Historic photo and story from 1944: At age 7, the young Prince Karim Aga Khan recited Eid ul-Fitr Namaz in Nairobi

As Muslims around the world prepare to end the fast of the month of Ramadhan, with the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr expected to take place on Friday April 21, 2023, we recall a historic day in the life of Mawlana Hazar Imam who, on or around September 19, 1944, recited the Eid ul-Fitr Namaz (lit. prayers) at the Nairobi Chief (Darkhana) Jamatkhana now known as the Town Jamatkhana. Prince Amyn, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s younger brother, was also present on the festive day. Their religious education tutor, Missionary Kaderali Patel, recorded the day’s events in his diary. Please click HERE or on photo below to read the story.

As we prepare to celebrate Eid, may we draw our readers’ attention to the beautiful Eid Mubarak stamp, shown at left, that was issued by Canada Post on April 3, 2023, ahead of the Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha, which will be celebrated at the beginning of July after the completion of the Hajj. The stamp was featured in our special post HERE.

On the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, we convey our heartiest felicitations to Muslims around the world and wish everyone Eid Mubarak with prayers that Allah may fulfill all your wishes, and that He may in His Infinite Mercy shower His Creation with peace, tranquility and happiness. We also pray for the peace and rest of departed souls. Finally, we pray that Allah give us the strength and courage to face difficulties that we may be facing or that may come our way, and that He may ease our difficulties. Ameen.

Prince Karim Aga Khan reciting Idd Namaz on the occasion of Idd ul Fitr in September 1944 when he was 7 years old.
Prince Karim, now the 49th Imam of Ismaili Muslims, leading the Eid prayers in 1944 at the age of 7. Please click on photo for story.

Date posted: May 11, 2021.
Last updated: April 19, 2023.


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2 thoughts on “Historic photo and story from 1944: At age 7, the young Prince Karim Aga Khan recited Eid ul-Fitr Namaz in Nairobi

  1. This is indeed a very timely and a historical post dating back to over 76 years ago! I am certain it will make all the Simerg readership – young and old – across the globe very happy indeed. The most striking remarks by Prince Amyn are that “It is every child’s duty to obey his parents” to which our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam (then a Prince) added: “That’s true. We must obey our parents. God is not pleased with those children who do not listen to their parents”. Malik, you are absolutely right in stating that “It seemed that flowers poured out of the Princes’ mouths when they said these words”. Alhamdulillah. Advance Idd Mubarak to you and the family and, of course, your Simerg Family as well.

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