Photo Essay: The Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and its Surrounding Neighbourhood Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

BY MUSLIM HARJI This is the dargah of one of the most famous Sufi saints, Nizamuddin Auliya. Situated in Nizamuddin West, it also houses the tomb of poet Amir Khusro and Mughal princess… Continue reading

Renaye Tejani, a 12 Year Old Ismaili Girl in Mumbai Spreads Joy Through Baking for Charity

Prepared by Abdulmalik Merchant with the assistance of Rheanne Tejani Few can resist the temptation of freshly baked goodies. They take you back to your childhood and bring a smile to your face.… Continue reading

Riyaan Maherali: My Ismaili Jubilee Games Hero – Adnan Dahlvani of Team USA Blue

BY RIYAAN MAHERALI Adnan Dahlvani of Team USA with brothers Qayl (left) and Riyaan (right), both wearing the FC Barcelona soccer camp jerseys. I first met Adnan on my way to the Global… Continue reading

Letters and Photographs of His Highness the Aga Khan from the Family Archives of the Late Mr. Frank Pattrick

ELECTRONIC IMAGES AND PHOTOGRAPHS CONTRIBUTED BY MS. LINDA BAXTER Mr. Frank Pattrick (d. 1991) with his wife Mrs. Doris Pattrick (d. 2002). Mr. Pattrick worked for His Highness the Aga Khan in Kenya… Continue reading

A “Must See” Video of Pure Joy: Ismaili Jubilee Games Lantern Travels Across Pakistan Amid Scenes of Jubilation and Heightened Interest in Games to be Held in Dubai

“I DREAM OF PEACE,” SAYS THIS YOUNG BOY IN A FANTASTIC WELCOMING CEREMONY FOR THE FANOUS IN PAKISTAN BY SULTAN JESSA From some of the densest urban areas to the remotest corners of… Continue reading

The Ismaili Jubilee Games’ Lantern is Welcomed to the Ismaili Centre and the Children’s Soccer Camp in Burnaby

BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT Publisher-editor, Simergphotos and Simerg A boy proudly holds the Ismaili Jubilee Games lantern on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the annual soccer camp which is being attended by 198 young… Continue reading

A Civil Society Endeavour: Ismaili Educators Helping Educate Marginalised Children in Nairobi

Editor’s note: Inspired by the message of His Highness the Aga Khan on the important role that individuals can play to drive progress and positive change, a team of dedicated Ismaili educators established… Continue reading

A Phenomenal One-of-a-Kind Experience in Yellowstone, the World’s Very First National Park, Through the Lens of Nurin Merchant

IN YELLOWSTONE, EVERYTHING IS A STONE’S THROW AWAY BY NURIN MERCHANT Five years ago, my dad took me to visit two of his most favourite places on earth, Salt Lake City in Utah,… Continue reading

In Vancouver’s World Partnership Walk, Participants Take Millions of Steps to Fight Global Poverty and Give Hope to Countless Lives

Photos by Abdulmalik Merchant Publisher–Editor, Simerg and Simergphotos IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER:  If you appear in any photo and wish to receive a high resolution Jpeg version of the image for your… Continue reading

Photographs of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan at Parliament Hill by Jean-Marc Carisse

Photographs: Jean-Marc Carisse Text compilation: Abdulmalik Merchant, Editor, Simerg/Simergphotos His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, was warmly received by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau… Continue reading

Ismaili History in the Making: 49th Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, Visits Portugal and Introduces the First Five Senior Officials of the Imamat to Country’s President

Portugal’s President Marcelo Nuno Duarte Rebelo de Sousa receives Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, at the Palácio de Belém on May 11, 2016, during an official 2-day visit to the… Continue reading

A Former Standard 3 Ismaili Student of Aga Khan Primary School, Nairobi, Shares Memorable Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 1966 Visit to School

INTRODUCED BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT Publisher-Editor of Simerg, Simergphotos and Ismailitica Juby Sprake (maiden name Juby Alibhai) of Vancouver, British Columbia, was recently introduced to this photo blog. To our delight, within days of… Continue reading

Exclusive: Photos of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan’s Visit to Dar-es-Salaam and other East African Photos by the Late Abdul M. Ismaily (“Papa Jaan”)

1. Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan meets a delegation during a visit to Tanzania sometime between 1966 and 1970 while serving UNHCR. Photo: Abdul M. Ismaily. Copyright. Editor’s Note: During his long tenure from the early 1960’s to 1976 as either the Deputy… Continue reading

Egyptian President Sisi’s Memorial Photo with African Heads of State and His Highness the Aga Khan

Please click on photo for enlargement Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) takes a memorial photo with other heads of state and government and the participating delegations during the Africa 2016 Business for… Continue reading

Exclusive: Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Visit to Pakistan by the Late Abdul M. Ismaily (“Papa Jaan”)

Editor’s Note: Our multi-part series of photos of His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, taken by the late Rai Abdul M. Ismaily (1926-1981), lovingly known as “Papa Jaan,” continues with this… Continue reading

Photos of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visits to East Africa by Azhar Chaudhry

