Barakah is dedicated to Mawlana Shah Karim al Hussaini, His Highness the Aga Khan, members of his family and the Ismaili Imamat – a Hereditary Divine Institution from the Time of the Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali
2010 Photo Flashback: Qatar, Home of 2022 FIFA World Cup, Was Host to the Most Prestigious Prize Ceremony in Architecture in the Presence of His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims
The nature of the Award is to help shape best practices for the built environments of Muslims and their neighbors. Our mandate must therefore include a wide range of architectural settings — not only mosques, museums and monuments — but also schools and hospitals, industrial spaces and public markets, parks and thoroughfares, and, of course, a variety of residential habitats — His Highness the Aga Khan, Qatar, November 24, 2010.
Qatar is currently hosting the beautiful 2022 FIFA World Cup, which got underway with group matches on November 21, 2022.
Twelve years ago, on November 24, 2010, Qatar was host to the ceremony for the distribution of prizes for the 11th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. We are happy to bring back memories of that event while the world’s attention is on Qatar and the football (soccer) World Cup.
While this post presents a selection of photographs from Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Qatar in 2010, we invite our readers to click on The Ismaili for further details of the 2010 ceremony, including Mawlana Hazar Imam’s speech as well a video of the event.
Even though there is no physical deedar (generally, a glimpse of the Imam in a religious setting), we are content that Mawlana Hazar Imam has come to Qatar and blessed this land with barakah — Qatar Jamati member, November 2010.
In looking at the places we have met and the projects we have honoured, we also see enormous diversity. Diversity, in fact, is part of the essence of Islam. The unity of the Ummah does not imply sameness. Working in an Islamic context need not confine us to constraining models — His Highness the Aga Khan, Qatar, November 24, 2010. Please read full speech
In his speech, Mawlana Hazar Imam raised the following concerns that he felt needed further discussion:
What does architectural excellence mean in the context of Islamic traditions and aspirations? How do we reach a wider array of constituents? Can we expand our social and economic relevance? And how do we best employ innovative technologies?
These concerns, of course, will lead us to further questions. How and where do we teach about architecture? How can we anticipate and occasionally help steer the processes of change? How do we best reward and learn from those who are most successful? How can we share our lessons with others outside the Ummah?
In addressing all these issues, I believe we can, indeed, make our continuing conversation more relevant and more productive — remembering always the Quranic commandment that humankind must take responsibility for shaping and reshaping our earthly environment, employing Allah’s gifts of time and talent as good stewards of His Creation — His Highness the Aga Khan, Qatar, November 24, 2010. Please read full speech
Date posted: December 2, 2022.
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Beautiful write up, excellent share and so heartwarming!
Thanking you kindly for bringing it to our attention. Profoundly so grateful Malik – amazing the time and effort you have devoted is truly appreciated. 🙏❤️🤗