In the months and years to come, the Lisbon Diamond Jubilee Celebration of 2018 will become folklore in the modern history of the Ismailis. This whole Jubilee year has been a full-on celebration – something we haven’t experienced before — and the atmosphere that surrounded this grand finale in Lisbon really is quite difficult to put into words. At the Darbar, Hazar Imam told us we were all Dais. This is my humble attempt of sharing the message of the Lisbon Darbar and the events surrounding it.
Prince Hussain and Prince Aly Muhammad admire a photograph of Mawlana Hazar Imam as a young boy, during their tour of the Rays of Light exhibition at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili/Aziz Ajane
Even Portuguese Passport Control wished us a “Diamond Jubilee Mubarak” and as we exited customs at Lisbon International Airport we were greeted warmly and somewhat unexpectedly by volunteers at our very own stand in arrivals, diamond jubilee colours to boot! And with that, the week began for us, and for many thousands of Ismailis who had come from all over the world. The majority came from North America, but there were also many from India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Africa and all over Europe —apparently 45,000 Ismailis from 45 countries. Wherever there are Ismailis, there was representation. This really was #onejamat.
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