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…

Introducing the official Jubilee Arts song

If it is true that art is a universal language, then the official Jubilee Arts song expresses that language beautifully. (Click to listen and watch at Source) Composed by Pakistani-Australian Farhan Shah and lyricist Tina Ali Mohammed of the USA, the song weaves together western melodies with eastern flare, fusing the complementary sounds of a…