Ismaili Youth engage with the Knowledge Society — by Armaan Somni

In today’s world, knowledge is being discovered and shared at a faster rate than ever before. This has made it possible for more people to become members of the Knowledge Society and work together to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. According to UNESCO, knowledge societies must build on four pillars: freedom of expression; universal…

Uganda: Ten-year-old Aahil Khan – Chess Champion

Ten-year-old Aahil Akbar Khan is the newly crowned chess champion. We salute our bright young talent who has made the Jamat and Uganda proud with his achievement in chess. Family portrait with Prime Minister Aahil looks on as Prime Minister enjoys a game of chess In April this year, Aahil scooped third position in Dove…

United States Jamat continues tradition of engaging in civic life — By Nazim Karim

As long ago as 1835, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States and recognized a unique characteristic, namely, the role played by voluntary private associations in social, political, and economic life. He suggested this freedom to associate was the “mother science” which illustrated how other societal problems might be resolved. Today, the United…

Australia: Melbourne Pipe Band brings community together

Music plays a vital role in culture and society alike, not only for expressing ourselves but also for promoting and uplifting physical and mental wellbeing. Music allows people from all different backgrounds to come together to appreciate and engage with their traditions, while also forming connections with one another.  The Melbourne Pipe Band came together…

Videos: European Sports Festival 2019 and Volunteers at ESF 2019

Thousands of members of the Jamats of the United Kingdom, France, and Portugal jurisdictions came together at the University of Nottingham to Meet, Compete and Unite at the European Sports Festival 2019. Participants, spectators, and volunteers took part in a range of sports, daytime activities, and entertainment events spread across the Easter weekend. Source: The…

Sports as recreation: more than just exercise — By Nazim Karim

Sports have been part of the human experience throughout history, as far back as Sumerian times (4000 BCE), and ancient Egypt. They were often associated with religion, making sports a sacred activity. In those times, common sports included wrestling, archery, and martial arts, each requiring meditation and intense concentration. The first Olympic Games were held…

“Seeking knowledge at all ages” — By Sharifa Merali on the Ismaili

Through a Skills Development Initiative, the Ismaili Council for the USA provides a support system for members of the Jamat seeking income enhancement and financial sustainability in an increasingly competitive economy. Members of the Jamat at an English as a Second Language class. Farzana Gajani, who became a cosmetologist with the help of the Quality…