(Publisher-Editor, Barakah, Simerg and Simergphotos)

Editor’s note (September 21, 2019): The date of the Nikah ceremony for the couple has been set for Sunday, September 29, 2019, as mentioned in a message from Mawlana Hazar Imam that was read out in Jamatkhanas in Canada on Friday, September 20, 2019. Please see new post Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, announces wedding day of Prince Hussain and Ms. Fareen Hoag


In a message to the Jamat of Pakistan dated December 17, 2018, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, has announced the engagement of his son, Prince Hussain, to Miss Elizabeth Hoag, who has adopted the name Fareen upon embracing Islam.

Fareen is a Persian name for girls that means “blessed”, “fortunate”, “great”, or “glorious”. 

In his message, Mawlana Hazar Imam has indicated that Prince Hussain and Fareen will be married in the spring of 2019.

Prince Hussain Aga Khan, like his sister Prince Zahra and brothers Prince Rahim and Prince Aly Muhammad, is well known for his work with the Aga Khan Development Network and the Ismaili Imamat. Prince Hussain works with Mawlana Hazar Imam concentrating on cultural and environmental issues as well as Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management by the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.

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Prince Rahim shows his son Prince Irfan a photograph taken by his brother Prince Hussain (pictured at top of page) at the Nature Photographic Exhibition in Lisbon during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in July 2018. Photo: The Ismaili/Shireen Nazim

Unknown to many is Prince Hussain’s deep passion and love for animals that started during his childhood. In Lisbon, Portugal, during the Diamond Jubilee Festivities last July, the Prince’s photo exhibition of sea animal photos attracted a lot of attention. The young and old, lingered and languished in the exhibition, letting Prince Hussain’s images captivate their imagination and permeate their sense of wonder. They came away from the exhibition, thoroughly awestruck.

Prince Hussain is also the founder of Focused on Nature, an organization which aims to help projects related to species conservation and slow habitat loss. His magnificent photo book “Diving Into Wildlife” can be purchased on Simerg. 

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s message states that Miss Elizabeth Hoag holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counselling specializing in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Social Anxiety. 

Mawlana Hazar Imam concludes by mentioning that Prince Hussain’s engagement to Elizbeth has brought great joy to his family, and that he is sure that the Jamat would also rejoice on this happy news with him. 

We are particularly happy at this special moment in the life of Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family, and offer our heartfelt congratulations to our beloved Prince Hussain and Miss Elizabeth Hoag on their engagement. We look forward to their auspicious wedding in spring.

Date posted: December 21, 2018.
Last updated: September 21, 2019 – Wedding to take place September 29, 2019. Please see new post
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, announces wedding day of Prince Hussain and Ms. Fareen Hoag

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