Princess Yasmin Aga Khan Turned 72 on Tuesday, December 28, 2021: We Congratulate the Princess on Her Birthday and Her Dedication to the Alzheimer’s Association for 40 Years

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan at an Alzheimer's fundraising event in New York in December 1984.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of Prince Aly Khan (1911-1960) and Ms. Rita Hayworth (1918-1987), and younger sister of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Prince Amyn Mohamed pictured at Alzheimer’s fundraiser in New York in December 1984. Photo: Bernard Gotfryd via Library of Congress (LOC). Id:
Inset photo, at top right of portrait (larger version not accessible, except by visiting LOC): A half-length portrait of Prince Aly Khan and Ms. Rita Hayworth, created or published on May 27, 1949. Photo: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection; Photo credit: LOC, Prints and Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection, [reproduction number LC-USZ62-114252]

Barakah Will Profile the Princess and Her Dedication to Alzheimer’s Research Early in 2022

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Alzheimer’s, a disease that was first discovered in 1906, still has no cure after 115 years. Mawlana Hazar Imam’s and Prince Amyn Mohamed’s younger sister, Princess Yasmin, has been at the forefront of raising public awareness about the disease, which contributed to the death of Princess Yasmin’s beloved mother, Ms. Rita Hayworth, on May 14, 1987 at the age of 68. However, Ms. Hayworth’s onset of the disease had begun much earlier, and it took more than ten years before Princess Yasmin found the doctor who diagnosed her mother with Alzheimer’s.

Princess Yasmin turned 72 on Tuesday December 28, 2021, and Sadruddin Noorani of Chicago who has been an active supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association since 1996, having served on its Steering Committee as a member and benefactor, is preparing a special feature piece on the Princess.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan at the White House with President Ronald Reagan during the proclamation of November as Alzheimers month.
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, 4th from left, with Board Members of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, as they present a plaque to President Ronald Reagan at the White House on December 6, 1988. The President had declared November as the Alzheimer’s month. Photo: White House Diaries, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute.

Noorani’s article will focus on the work that Princess Yasmin has been doing for the Alzheimer’s Association since she joined it in 1981, and we hope to publish the piece early in the New Year.

We felt it appropriate at this time to convey, on behalf of all readers of Barakah and its sister websites Simerg and Simergphotos, our warm birthday greetings to Princess Yasmin and congratulate her on her birthday. We wish her good health as well as success in the work she is passionately carrying out to seek out a cure for Alzheimer’s.

For Princess Yasmin’s auspicious birthday, we are honoured and happy to publish a photograph of the Princess with the Late American President Ronald Reagan. Princess Yasmin has graciously shared the signed photograph with Barakah, through Mr. Noorani.

We are also pleased to include a lovely portrait photo of the Princess taken by Bernard Gotfryd in New York 1984. We had published the portrait in an earlier piece as part of a collection of photographs of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Begum Salimah and Princess Yasmin that appear on the website of the US Library of Congress (please click HERE to see Bernard Gotfryd’s photographs in Barakah).

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan greeting President Ronald Reagan

We would like our readers to note that in March 2019, Princess Yasmin spoke on Alzheimer’s at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, following which Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, conducted an interview with her. We invite our readers to read the interview, “There’s Hope,” by clicking HERE; it is available free of charge but requires the creation of an on-line account on the Globe and Mail website or by providing your Facebook or Gmail credentials.

We congratulate Princess Yasmin on her recent birthday, and look forward to publishing Princess Yasmin’s profile in the New Year.

Date posted: December 27, 2021.
Last updated: December 31, 2021.



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  1. Happy birthday princess with prayers for good health, happiness, joy and blessings and success in all your endeavors.

    The work you’re doing is absolutely wonderful and we all wish you a long and healthy life. I have worked with, and known people suffering with Alzheimer’s and feel so lost. Best of luck in all that you do.


  2. Wishing our beloved Princess Yasmin Aga Khan a very happy birthday. May you have success in all your endeavors. 🎂🎉


  3. Happy Birth day Princess Yasmin. Praying for your good health, wealth and happiness. May Mawla give you lots of Baarakat.

    Esmail Remtulla


  4. Happy Birthday to our Beloved Princess Yasmin
    Many Happy returns of the day.
    Many Healthy ones. Ameen
    Salute to Princess Yasmin for her on going work for the Alzheimer’s Association and wherever she is involved in other areas
    All the Best


  5. Wishing you a Happy Birthday Princess Yasmin, which beckons another year of fulfilment, innumerable happy moments and escapades of serenity and peace. We also wish today on this very special day and every day for the rest of your life be filled with the warmth of sunshine, the happiness of sounds of laughter, the feeling of love and the sharing of good cheer.

