The publisher/editor of Barakah, Simerg and Simergphotos and members of the Late Jehangir Merchant family wish Ismailis around the world Salgirah Mubarak on the auspicious occasion of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 83rd birthday, and we offer our sincere prayers for everyone’s happiness and success in all walks of life.

We are delighted to include a downloadable photo of the depiction of Mawlana Hazar Imam at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, along with Salgirah messages from the core team of the Canadian Ismaili leadership team which appeared in the weekly Al-Akhbar newsletter of Friday, December 13, 2019, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, was born on December 13, 1936 in Geneva, Switzerland and, at 83, is the oldest serving Imam in Ismaili history.

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His Highness the Aga Khan Cnadian Museum for Human Rights Barakah Simerg
A life-size depiction of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mawlana Hazar Imam is depicted with other Honorary Canadian Citizens in a special section on the floor dedicated to “Turning Points of Humanity. The caption in the photo reads: “AGA KHAN IV: The fourth Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslim communities was named an Honorary Canadian Citizen in 2009 for advancing tolerance and human right.” The last line in the caption, presumably crediting the photo, says, “French Delegation of the AKDN Foundation.” Photo: Malik Merchant / Barakah.


Joint Salgirah message from AMEERALLY KASSIM-LAKHA, President, Aga Khan Council for Canada, DR. KABIR JIVRAJ, Chairman, Ismaili Tariqah & Religious Education Board for Canada, AZMINA DAMJI, Chairman, Grants & Review Board for Canada, AL-NAWAZ NANJI, Chairman, Conciliation & Arbitration Board for Canada, KARIM THOMAS, Vice-President, Aga Khan Council for Canada, and DR. NAZMUDIN BHANJI, Mukhisaheb, Darkhana Jamatkhana

Today, on the auspicious occasion of our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 83rd birthday, we offer our heartiest Mubaraki to every member of the Canadian Jamat.

Salgirah provides each of us an opportunity to reflect on our deeply personal bond with our beloved Imam and our ties with one another, as spiritual brothers and sisters.

Hazar Imam has often reminded us of the importance of living the principles of our faith in our everyday lives. And in today’s fragmented world, it is the bonds of community and our deeply-rooted values, which allow us to realize the social conscience of Islam.

The ethic of service, for example, sits at the bedrock of our values. The Ismaili Volunteer Corps, marking its 100 years of selfless service, truly embodies the spirit of generosity, compassion and care for those most vulnerable. So too do the countless non-badged volunteers who selflessly give of their time and energy to improve the lives of others in the Jamat and in the greater community. May we all continue to find ways to serve and learn together.

And as we celebrate Salgirah together as one Jamat and re-affirm our love, loyalty and devotion to our Hazar Imam, let us recommit to those cherished principles of kindness, tolerance, and forgiveness, harnessing our values to shape a more understanding, pluralistic and harmonious world.

On this joyous day, we offer our humble shukhrana for Hazar Imam’s continued love, mercy, guidance and protection. We pray for the Jamat’s happiness, good health, prosperity, strength of faith and unity.

We pray for the safety and security of all those living in conditions of conflict and strife. And we hope that today can be a day of light and joy for every member of the Jamat, and for our beloved Imam.

Khushiali Mubarak.


Statement by the Prime Minister on the birthday of His Highness the Aga Khan

Aga Khan and Trudeau
His Highness the Aga Khan greets Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Office of the Prime Minister located at the Centre Block of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Photo: © Jean-Marc Carisse.

December 13, 2019
Ottawa, Ontario

“Today, we join Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 83rd birthday of their spiritual leader, His Highness the Aga Khan.

“His Highness has worked for more than six decades to reduce poverty, improve healthcare and education, and defend the rights of the most vulnerable, especially women and children. An advocate for people of all backgrounds and faiths, he inspires others to follow his path of compassion, generosity, and service.

“The Aga Khan champions respect for diversity and human rights – values that are shared by Canadians. In recognition of his contributions, he was named an honourary Canadian citizen. His Highness also chose Canada as the home of the Aga Khan Museum and the Global Centre for Pluralism. Canada, and the world, are stronger because of his work to build a more peaceful, inclusive future.

“Today, Sophie and I thank the Aga Khan for his international leadership, and wish him continued health and happiness on this special day.”

Date posted: December 13, 2019.

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