Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Talika to the Jamat in Tajikistan Emphasizes Calm, Unity, and the Ismaili Tradition of Respecting Law of the Land, As Well As Rejecting Violence, Disorder and Illegal Activity

The following Talika Mubarak from Mawlana Hazar Imam in English and Tajik is reproduced from The Ismaili, the official website of the Ismaili Muslim community. Note that neither the map of Tajikistan nor the photo of Mawlana Hazar Imam included in this post are part of the Talika post in the Ismaili. The map serves to illustrate the location of Gorno-Badakhshan mentioned by Mawlana Hazar Imam in his Holy Talika. The historical photo that precedes the Talika text is from his first visit to Gorno-Badakhshan in 1995.

The Aga Khan wearing a black Persian hat, with a long, flowing purple coat covered with gold filigree, addresses his Ismaili followers during his visit to Tajikistan in 1995. Photo: The Ismaili, Special issue, 1995.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan wearing a black Persian hat, with a long, flowing purple coat covered with gold filigree, addresses his Ismaili followers during his visit to Gorno-Badakhshan in 1995. Photo: The Ismaili, Special issue, 1995.

English

17th January 2022

My dear President and Members,
 
The recent events in Gorno-Badakshan are of deep concern to me and come at a time of increased fragility in the region. I wish you to inform my Jamat, as I have indicated in the past, that it is of utmost importance to understand that the disturbances are not directed at the Jamat nor at the general population of Eastern Tajikistan. It is therefore critical that my Jamat remains calm and acts in a peaceful manner as the government addresses the situation through its appropriate agencies. 
 
I have always advised my Jamat to remain true to our tradition of respecting the law of the land in which they live. My Jamat globally, including in Tajikistan, has a tradition of responsible conduct at all times, particularly in facing crises, and I wish that my spiritual children of Tajikistan should continue in this tradition and also support the authorities in restoring peace and order.
 
I reiterate my farman to my Jamat to reject any form of violence, disorder, illegal activity, or other actions which are contrary to the laws of the land. I especially advise members of my Tajik Jamat, wherever they live, not to engage in any activities that might impede the restoration of peace and good order.
 
My Jamat should avoid relying on rumours and speculation and they should not spread information through any channels including on social media which may be interpreted erroneously, as that can create confusion and result in damaging consequences. My Jamat should comfortably rely on information provided by the Jamati institutions.
 
It is of utmost importance that the Jamat should remain united, including with those amongst whom you live and, at all times, support each other in improving the quality of your lives. The AKDN agencies have been active in Tajikistan for several decades and I have directed that their activities must continue during this time of fragility.
 
I will continue to watch the present developments, as I do at all times, and will send further guidance and direction as required.
 
I send to all my beloved spiritual children of Tajikistan my best loving blessings for mushkil-asan, and for safety and security.
 
Yours affectionately,

Aga Khan

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Map of Tajikistan

Map of Tajikistan, University of Texas
Map of Tajikistan, with the autonomous province of Gorno-Badakhshan in Eastern part of Tajikistan mentioned in Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Talika making up 45% of the land area part of the country, but only 3% of its population, which is mostly Ismaili. Photo: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas.

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Tajik

Talika Mubarak to Tajikistan Jamat

Date posted: January 21, 2022.

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