Introduced, compiled and prepared by MALIK MERCHANT
Publisher-Editor, Barakah, Simerg and Simergphotos
In the spring of 2021, Barakah began celebrating the birthdays of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family members by publishing photos and narratives reflecting their hard work, passion and commitment to making this world a better place to live, and their incredible dedication to the work of the Imamat. We commenced our tribute with Prince Hussain (b. April 10, 1974) as he celebrated his 47th birthday, and followed that with pieces on Prince Amyn (b. September 12, 1937) Princess Zahra (b. September 18, 1970), Prince Rahim (b. October 12, 1971) and Princess Yasmin (b. December 28, 1949).
This special post on Prince Aly Muhammad was first published on the auspicious occasion of his 22nd birthday on March 7, 2022. We are now updating it with Imamat related events that Prince Aly Muhammad participated in between then and March 7, 2023.
We offer convey our sincerest and heartfelt birthday greetings to Prince Aly Muhammad on his 23rd birthday, and wish him success and happiness in all his endeavours. The editor had been away and regrets the delay in updating this post until his return.
March 7, 2000: Birth of Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan
April 2015: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan Visits the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, and Heritage Sites
Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, visited the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad on April 10, 2015 on a working visit to review progress of the school. Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by his son Prince Aly Muhammad, his daughter Princess Zahra and her children Sara and Iliyan. The visit allowed Mawlana Hazar Imam to assess first-hand the progress made since his last visit in September 2013 when the school was formally inaugurated. While at the Academy, Mawlana Hazar Imam toured the campus including the Athletics Centre, the Junior and Senior Schools, as well as the student residences. Together with members of his family, he met and interacted with teachers, staff and students.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, accompanied by member of his family, also toured the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park park, reviewing photographs, restoration plans and the progress of work to date. They also toured Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi.
July 2017: Inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam
October 2017: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan Visits Pakistan
Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan arrived in Pakistan on October 9, 2017 to visit projects of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the north of the country. The trip enhanced his understanding of issues related to the built environment, natural hazard mitigation, health, education, culture, and rural development — all areas in which the AKDN with its partners are actively engaged to improve the quality of life. During his weeklong visit, Prince Aly Muhammad met with numerous families whose quality of life has been enhanced by the Network. From this trip, the Prince then wrote, directed and narrated a documentary Close to Home which was screened at the International Film Festival at Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Lisbon July 2018.
March 2018: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Hosts His Highness the Aga Khan at Windsor Castle
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on March 7, 2018 hosted a dinner at Windsor Castle to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam.
Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Prince Amyn, Princess Zahra, Prince Rahim, Princess Salwa, Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad.
The event acknowledged historic linkages between the Ismaili Imamat and the British Monarchy; and longstanding connections between the Ismaili Community, the institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network, and the United Kingdom. Mawlana Hazar Imam was bestowed the title ‘His Highness’ by Her Majesty the Queen in 1957 upon his accession as the 49th Imam of the Ismaili Muslims.
June 2018: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan at World Partnership Walk Toronto
On June 17, 2018, Prince Aly Muhammad gave an opening speech at Pecaut Square, Toronto for the 34th annual, World Partnership Walk, organized by the Aga Khan Foundation, which raised over Can$ 6 million. Prince Aly Muhammad’s presence energized the crowd of walkers and volunteers. The walkers were delighted to see him walking the route, engaging in conversation along the way and acknowledging the contribution of all those in attendance to improve the lives in marginalized communities around the world. Prince Aly Muhammad spoke eloquently about the work of the Aga Khan Development Network, and his trip to Pakistan that had taken place in October 2017, after which he produced a documentary Close to Home on the impact of climate change on the region’s vulnerable communities.
July 2018: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon
November 2018: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan Visits the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia
Prince Aly Muhammad made a five day visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, during which he visited the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia (UCA). Prince Aly Muhammad spent time with students in Naryn to understand more about their backgrounds and aspirations. “I was deeply inspired by the students and faculty I had the opportunity to meet during this trip. Getting to know so many talented students and learning more about the UCA’s mission has been exciting and deeply rewarding,” explained Prince Aly.
