We are once again deeply indebted to Amin Jaffer for sharing with readers of Barakah this rich and rare collection of photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Arusha, Tanzania, in 1966. Barakah is dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family as well as the Ismaili Imamat. Jaffer’s previous exclusive contributions have been widely read around the world, and we invite our readers to click on the following links:
Photos of Prince Amyn Aga Khan’s 1968 visits to Arusha;
Photos of Prince Aly Khan’s 1951 visit to Arusha, Tanganyika; and
Photos of Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah and Mawlana Shah Karim from Jan Karmali Collection.
His Highness the Aga Khan in Arusha, Tanzania
By AMIN JAFFER
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, arrived in Nairobi on October 18, 1966 to commence a 54 day visit to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the Malagasy Republic (now Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar).
This was the longest ever visit Mawlana Hazar Imam had made to any part of the world until 1966, since assuming the Imamat on July 11, 1957. During these 54 days he took two very short breaks to Europe for personal engagements, including treatment to his leg.
His visits to various cities and towns in these four countries involved courtesy calls to the Presidents of the countries, meetings and official functions of the Governments and various institutions.
The extensive visit included mulaqats with Jamats in small as well as big towns and cities. He visited Imamat projects including schools, hospitals, dispensaries as well as numerous industries associated with the Industrial Promotion Services (IPS), which is now an economic arm under the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), a major agency of the Ismaili Imamat’s Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in the pituresque town of Arusha on October 20th, two days after landing in Nairobi. He was received at Arusha Airport by Jamati leaders as well as Government officials. From the airport Hazar Imam proceeded to the compounds of Arusha Jamatkhana accompanied by Arusha’s Regional Commissioner. A guard of honour was presented by the Aga Khan Scouts Band, and national anthems of Tanzania and the Ismaili Imamat were played. Thereafter the Regional Commissioner departed, and Hazar Imam inspected the troops of Aga Khan volunteers, boys scouts, girl guides and cubs before going into the Jamatkhana where he bestowed the Jamat with his holy didar, guidance and blessings. He also conducted religious ceremonies.
He then paid a visit to KILTEX, an IPS textile mill, and Tanzania Litho where he performed the opening ceremony of extensions of the facility. Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Michael Curtis, the CEO of Nation Media.
Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Arusha visit included a luncheon hosted by the Aga Khan Council and the Jamat at the Arusha school which was attended by leaders and members of the Jamat as well as government leaders and other dignitaries.
His final stop before departing Arusha was the Aga Khan Primary School which was still under construction. The school was completed a few months later in 1967. He met the school’s architects, contractors, the headmaster and teachers, and signed the guestbook before departing for the nearby town of Moshi.
His Highness the Aga Khan at Arusha Jamatkhana, Tanzania
His Highness the Aga Khan visits IPS Projects in Arusha, Tanzania
His Highness the Aga Khan attends a special luncheon in his honour in Arusha
His Highness the Aga Khan visits Aga Khan Primary School in Arusha
Date posted: February 24, 2019.
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