January 7, 2022: Latest News on Mawlana Hazar Imam and Members of His Family

Barakah, a website dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, members of his family and the Ismaili Imamat is pleased to launch this page through which we will highlight the latest news on Mawlana Hazar Imam that is published in the world media, including Twitter. Where copyright restrictions do not allow us to publish the information posted at source, we will endeavour to provide a link to the news item.

December 25, 2021: Prince RAHIM MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OF PORTUGAL

Prince Rahim in conversation with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Lisbon. PHOTO: AKDN / RUI OCHOA
Prince Rahim Aga Khan in conversation with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon on December 25, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Rui Ochoa

The Ismaili, the official website of the Ismaili community recently reported that Prince Rahim Aga Khan, older son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, met with His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, on December 25, 2021 at the Presidential Palace. At the meeting, Prince Rahim conveyed to the President and the people of Portugal Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the new year.

2021: The Personal Standard of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, bearing the crest of the Imam, flies on top of the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: © Simerg.
On July 11, 2018, Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, ordained the instrument to designate the Henrique de Mendonça Palace, pictured above, as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat to be known as the Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat. The Personal Standard of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, bearing the crest of the Imam, flies on top of the Diwan. The presence of the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat or the Diwan in Portugal acknowledges the strong relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and Portugal. Photo: © Simerg.

The President and Prince Rahim acknowledged the strong relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and Portugal, and spoke about the presence and activities of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries, and globally. 

Prince Rahim Aga Khan, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal. Photo: AKDN/Rui Ochoa
Prince Rahim Aga Khan, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal pictured at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon on December 25, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Rui Ochoa

They also took the opportunity to discuss other matters of mutual interest, such as those related to international affairs and regions where the Ismaili Imamat and AKDN have a strong presence, including Central and South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa thanked Prince Rahim for the courtesy visit, and requested that he convey to Mawlana Hazar Imam his warmest greetings and best wishes.

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October 24, 2021: Prince Amyn and Portuguese President inaugurate NOVA University’s Westmont Hospitality Hall

Prince Amyn Aga Khan welcomes President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to the NOVA School of Business and Economics campus in Carcavelos for the inauguration of Westmont Hospitality Hall. PHOTO: AKDN / LUÍS CATARINO
Prince Amyn Aga Khan, younger brother of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, welcomes President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to the NOVA School of Business and Economics campus in Carcavelos for the inauguration of Westmont Hospitality Hall on October 24, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Luís Catarino.

On October 24, 2021, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa joined Prince Amyn Aga Khan, younger brother of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, for the inauguration of the Westmont Hospitality Hall at NOVA University in Lisbon, Portugal. The newly opened space will serve as a home for the Westmont Institute of Tourism and Hospitality at NOVA University’s School of Business and Economics (SBE), which is celebrating the third anniversary of the opening of its campus in Carcavelos. The school’s students and faculty are known as an open and collaborative community, focused on the positive impact of their work and research in the world.

The Westmont Institute is the latest development in the partnership between NOVA SBE and Westmont Hospitality Group, a joint initiative aiming to develop and promote education in hospitality, tourism, and service management. Westmont Hospitality Group, founded by Canada’s Mangalji family, is a global brand that owns and manages more than 400 hotels all over the world. Its mission includes a desire to use hospitality, travel, and tourism as a way of promoting a more sustainable world.

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Prince Amyn Aga Khan and Portugal President, Barakah
Prince Amyn Aga Khan and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa formally open Westmont Hospitality Hall on October 24, 2021. Looking on at right is Majid Mangalji, CEO of Westmont Hospitality Group. Photo: AKDN/Luís Catarino.

In his remarks at the event, Prince Amyn congratulated NOVA SBE and shared his hopes for the future of the project. “The Westmont Institute of Tourism and Hospitality will have the mission to inspire and prepare leaders in the tourism and hospitality industries,” he said, “providing not only excellence in service, but sound business knowledge to promote and support sustainable tourism ventures both in Portugal and, I hope, in Africa and developing countries.”

The entire hospitality industry has suffered multiple adverse effects due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the new Institute inaugurated today hopes to harness the potential of tourism to drive innovative responses to complex challenges such as this.

