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In memory of Prince Aly Khan and Prince Sadruddin: Two brothers who passed away on same day 43 years apart

Introduced by ABDULMALIK MERCHANT
Publisher-Editor, Simerg, Barakah and Simergphotos

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Ismaili leaders and Late Alwaez Jehangir Merchant (right) look on as Prince Aly Khan signs the Visitor’s Book in the Ismaili Council Chambers during his visit to Lourenço Marques in 1957. Photo: Jehangir Merchant Family Collection.

I was a young boy of seven years old when one very early morning, as I was preparing for school, there was a gentle knock on our 2nd floor apartment door in Lourenço Marques (LM),  now Maputo, Mozambique. My father opened the door to Mukhisaheb’s son, a boy of my age. He had walked about a mile to deliver a message for my parents – we didn’t have a phone –  that Prince Aly Khan (June 13, 1911 – May 12, 1960) had passed away in a motor car accident and that Mukhisaheb and the leadership had convened a meeting in Jamatkhana later that morning. He asked that we should turn on the radio. Yes, indeed the news was on it. There was deep sadness in our faces and hearts. My parents, as teachers, had had the great privilege of meeting Prince Aly Khan during his visit to LM in 1957, a few months before Mawlana Shah Karim became the 49th Imam on July 11, 1957. Continue Reading

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan speaks to the Globe and Mail about her mother and Alzheimer’s

Introduced by ABDULMALIK MERCHANT
Publisher-Editor, Simerg, Barakah and Simergphotos

Wency Lung who reports for the Globe and Mail’s health pages conducted an interview with Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s younger sister, when she visited the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto on March 29, 2019, to participate in a film screening and panel discussion on the benefits of the arts for individuals living with dementia.

To read the interview please click ‘There’s hope.’ Princess Yasmin Aga Khan opens up about her mother Rita Hayworth and Alzheimer’s disease (subscription or registration with the paper may be required). Continue Reading

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