Simerg’s Photo Features: Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Fatimid Glass, Alamut and Bagamoyo Jamatkhana

This website’s photo blog, Simergphotos, was launched just over three years ago. Together, Simerg with Simergphotos, has achieved a combined viewership of over two million – 1.8 million and 306,000 since 2009 and 2011 respectively. During the course of this time we have published memorable photo essays covering a vast array of subjects. Beginning this week, we bring you links to highly informative and educational pieces. Our journey commences with Prince Amyn Aga Khan’s Investiture as Head of Ismaili Scouts, the Discovery of Fatimid Glass in a Byzantine Shipwreck, Alamut Where Every Stone Tells a Story, and A Journey to Bagamoyo Jamatkhana. Please click on the images below for these fascinating historical stories.

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Simerg’s Jamatkhana Series and the new Ismaili Centre in Toronto

As part of one of our previous annual anniversary series, we had asked our readers to tell us how a particular Jamatkahana has impacted their lives. Links to some of the reflections that we published are provided below. Ismailis and Toronto residents alike eagerly await and are excited about the opening of the new Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Toronto, along with the Aga Khan Museum and the Park, all located at one site. Thousands walk or drive by the magnificent buildings, and Simerg welcomes your thoughts and reflections on these projects which, Inshallah, will be opening soon. In this regard, readers will also wish to read Jim Bowie’s superb piece of the photos he had been taking of the construction site since its inception. Please click In the Making: The Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park. Alternatively, to download a PDF file (5mb) please click on the image below.

A MYSTICAL HALO (AND A GLITTERING STAR) AT THE SITE OF
THE NEW TORONTO ISMAILI CENTRE AND JAMATKHANA

PDF Photo essay: Click on image

Flashback - a  night scene at the Aga Khan Museum project site on November 29, 2010. Photo: Jim Bowie.

Flashback – a night scene at the Aga Khan Museum project site on November 29, 2010. Photo: Jim Bowie.

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 SIMERG’S JAMATKHANA SERIES

Learning and Sharing Knowledge About Ismaili Jamatkhanas Through Imamat Day Greeting Cards

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Dubai’s Jewel: The Ismaili Community’s Congregational Space

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Bagamoyo’s Historic Ismaili Jamatkhana Through Pictures, Poetry and Prose

Fond Memories of Salamieh, 51 Kensington Court, and Yakymour

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1953-1957: Ismailia Social and Residential Club and Jamatkhana
at 51 Kensington Court, London W8

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At the Ismaili Centre

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"Happy Days in Hasanabad" by Dr. Aziz Kurwa. Simerg Special Series: Jamatkhana - A Place of Spiritual and Social Convergence.

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Memories of Nairobi’s Majestic ‘Town Jamatkhana’,
formerly the ‘Darkhana’ of Kenya

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5 Palace Gate when it was a privilege to be in England

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The Darkhana, Canada: A Building of Graceful Architecture and Spiritual Nobility

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Remembering Kampala Jamatkhana: Special in so many ways

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A Jamatkhana in Tashkorgan, China

The Jamatkhana in Tashkorgan in Xinjiang Province, China. Please click for story and photographs.

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Serenity in Central London: The Ismaili Centre

The Prince of Wales is greeted by the Aga Khan during a visit to the Ismaili Centre to join a reception to help celebrate its 25th anniversary. Photo: Press Association, Nottingham, UK. Please click for article

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Date posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014.

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Photo Essay: July 19, 2013, Sees the Opening of a Beautiful New Jamatkhana in Canada’s Capital @Simergphotos

This photo piece at Simergphotos serves two purposes: A fond memory and reflection of the old Jamatkhana at 991 Carling Avenue, which served the Ismaili community in Ottawa for twenty-six years, and a tribute to a great new building at 3225 Conroy Road which became operational as the new Jamatkhana on Friday, July 19, 2013 with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an.

Photo Essay: Ismaili Muslims Open a Beautiful New Jamatkhana in Canada’s Capital

The foyer of Ottawa's new Jamatkhana which was declared open on Friday July 19, 2013. Please click for photo essay.

The foyer of Ottawa’s new Jamatkhana which was declared open on Friday July 19, 2013. Please click for photo essay.

Learning and Sharing Knowledge About Ismaili Jamatkhanas Through Imamat Day Greeting Cards

Introduced by Malik Merchant
Editor, www.simerg.com

The 2013 Send an Imamat Day eCard feature by The Ismaili, the official website of the worldwide Ismaili Muslim community, includes a wonderful collection of images of Ismaili Jamatkhanas, including those of the five high profile Ismaili centres.

Simerg launched The Jamatkhana series as part of its 2nd anniversary in 2011, and we are pleased to create this post, and incorporate it into the series. The images and captions shown below are taken from the Ismaili greeting card collection, and the links included with each image will take you to some excellent and informative pieces about the respective Jamatkhana at the Ismaili website.

On the auspicious occasion of the 56th Imamat Day Anniversary of the 49th Ismaili Imam, the editor of Simerg wishes Ismailis all over the world Imamat Day Mubarak, and prays for everyone’s peace, barakah and success in all walks of life, and for spiritual enlightenment under the guidance of the Imam of the Time, Noor Mawlana Sha Karim al-Hussaini Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan.

