Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee Year visits: Lisbon (Portugal, July 19-20, 2017); Kampala (Uganda, October 8-11, 2017 ); Dar es Salaam (Tanzania, October 11-12, 2017); New York (USA, 2 visits, October 18 and November 1, 2017); Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal (Canada, November 14-22, 2017 ), Islamabad, Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan and Karachi (Pakistan, December 7-19, 2017), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, January 22-25, 2018). World Map Credit: University of Texas.
Astonishingly, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at age 81, has already flown more than 50,000 miles, or 80,000 kilometres , equivalent to travelling around the earth two times, during his Diamond Jubilee year that has so far taken him to Portugal, Uganda, Tanzania, USA (twice), Canada, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates! In the latter part of February 2018, he travels to India as confirmed by a recent announcement from the Ismaili Leaders International Forum as well as a report in the community’s official website, The Ismaili.
The following material has been prepared from our comprehensive posts that have covered his visits to the countries mentioned above. The material is presented in chronological order beginning with the Homage Ceremony on July 11, 2017 in Aiglemont, France that marked the commencement of the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee and concludes with his most recent visit from January 22 to January 25, 2018 to the United Arab Emirates.
1. July 11, 2O17: Aga Khan Homage Ceremony
His Highness the Aga Khan makes his appearance at the Homage Ceremony on July 11, 2017, to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee. The ceremony was held at his residence and Imamat Headquarters at Aiglemont in France. Photo: The Ismaili.
HOMAGE – A MURID’S YEARNING
BY JALAL JAFFER
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.
His Highness the Aga Khan with members of his family at the Homage Ceremony on July 11, 2017 in Aiglemont, France, to mark the commencement of his Diamond Jubilee year. Photo: The Ismaili.
HOMAGE CELEBRATION: MONTREAL
In Montreal, approximately 8,000 Ismailis from all across the province of Quebec, gathered on July 11, 2017 at Stad Uniprix (or the Uniprix Stadium) to celebrate the commencement of the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. The Jamat witnessed the video of the Homage Ceremony that took place earlier in France.
In Montreal, Canada, the Diamond Jubilee lapel pin was distributed to Ismailis during the Homage Ceremony celebration held on July 11, 2017 at Stad Uniprix. The circular logo bears the Imamat crest in the centre with 60 crescents surrounding it, representing the Aga Khan’s 60 year reign. A Kufic rendition of the Qur’anic ayah or verse (49:13) from Surah Al-Hujurat (the Dwellings) forms the outer perimeter of the lapel pin. Photo: Copyright © Safiq Devji.
A group of Ismailis at the Homage Ceremony celebration at Stad Uniprox in Montreal pose for a photo in front of an iwan (rectangular space) displaying a large photo of the Aga Khan meeting with Ismailis in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.
Ismailis in Montreal take selfies in front of the stage during the Homage Ceremony celebration at Montreal’s Stad Uniprix. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.
A beautiful scene at a food tent at the Diamond Jubilee Homage Ceremony celebration held at Stad Uniprix in Montreal. Photo: Copyright © Muslim Harji.
2. July 19-20, 2017: Aga Khan in Portugal
The visit to Portugal was the first official public event for His Highness the Aga Khan since the launch of his Diamond Jubilee a week earlier on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. In two separate ceremonies in Lisbon on July 20, the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal honoured the Aga Khan with a doctorate honoris causa and the President of Portugal bestowed upon him the Gra-cruz da ordem de Liberdade.
His Highness the Aga Khan delivers his acceptance remarks upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa as Dr. Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Patron of the Doctorate looks on. Photo: AKDN/Antonio Pedrosa
“I reiterate my profound appreciation for our own partnership, and for honouring me and by extension the Ismaili Imamat and the AKDN, especially as this honour comes during my Diamond Jubilee year, marking 60 years as the 49th Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims worldwide. our commitment to Portugal reflects our deep respect for this country and our deep affection for its people.” — His Highness the Aga Khan, Lisbon, July 20, 2017.
The Aga Khan mentioned he always felt at home in Portugal, and “ever more so since the signing in 2015 of an historic Agreement between the Ismaili Imamat and Portuguese Republic to establish the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in this country — an important milestone in the 1,400-year history of the Ismaili Imamat. It marks the culmination of our long and deep relationship here and one that will now deepen further.” He added that “while we work in 30 countries, we hold an enduring affinity for Portugal and its institutions, its history and its people. And the historic Palacete Henrique Mendonca will become the most fitting host for the Seat.”
Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa presents His Highness the Aga Khan with the Gra-cruz da ordem de Liberdade or the Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty in recognition of his service to uplifting lives around the world. Photo: AKDN/Antonio Pedrosa.
