“Ba Shokouh” – The Magnificent Ismaili Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY FNDA ARCHITECTURE INC. Special to Simergphotos and Simerg Note: Please refresh page if your browser displays overlapping photos/text. THE FOUNDATION CEREMONY August 30, 2003 “Today’s ceremony represents a milestone in the… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan’s Historic Visit to the Parliament of Canada: A Collection of Photos and Speech Excerpts

“As we all know, Canada is home to a well-established and fast-growing Ismaili community. His Highness has therefore become an increasingly frequent visitor, and always a welcome one.” — Prime Minister Stephen Harper… Continue reading

Historical Images: H. H. The Aga Khan Primary School Nairobi – A Rare Image of a 1963 Prize Giving Programme

We were informed by Ms. Allison Wallace of Australia  that her mother, Mrs. Jean Kirk, who was the principal of the Aga Khan Primary School in Nairobi during 1963 passed away recently. Allison’s note to… Continue reading

Historical Images: The 48th Ismaili Imam’s “Never-to-be-Forgotten” Message to Ismaili Youth

“KEEP CLEAN SOUL IN A CLEAN BODY” Transcript (unedited) “To My Spiritual children taking part in The Rally Blessings and Welcome – I am sorry my health does not permit me to be with… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Ismailis in China

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PUBLISHER Thursday, May 15, 2014 The rich history and literary traditions of the Ismaili community in China have been inadequately studied in modern times, and so it was a… Continue reading

Photo Essay: The Robben Island Prison Through My Lens by Muslim and Ayesha Harji

Editor’s note: As we have seen in earlier posts, Muslim Harji’s journeys have taken him far and wide around the world. His photos of Jesusalem, Iran, the Street Foods of India, the Dubai Ismaili… Continue reading

The Magnificent Aga Khan University, its Symbolic Logo and the Elegant Jamiapoash Worn by His Highness the Aga Khan for the University’s Convocation

THE AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY When the Charter of the University was first granted in 1983, His Highness the Aga Khan concluded his speech on the occasion with the words, “In everything we do… Continue reading

Glimpses from the 2013 Aga Khan University Convocation, with a Summary of Seven Key Themes in His Highness the Aga Khan’s Address

Compiled and Prepared by Abdulmalik Merchant (Publisher-Editor, Simergphotos and Simerg) 1. SUCCESS STORY: THE CONSTITUENTS WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN “I am delighted, first of all, to extend my warmest congratulations to our graduands and to… Continue reading

Photos from Karim Master’s Original Copy of “Fidai” Magazine Published in 1936 to Commemorate the Golden Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan

INTRODUCED BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT Publisher-Editor Simergphotos and Simerg NOTE TO ALL READERS: On some browsers, some images may appear as thumb-nails. To resolve this, please refresh page. Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga… Continue reading

Stunning 360° Panoramas Featuring the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building by Martin Bloomfield

Introduced by Malik Merchant Publisher-Editor, Simergphotos and Simerg Born in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom, Martin Bloomfield, a designer photographer and an expert in 3D animation has travelled the world over, and now lives with his family in Dar-es-Salaam,… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Celebrating Sussex Drive, His Highness the Aga Khan and, Five Years on, the Crystalline Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat Building

Compiled and prepared by Malik Merchant Editor, Simergphotos INTRODUCTION: Sussex Drive with some other connecting streets in the National Capital Region, makes up what is known as the Confederation Boulevard or the “ceremonial and discovery route”.  In… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Remembering President John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)

On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Chitral Through the Lens of an Eye Surgeon

INTRODUCTION Armed with a special magnifying lens, some surgical equipment and plenty of courage and faith, Badrudin Kurwa set out on a mission to restore sight to people blinded by cataracts in a remote corner… Continue reading

Exclusive: Architect’s Statement and Photos of the Fabulous New Ottawa Jamatkhana

Editor’s note:  A month ago, the day following the opening of the new Ottawa Jamatkhana located at 3225 Conroy Road, K1G 3N4, on Friday July 19, 2013, we published a photo essay – please click Ismaili Muslims… Continue reading