Editor’s Notes: Following the recent publication of historical photos taken by “Papa Jaan” in Hunza and Uganda during the early 1960’s, we are pleased to publish an important collection of photographs of His… Continue reading

Exclusive: Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Visit to Uganda by the Late Abdul M. Ismaily (“Papa Jaan”)

Editor’s Note: Our multi-part series of photos of His Highness the Aga Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam, taken by the late Abdul M. Ismaily, lovingly known as “Papa Jaan,” continues with this post containing… Continue reading

Exclusive: Photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 1960 Visit to Hunza by the Late Abdul M. Ismaily (“Papa Jaan”)

Editor’s note: The following exclusive photos of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Hunza were captured in 1960 by the late Abdul M. Ismaily, lovingly known as “Papa Jaan” by his family and friends,… Continue reading

Photos of Visits by Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Aly Khan to Mozambique in the late 1950’s

Date posted:  February 6, 2016. ________________ We welcome feedback/letters from our readers on the essay. Please use the Comments box which appears below. Your feedback may be edited for length and brevity, and… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Tajikistan Landscapes Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

A map of Tajikistan with surrounding countries. Among the places Muslim Harji visited with his wife, Nevin, during his adventurous and heart warming trip to Tajikistan were Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, and the autonomous… Continue reading

A Historic Handshake Between Two Faith Leaders, His Highness the Aga Khan and Pope Benedict XVI

COMPILED AND PREPARED BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor and As part of his famous Apostolic Journey to France in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, on September 13, paid a visit to the “Institut De… Continue reading

Ottawa Diary: “Deja Vu” – Ottawa’s Familiar Winter Day Not Worthy of a Photo, Really?

BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT Publisher-Editor, and A disturbance of blowing snow, right of centre, as my landlord uses a snow-blower to clear one of the side walks used by tenants. Photo: Malik… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2015 Speeches in the UK and USA Tell Marvellous Stories About the Al-Azhar Park and Convey a Profound Message of Our Common Humanity

Prepared and compiled by Abdulmalik Merchant (Publisher-Editor, and Please click on the following NASA earth night time image for enlargement On either side of His Highness the Aga Khan’s thumbnail images,… Continue reading

Photo Diary: A (Very) Green Christmas Day in Ottawa

BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor, and “We haven’t seen anything like this in 53 years,” a member of a family told me outside her home across from Dow’s Lake. There were throngs of… Continue reading

Photo Diary: One of the World’s Coldest Capitals, Ottawa, on Christmas Eve 2015

By Abdulmalik Merchant No, not for moment – this is not our photo of the day, because this is how Ottawa would typically look like on a winter day, with people enjoying skating… Continue reading

A Memorable Photo Essay: The Travels and Accomplishments of His Highness the Aga Khan in 2015: (II) Canada, India and Greece

PREPARED AND COMPILED BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor, and A beautiful panoramic photo of the Aga Khan Museum (left) and the Ismaili Centre (right), connected by  the all-season Aga Khan Park. The Museum… Continue reading

The 2015 Travels and Accomplishments of a Global Humanitarian and Spiritual Leader, His Highness the Aga Khan

GLIMPSES OF THE 49TH ISMAILI IMAM’S WORK From the Aga Khan University Convocations in East Africa to the Signing of Agreement to Establish the Seat of the Imamat in Portugal to the Opening of… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan and the Ismailis

“Mawlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim al Hussaini, His Highness Prince Aga Khan, in direct lineal descent from the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) through Hazrat Mawlana Ali (a.s.) and Hazrat Bibi Fatima (a.s), is the… Continue reading

A Rare 1954 Video of the Hajj, With Footage of Mata Salamat, the Begum Aga Khan; and a Masterpiece Work of Art by the Begum of His Highness the Aga Khan

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“Victorious Trudeau,” His Highness the Aga Khan and Yasmin Ratansi – Exclusive Photos By Jean-Marc Carisse

BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor Simergphotos and Simerg) “Victorious Trudeau” Justin Trudeau with wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau just as results from polling stations across the country confirmed a Liberal majority government. Photo: Jean-Marc Carisse. Copyright.… Continue reading

Photo Essay: The Beauty and Glory of Autumn Foliage in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada’s Capital Region

BY MALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor Simerg and Simergphotos) I couldn’t live (leave) without them — the blog(s) and the car! Each year, in October, I make it a point to visit Gatineau Park to… Continue reading

Dushanbe’s Ismaili Centre Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Editor’s note: Muslim Harji’s series on Central Asia continues with a superb collection of photos of Dushanbe’s Ismaili Centre, which was inaugurated on October 12, 2009 by His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of… Continue reading

Prayer Houses of Badakhshan, Tajikistan, Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Editor’s note: Montreal’s Muslim Harji, pictured above with Ismaili students in Khorogh, continues his special series on Central Asia with this special feature on Ismaili prayer houses in Badakhshan. Thousands of readers have… Continue reading

A Unique Video of the Signing Ceremony Establishing “Seat of the Ismaili Imamat” in Portugal