As part of his ongoing work, Prince Aly Muhammad also plans to build on his first film, Close to Home. “I was touched by the enthusiastic response to my first project, including at the World Partnership Walk in Toronto and the Jubilee Arts International Film Festival in Lisbon,” he said. “I plan to continue adding to the Close to Home series, in the hope that these films will help shed light on issues that I believe are important to young people today.”
June 2019: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan Visits Tajikistan
The website Asiaplus reported that on June 25, 2019 Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan arrived in Khorog, the capital of Tajikistan’s Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) for his first ever visit to Tajikistan. During his visit, Prince Aly Muhammad visited the Khorog Campus of the University of Central Asia (UCA).
2020: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan Releases Film Al-Khimyah
In 2020, Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan released the feature length documentary “Al-Khimyah” (see review) which explores the work of the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme in Cairo. This is part of the Prince’s Close to Home Series and shines a spotlight on the 30-hectare Al-Azhar Park — converted from a mound of rubble — and the stories of local residents of the adjacent al-Darb al-Ahmar neighbourhood.
May 2021: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan Attends Virtual Global Convocation of the Aga Khan University
June 28, 2022: Prince Aly Muhammad IN iMAMAT Delegation to UN Ocean Conference
The official website of the Ismaili Muslim community, the Ismaili reported on June 28, 2022 that an Ismaili Imamat delegation led by Prince Rahim attended the Ocean Conference in Lisbon at the invitation of the United Nations (UN).
Representing the Ismaili Imamat, Prince Rahim was accompanied by Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad, and senior AKDN leaders.
July 8, 2022: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan and family members attend Open Air-Concert at Lisbon’s São Jorge Castle
In its issue dated July 22, 2022, The.Ismaili, the official website of the Ismaili Muslim community, reports that on July 8, Prince Amyn, Prince Hussain, and Prince Aly Muhammad attended a special open-air concert by the Aga Khan Master Musicians at Lisbons’s spectacular São Jorge Castle. The concert came about via a partnership between the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat to Portugal; the Aga Khan Music Programme; and EGEAC, the agency responsible for cultural equipment and programming in Lisbon. The aim was to offer an evening of musical delights to citizens and visitors in Lisbon. The Aga Khan Master Musicians look forward to resuming their regular performance schedule, and playing in unique venues and settings like the one in Lisbon. this one after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Distinguished guests to the live event, included President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Mayor of Lisbon Carlos Moedas, and Minister of Justice Catarina Sarmento e Castro.
Formed in 2016, the Aga Khan Master Musicians contribute to the work of the Aga Khan Music Programme (AKMP) and its mission to reinvigorate cultural pluralism and tolerance. They create music inspired by their own deep roots in the cultures of the Middle East, Mediterranean, South and Central Asia, and China. They were joined at the event by special Portuguese guests Ricardo Parreira, Marco Oliveira, and Vicente Magalhães – respected artists in the genres of classical, jazz, and fado, respectively. The Master Musicians and guest artists combined to present an original body of work – this was the first time their unique combination of instruments appeared on the same stage.
July 11, 2022: Mawlana Hazar Imam Celebrates Imamat Day with His Family
December 18, 2022: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan at Ismaili Centre Lisbon’s Open House as it Celebrates 26th Anniversary of its Founding
On the weekend of December 17, 2022, to mark the 26th anniversary of its founding, the Ismaili Centre invited the public to an Open House to learn more about the aspirations and architectural influences considered during the design phase of the building and its gardens. Prince Aly Muhammad, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s youngest child, the Mayor of Lisbon, Dr Carlos Moedas; and President of the Parish of São Domingos de Benfica, José da Câmara were present at the Open House and were offered a tour of the Centre.
The delegation explored the Ismaili Centre’s main spaces, including the prayer hall. Throughout the tour, they engaged with the urban sketchers, a local group of artists performing live sketches in different areas of the Centre; interacted with the artists whose work was on display in the Exhibition Hall; and watched the Sarkosh family performing traditional Afghan music. Other performances during the weekend included the Ismaili Choir of Portugal, who performed well-known songs from the Portuguese and Indian cultures, and Irina, who presented the visitors with traditional dances from the Pamir region of Central Asia.