Historical Images: The Cave of Hira, the Place of the First Revelation of the Holy Qur’an

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) received his first revelation from Allah through Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) in the Hira cave which is on Jabl al Nur (Mount of Light) shown in this photo. The peak is visible… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Ismaili Muslims Open a Beautiful New Jamatkhana in Canada’s Capital

BY MALIK MERCHANT Publisher-Editor, http://www.simergphotos.com and http://www.simerg.com Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is a niche wherein is a lamp — the lamp is in… Continue reading

For 56th Imamat Anniversary, Magnificent and Unique Historical Portraits of His Highness the Aga Khan

Compiled by Malik Merchant (Publisher-Editor, Simergphotos) A UNIQUE PORTRAIT OF MAWLANA HAZAR IMAM, HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN THE WILL OF IMAM MAWLANA SULTAN MAHOMED SHAH, THE 48TH IMAM Ever since the time… Continue reading

Photo Essay: A Glimpse of the 56th Imamat Day Celebrations at the Toronto International Centre

Text and photos by Malik Merchant Thousands of Ismailis gathered at the Toronto International Centre on Sunday June 30, 2013 to celebrate His Highness the Aga Khan’s ascension to the throne of Imamat. Mawlana Hazar… Continue reading

Happy Canada Day 2013: The Celebration of Literacy at Rideau Hall; and His Highness the Aga Khan’s Fondness for Canada

THE LAUNCH OF STORYTIME AT RIDEAU HALL A traditional custom around Canada Day is the launch of Storytime at Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, which is located just across… Continue reading

Photo Essay: A 9 Year Old Ismaili Boy’s First Steps of Becoming an Astronaut

Qayl’s Inspiring Encounters with Great Astronauts Qayl Azeem Maherali pictured as an astronaut when he was 6. Photo: Qayl’s Collection © Copyright. The picture above was taken three years ago. I am 9… Continue reading

Historical Photo Essay: The Ismaili Connection with the Town of Amir Pir in Sindh, Pakistan

Text by: Gulshan Chunara Photos by: Salina Hasan The Pivotal Role of the 46th Ismaili Imam, Shah Hasan Ali Shah, Aga Khan I This vintage engraving depicts the portrait of Aga Khan I… Continue reading

Photo Essay: The Aga Khan Foundation World Partnership Walk in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, on June 9 2013

Neighbouring Cities Show Passion and Enthusiasm for Improving Humanity From a distant, Waterloo Square, 75 King Street  in Waterloo, Canada, site of the World Partnership Walk for the past 3 years. Several hundred people from the… Continue reading

For Canada’s 2013 Victoria Day, A Small Dedication to Queen Victoria, with Reflections on Her Majesty by Ismaili Imams

Post compiled by Malik Merchant, Editor, Simergphotos.com and Simerg.com Introduction: Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen… Continue reading

“Mubarak…Khushamadeed”: A Poem for Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Ms. Kendra Spears

Prince Rahim Aga Khan – A Brief Profile Date and place of birth: October 12, 1971, Geneva, Switzerland. Relationship to His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Ismaili Imam: Prince Rahim Aga Khan is… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Street Foods of India by Muslim Harji

Introduced by Malik Merchant Publisher-Editor, Simergphotos.com and Simerg.com After viewing a collection of Muslim Harjis’s photos of India’s street foods, I was not surprised to read in Via Rail’s latest issue of Destinations magazine that Vikram Vij, the… Continue reading

Photo Essay: A Baby is Born – Customs in a Rural Muslim Community in Indonesia

Compiled by Malik Merchant, Editor Customs of welcoming a new baby vary around the world. This photo essay looks at the cultural traditions around birth in a rural community in Indonesia (pink shade, map below), the… Continue reading

Navroz (New Year) Greetings to all of Humanity, with Views of the Earth from the Sun on March 21, 2013

