We are a week away before a new day, a new year dawns for hundreds of millions of people in Central and Southern Asia, the Middle East and diasporic communities living around the world. March 20 or 21 also sees the beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. We bring you these photos as we await the start of the New Year with a sincere hope, wish and prayer that the crushing burden of the pandemic that we have lived through eases soon, and that life returns to normal in the coming few months, as more and more people around the world are vaccinated against Covid-19. Let each one of us play our individual responsibility to abide by the guidelines that are provided by Federal and Provincial health authorities for our own well-being, protection and safety as well as everyone around us.
Quotes by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan (Aga Khan Park Inauguration, May 25, 2015)
“The Garden has for many centuries served as a central element in Muslim culture. The Holy Qur’an, itself, portrays the Garden as a central symbol of a spiritual ideal – a place where human creativity and Divine majesty are fused, where the ingenuity of humanity and the beauty of nature are productively connected. Gardens are a place where the ephemeral meets the eternal, and where the eternal meets the hand of man.
“The tradition of Islamic Gardens places an emphasis on human stewardship, our responsibility to nature and to protect the natural world. We see that principle expressed in the disciplined use of geometric form – framing the power and mystery of nature.
“And, of course, the Garden of ancient tradition, like the Garden here today, is a place where – whatever difficult moments may come our way – we can always find, in the flow of refreshing water, a reminder of Divine blessing.”
Date posted: March 15, 2021. Last updated: March 16, 2021 (new photos added representing the address signages of the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre, with revisions to a few captions).
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