Life – An Exalted Destiny – Aga Khan III

Life - An Exalted Destiny - Aga Khan III Life is a great and noble calling; not a mean and grovelling thing to be shuffled through as best as we can, but a lofty and exalted destiny.

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His Highness the Aga Khan Speech at the International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum

September 15, 2015

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Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

Former Prime Ministers
Ms Alkistis Protopsalti, Minister of Tourism
Your Worship, Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada
Ms Annika Savill, Executive Head of the UN Democracy Fund
Mr Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President, International, The New York Times Company
Excellencies
Distinguished Guests

I am grateful indeed for this opportunity to discuss with you the challenges facing democracy in our world – and to do so in such an appropriate setting. My warmest thanks also go to the people of Athens for their gracious welcome, and to my friends at the New York Times.

Aga Khan Athens 9-15-2015 - Amaana.orgI have long admired – since my undergraduate days at… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan Speech at the Aga Khan Park, Toronto

Aga-Khan-akpark inauguration - Amaana.orgHis Highness the Aga Khan Speech at the Inauguration of the Aga Khan Park, Toronto

Video of Agreement Signing below

May 25th 2015

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Madame Clarkson
Mrs. Weston
Excellencies
Honourable Ministers
Mayor Tory
Distinguished Guests

Madame Premier may I thank you for your most warm and thoughtful words on this occasion. The Ismaili community are relatively recent arrivals in Canada and they’ve been here really as a result of the sorts of situations that you’ve mentioned including Karachi where people of different groups, different faiths, different ethnic backgrounds, have lived in societies governed by fear, pain, poverty, insecurity… an inability to predict anything into the future for themselves, or for future generations.

And what happened in Uganda with Idi Amin, you all know. I don’t need… Continue reading

Aga Khan Speech at Foundation Ceremony Museum at Humayun’s Tomb

Aga Khan Humayun Museum Foundation Ceremony - Amaana.orgHis Highness the Aga Khan Speech at the Foundation Ceremony of the Museum at Humayun’s Tomb, Dehli, India

April 7, 2015

Bismillah-ir-Rahim-ir-Rahim

Honorable Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma
Secretary Mr. Ravindra Singh
Secretary Dr. Lalit Panwar

You have been most generous with your comments this afternoon and I thank you warmly for the encouragement you have given to the people of the Trust for Culture and myself. And I would like to begin these comments by repeating what I said when the foundation-stone was laid sometime ago of the restoration of the Humayun’s Tomb.

We are a partnership. We are not working alone with the Trust for Culture. We are working in a magnificent partnership between public authority and private initiative.

And if we did not have… Continue reading

Aga Khan Speech to All India Women’s Conference, New Delhi India

His Highness the Aga Khan Amaana.orgSpeech by His Highness The Aga Khan
New Delhi, India, March 26, 1980

ALL INDIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

As one of a few rather lonely males in such a distinguished, elegant and talented gathering of beautiful women, I find myself for once, and my family would readily confirm the rarity of the event, almost at a loss at what to say. I am not even very sure that I should be here at all. Like the Prime Minister, I too have never joined a woman’s organization, but for different reasons.

It is most of all, perhaps, a privilege and a very personal pleasure for us once again to meet your Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Her remarkable gifts of leadership are universally admired and India is fortunate indeed to have Mrs.… Continue reading

Aga Khan Speeches, Interviews and Writing from Nanowisdoms – Part 2

His Highness the Aga Khan

 

Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writing featured at Nanowisdoms. Please also visit the theme lists with the Extended and Short Quotes at bottom of this list.

 

Aga Khan Speeches at Nanowisdoms

Aga Khan Speech - Doha Qatar

Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writings List at Nanowisdoms Archives. Please also visit the theme lists with the Extended and Short Quotes at bottom of this list.