THE SPRING EQUINOX Navroz, Nowruz, Novruz, Navruz, Nooruz, Nevruz, Nauryz Mubarak In the alternation of night and day, and what God has created in the heavens and the earth — surely there are… Continue reading

Historical Images: A 1946 Genealogical Chart of Ismaili Imams and a Magnificent Portrait of the Young Prince Karim Aga Khan

Compiled by Malik Merchant Editor, Simergphotos.com and Simerg.com THE EVERLIVING DIVINE INSTITUTION OF IMAMAT INTRODUCTION: Clause G of the “Preamble of the Ismaili Constitution” ordained on December 13, 1986 by the 49th and… Continue reading

Chinese Female Imams – A Short 8-Minute Film

“EDUCATING A WOMAN MEANS EDUCATING A WHOLE FAMILY” China’s Hui Muslims are unique in many respects. The country’s second-largest ethnic minority share linguistic and cultural ties with the majority in China that have… Continue reading

Google and Nasir al-Din Tusi

By Malik Merchant, Editor One would think that Gerald Ferreira of 3d Car Shows would only focus on cars. Only my love for cars and what Ferreira’s website represents would take me there, but yesterday I… Continue reading

The Tradition of Amulets and Talisman in the Muslim World

INTRODUCTION (Introduction adapted from The Metropolitan Museum of Art) An amulet [similar to a talisman] is any object that is imbued with protective powers, and all cultures and faiths have manifestations of such… Continue reading

Important Areas of Tanzania and Other African Countries from Space

TANZANIA’S NGORONGORO CRATER, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND OLDUVAI GORGE Images clickable for enlargement Three striking and important areas of Tanzania in eastern Africa are shown in this color-coded shaded relief image from the Shuttle… Continue reading

Salamiyya and Syria: “Peace Will Be Again”

BY ELIA BADRUDIN Salaam , al Salaam, O salaam to all of humanity, Peace al Salamiyeh , KNOW that Peace will be again. the heavens will smile on you again. all humanity which… Continue reading

Peaceful Times and Fond Memories of Salamiyya, Syria….Then Terror Strikes Violating the Qur’anic Injunctions on the Sanctity of Life

INTRODUCTION Jabal Mashhad is one of the two mausoleums in Syria which is of special historical significance to Ismailis. The mausoleum is thought to hold the tombs of the 8th Ismaili Imam, Wafi Ahmed,… Continue reading

Photo Flashback: His Highness the Aga Khan at NATO Headquarters in January 2007

The website for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) reported as follows on January 22, 2007:  The Aga Khan visited NATO Headquarters on 22 January 2007 to meet with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop… Continue reading

Exclusive Photos and Story: The Investiture Ceremony of Prince Amyn Mohamed as Chief of Ismaili Scouts

BY KHIZAR HAYAT “…Indeed, the scout movement has forever embodied amongst the noblest of human aspirations amongst the most admirable of the qualities of the human heart – courage with self-sacrifice, independence with… Continue reading

Historical Images: The Naad-e-Ali, “Call Upon Ali….oh Ali, oh Ali, oh Ali,” in Ottoman Calligraphy, and Other Shia Inscriptions in the British Museum’s Islamic Collection

AN INTRODUCTION TO NAAD-E-ALI* By HUSSEIN RASHID Who is the Ali, the universal hero of Islam? The last of those who are known as the Rightly Guided Caliphs, the greatness of Imam Ali (a.s)… Continue reading

Historical Images: The Blue Qur’an from the Fatimid Period, “A Very Spiritual Piece”

Compiled by Malik Merchant Editor, Simergphotos.com & Simerg.com INTRODUCTION: On Sunday November 25, 2012, Simergphotos began a weekly/bi-weekly series of historical illustrations that underline an artistic, ethical, moral, religious or scientific theme. This… Continue reading

2012 Simerg Photo Collection: His Highness the Aga Khan, Alamut, Bagamoyo, Jefferson’s Qur’an, Tanganyika, the White House…and more

