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.

Aga Khan Speeches

Speeches by His Highness the Aga Khan

Mowlana Hazar Imam - Columbia Univ 2006

 

 

 

April 2015

September 2014

March 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2012

September 2012

November 2010
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2010 Award Presentation Ceremony – Doha, Qatar – November 24, 2010

October 2010
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 10th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture – Toronto, Canada – October 15, 2010

September 2010
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the inauguration ceremony of the National Park of Mali – Bamako, Mali – September 22, 2010

May 2010
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and the Park May 28, 2010

March 2010
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Conference Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Nation Media Group March 18, 2010

January 2010
Speech Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Conference on Afghanistan – Lancaster House, London January 28, 2010

December 2009
Speech on Acceptance of the 2009 Nouvel Economiste Philanthropic Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Award – Cour des comptes – Court of Accounts, Palais Cambon December 17, 2009

October 2009
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe October 13, 2009
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Khorog Park October 10, 2009

July 2009
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of the Revitalized Forodhani Park, Stone Town, Zanzibar July 30, 2009

June 2009
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Graduation Ceremony of the University of Alberta upon being conferred an Honorary Degree of Laws Edmonton, Canada – June 9, 2009

April 2009
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Global Philanthropy Forum Washington, DC – April 23, 2009

December 2008
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inaugural Ceremony of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Ottawa, Canada – December 6, 2008

April 2008
“The Peterson Lecture” by His Highness the Aga Khan to the International Baccalaureate 40th Annual Meeting Atlanta, April 18, 2008
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Dinner hosted by Governor Perry and First Lady of Texas

August 2007
His Highness the Aga Khan awarded Kenya’s highest medal of honour, the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya, (C.G.H.) by President Mwai Kibaki Speech

July 2007
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Spirit and Life Exhibition London – also speech by Prince of Wales!

June 2007
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Graduation Ceremony of the Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) Programme at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Enabling Environment Conference in Kabul

September 2006
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad September 2006

June 2005
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the American University of Beirut upon being conferred Doctor of Laws

June 2004
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan on Preventing the Failure of Democracy

December 2003
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Aga Khan Academy Kilindini, Mombasa, Kenya
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre in Dubai

October 2003
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Address at the 25th Anniversary Graduation Ceremony of the Institute of Ismaili Studies October 20, 2003
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech at the Institute of Ismaili Studies 25th Anniversary Session October 19, 2003

April 2003
Speech By His Highness the Aga Khan at the Ceremony to Inaugurate the Restored Humayun’s Tomb Gardens New Delhi, 15 April 2003

September 2002
Pluralism Key to Peace and Development Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan

June 2002
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre in Houston, Texas
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Banquet Hosted in Honor of Governor Perry at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre in Houston, Texas

March 2002
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech at the at the Opening of the Islamabad Serena Hotel – March 11, 2002
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech at the Inauguration of the First MicroFinance Bank Ltd. – March 11, 2002

November 2001
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the 2001 Award Presentation Ceremony of the Aga Khan Award For Architecture in Syria

October 2001
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Commonwealth Press Union Conference

May 2001
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech April 22nd 2001 at the International Convocation of the American Association of Universities. Among the speakers at the conference also were Charles M. Vest, AAU Chairman and President, MIT, and The Honorable Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State

January 2000
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Vision for Islamic Architecture

November 1999
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Keynote Speech at World Bank InfoDev Conference, Washington

October 1998
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech at Alhambra Palace in Spain
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech at Granada d’Oro in Spain

July 1998
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Lisbon Ismaili Center Inauguration Speech

October 1997
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech 1997 Hadrian Award Ceremony

September 1997
Speech by His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan Oxford, November 2, 1960

May 1997
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech at the All India Women’s Conference
Speech by Princess Zahra at the International Ismaili Women’s Forum

October 1996

His Highness Aga Khan’s Speech at the Commonwealth Press Union Conference, South Africa, Oct 17, 1996

June 1996
His Highness Aga Khan Address at Brown University

November 1985

March 1983
H. H. Aga Khan’s Speech at the Foundation Ceremony of the Girls Academy, March 1983

July 1982
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Jamat Khana and Center Burnaby July 1982

March 1980

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

September 1979
His Highness the Aga Khan’s Speech Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Jamat Khana and Center London, U.K. September 1979

October 1976
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech at the Seerat Conference Pakistan 1976

Ismaili Centre London September 1979 – This building and the prominence of the place it has been given indicate the seriousness and the respect the West is beginning to accord Muslim civilization of which the Ismaili Community, though relatively small, is fully representative.

Asia Society New York, September 1979 – As we work towards that vision of the future we will remember the Surah of Light from the Quran. It tells us that the oil of the blessed olive tree lights the lamp of understanding, a light that belongs neither to the East nor West. We are to give this light to all. In that spirit, all that we learn will belong to the world and that too is part of the vision I share with you.

Fez, Morocco, October 1979 – We are living through a time of passive disabling and must now seek to reverse that trend.

New York, April 1980 – In Islam, where the faith demands disciplined integration and unity of all aspects of daily life, the potential and responsibility of the architect is especially significant.

Amman, Jordan, May 1980 Opening remarks – Whatever efforts the Award may make to provide a new direction and sense of purpose to the future environment of the Islamic world, it cannot achieve substantial or long-term results unless the governments and people identify and implement the changes they desire.

Amman, Jordan, May 1980 Closing remarks – The Islamic countries have their own schools of architecture, complete with men of talent and creativity. It is much more important that the Aga Khan Award encourage the strengthening of these schools and the support of their graduates, particularly the younger architects who in a sense control the destiny of the Islamic architectural world of the future. This is an issue of primary concern to me, and one which has been raised many times.

 

November 1967
Mowlana Hazar Imam’s Speech at Peshawar University November 30, 1967

Prince Alykhan
Speeches by Prince Aly Khan His Highness the Aga Khan’s father

Prince Sadruddin
Speech by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Ahead of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development “Just as the key to human sickness is often in the mind, so the key to the planet’s ills may be in our collective mindsets — the priorities we give to our lives and our lifestyle choices”

Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah
Hazrat Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah’s Message to all Pakistan Women’s Association and more!

Princess Zahra
AKF Walk Updates! Princess Zahra’s Speech at the Partnership Walk in Houston April 1998
Princess Zahra’s Speech Toronto 1997

Annemarie Schimmel
A Good Word is Like a Good Tree speech by Annemarie Schimmel

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 jokes

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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