December 5, 2022: Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan attends 2022 Earthshot Prize Ceremony
In a news release dated December 5, 2022, the AKDN website reports that on Friday, December 2, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales revealed the winners of the 2022 Earthshot Prize at a ceremony in Boston, USA. Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan attended the event on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a Founding Partner of the Global Alliance that supports the Prize. The Earthshot Prize was established by Prince William in 2020 in order to change the global discourse about climate and the environment, from one of pessimism and gloom to one of optimism and hope. Five winners from India, Kenya, Australia, the United Kingdom and Oman shared the £1-million prize at the second annual Earthshot Prize awards ceremony. The winners were selected from 15 finalists across five categories representing an accomplished group of entrepreneurs and innovators spearheading ground-breaking solutions to the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces.
Date posted: March 5, 2022.
Last updated: March 14, 2023 (updated to reflect Prince Aly Muhammad’s news to current, as of his 23rd birthday, which fell on March 7, 2023).
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Malik Merchant is the founding publisher and editor of Barakah (2017) as well as its two sister websites Simerg (2009) and Simergphotos (2012). An IT consultant for more than 30 years, he now engages in family related projects. His passion for literature and community publications began in his childhood years through the work of his late parents Jehangir (d. 2017) and Malek Merchant (d. 2021), who devoted their lives to the service of the Ismaili community, its institutions and the Imam-of-the-Time. In the UK, Malik edited Ilm magazine with his father. The internet encouraged him to launch his first website, Simerg, in 2009. A resident of Ontario for almost 4 decades, he recently relocated to Alberta. He has an animal loving daughter Dr. Nurin Merchant; she is a vet and practices in Ontario.
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Thank you for sharing interesting articles and
beautiful pictures of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family.
Wishing a Happy Birthday to Prince Aly Muhammad. He is achieving many duties in the AKDN (Aga Khan Development Network) with the Rest of the Noorani Family. It is exciting to see how much work he has committed to at an early age. We all pray that Allah gives him Good Health, Happiness, and Prosperity to continue this Work.
A belated Happy Birthday to our beloved dashing Prince Aly Muhammad,and we the community are so thankful and proud of all the activities that you undertake on behalf of our Beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam. Through your activities you inspire our youths of today!
Thank you Mr. Malik for highlighting and keeping us abreast of all the activities undertaken by our Noorani family not only for the betterment of our community alone, but also for all humanity.
Happy birthday to Prince Aly Muhammad. This presentation by Barakah on the Prince is absolutely priceless. Thank you 🙏 Barakah for sharing this amazing collection
Wishing you a very happy birthday Prince Ali Muhammed. We love you. Praying to Allah to to Bless you with Peace and Happiness 💞💞
A Very Happy Birthday to our Dearest Beloved Prince Aly Muhammad on his 22nd; Shezada of our Beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam. Many Happy returns of the day. Very nice portrait.
Salute to our dear Prince for his extraordinary work and contributions for the Global Jamat and always humble and smiling. Health and Happiness to the Noorani Family
On this stupendous day, we wish our beloved 🌹Prince Aly Muhammmed a joyous and wonderful ‘happy birthday’ 🎂🎊
What an exceptional painting, article and reading material, superbly laid out and great share – thank you!
Lastly, to our beloved Prince Aly Muhammad and Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Noorani Family members- our hearts and souls are full of admiration and gratitude, and for your kindness we convey our sincere love and respect to everyone. And to the Ismaili community around the globe – We are truly blessed🙏🏻.
Happy Birthday Prince Aly Muhammad! Wishing you a day that is as special in every way as you are.
Your birthday is a special day for all of us, as the heavens from above shower special blessings of happiness, health and long happy life on our beloved Prince!
Heartfelt Love and Gratitude,
– From Renuka Jehangir Lakhani and Family from Houston, Texas
As always such a pleasure to go through your articles and pics, especially when it come to the Noorani family, and thank you so much for sharing our beloved Prince Aly Muhammad’s 22nd Birthday.
Many Happy returns of the day, dearest Prince Aly Muhammad.
As always, a very well written article, and beautifully illustrated, Malik. Thank you for being on top of our Noorani Family’s special events. May you and your family be truly blessed for it. Ameen.
Happy birthday Prince Aly Muhammad.