3. September 12, 2017: Milestone – Prince Amyn Aga Khan, becomes 80
Though discreet and always working behind the scenes, Prince Amyn’s contribution to the Imamat institutions have always been influential and impactful. His commitment for human dignity, global peace and humanism is reflected by his creative ingenuity in multiple dimensions of human endeavor. For more than fifty years now, he has dedicated his entire life in the service of the Institution of Imamat, channeling his creativity, intelligence, time and energy, knowledge and leadership in numerous Imamat endeavours benefiting both jamati and non-jamati constituencies.
Prince Amyn Aga Khan turned 80 on September 12, 2017, two months into the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of his older brother, His Highness the Aga Khan.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan III, 48th Ismaili Imam, with his grandsons Prince Amyn (right) and Prince Karim. The picture was taken in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1942. Photo: 25 Years in Pictures. Islamic Publications, London, UK, Volume 1.
His Highness the Aga Khan (left) and his brother Prince Amyn Aga Khan pictured together at a ceremony held in November 2010 in Paris when the Government of France conferred them with honours for their contributions to culture, both personally and through the activities of the Aga Khan Development Network. Photo: Farida Brechemier Guerdjou//MCC via the Ismaili.
4. October 8-11, 2017: Aga Khan in Uganda
On Monday October 9, 2017 His Highness the Aga Khan was conferred with the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa by His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni, as part of Uganda’s 55th Independence Day celebration. Held in Bushenyi Municipal Grounds, Uganda’s Independence Day consisted of jovial celebrations, various cultural performances and renditions of the Ugandan and East African national anthems. The President welcomed the Aga Khan as the guest of honour, and acknowledged the Ismaili community’s contribution to the ongoing development of Uganda.
“Your national pathway has been exciting and inspiring to watch and all your friends, including of course myself, look to the future of Uganda in hope, in aspiration, for a better quality of life for all the people of Uganda and of this region of Africa…Our institutions have been here for many decades, [and] it is my hope today that they will participate in improving the quality of life of all the people of Eastern Africa as they build for future generations.” – His Highness the Aga Khan, Uganda, October 9, 2017.
The Kampala Ismaili Darkhana Jamatkhana. Photo: The Ismaili
The Aga Khan shares a light moment with his Ismaili followers in Ugandan at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
5. October 11-12, 2017: Aga Khan in Tanzania
The Aga Khan is greeted upon his arrival in Dar es Salaam by Junior Volunteers in the Ismaili Volunteers Corps from Tanzania. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
The Aga Khan, walking alongside Tanzania’s Minister of Defence and National Service, Hon. Hussein Mwinyi, received a ceremonial guard of honour during his arrival at Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere Airport. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
The Aga Khan greets his followers and admirers during his arrival at the Julius Nyerere Airport in Dar es Salaam. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
His Highness the Aga Khan was in Tanzania at the invitation of His Excellency President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. John P. Magufuli. Shortly after leaving the airport,the Aga Khan visited the President at the State House (also known as Ikulu or the White House) and was hosted to a lunch in his honour. In the photo, the President welcomes His Highness to Ikulu. Photo: State House.
The Aga Khan at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Dar es Salaam. He gave guidance to the Ismailis who were in attendance and conveyed blessings for the global Jamat. A gift of eight Fatimid coins minted in Al Mahdia for the first eight Fatimid Imams was presented to His Highness by the Tanzanian Jamat. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
The Aga Khan is greeted by Aga Khan Scouts and Guides, as he leaves Diamond Jubilee Hall after the Darbar. Photo: The Ismaili/Zahur Ramji.
Before departing Dar es Salaam,His Highness the Aga Khan was presented with a gift of First Day Covers and Commemorative Stamps printed by the Tanzania Postal Service Corporation in honour of his Diamond Jubilee. The First Day Covers and Commemorative stamps depict various themes in which AKDN is active in East Africa, as well as the Diamond Jubilee motif.
A photo of the actual first day cover issued by the Tanzania Posts Corporation to commemorate the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee. Credit: Barakah/Al Karim Hirani.
A photo of the actual first day cover issued by the Tanzania Posts Corporation to commemorate the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee. Credit: Barakah/Al Karim Hirani.
6. October 18, 2017: Aga Khan in New York for UNA’S “Champion for Global Change Award”
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the United Nations Foundation presented His Highness the Aga Khan with the “Champion for Global Change” Award at the annual Global Leadership Dinner held on October 18, 2017 at Gotham Hall in New York. The “Champion for Global Change” recognizes the work of the 49th Ismaili Imam in developing and improving the living conditions of populations from the four corners of the world. Earlier during the day, the Aga Khan met with the UN Secretary General, General António Guterres.
