Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Weaves the Beautiful and the Practical, the Spiritual and the Material to Better the Quality of Life for Human Beings

INTRODUCED BY MALIK MERCHANT
Publisher/editor BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos

“He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. He is a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, through the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law Ali, the first Imam and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter…Through his words, through his actions, and through the results obtained by the institutions that he has pioneered, he is a beacon of light in much of the world’s conflicting darkness…He manifests the creative relationship of spiritual values and material concern which is unique in the world today…In his own being, His Highness encompasses the world.” — Excerpts from speeches by the Rt. Hon Adrienne Clarkson made on November 25, 2013 and September 21, 2016.

I was present at Koerner Hall in Toronto four years ago on Wednesday September 21, 2016 when Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, became the first recipient of the Adrienne Clarkson prize for Global Citizenship.

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999-2005, awarding the inaugural Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims, in Toronto on September 21, 2016. Photo: The Ismaili / Vazir Karsan.

Being a member of the press in a cramped section, does not allow you to attend to every single proceeding that is underway, and I largely missed the introductory video that was presented by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, who had previously served from 1999-2005 as the 26th Governor General of Canada. It was only during a recent visit to the Aga Khan Museum’s Bellerive Room that I would admit I watched the entire video, fully engrossed in it because it encapsulates Mawlana Hazar Imam’s work so well in just six minutes! I welcome readers to watch this excellent video, which is presented below.

One thing that particularly struck me at the event was when Mawlana Hazar Imam defined what it takes for each one of us to be a Global Citizen. Here is a shortlist he presented for ALL of us:

1. A vital sense of BALANCE;
2. an abundant capacity for COMPROMISE;
3. more than a little sense of PATIENCE;
4. an appropriate degree of HUMILITY;
5. a good measure of FORGIVENESS; and
6. a genuine WELCOMING of HUMAN DIFFERENCE.

I think we can all be Global Citizens, if we sincerely work on these values.

Video on His Highness the Aga Khan

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Flashback to June 6, 2005: Presentation of Order of Canada Decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan

The following pictures are from June 6, 2005 when Canada’s 26th Governor General, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, presented the Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan. The photographs were supplied to us by Rideau Hall’s photographer Sgt Eric Jolin. Some of the photos shown below appeared earlier on Barakah’s sister websites Simerg and Simergphotos.

Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan Barakah and Simerg
His Highness the Aga Khan seated next to the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada before he was presented with the insignia of the Companion of the Order of Canada during a private ceremony that was held at Rideau Hall, on Monday, June 6, 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan was invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, for his meaningful contributions to Canada. Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall
Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan Barakah and Simerg
His Highness the Aga Khan pictured before he was presented with the Order of Canada decoration by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson in Ottawa on June 6, 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan was invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, for his meaningful contributions to Canada. Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall.
GG2005-0176-004 Ottawa, 06 June 2005 Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada is presenting the Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan. Photo credit: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall
His Highness the Aga Khan is presented with the insignia of Companion of the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, during a private ceremony that was held at Rideau Hall, on Monday, June 6, 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan was invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, for his meaningful contributions to Canada. Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall
Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan Barakah and Simerg
His Highness the Aga Khan is presented with the insignia of Companion of the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, during a private ceremony that was held at Rideau Hall, on Monday, June 6, 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan was invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, for his meaningful contributions to Canada. Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall.
Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan Barakah and Simerg
His Highness the Aga Khan is presented with the insignia of Companion of the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, during a private ceremony that was held at Rideau Hall, on Monday, June 6, 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan was invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, for his meaningful contributions to Canada. Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall.
Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan Barakah and Simerg
A portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan taken after he was presented with the Order of Canada decoration by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada. His Highness the Aga Khan was invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, for his meaningful contributions to Canada. Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall.
Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan Barakah and Simerg
His Highness the Aga Khan is presented with the insignia of Companion of the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, during a private ceremony that was held at Rideau Hall, on Monday, June 6, 2005. His Highness the Aga Khan was invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, for his meaningful contributions to Canada. Here he is seen signing the guestbook at Rideau Hall following the decoration. Photo: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall.

Date posted: September 23, 2020.

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3 comments

  1. Dear Malik,

    Thank you very much for sharing the superb photo of Mawlana Hazar Imam receiving the Adrienne Clarkson Award and for sharing the Universal Values that Mawla has proposed. You are doing an amazing work.

    With gratitude
    Moez Murji

    Like

  2. Thank you Malik for this insightful piece. I appreciate the summary you provided from Mawlana Hazar Imam’s speech on what is needed for us to be true Global Citizens.

    Thank you for sharing the informative video clip and magnificent pictures.

    Like

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