The moon was beginning to set on March 3, 2021 on one of the clearest and nicest blue skies I have seen in Toronto — I must admit I have seen many such beautiful sunny days recently. I was driving north on the Don Valley Parkway after completing a very early morning errand in downtown Toronto. The moon was bright enough and looked beautiful, and my thoughts immediately turned to Aga Khan Park, as I approached the Eglington Avenue Exit. It was close to 8:00 AM, so I “must grab my coffee first,” so to speak — more psychological than anything, because as soon as I reached the Park I forgot both the coffee and a freshly baked bagel because that could wait, the setting moon wasn’t going to wait, and the brightness of the sun might just diminish its visibility. The few crows that were around caw-cawing made it feel like spring was in the air, and when I looked at the bare branches I sensed they wanted their leaves to bud. A beautiful jet flew thousands of feet above the Jamatkhana dome.
For those who don’t know, the fact is that the moon is up in the daytime as often as at night time. I could see the moon because it was bright enough, and far enough away from the sun to be seen. I caught these photos before 8:45 am, at which time the sun took over over and completely subdued the moon.
I have put out so many posts of the Aga Khan Park that readers might think I am crazy; yes crazily in love with the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Park. That is why I visit these beautiful spaces built by Mawlana Hazar Imam His Highness the Aga Khan. Please enjoy this selection of photos that I captured with my iPhone on March 3, and with Nikon P510 and Olympus E-M10 cameras on March 3-5, 2021.
Peace Through Prayer
What we dedicate today is what we identify as an Ismaili Centre — a building that is focused around our Jamatkhana…As we inaugurate this building, we also have the opportunity to contemplate what it represents: the inspiring traditions of the past, the stirring challenges of the future, and the continuing search for peace through prayer — His Highness the Aga Khan, September 12, 2014.
The Jamatkhana Dome
….Soaring above it all is the great crystalline dome that you have observed, through which light from the prayer hall will provide a glowing beacon, symbolising the spirit of enlightenment that will always be at the heart of the Centre’s life — His Highness the Aga Khan, September 12, 2014.
The Younger Generation’s Vision for the Ismaili Centre
When our planning for the Toronto Ismaili Centre started in 1996, we decided to ask the younger generation of Ismailis about their vision for this building. What did they want it to represent? How did they see it functioning? In response, young people from the ages of 18 to 27 generously shared their aspirations with us. They told us that they wanted a building that would be forward looking, while also being anchored in traditional community values. They also wanted a building in which they could strengthen their personal relationships — a place where they could not only unite in prayer, but could also develop new life-shaping associations — amongst themselves and with other Canadians. — His Highness the Aga Khan, September 12, 2014.
More Photos of Daytime Moon Taken on March 4-5, 2021
The Ismaili Imamat
The religious leadership of the Ismaili Imam goes back to the origins of Shia Islam when the Prophet Muhammad appointed his son-in-law, Ali, to continue his teachings within the Muslim community. The leadership is hereditary, handed down by Ali’s descendants, and the Ismailis are the only Shia Muslims to have a living Imam, namely myself. — His Highness the Aga Khan in interview with Politique Internationale (read article)
Date posted: March 4, 2021. Last updated: March 5, 2021 (new photos and quotes added).
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