The Aga Khan in the USA: A thorough and comprehensive coverage of his Diamond Jubilee visit

The purpose of this post is to provide external links to news of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to the USA from March 12 – March 22, 2018. We we will make every effort to ensure that links are filtered so that the news is not repetitive.

Aga Khan in Houston, Texas

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The Aga Khan waves to his well-wishers gathered on the streets of Houston.




Aga Khan visit to Houston: Pre-arrival



Aga Khan in Atlanta

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam as he departs Atlanta. Photo: The Ismaili/Salim Lakhani.



An Ismaili reflects on her Didar experience in Atlanta

Mawlana Hazar Imam sends “strong” blessings to Jamats around the world and asks Jamat to be “mazboot”


A Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Georgia on Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee

Please click on image to read proclamation in PDF format.



State welcome for His Highness the Aga Khan as he arrives in Atlanta, Georgia, to commence his USA Diamond Jubilee visit

His Highness the Aga Khan is received at the airport by Casey Cagle, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Georgia; Abby Turano, Deputy Commissioner for International Relations at the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Daniel Gordon, Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta’s Office of the Mayor, as well as leaders of the Jamat

His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, arrived in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, on the first stop of his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United States. He was received at the airport by Casey Cagle, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Georgia (see photo, above). He was then welcomed with an official salute by the Atlanta Police Department Honor Guard. This was followed by a performance of both the Nashid al-Imamah and the US National Anthem by the national 116th Army Band.

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His Highness the Aga Khan receives a state welcome in Atlanta, Georgia to commence his Diamond Jubilee visit to the USA. Ismaili leaders from many parts of the country are seen gathered at far left to welcome their 49th Imam. Photo: Zain Hansraj/The Ismaili.

While in the US, the Aga Khan is visiting Georgia and Texas, where he is scheduled to meet with the Governors of both states. Thousands of Ismailis from around the USA are travelling to Atlanta and Houston to have special mulaqats (audiences) with their 49th Imam. The Ismailis refer to these special mulaqats as Didars (literary a glimpse). The Georgia World Congress Centre is the venue in Atlanta for the mulaqats.

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Volunteers welcome Ismailis arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from around the country for the Atlanta Mulaqat. Photo: The Ismaili/Akbar Hakim.
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Volunteers assemble pieces for the stage panels. Photo: The Ismaili/Ramzan Qassamali.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s statement to the Ismaili community.


The Mayor of Atlanta on March 13 released a statement welcoming all Ismailis to the city for the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, in which she stated that the occasion should be an opportunity for everyone to reflect on his “six decades of tireless work to improve the human condition for people around the world.” Many streets in downtown Atlanta have been decorated with welcome banners referencing the Diamond Jubilee.

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One of the several Diamond Jubilee visit welcome banners on a street in Atlanta.


Date posted: March 14, 2018, 03:00 AM, EDT
Last updated: April 30, 2018, 23:19, EDT.


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One comment

  1. Beautiful photos and excellent write up to cover Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Atlanta in connection with Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Atlanta Jamat and Ismaili Institutions there are most resourceful in terms of skill, devotion, experience and material resources.

    It goes without saying that leaders, Jamat and volunteers of Atlanta will leave no stone unturned to make this visit most memorable and historical.

    Barakah is indeed doing exceptionally good work to keep abreast the Ismaili Jamat all over the world which will further strengthen frontier less brotherhood. Congratulation.


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