The Aga Khan in UK and France: A thorough and comprehensive coverage of his Diamond Jubilee visit

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to the UK

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British Prime Minister Theresa May hosts His Highness the Aga Khan on June 27, 2018 at 10 Downing Street. Photo: UK Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street. See link to full report and Tweet, below
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Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prince Amyn, Lord Ahmad, and leaders of the Ismaili Jamat observe the Nashid al-Imamah and the British National Anthem. Photo: The.Ismaili/Nayyir Damani

Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in London on June 25, 2018 to commence his Diamond Jubilee visit to the United Kingdom at the invitation of the government. Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Prince Amyn on arrival and was warmly welcomed at the airport by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, as well as leaders of the Ismaili Jamat.

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His Royal Highness Prince Charles and His Highness the Aga Khan discuss the features of the Garden of Life on the ninth floor of the newly inaugurated Aga Khan Centre with garden designer Madison Cox. Photo: AKDN/Nayyir Damani.

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, HRH The Prince of Wales opened The Aga Khan Centre in King’s Cross in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Situated at the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, the Aga Khan Centre, designed by Maki and Associates, led by Fumihiko Maki, one of Japan’s most distinguished contemporary architects, provides a new home for a number of UK based organisations founded by His Highness the Aga Khan: The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) and the Aga Khan Foundation UK (AKF UK).

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His Highness the Aga Khan and Prince Amyn in conversation with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, at the opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Centre in London. Photo: AKDN/Anya Campbell

While in the United Kingdom, Mawlana Hazar Imam will spend time with the Jamats from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 





His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to France

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Mawlana Hazar Imam is received at the Darbar hall by Mukhi Saheb, Mukhiani Saheba, Kamadia Saheb, and Kamadiani Saheba of Paris Principle Jamatkhana. Photo: The.Ismaili/Zahur Ramji

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, granted a Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Paris on June 23, 2018 for the France jurisdiction Jamat. Members of the Jamat from France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Côte d’Ivoire, along with murids from the UK jurisdiction who were unable to travel to the UK, gathered for the historic Darbar at Porte de Versailles, the same venue where Mawlana Hazar Imam first met with the France Jamat in 1980. Hazar Imam complimented all volunteers for their excellent work, including many who had come from the UK to support the France volunteer corps, exemplifying a spirit of unity in service.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam admires artwork of the France jurisdiction Jamat; Murids young and old conveyed messages of love, affection, and gratitude to Hazar Imam on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee. Photo: The.Ismaili//Zahur Ramji
Youth volunteers line up to bid farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam upon his departure. Photo: The.Ismaili/Zahur Ramji

Delivering a Loyalty Address on behalf of the Jamat present, Ismaili Council for France President Shamir Samdjee expressed gratitude to Mawlana Hazar Imam.

A gift of one of the earliest copies of the Holy Qur’an to have been made in China was also presented to Hazar Imam on behalf of the Jamat. The 15th century manuscript, transcribed by Rashad ibn ‘Ali al-Sini in Khanbaliq (modern day Beijing), has lines of Arabic Chinese script on each page and dates back to the fifth day of Muharram in 804AH.


Date posted: June 26, 2018.
Last updated: June 28, 2018.


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