France Jamat celebrates the IVC (Ismaili Volunteer Corps) centenary

On a cold Saturday morning in November, the first preparations for an exceptional weekend begin. More than a hundred members of the Jamats of Paris, Brussels, Lausanne, Nantes, Toulouse, Montpellier, Grenoble, and Lyon work together towards a common goal: to prepare and distribute meals for the homeless.  For many decades, volunteers have been serving the…

Video: All work, no words – Official Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC) song

On the occasion of World Volunteer Day, 5 December 2019, The Ismaili is pleased to release the official song and music video to celebrate the centenary of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps (IVC), featuring participation from 41 countries across the world. Entitled “All work, no words,” the song pays tribute to the countless volunteers — past…

Serving with a smile in Portugal — By Hannah Sabjaly

Ever since Ismailis began to settle in Portugal in the 1970s, members of the Jamat have contributed their time and talents on a voluntary basis towards the development of the community and wider society. Here, we share the stories and experiences of Portuguese volunteers across generations, united by a lifetime of service.   Volunteers have…

Volunteering around the clock in the United Kingdom jurisdiction

With Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit quickly approaching, thousands of volunteers are working all hours, preparing to host Jamats from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and across the UK. Jahanara Mirzai was motivated to volunteer after her experience serving during the Golden JubileePHOTO: THE.ISMAIL Mohammed Ladha (front left) and his…

American Ismailis join with country in service and prayer to mark holidays — The Ismaili |A wonderful opportunity for young members of the community to “see a human connection within the religious diversity of our society.”

On the fourth Thursday in November each year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Like many in the country, Ismailis across the United States gather with family and friends to share a meal in their homes. But the national holiday is also an opportunity to join with neighbours in offering service — giving time and resources for…