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, presents the Champion for Global Change Award to His Highness the Aga Khan at a special gala dinner held in New York on October 18, 2017. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim/Mairaj Manji.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Prince Karim Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network and 49th Hereditary Imam of the Ismailis at the UN on October 18, 2017. Photo credit: UN Photo/Eskender Debebe.
7. November 1, 2017: Aga Khan in New York for Asia Society’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”
The Asia Society on November 1, 2017 presented nine extraordinary individuals and organizations with the Asia Game Changer Awards for making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. Asia Society partnered with Citi to honor these extraordinary individuals and organizations, continuing a tradition begun with the inauguration of Asia Game Changers four years ago. His Highness was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
His Highness the Aga Khan being presented Asia Society’s 2017 Asia Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award by Michael Bloomberg and Sharon Rockefeller. Photo: AKDN/Akbar Hakim/Mairaj Manji.
“Any leader of any global community hopes and prays for one thing – peace; peace in every community, in every country of the world, so that men and women can live in safety, build their futures with strength, courage, hope and wisdom. These are the values that the leaders of my community, my institutions and myself, are intimately linked with and will continue to work for, for many, many decades ahead.” – His Highness the Aga Khan, on accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, Asia Society, New York, November 1, 2017.
The Aga Khan addressing the guests after receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim/Mairaj Manji.
An image of the Diamond Jubilee citation presented by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to His Highness the Aga Khan on November 1, 2017 in New York at the Asia Game Changer Award.
8. November 14 – 22, 2017: Aga Khan in Canada
His Highness the Aga Khan arrived in Ottawa on November 14th commencing a 9-day visit in which he presided over the inaugural Global Pluralism Award on November 15 and attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Global Centre for Pluralism. He then travelled to Toronto where, over a span of four days, he met with Ismailis under the jurisdiction of the Council for Ontario. He concluded his visit in Montreal where he met with members of the Ismaili community residing in Ottawa, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces.
His Highness the Aga Khan warmly congratulates Leyner Palacios Asprilla of Colombia as he receives the Pluralism Award for bringing peace to his community in the municipality of Bojayá. Asprilla has also given voice to 11,000 members of his community that struggled through the long Colombian conflict. Photo: Copyright © Jean-Marc Carisse.
His Highness the Aga Khan and Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin with winners and honourable mentions of the inaugural Global Pluralism Award. Photo: Copyright © Jean-Marc Carisse.
The Global Centre for Pluralism was designated as one of 10 CONFEDERATION PAVILIONS, for 2017, the 150th anniversary of Canada, and is listed in the Bilingual edition of the passport booklet produced by the National Capital Commission. Photo: Barakah/Malik Merchant.
Ismaili children in Montreal express love and devotion to their Imam with beautiful and symbolic works of art during a cultural event at the Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana as part of celebrations leading to the Aga Khan’s visit. Photo: Copyright © Muslim Harji.
Ismaili children in Montreal express love and devotion to their Imam with beautiful and symbolic works of art during a cultural event at the Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana as part of celebrations leading tothe Aga Khan’s visit. Photo: Copyright © Muslim Harji.
Diligent team of leaders and volunteers in Montreal working together to ensure a stress-free registration for meeting with the Aga Khan. Photo: Muslim Harji.
9. December 7-19, 2017: Aga Khan in Pakistan
His Highness the Aga Khan is presented with a bouquet of flowers upon his arrival inside the Nur Khan Airbase terminal in Islamabad. View the boy’ story in the video below.
His Highness the Aga Khan’s visit to Pakistan began in Islamabad, where he met with President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr and was received by a Guard of Honour. He also met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who presented him with a First Day Cover of commemorative stamps on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee.
From Islamabad, the Aga Khan travelled to Garamchasma and Booni in Chitral, and Taus and Aliabad in Gilgit-Baltistan, where he granted hundreds of thousands of Ismailis with Diamond Jubilee Darbars.
The Aga Khan then returned to Islamabad where he met with the Ismaili Jamat at the Karimabad Jamatkhana and then travelled to Karachi where he met with the Jamat at the Darkhana and Clifton Jamatkhanas.
While in Karachi, in his capacity as chancellor of the Aga Khan University, the Aga Khan inaugurated the Aga Khan University Centre for Innovation in Medical Education, a state-of-the-art facility for technology-based learning for health professionals.
He left Karachi on December 19th.
