A volunteer welcomes an elderly member of the Jamat and offers assistance. Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UK
Mawlana Hazar Imam's recent Golden Jubilee visit to London was a time of celebration for the Jamats of the United Kingdom, Europe, and the global Jamat that came to join in the festivities.
With Jamati members visiting from many countries, ExCeL London became a focal point for a global gathering of murids who rejoiced at the accomplishments of the Imam and the community over the past 50 years.
Prior to the Jubilee visit itself, the volunteers from across the United Kingdom prepared to welcome and accommodate the Jamat from around the world. Some rehearsed for Taarif, a special cultural programme. Others helped to set up the hall, create sustenance packages, operate registration desks and telephone information lines, and greet and orient Jamati members as they arrived.
The hard work, dedication, and preparation of the many volunteers was evident during the visit. The Jamat rejoiced as they played raas, partook in meals together, and got to know their brothers and sisters from around the world.
“This was such a happy occasion, and I must thank the volunteers for all their hard work,” remarked one Jamati member from Canada. “The whole week of celebrations was extremely well-organised, and everyone had a smile on their face.”
These sentiments were echoed by Jamati members from around the world, a testament to the dedication of the many volunteers that made it possible.
One volunteer from London summed it up well: ”It was a lot of hard work, but it was our pleasure to do this kind of service for our beloved Imam, who has done so much for us already.”
Decorations are hung at ExCeL London in preparation for Mawlana Hazar Imam's Golden Jubilee visit. Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UK
Volunteers prepare food trays for the Jamat during the visit. Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for the UK