This piece is published as part of the commemoration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad on 12th of Rabi al-Awwal which in 2019 falls on or around November 9. The Aga Khan reflects on the world of Islam and calls upon Muslims to seek inspiration from the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad for a truly dynamic Islamic society for the future.
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On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. He said, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.” Continue Reading
On this day of Navroz, I say to each and everyone of you ‘Idd Mubarak’ and I pray that in this New Year your worldly and spiritual progress should progress tenfold and that this should be the case every year. Each Navroz say to yourselves, “Have we done our work?” If you have, then I will be very happy indeed. Once again, I say to you all “Navroz Mubarak”. And I want you at the beginning of this New Year to try to think a little bit ahead in your future. — Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Rangoon, Burma, March 21, 1960, excerpted from Ilm, March 1976.