News and events of significance to the global Ismaili community from Jamats in countries around the world.
As the year drew to a close, Ismaili Muslim athletes from across the Gulf region came together in Dubai to take part in the 2015 Gulf Games. The event was a qualifier for the Jubilee Games — also set to take place in Dubai later this year.
Nairobi, 18 December 2015 — A jubilant excitement was palpable as athletes, officials, volunteers, members and leaders of the Jamat convened at the Aga Khan Sports Club, Nairobi on a sunny Friday morning to officially open the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015.
As music filled the air, Jamati members congregated around bonfires for warmth at Soko Moto — a mela-like concept that involved stalls such as bingo, darts, raffles as well as a senior's antakshri program, along with other activities such as bubble soccer and bouncing castles.
The 2015 Kenya Ismaili Games are taking place in Nairobi between 17 – 20 December. Some 290 athletes and 2 000 spectators are expected to attend the Games with representation from Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, and Kenya.
A jubilant excitement was palpable as athletes, officials, volunteers, members and leaders of the Jamat convened at the Aga Khan Sports Club, Nairobi on a sunny Friday morning to officially open the Ismaili Games Kenya 2015.
Kampala, 17 December 2015 — The Aga Khan University will build a world-class teaching hospital in the heart of Kampala on land granted by the Government of Uganda, announced Mawlana Hazar Imam today. Together with the President and Prime Minister of Uganda, he took part in ceremonies marking the granting of land and initiation of the new University Hospital in Kampala.
The wait is over. Thursday marked the unofficial opening of the Ismaili Games Kenya at the Aga Khan Pavilion.
Entebbe, 16 December 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Uganda today ahead of an expected event announcing plans for a new Aga Khan University Hospital to be established in Kampala.
Beats of drums reverberate as the Kenyan Ismaili Youth Band stands in a circle. Two days before the Ismaili Games Kenya, the band gathers for one of its final rehearsals ahead of the opening ceremony in which they are to perform.
Nairobi, 16 December 2015 — Over 290 athletes and some 2,000 spectators will be in Nairobi for the 2015 Kenya Ismaili Games this weekend. Ranging in age from five to 75 years and older, Ismailis from Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa, and Kenya will take part in the four-day national sport event being held between 17 – 20 December.
The Ismaili Muslim community now has a new official page on Facebook and a channel on YouTube. The expanded social media presence will permit more members of the Jamat and the wider public to reach TheIsmaili content on a broader range of platforms.
Nairobi, 12 December 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Nairobi this evening after participating in Jamhuri Day celebrations at the invitation of the President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta.
Nairobi, 11 December 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Kenya today, where he will participate in Jamhuri Day celebrations at the invitation of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Excitement for the U.S. Ismaili Games peaked during the Closing Ceremony Sunday as athletes, volunteers, and spectators gathered to congratulate each other on a weekend that embodied the spirit of unity present within the Jamat.
Prince Amyn travelled to Bangladesh last week, where he presented his credentials to the government as Mawlana Hazar Imam’s personal representative. During the three-day visit, he also toured the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Dhaka and met with Jamati and AKDN leaders.
Volunteers, athletes and spectators spent their time spreading love through warmth by knotting together blankets for Syrian refugees.
Take 950 athletes, add them into a gym full of activities, mix in good music, and the outcome is simple: new memories with friends — both old and new.
Two mother-son mixed doubles tennis teams share their perspectives on competing together at the 2015 US Ismaili Games.
Nothing was going to get in the way of Salma Amlani playing badminton at the United States Ismaili Games. She rescheduled her wedding to ensure she could make it.
At first glance, the Central Gold flag football team looks like any other team — a group of individuals of different backgrounds, with different personalities, and different strengths. But look closer and it is evident that they are more than just a team.