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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Aga Khan stresses importance of pluralism – Ogden Lecture at Brown University

Aga Khan emphasizes collective responsibility, cracks jokes in talk on tradition and technology

By Caroline Kelly
Christina Paxson President converses with His Highness the Aga Khan after Ogden Speech at Brown University - Amaana.org

Photo  – Brittany Comunale / Herald

 

There was room for both social media jokes and a thoughtful discussion of modern communication in Prince Karim Aga Khan IV’s lecture yesterday.

 

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV ’96 hon. P’95 said during a lecture Monday that the hardest part of speaking at Brown again since delivering the baccalaureate address in 1996 was “that you have to explain what you got wrong the first time.” It was hard to imagine that the thorough, well-spoken 49th hereditary imam of Nizari Ismailism would be prone to carelessness.

 

But he insisted. “I think I actually underestimated what happened in the 18 years ahead,” he said, acknowledging that back… Continue reading

Aga Khan Delivers Ogden Lecture at Brown University

 

Aga Khan Delivers Ogden Address Brown University - Amaana.org

The 88th Stephen Ogden Lecture delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan at Brown University

 

View Video with Captions below, courtesy Brown University via Nanowisdoms.org

 

10 March 2014

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim
President Paxson,
Ogden Family representatives,
Brown University Faculty, Students and Alumni,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Thank you very much, Madame President, for your very kind introduction. It is a great honour for me to give the Ogden Lecture, to be included in the distinguished company of past Ogden Lecturers, and to pay tribute to the memory of Stephen Ogden.

 

I am also delighted to be present for the opening weekend of Brown’s 250th Anniversary, or one might say, the happy conclusion of Brown’s first quarter of a millennium!!

 

Christina Paxson, President, Brown UniversityI have long felt a close sense of belonging… 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 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

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.

 

Imamat Day July 11, 2013 – Mashallah! 56 Years!

Mowlana Hazar Imam’s 56th Anniversary of the Ascent to the Imamat – July 11, 2013

Mowlana Hazar Imam’s GJ 2007 Amaana.org Aga Khan

Spiritual Leader and Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims – His Highness the Aga Khan at the 50th Imamat Day Golden Jubilee Celebrations amongst a gathering of his followers – Imam of the Time, Lamb of the Ages! To the right is the Alaam – the Standard, used in processions and official events of the Imams. This one dates back to the Fatimid period and has the Arabic calligraphy depicting the names of Allah, Muhammad and Ali, a theme running in the Shia Ismaili tradition that God did not leave mankind without a Living Guide! Our Zikr Tasbi (remembrance chant) calls these three names Allah, Muhammad and Ali. Mashallah! These three names can be seen in… 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

The Origins of Shi’ism: A Consensus of Western Scholarship – by Jonah Winters

Quran Verse 10-35
by Jonah Winters

Say: “It is Allah Who guides to the truth. Is then He, Who gives guidance to the truth, more worthy to be  followed,..?” Qur’an: 10:35

 

Editor’s note: In this article, Jonah Winters refers to the Shia who are Twelvers whose Imams stopped after the twelfth Imam and has not included the Shia whose Imams descended from Prophet Muhammad and Hazrat Imam Ali and continue in the present Living Imam the 49th in the lineage, Hazar Imam Karim Al Husayni  Aga Khan. So as he admits in his conclusion, he has not had the full historical story of the Shia either. But the article is an excellent one and should be read by all to bring about understanding of our unique traditions. He says “…I approach the… Continue reading

Ramadan Kareem and Eid ul-Fitr – Eid Mubarak!

Let life happen and be thankful to Allah<br /><br /><br /> Do not dwell on the negative as it will soon come to pass
Islamic Arabic Calligraphy – Let life happen and be thankful to Allah Do not dwell on the negative as it will soon come to pass

The great Muslim poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi’s Ramadan poems 13th century AD:

“O moon-faced Beloved,
the month of Ramadan has arrived.
Cover the table
and open the path of praise.”

“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… Continue reading

We can eliminate forever today’s dangerous clash of ignorance – Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan Interview

“It would be wrong to see this as the future of the Ummah. There are many today across the Muslim world who know their history and deeply value their heritage, but who are also keenly sensitive to the radically altered conditions of the modern world. They realise, too, how erroneous and unreasonable it is to believe that there is an unbridgeable divide between their heritage and the modern world.

 

There is clearly a need to mitigate not what is a “clash of civilisations” but a “clash of ignorance” where peoples of different faiths or cultural traditions, are so ignorant of each others that they are unable to find a common language with which to communicate. Those with an educated and enlightened approach — amongst whom I can count our… 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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