse of our beloved Imam. More tears flowed as he showered that glimpse upon us with all his grace and mercy – we felt his Zahiri-u-Noorani Didar after 17 long years! This was happening at a historical time of his Imamat – 60 years! The Diamond Jubilee was an unbelievable occasion for us.

Aga Khan Darbar Aliabad Hunza 15Tajik Eagle and Alim Sobir have tea and apricot cake before their 200km three to four day walk back to their home town Sherisabz Chipurson. Many other individuals did the same to bring back the memory of old times. Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.

There were lively and emotional scenes all around the Didargah. Mawlana Hazar Imam wished for the Jamat that “your life evolve in sunlight”. As you can imagine, these words deeply moved and inspired us.

To remind us of the old time obstacles that our parents and grandparents had to live through, some youngsters from Moorkhun, Ghulapan and Shimshal traveled on foot for Darbar to Aliabad, walking more than 100km to show their devotions, love and faith for Mawlana Hazar Imam and to fulfill their wishes. We heard the same from a businessman from Ghulapan, who traveled about 100km from his hometown to Aliabad, with recitations and tasbih.

_o5a3037 (1).jpgMawlana Hazar Imam grants a Darbar to the Jamat during his Diamond Jubilee visit in Aliabad, Hunza. Photo: The Ismaili/Razi ud Din.

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dji_0166.jpgAn aerial shot of the Jamat gathering for the Darbar at Aliabad, Hunza. Photo: The Ismaili.

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Aga Khan Darbar Aliabad Hunza 16Volunteers provided relief and help to the aged and physically challenged murids. Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.

Aga Khan Darbar Aliabad Hunza 01sA gate at the Darbar site in Aliabad decorated with apples – Good health to all after a great goodbye! Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.

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Gilgit

img_6485Mawlana Hazar Imam joins children who presented him with a flower bouquet for a group photograph at the Gilgit airport. Photo: The Ismaili/Kamran Baig.

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Aga Khan and Mir PhotosMawlana Hazar Imam is received in Gilgit by Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan. The Mir currently holds the office of Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan. He was appointed to the position of governor on November 24, 2015 by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif.

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Karachi

ah_16498-2_editMawlana Hazar Imam is received by Muhammad Zubair, Governor of Sindh and Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister of Sindh, and greeted by Junior Guides and Shaheen Scouts from the Sindh Jamat upon his arrival at Karachi airport. Photo: Akbar Hakim

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ah_25399-2Shaheen Scouts and Junior Guides from Sindh Jamat prepare to welcome Mawlana Hazar Imam to Karachi. Photo: Akbar Hakim

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Motorcade clip – a guessing game

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2017-12-14-Karachi Home decorated for Aga Khan visit front coverA house in a Karachi neighbourhood beautifully decorated for the Diamond Jubilee visit of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Photo: Barakah.

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2017-12-18-Aga Khan and Zardari PhotoHis Highness the Aga Khan pictured meeting with former Pakistan President, Asif Ali Zardari, during his current visit to Karachi. Zardari presented the Aga Khan Sindhi topi (cap) and ajrak, a unique form of blockprinted shawl.

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ah_17033Mawlana Hazar Imam in discussion on how high-tech simulators can be used to teach students how to treat heart disease at CIME’s cardiac catherization lab. Photo: Akbar Hakim.

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ah_25504Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the inauguration of the CIME’s facility at the Aga Khan Ubiversity. Photo: Akbar Hakim

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His Highness the Aga Khan Departs Pakistan

ah_17611-ePresident of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan Vazir Hafiz Sherali bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Karachi Airport. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.

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Sindh Chief Minister bids farewll to Aga Khan Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Karachi’s Old Terminal. Photo: CM House, Sindh.

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Final Thoughts….

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s love for his murids

“My love for my Jamat is a lot stronger than yours can ever be for me and I would like you to remember this…you must remember that Imam loves you more, much more than you can ever love him and you must be strong in this knowledge.” — Mawlana Hazar Imam, Karachi, 1964.

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Murid’s fondness for Mawlana Hazar Imam

In all four ages,
I went about,
looking hard.
I found none
to match you, my lord.

My lord, my heart
is fond of you. [1]

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A Diamond Jubilee Song for Mawlana Hazar Imam

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Jubilee Mawla Song Synchronized with an Awesome Light Show

Date posted: December 21, 2017.
Last updated: December 22, 2017.

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[1] Translation of verse 3 of Saiyad Imamshah’s ginan Sahebaji tun more mana bhave, from “A Scent of Sandalwood” by Dr. Aziz Esmail.

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