A report in the Pakistan Tribune, Twin Cities Section, following His Highness the Aga Khan’s meeting with Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi presents a commemorative First Day Cover to His Highness the Aga Khan on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.
Tweets on His Highness the Aga Khan by Marvi Memon
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The location of the 4 Darbars in Northern Pakistan. – Garam Chashma, (Lower Chitral), Booni (Upper Chitral), Yasin (Gligit-Baltistan) and Aliabad (Gilgit-Baltistan).
The Aga Khan walks through his community gathered for the Darbar at Garamchashma, Lower Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili/Amirali Rimjee.
The Aga Khan walks through his community gathered for the Darbar at Booni, Upper Chitral. Photo: The Ismaili/Karim Sadruddin.
The Aga Khan walks through his community gathered for the Darbar at Taus, Yassin.
Photo: The Ismaili/Haseeb Chagani.
The Darbar at Yassin
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.
Welcome banner in Aliabad, Hunza. Photo: Barakah/Faqir Ullah Khan.
Ismaili youth in Passu, a town north of Aliabad, Hunza, putting finishing touches to the words “Diamond Jubilee” on the lower slopes of the Cathedral Mountains. Photo: Sadrudin Sakhi.
The Aga Khan walks through his community gathered for the Darbar in Aliabad, Hunza. Photo: The Ismaili/Razi ud Din.
The Darbar at Aliabad
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.
An aerial shot of the Jamat gathering for the Darbar at Aliabad, Hunza. Photo: The Ismaili.
The Aga Khan joins children who presented him with a flower bouquet for a group photograph at the Gilgit airport. Photo: The Ismaili/Kamran Baig.
His Highness the Aga Khan 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: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.
A house in a Karachi neighbourhood beautifully decorated for the Diamond Jubilee visit of the Aga Khan. Photo: Barakah.
Professor Saulat Fatmi shares how a low-cost innovation introduced by the Aga Khan University’s faculty is helping students learn about the inner workings of the heart. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah bids farewell to His Highness the Aga Khan at Karachi’s Old Terminal. Photo: CM House, Sindh.
10. January 22-25, 2018: Aga Khan in the United Arab Emirates
His Highness the Aga Khan is welcomed by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Tolerance, and Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation upon his arrival in Dubai. Photo: AKDN/Rafiq Hakim.
His Highness the Aga Khan in conversation with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Her Excellency Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, together with their respective delegations at the Zabeel Palace in Dubai. AKDN/Jazib Ahmad.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan bids farewell to His Highness the Aga Khan after their meeting in Abu Dhabi. Photo: AKDN/Akbar Hakim.
His Highness the Aga Khan addresses his Ismaili followers during the Diamond Jubilee Darbar held at Dubai World Central. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.
A lineup of Aga Khan Scouts and Guides bid farewell to the Aga Khan upon his departure. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.
As the Ismaili community in India prepares to receive Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, later this month, we make the following supplication from a Ginan composed by the Ismaili missionary Pir Hasan Kabirdin (14th century).
Eji, Aash Karine Ya Ali hun tere dar ubhi,
Kar jodine em mangu Ya Shah;
Dejo didar tusi mahavar datar Shah,
Hama tere charane lagu. 
With hope O Ali I stand at Thy door,
With palms joined I sincerely beg of Thee;
Bless me with Thy Holy Didar, O Great Lord and Benefactor!
At Thy Feet I fall to prostrate.
Date posted: February 3, 2018.
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. Estimated distance calculated at https://www.distancefromto.net/ using flying distance option between following cities with Paris as the starting and returning destination for each of the visits: Paris-Lisbon-Paris-Kampala-Dar es Salaam-Paris-New York-Paris-New York-Paris-Ottawa-Toronto-Montreal-Paris-Islamabad-Chitral-Gilgit Baltistan-Islamabad-Karachi-Paris-UAE-Paris.
 Ismaili doctrine emphasizes the principle of the Unity of Imamat under the superficial diversity exhibited by each Imam of the Time. It is in this sense that the Ismailis believe that Imam is the same irrespective of his own age or the time he lives in. Thus, the name of the first Imam, Hazrat Ali, is commonly invoked for each Imam of the Time. The proverbial valour and exemplary statesmanship of Imam Mawla Murtaza Ali, the encyclopaedic erudition of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq, the extraordinary intellectual brilliance of Imam al-Hakim bi Amrillah, the administrative ability of Imam Mustansir Billah (during the first half of his Khilafat), the political acumen of Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III (he defied geography and created history), the organizing genius of the present Imam, Mawlana Shah Karim al-Husayni, are only some of the more spectacular characteristics exhibited by the Imam of the Time in accordance with the exigencies of the situations facing him.