“I think that tourism, by opening up to travellers’ new lifestyles, new cultures, new traditions, acts as a strong educational experience and breeds understanding, and appreciation of shared values — of how much we share, and not how great are our differences, and that ultimately it promotes a pluralistic approach,” continued Prince Amyn, who has decades of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry globally.

A full report as well as a video of the event appears on the Ismaili, the official website of the Ismaili community.

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October 14, 2021: Prince Rahim Aga Khan attends Tajikistan Cultural Event at UNESCO in Paris

As part of his official three-day visit to France, the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron attended the official opening ceremony of an exhibition called Tajikistan – the Land of Golden Rivers, at the Guimet Museum in Paris on October 13, 2021. The museum is well known for having one of the largest collections abroad of Asian art. The exhibition includes a display of 300 objects from the antiquity of the Tajik people to the present day.

On Thursday October 14, the President attended an event dedicated to the Cultural Day of Tajikistan at the UNESCO Headquarters to mark Tajikistan’s 30th anniversary of independence. Prince Rahim Aga Khan was present at the cultural celebration along with UNESCO’s Director-General Ms Audrey Azoulay.

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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and President Emomali Rahmon at the celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan and President Emomali Rahmon at the celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on October 14, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cecile Genest.

Prince Rahim conveyed Mawlana Hazar Imam His Highness the Aga Khan’s warmest greetings and congratulations, and affirmed the Aga Khan Development Network’s commitment to Tajikistan’s peace and prosperity. AKDN’s investments in Tajikistan span the economic, humanitarian, social, and cultural sectors, helping to improve the quality of life of all Tajik peoples.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan at a cultural celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
Prince Rahim Aga Khan at a cultural celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on October 14, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cecile Genest

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July 13, 2021: Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Rahim Meet French Prime Minister Jean Castex – Tweet and photos

Translation (via Twitter): Happy to welcome His Highness the Aga Khan to Matignon for an exchange on major international issues, the situation of Islam in France but also to bring our common projects to fruition.

Note(s): Jean Castex has been the Prime Minister of France since July 2020. He welcomed Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Rahim at his official residence, the Hôtel de Matignon, which is located in the 7th district of Paris.

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The following photographs are reproduced from The.Ismaili, the official website of the Ismaili community.

Aga Khan and Prince Rahim meet French Prime Minister on July 13, 2021.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga khan, and his son Prince Rahim, arrive at the Hotel de Matignon, the official residence of the Prime Minister of France on July 13, 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest
His Highness the Aga Khan, meets with French Prime Minister Jean Castex on 13 July 2021 Barakah.com
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, meets with French Prime Minister Jean Castex on July 13 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest
Prime Minister Jean Castex bids farewell to Prince Rahim Aga Khan
Prime Minister Jean Castex bids farewell to Prince Rahim Aga Khan after their meeting in Paris on July 13 2021. Photo: AKDN/Cécile Genest

Date posted: July 13, 2021.
Last updated: January 7, 2022.

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10 comments

  1. The continuous update of “The Incessant works “ carried out by our Beloved Hazar Imam and the rest of the Noorani Family for not the Ismaili Community only, but also the rest of the community residing in those regions,is a sheer joy to read and thus keep us abreast.

    Thank you so much Mr.Malik – for your articles in Barakah megazine .I not only enjoy reading them but I learn a lot too. Thank you again.!

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  2. Thanks for posting about the continuous work Our Beloved Hazar Imam and Noorani family are doing for the Gobal Jamat and humanity at large. These articles remind is that we are truly blessed.

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  3. We Ismailis are blessed to be under our beloved Hazar Imam’s guidance and protection.

    During the pandemic Mowlabapa has blessed us with Mubarak Talikas, guided us advised us and prayed for our peace, health and happiness and Mushkil Assan. Ameen Ameen. Shukhar Walhamdullilah

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  4. Thank you for giving us news on Mawlana Hazar Iman and his family. Its a pleasure to visit the website to see the presentation in a very special way. Keep it up.

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  5. Wonderful!!! Thanks AGAIN, Malik Bha! We are so well-informed because of your words or words from others and yours and other people’s photography…A Lot Of Work and an exceptionally accessible website!

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  6. I’m Jamal Zindani from Karachi, Pakistan; today I have seen your post on Facebook.

    It’s very informative and keeping update about our Imam’s activities for the development of our institutional capacity and upliftment of Global Ismaili Jamat.

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