Editor’s note: We are pleased to offer our readers a link to an extraordinary footage shown on Portuguese Cable News Channel, SIC Noticias, of the signing ceremony that took place in Lisbon establishing… Continue reading

An Anthology of the Silk Road Through the Lens of Muslim Harji and Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival

Editor’s note: In this third part of a special photo series, Muslim Harji of Montreal focuses on Uzbekistan, with some stunning photos of Islamic buildings in the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara,… Continue reading

An Ismaili Wedding in the Pamirs Through My Lens by Muslim Harji

Editor’s note: Our remarkable series of portraits from Badakhshan through the lens of (Montreal’s) Muslim Harji continues with this Part II exclusively dedicated to an Ismaili wedding in a small village in the Pamirs that… Continue reading

The Ismailis of Badakhshan Through My Lens by Muslim Harji

The First Part in a Special Series on Badakhshan and Central Asia STORY AND PHOTOS BY MUSLIM HARJI (Special to Simerg and Simergphotos) An eighteen hour ride from Dushanbe to Khorog needs a… Continue reading

For 2015 Ottawa Doors Open, Simerg Visits 2 Muslim Centres, the Algerian Embassy and the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

BY ABDULMALIK J. MERCHANT A fortnight ago, during the weekend of May 23-24th, 2015, the city of Toronto hosted its 16th Annual Doors Open allowing thousands of Toronto residents and visitors to explore… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Fabulous Photos of the Aga Khan Park and the Inauguration Ceremony

THE PATRON AND BUILDER Please click on photo(s) for enlargement THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY WITH PHOTOS OF THE AGA KHAN PARK ~~~~~~ COMPLETION AND CONNECTION “The Aga Khan Park now connects those buildings [the Aga… Continue reading

Photo Essay With Interview: Aga Khan Foundation’s Unique Global Development Exhibition on 18 Wheels

By Abdulmalik J. Merchant Publisher-Editor, Simergphotos and Simerg Development is ultimately about people, about enabling them to participate fully in the process and to make informed choices and decisions on their futures. –… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Working Behind the Scenes – The Exceptional Work of Ismaili Volunteers During a Jamati Feast (‘Jaman’)

PHOTOS BY MUSLIM HARJI Photographer Muslim Harji, centre. Editor’s note: During cultural or religious celebrations such as the Iranian New Year (Navroz) on March 21, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s accession to the throne of Imamat on July… Continue reading

Exclusive Photo Essay: 2015 Navroz Celebrations in Montreal

Photo: Muslim Harji Editor’s note: Montreal, Quebec, has by far the largest population of Ismailis from Afghanistan of any city in the Western world. Numbering in their thousands, one is often left wondering on major… Continue reading

Islam and the Muslim World: An Interesting Collection of Prints, Photographs and Images at the US Library of Congress

I. THE ROTUNDA: GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO CIVILIZATION ~~~~~~~~ II. PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS His Highness the Aga Khan ~~~~~~~~ Kedive of Egypt ~~~~~~~~ British Propaganda ~~~~~~~~ A Tajik Wedding Ritual ~~~~~~~~ Gracious Uzbek Lady… Continue reading

Image of the Year: “The Ismaili Imamat is Unique”, Mawlana Hazar Imam Our Guide, Hope and Inspiration

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New Delhi’s Spectacular Islamic Heritage Through a Canadian Lens

Editor’s note: Intrepid traveller Muslim Harji never fails to have a trip of a lifetime wherever he goes. New Delhi, the Indian capital was no exception judging by the pictures that he has captured, which cover the… Continue reading

Simergphotos: Celebrating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 78th Salgirah (Birthday) With a Rich Collection of Photos and Quotes

Compiled and Prepared by Malik Merchant Editor, Simergphotos and Simerg The images and quotes published below represent: Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family; the Imam’s affection and love for all his murids; the breadth and… Continue reading

A Collection of 48 (Plus 1) Memorable Images from the Life of the 48th Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, His Highness the Aga Khan III

Prepared by Abdulmalik J. Merchant, Editor, Simergphotos and Simerg High up on the west bank of the Nile in Aswan stands the tomb of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Two Great Canadian Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson, Feature in Simerg’s Peep into Gatineau Park’s Autumn Foliage

By Malik Merchant Pink Lake, Gatineau Park. Photo: Malik Merchant/Simerg A city with almost a million people has a magnificent nature park in its vicinity with some of the most spectacular foliage that… Continue reading

Photo Essay: The Ismaili Centre – “Peace Through Prayer” and “A Splendid Reality”

Editor’s note: Almost four weeks ago, on Friday September 12, 2014, the Prime Minister of Canada and His Highness the Aga Khan performed the official opening of the Ismaili Centre in Toronto. Simerg… Continue reading

Photos and Videos: Simerg Captures the Spirit of the Jamat on the Opening Day of the Ismaili Centre in Toronto, Canada

Jamat and Volunteers Speak from the Heart on this Auspicious and Historical Day BY MALIK MERCHANT Editor, Simerg and Simergphotos Happy Ismaili youth pictured at the Park at 10:30 pm after completing their… Continue reading