H.H. The Aga Khan


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 simerg@aol.com, subject “Aga Khan IV Series.”


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“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.”

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15 thoughts on “H.H. The Aga Khan

  1. A great man and a very wise man never talks of money or wealth but shares his own promoting peace and advances in life and technology ( builds schools which benefit thousands and thousands of little children through tens of decades who then progress in life in meaningful employment to give one small way as to how he selflessly helps humanity) are utilised to help humanity and looks after the poor and disadvantaged. He shows compassion and love to not just Muslims but fairly to all faiths. He is a Defender Of the Faith and a godly Muslim man. This man is rare indeed , being a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. He knows how to propagate a life work and spiritual balance and demonstrates it by his charities, industry and enterprise building and promoting and sports partaking with “the love of the sport of the Kings”, horseracing ( I too love this sport, perhaps have done so too much, that’s another story!).

    This most perfect man , handsome, wise, full of life and vigour, this charismatic man in life by example emanates what being human really is. We could learn a lot from him.
    He is Hazar Imam as addressed by his most loved people, he is the AGA KHAN!!!

    Allah bless

  2. Ya Hazar Imam! I believe in you wholeheartedly and I know that what ever you do for us and the sacrifices you give for us are all for our betterment, and it shows the great love you have for us.

  3. Many around the world know about our beloved Mawla by his accomplishments and what he is doing for their betterment. The fundamental principle for each and every murid of the Imam of the Time is to recognize him through his being and who he is.

  4. Being an Ismaili and a follower of His Highness the Aga Khan, I feel so proud when I see him working for humanity through his philanthropic work.

  5. How blessed are we to recieve these “Rays of Light” that shine on us from ALLAH through our EVER living present IMAM.


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