Our Beloved Prince Aly Muhammad: Wishing you a very happy, healthy, peaceful and joyous 22nd birthday. We are blessed to see all your contributions and we pray for success in all your endeavors. At the same time we wish and pray for happiness of all the members of the Noorani family. Ameen.
Thanks for this article 🙏
Happy birthday Prince Aly Muhammad. A day beautifully recognized by a lovely painting.
Thank you Malik for a wonderful presentation of our Prince.
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Ali Raza Alif: هزاران بار شکر گذار هستم ای مولای ما لطف تو همیشه بی پایان است (I am grateful a 1000 times. Your kindness is endless).
Surob Qushqorov: 💕🙏💕HBday
Begum Janmohamed: Alhamdulillah
Qasim Ali Khan: Masha Allah
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Shirin Dharani: Happy happpyyyy birthday Prince Aly Muhammad. May Allah swt grant you long life, good health and tons of happiness and fulfillment of all your wishes. Stay blessed always with your family ameen. We all luv you ❤️❤️
Zeleen Virani Mitha: Happy birthday Prince Aly Muhammad
Afsar Ali P T I: Happy birthday
Salima Jalal: Happy birthday to Prince Aly Muhammad
Ishrat Damji: Happy birthday Prince Ali Muhammad
Yasmeen Hakani: Happy Birthday 🎊🎂🎁
Rajab Ali Virani: Happy Birthday 🎊🎂🎁
Shamsha Noorani: Happy birthday 🌹🌹🌹❤️
Wazir Muhammad: Happy Birthday 🎉🎊🎁
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Happy birthday 🙏
Sending our Beloved Prince Aly Muhammad best wishes for a very happy and blessed birthday.
Azmina Visconti & Family
Hi Malik sir: Very nice pictures of the Noorani family.
Mubarak Malik. An awesome post and may Mawla bless you and family in both worlds. Ameen
A very elaborate and detailed post and crisp pictures. Please keep up the good work.
Our Happy 22nd Birthday wishes to our most Beloved Prince Aly Muhammad.
Kamrudin A. Rashid
March 6 2022.
Simply can’t express my happiness. It is beyond words.
We wish our beloved Prince Aly Muhammad a very happy birthday. May the Prince continue to achieve the best in whatever he does, and may the whole Ismaili Jamat and every soul on this earth learn about his enormous contributions and be inspired by his works. We convey to the Prince our deep respect and love and wish him lots of happiness. The Prince has indeed brought warmth to our hearts.
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A very happy birthday to our beloved Prince Ali Muhammad Aga Khan with best wishes for the Prince’s long, healthy, prosperous and happy life.
My congratulations on the auspicious occasion of the birthday of Prince Aly Muhammad to my beloved Mowla Papa and all the members of the Noorani family. Ameen.
I was touched by Prince Aly Muhammad’s painting by Aziz Khanbhai. It is absolutely beautiful. Thank you and bless you for all your good work.
Happy birthday to our great Prince Aly Muhammad. We appreciate your great dedication and amazing hard work, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
An amazing tribute, with nice pictures.
A job well done; nicely presented. May Mawla bless you and your family. Ameen
Wishing Prince Aly Muhammad a very happy birthday with prayers for good health happiness and success in all your endeavours.
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Absolutely wonderful presentation. Very inspiring and revealing the amazing involvement and achievements of Prince Aly Muhammad and his hard work. He is an inspiration to all of us.
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A very nice presentation.
Happy Birthday to our beloved Prince Aly Muhammad. 🎂💐❤️
Allah Bless the Prince with good and healthy long life as well as with success in all his endeavors.. 🤲🏻Ameen.
No words can describe the magnitude of Prince Aly Muhammad’s contribution.
Shukhar Alhamdulillah.. 🤲🏻Aameen
A beautiful tribute to Prince Aly Muhammad. He has done so much in his youthful life….I can only imagine how much more to come…..inshallah. Loved the article and pics portraying the dedication and commitment of the Imamat. Shukar. We are blessed.
Happy birthday Prince Aly Muhammad from all our family members in Toronto and Nairobi.
We are really blessed to have a staunch faith of being Ismailis.
Shukar Alhamdudillah for work well done. 🎂🎊🎁🎈🥳💐🌹