Editor’s note: During the short 4 month period since its launch in September 2012, Simergphotos has published over twenty remarkable photo stories as well as historical images. A few of the published photo essays have been… Continue reading

Historical Images: Ibn Sina and His Canon of Medicine

“THE ENDURING RESPECT IN THE 21ST CENTURY FOR A BOOK WRITTEN A MILLENIUM EARLIER IS A TESTIMONY TO IBN SINA’S ACHIEVEMENT” –  Mona N. Tibi and Emilie Savage-Smith Compiled by Malik Merchant Editor, Simergphotos.com… Continue reading

Historical Images: President Thomas Jefferson’s Copy of the Qur’an

AN OCCASIONAL SERIES Compiled By Malik Merchant, Editor From time to time Simergphotos will publish historical illustrations that underline an artistic, ethical, moral, religious or scientific theme. This second piece introduces readers to a rare copy of the… Continue reading

Historical Images: The American Declaration of Independence Illustrated

Introduced by Malik Merchant On an occasional basis Simergphotos will publish an historical illustration which underlines an artistic, ethical, moral, religious or scientific theme. The following illustration was created/published in 1861, at just about the time the American Federal Goverment was… Continue reading

A Tribute to President Barack Obama on His Re-election: Endearing Photos from the White House

By Malik Merchant Editor, Simergphotos.com and Simerg.com The White House is a serious place, where important legislative matters affecting the USA are handled on a daily basis. Amidst all the complex and tense… Continue reading

His Highness the Aga Khan with Ismaili Leaders and Volunteers at the London Ismaili Centre’s Rooftop Garden

By Shamas Nanjijuma (Exclusive to Simerg) The rooftop Islamic Garden at the London Ismaili Centre. Photo: Shamash Nanjijuma Collection. With a burbling fountain, delightful plants and flowers, the rooftop garden is one of… Continue reading

Beautiful People and Places of Zanzibar and Tanganyika: Photos from 1936

Compiled by Malik Merchant (Photographs and captions for this piece are from the Matson (G. Eric and Edith) Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress, USA. Introductory material on mainland Tanzania – then known as Tanganyika… Continue reading

Photo Essay: The Historical Jubilees of His Highness the Aga Khan (1877-1957), the Imam of the Socio-Economic Revolution

Compiled by Malik Merchant, Editor (On some browsers, please refresh page if only thumbnails appear) I. 1885: Enthronement at Age Seven as 48th Ismaili Imam November 2, 2015, marks the 138th birth anniversary of… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Historic Signing of Agreement in Alberta Between His Highness the Aga Khan and Premier Alison Redford

Alberta: A Brief Introduction Alberta is a province of Canada. It had a population of 3,645,257 in 2011 making it the most populous of Canada’s three prairie provinces. Alberta and its neighbour, Saskatchewan,… Continue reading

From John F. Kennedy to Pierre E. Trudeau to Stephen E. Harper – A Selection of Photos and Videos of His Highness the Aga Khan with USA Presidents and Canadian Prime Ministers

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY (President from 1961 – 1963) ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~ A MEMORANDUM PREPARED FOR PRESIDENT KENNEDY PRIOR TO HIS MEETING WITH HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN ~~~~ ~~~~ WATCH A SHORT… Continue reading

Magnificent Photos of Chateau de Chantilly and His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to the Jewel of French Culture

INSTITUT DE FRANCE, THE WORLD MONUMENTS FUND AND HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN WORK IN PARTNERSHIP FOR THE RESTORATION OF FRANCE’S HIDDEN GEM Introduction: The Foundation for the Safe-keeping and Development of the Chantilly Domain created… Continue reading

The Nairobi Aga Khan Hospital’s Kitengela Sculptures

By Malik Merchant Isabelle Prondzynski’s flick photostream (prondis_in_kenya) has some marvellous photos of the Nairobi Aga Khan hospital grounds and the surrounding neighbourhood. When asked to comment about the hospital, Prondzynsk replied: The… Continue reading