A BEACON OF INSPIRATION
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him), became 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims at the age of 20 on 11 July, 1957 following the death of his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III (2 November, 1877 – 11 July, 1957).
Since his youth, His Highness has guided the spiritual growth of his followers and worked tirelessly for their material welfare and progress. He has articulated that education, self-help, unity, character and generosity as well as the ethic of keeping a balance between the spiritual (din) and temporal (dunya) are the elements which keep a community vibrant and healthy and lead to enlightenment and dignity.
The Aga Khan has described his mission as encompassing not only the interpretation of matters of faith, but also the economic, social, and cultural environments. This engagement, grounded in the ethics of Islam, has led to initiatives by him that, over the past five decades, has led to the improvement, well-being and dignity of human beings in some of the world’s poorest, most deprived and most diverse communities regardless of faith, origin or gender.
This series will try to tell the story of His Highness the Aga Khan and the Ismaili community by presenting the grand panorama of the 49th Imam through a collection of compact, lucid, incisive and authoritative articles. It is sincerely hoped that our greatest asset, the readers, will play their part by submitting anecdotes and photographs to make this a unique series. Please email your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject “Aga Khan IV Series.”
His Highness the Aga Khan IV Series Readings
(latest on top)
Flashback into the 1960′s: Admiration for His Highness the Aga Khan by President Senghor and A K Brohi
Gems from His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech at the University of Ottawa
His Highness the Aga Khan Receives His 20th Honorary Degree From the University of Ottawa
Honorary Degrees Conferred on His Highness the Aga Khan since 1967: A Pictorial Record with Citations, Tributes and Remarks
A Tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan – Part III
A Tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan – Part II
A Tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan – Part I
A Review of His Highness the Aga Khan’s “Where Hope Takes Root”
Aga Khan in Prestigious Jury for First-Ever Business Leader’s Award to Fight Human Trafficking
The Preamble of “The Constitution of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims”
The 11th Cycle of The Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Aga Khan Gifts Brown University in Honour of Vartan Gregorian
Aga Khan Graces 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium
One on One: Peter Mansbridge with His Highness the Aga Khan
His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada: A Profound Affinity – But Why Canada?
November 1, 1983: His Highness the Aga Khan Conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by McGill University
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Foresight and Wisdom at Age 20
“The Power of Wisdom” – His Highness the Aga Khan’s Interview with Politique Internationale
“We are a long way from the democratization of nuclear energy. Maybe I’m naïve but I advocate another approach, which I call “positive proliferation.” The positive proliferation that I would dearly love to see happen is based on a simple principle: yes to energy, no to arms.”
Click for the Aga Khan’s interview. Photo: John MacDonald, Ottawa. Copyright
1957 Aga Khan IV Ceremonial Installation: Presentation of “Sword of Justice” Signified Ismaili Imam’s Role as “Defender of Faith”
Ismaili Imam Bestowed With Honorary Canadian Citizenship at Foundation Ceremony for Aga Khan Museum
Key Themes of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speeches Made During His Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Key Themes of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speeches Between 2000 and July 2007
A Western Correspondent’s Account of the Aga Khan’s Historic First Visit to His Followers in Gorno-Badakhshan
Timeline of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Awards and Honours
Click for Prince Karim Aga Khan, Honours, Part I
Part II – Worldwide Honours For Prince Karim Aga Khan Underline Impact of Ismaili Imamat’s Contribution to Humanity
Part I – Worldwide Honours For Prince Karim Aga Khan Underline Impact of Ismaili Imamat’s Contribution to Humanity
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