THE ISMAILI CENTRE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

The Ismaili Centre, London is a multi-purpose facility established by Mawlana Hazar Imam for the Jamat’s cultural, educational, religious and social activities. Opened in 1985 by the then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the Centre was the first in the Western world to have been built specifically to the community’s requirements. In 2010, the Ismaili Centre, London celebrated the 25th anniversary of its opening, with, amongst other events, a tea party attended by Mawlana Hazar Imam and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

The Ismaili Centre, London is a multi-purpose facility established by Mawlana Hazar Imam for the Jamat’s cultural, educational, religious and social activities. Opened in 1985 by the then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the Centre was the first in the Western world to have been built specifically to the community’s requirements. In 2010, the Ismaili Centre, London celebrated the 25th anniversary of its opening, with, amongst other events, a tea party attended by Mawlana Hazar Imam and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

» Click here to learn more about the London Ismaili Centre

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RAWAT III JAMATKHANA, GILGIT-BALTISTAN, PAKISTAN

Part of a seismically unstable zone that is prone to earthquakes, floods, landslides and droughts, Pakistan's northern region has long been home to a signifiant Ismaili population. Several new purpose-built jamatkhana projects blend traditional building with new disaster-resistant techniques. From design and construction to finished product, the new structures offer a model to uplifit the quality of habitat throughout the region.

Part of a seismically unstable zone that is prone to earthquakes, floods, landslides and droughts, Pakistan’s northern region has long been home to a significant Ismaili population. Several new purpose-built jamatkhana projects blend traditional building with new disaster-resistant techniques. From design and construction to finished product, the new structures offer a model to uplift the quality of habitat throughout the region.

» Click here to learn more about the Rawat Jamatkhana

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THE ISMAILI CENTRE, DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was opened on 12 October 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam. It is the first such Centre in Central Asia — a region that has been home to Ismaili Muslims for more than a thousand years. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Dushanbe, Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, senior government officials, diplomats, scholars and leaders of faith communities. Representatives of the Ismaili community from around the world were also present.

The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe was opened on 12 October 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mawlana Hazar Imam. It is the first such Centre in Central Asia — a region that has been home to Ismaili Muslims for more than a thousand years. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Dushanbe, Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, senior government officials, diplomats, scholars and leaders of faith communities. Representatives of the Ismaili community from around the world were also present.

» Click here to learn more about the Dushanbe Ismaili Centre

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THE ISMAILI CENTRE, LISBON, PORTUGAL

Inaugurated on 11 July 1998, the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon established, for the first time in continental Europe, a permanent place of gathering for Ismaili Muslims. The Centre's Jamatkhana is complemented by premises for the social, cultural and economic development institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network, serving people of all faiths, backgrounds and origins.

Inaugurated on 11 July 1998, the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon established, for the first time in continental Europe, a permanent place of gathering for Ismaili Muslims. The Centre’s Jamatkhana is complemented by premises for the social, cultural and economic development institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network, serving people of all faiths, backgrounds and origins.

» Click here to learn more about the Lisbon Ismaili Centre

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ISMAILI JAMATKHANA, LAHORE, PAKISTAN

The Ismaili presence in Punjab can be traced back at least a thousand years to Fatimid times, when Multan was a major centre for the Jamat. Nestled along Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan Road, the Ismaili Jamatkhana Lahore is the first modern facility to be purpose-built for the Jamat in that city. Rooted in tradition and heritage, the Jamatkhana symbolises centuries of the Jamat’s presence in the region, and its continuity in a land steeped in the many interpretations and practices of Islam.

The Ismaili presence in Punjab can be traced back at least a thousand years to Fatimid times, when Multan was a major centre for the Jamat. Nestled along Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan Road, the Ismaili Jamatkhana Lahore is the first modern facility to be purpose-built for the Jamat in that city. Rooted in tradition and heritage, the Jamatkhana symbolises centuries of the Jamat’s presence in the region, and its continuity in a land steeped in the many interpretations and practices of Islam.

» Click here to learn more about the Lahore Jamatkhana

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THE ISMAILI CENTRE, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai is a complex of creative spaces for contemplative, cultural, educational and recreational purposes, designed to encourage understanding and the sharing of wisdom from many perspectives. It was opened on 26 March 2008 as part of the commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee. The Centre draws on spiritual and intellectual roots that give it contemporary resonance. Its courtyards, gardens and watercourses, set amidst interlinking interiors, propose a harmony of tradition and timelessness.

The Ismaili Centre, Dubai is a complex of creative spaces for contemplative, cultural, educational and recreational purposes, designed to encourage understanding and the sharing of wisdom from many perspectives. It was opened on 26 March 2008 as part of the commemoration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Golden Jubilee. The Centre draws on spiritual and intellectual roots that give it contemporary resonance. Its courtyards, gardens and watercourses, set amidst interlinking interiors, propose a harmony of tradition and timelessness.

» Click here to learn more about the Dubai Ismaili Centre

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THE ISMAILI CENTRE, BURNABY, CANADA

The Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, a tree-lined suburb of Greater Vancouver, is the first such centre to be purpose-built by the Ismaili Muslim community in Canada. The site was acquired in 1979, and a firm led by the well-known Vancouver architect Bruno Freschi, was commissioned to prepare the plans for the building. In August 1985, the Centre was opened by Canada’s then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. This year, the Centre is marking its 25th anniversary.

The Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, a tree-lined suburb of Greater Vancouver, is the first such centre to be purpose-built by the Ismaili Muslim community in Canada. The site was acquired in 1979, and a firm led by the well-known Vancouver architect Bruno Freschi, was commissioned to prepare the plans for the building. In August 1985, the Centre was opened by Canada’s then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. This year, the Centre is marking its 25th anniversary.

» Click here to learn more about the Burnaby Ismaili Centre

To send a personalized card, please click Send an Imamat Day eCard.

Date posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

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