NanoWisdoms Archive of Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writings

24 October 2012 The Ismaili Imamat and the Province of Alberta ‘Agreement of Co-operation’ Signing Ceremony (Edmonton, Canada)
22 October 2012 Acceptance Address and Interview – David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award Ceremony hosted by the Synergos Foundation (London, United Kingdom)
20 October 2012 FMIC Women’s Wing Foundation Stone Ceremony (Kabul, Afghanistan)… Continue reading

Aga Khan Speeches, Interviews and Writing from Nanowisdoms – Part 1

Aga Khan Speech - Doha Qatar

 

Imamat Speeches, Interviews and Writings List at Nanowisdoms Archives. Please also visit the theme lists with the Extended and Short Quotes at bottom of this list.

24 October 2012 The Ismaili Imamat and the Province of Alberta ‘Agreement of Co-operation’ Signing Ceremony (Edmonton, Canada)
22 October 2012 Acceptance Address and Interview – David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award Ceremony hosted by the Synergos Foundation (London, United Kingdom)
20 October 2012 FMIC Women’s Wing Foundation Stone Ceremony (Kabul, Afghanistan)
8 October 2012 Bujagali Hydropower Project Inauguration Ceremony (Jinja, Uganda)
July 2012 Preface to ‘Architecture in Islamic Arts’ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; St. Petersburg, Russia)
17 June 2012 Le Parisien Interview, Gilles Maarek, ‘Chantilly est un géant qui se… Continue reading

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Speeches by His Highness the Aga Khan

Mowlana Hazar Imam - Columbia Univ 2006

 

 

 

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan — Inauguration of Amir AqSunqur Mosque in Cairo

Aga Khan Cairo May 2015 - Amaana.orgSpeech by His Highness the Aga Khan — Inauguration of Amir AqSunqur Mosque in Cairo

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May 2, 2015

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

Your Excellency the Minister of Antiquities,
Your Excellency, the Governor of Cairo,
Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers,
Your Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen‎,

It is an immense pleasure to join all of you once again, in this special celebration. The inauguration of the AqSunqur Mosque is an extraordinary moment in its own right. And it also marks the culmination of a larger revitalisation that has taken place over many years in historic Cairo.

As Muslims, we are invited to protect and enhance the world in which we live during our lifetimes. We are trustees of God’s creation, hence the word Trust in… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech to the Parliament of Canada

Aga Khan Addresses Parliament of Canada Feb 27 2014 Amaana.org

 

Address to the Canadian Parliament — Ottawa, Canada

 

February 27, 2014
View video of speech at bottom of text!

 

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

 

Mr Prime Minister,
Speaker Kinsella,
Speaker Scheer,
Honourable Members of the Senate and House of Commons,
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Honourable Members of the Diplomatic Community
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The Prime Minister’s generous introduction has been very kind. I am grateful for this invitation, for our association, and for so thoughtfully enabling leading representatives of our community and institutions, around the world, to join us on this occasion. I am thankful they will have this opportunity to see for themselves why Canada is a leader in the community of nations.

 

I must also thank you, Prime Minister, for inviting me to… Continue reading

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan University Convocation

Aga Khan delivers Convocation address AKU 2013Karachi, 19 December 2013

 

His Excellency, Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, the Governor of Sindh;

His Excellency, Qaim Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Sindh;

Acting Chairman, Dr Robert Buchanan and Members of the Board of Trustees;

President Firoz Rasul;

Provost, Deans, Faculty and Staff of the University;

Members of the Diplomatic Corps;

Members of the National and Provincial Assemblies;

Parents, supporters and distinguished guests;

and Graduands:

 

As Salaam–o Alaikum

 

It is truly a great pleasure for me to celebrate this milestone moment with all of you today. It is a significant time for our University and for this country.

 

As Chancellor, I am delighted, first of all, to extend my warmest congratulations to our graduands and to your families. Bravo! We wish you enormous success… Continue reading

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan Upon Receiving the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, RAIC

Aga Khan Speaks at the Presentation of the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, RAICOttawa, 27 November 2013

 

President Frank and leaders of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada,
Madame Clarkson
Excellencies
Distinguished Guests
Ladies & Gentlemen

 

Monsieur le Président, je voudrais vous remercier pour l’honneur que votre institut me fait aujourd’hui. Je remercie Monsieur Baird de m’avoir nommé pour recevoir ce prix si prestigieux et de ces paroles élogieuses.