    Mary Hassanali
    Calgary, Alberta


  6. This is a small selection from the social media groups where a referral to Princess Yasmin’s Barakah article was made: – Ed.

    Suli Kanji Asani: Happy Birthday 🎂🌹Princess Yasmin
    Iqbal Ali: Happy birthday
    Yasmin Rajan: Happy Birthday 🥳🎂🎉🎉🎉🎉
    Mahmood Pardiwala: Happy Birthday 🎊🎁🎂
    Hira Khan: Happy birthday ♥
    Fatima Janmohamed: Happy Birthday, Princess Yasmin!
    Shehla Khowaja: Happy Birthday 🎂🎊🎁
    Manisha Wafa: Happy birthday 🎂 beautiful Princes😍❤️
    Vafo Noyoftov: Happy Birthday to our beloved Princess Yasmin Agakhan
    Shenaz Ladha: Happy Birthday 🎊🎉🎁 princess
    Noor-ul Ain: Happy Birthday 🎂🎁🎊princess
    Alida Habib: Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎊
    Jamila Kanji: Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎈
    Faridabano Jamal: Happy birthday princess Yasmin Agha khan
    Amir Samji: A Very Humble and a Very Kind Happy Birthday to Princess.
    Qurban Hussain Gulbasti: Happy Birthday 🎊🎂🎁
    Nasim Rajan: Happy Birthday🎂🎊🎉
    Taj Manasiya: Happy birthday stay blessed
    Rubina Kanji: Happy Birthday 🎁🎊🎉
    Rojina Charniya: Happy birthday
    Hasina Rashid: Happy Birthday
    Rehana Jiwani: Happy birthday dear princess Yasmin
    Nargis Siraj Pirmohammed: Happy Birthday Princess Yasmin
    Sarwar Niazi: Happy Birthday
    Alida Habib: Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎊
    Parveen Jessa: Happy birthday 🎂🎁🎉🎈
    Sul Assar: Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎈
    Zul Jamal: Happy Birthday🎂🎉🎁
    Ahmad Majar: Happy birthday dear princess 🌹🌹🌹
    Gulshan Aman: Happy birthday princess Yasmin 🎂🎁🎊🎉🌹🌺💕🌷❤️😍
    Shirin Dharani: Many many happy returns of the day Princess Yasmin, may Allah swt bless you and your loved one’s and fulfill all your wishes. Ameen.
    Shanaz Moloo: Happy Birthday to Princess Yasmin🎂💕🌹
    Munira Mughal: Happy 😊 birthday 🎉 to princess Yasmin. I love 💕 you 🎂🎉 so much ommah
    Salim Habib: A very inspiring person with illustrious characteristics like the beacon bearing family; internationally, her grand father was the first president of the League of Nations, her father represented Pakistan at the United Nation, she has devoted her entire life for the cause of cure for Alzheimer, her father also established a hospital. Prince Aly S Khan, in Mumbai , a life full of proud moments and the world is truly indebted.


    • Happy Birthday 🎂 🥳🎉 Princess Yasmin. Tons and tons of happy returns of the day. All the very best of everything in spiritual and material happiness throughout the year. Enjoy celebrating with your family.


  7. A very happy birthday to Princess Yasmin. Wonderful lady who is working for a worthy cause. May Allah SWT bless her and keep her safe.


  8. Happy Happy Birthday to Princess Yasmin; wishing you a happy, healthy and joyous Birthday 🎂🎉🌹🌺🙏

    All the best in creating an awareness and cure for Alzheimer’s disease.


  9. Happy Birthday to our beloved princess and long you may live.

    We are looking forward to the forthcoming article with great interest. It will be very interesting to learn Imam’s family involved in public service as a tradition of the family. Thanks.


  10. Best wishes to you Princess Yasmin Alykhan on your 72nd birthday and hope you are successful in all your endeavours in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s with your constant support


  11. Happy Birthday to Princess Yasmin! Wishing her success in her pursuit to create an awareness and cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

    Thank you Malik for once again showcasing Princess Yasmin and her work for the Alzheimer Association.

    Looking forward to reading Sadruddin Noorani’s in-depth profile of Princess Yasmin’s engagement with the Association.


    • Wishing our Beloved Princess Yasmin a very Happy, Healthy, joyous and Peaceful Birthday. We wish her good health as well as success in the work she is passionately carrying out to seek out care for Alzheimer’s. Ameen


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