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.

Speeches

Aga Khan, speaking at Brown, sees virtue in social media, Internet — Providence Journal

 

The Aga Khan and Brown University President Christina Paxson in Conversation

March 10, 2014 11:20 PM

The Aga Khan answers questions from Brown University President Christina Paxson after addressing a full house at the Salomon Center at Brown as part of the Stephen A. Ogden Jr., Memorial Lecture on International Affairs program.
Kris Craig/The Providence Journal
The Aga Khan answers questions from Brown University President Christina Paxson after addressing a full house at the Salomon Center at Brown as part of the Stephen A. Ogden Jr., Memorial Lecture on International Affairs program.
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PROVIDENCE — Speaking at Brown University on Monday, the Aga Khan — the spiritual leader for some 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims worldwide — focused on the potential of social media and Internet-based technology to bridge cultural divisions.

 

But the 77-year-old Harvard graduate, whose appearance was part of the university’s… Continue reading

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

Aga Khan’s Decorations and Degrees – Honored in 50 Countries!

Aga Khan’s Constellation of Accolades – Over 200 honors from 50 countries

Editor’s Note: This wonderful synopsis of His Highness the Aga Khan’s honors has been compiled by Azeem Maherali.

 Dr. Friedemann Greiner, Director and Chairman of the Jury, His Highness the Aga Khan, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's Minister of Foreign Affairs

“We are honouring an exceptional man. We are honouring a great friend of humanity, a courageous visionary, a builder of bridges between religions and society.

His Excellency Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, on presenting the 2006 Tolerance Award of the Evangelical Academy of Tutzing, Germany – May 20, 2006

Context:

The Constellation of Accolades represents the various appointments, awards, honours, and tributes His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan has been endowed with over the course of his 56 years Imamat. Spanning various constellations of human endeavor, addressing multiple and complex issues, these accolades are a testimony… 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

Aga Khan Receives Doctor of Sacred Letters Degree from Trinity College University of Toronto

Toronto, 25 November 2013 — The University of Toronto’s Trinity College held a special convocation this evening, to bestow upon Mawlana Hazar Imam the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters, honoris causa.

 

 

In a glowing citation, the Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, an alumna and Honorary Fellow of the College, presented Mawlana Hazar Imam before the Honourable William C. Graham, Chancellor of Trinity College, and the convocation.

 

“We are welcoming you into a place that combines the sacred with the secular with educational values that have seen its graduates take their place in the modern world and in Canada in a meaningful and committed fashion,” said Madame Clarkson in her address.… Continue reading

Message to the World of Islam – Aga Khan III

Aga Khan III autographed photo with blessings for his communityIt is my great honor and pleasure to present, on his birthday anniversary which falls on November 2nd, the gems from our beloved 48th Imam Mowlana Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III, a collage of his wonderful words of wisdom.  His life has been a great legacy for humanity.

 

Here are Mowlana Hazar Imam’s words for him:

 

“Many  many memories come to our minds as we think of him. He achieved in his life, for our community, that which could only have been accomplished normally in a period of many generations. The tributes that the world has paid him bear honest testimony to his great life and work.”

 

 – His Highness the Aga Khan, Takht Nashini, Karachi, January 23, 1958

 

Aga Khan III - Message to the World of Islam

 

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.

 

Layla tul Qadr – The Night of Power and Destiny

Layla tul Qadr The Night of Power Quran Sura 97 - Amaana.org

Man kana yarjoo liqaa Allahifa-inna ajala Allahi laatin wahuwa assamee AAualAAaleem

Whoever hopes to meet Allah, the term appointed by Allah will then most surely come; and He is the Hearing, the Knowing. – Quran 29:5

Please visit my previous Layla tul Qadr page where I describe traditional details of this holy night of Ramadan. With that as a foundation, I would like to present my views of this veritable Night of Power with focus on the above verse from the Quran wherein God hints that we are programmed to meet Him and that the term appointed will surely come when we will become Fana fi Allah, annihilated in God. To me, this is also congruent with Inna Lillahi wa inna Illaiyhi Raajioon – from God we have come and… Continue reading

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

Truth, Reality and Religion

Muslim Astronomers Ottoman painting 17century

 

Truth, Reality and Religion: On the use of Knowledge and Intellect in Deen and Dunia

 

By Mohib Ebrahim

 

NOTE: This article is an updated version of one by the same title the author published in the December 2006 issue of Ismaili Africa.

 

In his forward to the Aga Khan Academies’ brochure, Mawlana Hazar Imam — as His Highness the Aga Khan is known to his followers — remarked that one goal of education must be to “stimulate students to consider a variety of perspectives on some of the fundamental questions posed by the human condition: ‘What is truth? What is reality?’.” Note the questions were not “What is the truth? What is the reality?”, but rather, about the intrinsic nature of truth and reality itself. This… 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 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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