 

Je suis profondément flatté de recevoir votre médaille d‘or, tout d’abord à cause des personnalités qui me la remettent – mais aussi par l’esprit d’excellence que votre Institut représente. C’est aussi un grand honneur si l‘on considère la qualité des récipiendaires depuis sa création en 1907; je suis fier d’en faire partie a présent. Je suis d’autant plus heureux qu’il s’agisse d’une récompense canadienne – car comme vous le savez, mes… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech ‘Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’

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Audio of speech at Nanowisdoms

His Highness the Aga Khan October 19, 2003 IIS Speech

Aga Khan : ‘The Qur’an and its Creative Expressions’

His Highness the Aga Khan The Ismaili Centre, London October 19, 2003

Your Excellencies,
Your Worship,
Distinguished Scholars and Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

An assembly of the wise and learned is a privileged occasion. I am, therefore, immensely happy to be with you this morning as you begin your deliberations on a theme which, though of perennial interest, holds a special significance at a time that calls for enlightened encounters among faiths and cultures. Whatever its vernacular forms, the language of art, more so when it is spiritually inspired, can be a positive barrier-transcending medium of discourse, manifesting the depths of the human spirit.

The venue for… Continue reading

Quran, 13:28

ألا بِذِكْرِ اللهِ تَطمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ

“Verily! In the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment.” - Quran, 13:28

Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad:

‘Ali is ‘as my own soul’ (ka-nafsi).

He said to ‘Ali, ‘You are from me and I am from you (anta minni wa ana minka).’

‘Truly, ‘Ali is from me and I am from him (inna ‘Ali minni wa ana minhu), and he is the wali (patron/spiritual master) of every believer after me.’

Hazrat Ali

12. When some blessings come to you, do not drive them away through thanklessness.

13. He who is deserted by friends and relatives will often find help and sympathy from strangers.

Imam Ali Sayings

Imam Jaffer Sadiq

لاَ يَكُونُ شَيْءٌ فِي اْلاَرْضِ وَلا فِي السَّمَاءِ إِلاَّ بِهذِهِ الْخِصَالِ السَّبْعِ: بِمَشيئَةٍ وَ إِرادَةٍ وَقَدَرٍ وَقَضَاءٍ وَ إِذْنٍ وَكِتابٍ وَأَجَلٍ. فَمَنْ زَعَمَ أَنَّهُ يَقْدِرُ عَلى نَقْضٍ وَاحِدَةٍ، فَقَدْ كَفَرَ.

“Nothing occurs in this earth and in the heaven except with the following seven stages: Will, intention, destiny, decree, permission, book and implementation. Then whoever thinks that he can reduce any of these stages, then indeed he has disbelieved.”

- Imam Jaffer Sadiq, Usul al Kafi, vol. 1, p. 149

Rumi on Ramadan

The month of fasting has come, the emperor’s banner has arrived; withhold your hand from food, the spirit’s table has arrived. The soul has escaped from separation and bound nature’s hands; the heart of error is defeated, the army of faith has arrived. Fasting is our sacrifice, it is the life of our soul; let us sacrifice all our body, since the soul has arrived as guest. Fortitude is as a sweet cloud, wisdom rains from it, because it was in such a month of fortitude that the Koran arrived. …Wash your hands and your mouth, neither eat nor speak; seek that speech and that morsel which has come to the silent ones.

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Aga Khan Speech Brown University May 1996:

"Looking around this colorful gathering, I recall helping in the choice of the Aga Khan University's regalia. Our research into Islamic traditions of academic dress revealed that an academic's rank determined the height of his hat. The higher the rank, the taller the hat. The senior most professors therefore appeared taller than their students even when sitting down. I have just learnt that my friend Neil Rudenstein, the President of Harvard has given instructions that all Harvard hats are to be heightened by at least a foot. This has caused havoc in the Ivy League which is now debating resolution MAHH96, standing for Maximum Allowable Hat Height. My academic standing and that of President Gregorian, should be evident from the hats that we are presently wearing!"

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