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Jul 4,2008

Mario Toneguzzi , Calgary Herald
Published: Thursday, July 03, 2008
Friday, July 4

The Mustard Seed invites the community to join with them in kicking off the Stampede with its second annual Stampede BBQ between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Mustard Street Ministry, 102 1 Ave. S.E. This event is an opportunity to say thank you to Calgary for their support throughout the year. Everyone is welcome to participate in a fun filled day of free food, activities and live entertainment including a special performance from Juno award nominated country star.

Join MLA Dr. David Swann for his 4th Annual Stampede Breakfast, today from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre, 1320 5th Ave. N.W,. The breakfast features: vegetarian-friendly food options, fair trade coffee from Higher Ground, free energy efficient light bulbs from Project Porchlight and live entertainment! Bring your own dishes and receive a free reusable shopping bag. For more info, check out or call 216-5445.

The Ismaili Muslim Community of Calgary cordially invites you to celebrate the Calgary Stampede at their 12th Annual Stampede Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, 4623 11 St. N.E. This year the Ismaili Muslim Community is proud to partner with the Women & Wellness Conference to celebrate the meaningful role of women in developing an enriched civil society. As a special feature attendees are also invited to tour the Historic Cities Programme Exhibition in the Social Hall of the Jamatkhana.

Chuckwagon Breakfast from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Fluor Rope Square, on the corner of 7 Ave. and Macleod Tr. S.E. in Olympic Plaza. Get your flapjacks and bacon hot of the griddles from the back of the authentic GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagons. Stick around for Old Time Rigs, First Nations People, Square Dancing, live entertainment and more.

West Springs Free Methodist Church invites you to come and enjoy homemade pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, juice and coffee from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the corner of 85 St and Old Banff Coach Rd, 742 85 St. S.W. There will be horse rides, great music and a bouncer.

Calgary Stampede Caravan Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. featuring a live western band, visiting marching bands, traditional Native dances, Stampede Royalty, petting zoo, pony rides, games and face painting for the kids and much more! Marlborough Mall, Memorial Dr. & 36 St. N.E. and Points West Shopping Center, #200 5 Ave W, Cochrane (under the giant Canadian flag).


Jul 1,2008

His Highness the Aga Khan has been honoured by the National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, for his work against poverty and in promoting religious understanding.

The renowned racehorse breeder and spiritual leader of the world’s Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims received an honorary doctorate from the Chancellor of the NUI, Dr Garret FitzGerald. The Aga Khan, who part owns some of Europe’s leading stud farms, is the first member of the Islamic community to be honoured in the history of NUI.

The university said he was cited for “outstanding contributions to the elimination of global poverty, the advancement of women, the promotion of Islamic culture and the furthering of pluralistic values in society”.

Mar 26,2008
Author: BI-ME staff
Source: BI-ME and agencies
Published: 26 March 2008

UAE. The Aga Khan, leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, this week opened a cultural centre in Dubai for followers of the branch of Shia Islam.

The Ismaili Centre Dubai is the first base for Ismailis in the majority-Sunni Muslim Middle East. The Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary imam, or spiritual leader, of the Ismailis, the second-largest group of Shiites.

“This is a means of establishing a permanent cultural root in one area,” the Aga Khan said today in an interview after opening the centre.

He founded the Geneva-based Aga Khan Development Network, which has established several agencies in Syria and Egypt that focus on microfinance, education and culture to improve local living conditions. Dubai’s Ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al- Maktoum, donated the land for the centre in 1982, a gesture that is a “symbol of the wonderful diversity that characterises Dubai,” the Aga Khan said.

Dubai has become a regional business and tourism destination, attracting expatriates who use it as a base for accessing the rest of the Gulf region.

The role of the Dubai Ismaili Centre, the fourth in the world after London, Lisbon and Vancouver, is to bring together the secular and the spiritual to emphasise the role of “Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith,” according to a statement from the Aga Khan’s secretariat. The United Arab Emirates location includes a prayer hall, as well as a secular pre-school, and will hold conferences and public exhibitions on Islam’s heritage.

“There is a long tradition, certainly in the Emirates, of tolerance and accommodating the practices and beliefs of the immigrant communities,” Anthony Harris, former UK Ambassador to the UAE, said in a Bloomberg interview.

The Ismaili Centre’s Egyptian architects, El Dahan & Farid Engineering Consultants, were inspired by the Fatimid Empire in Cairo, which dominates accounts of Ismaili history for about 400 hundred years after the founding of Islam in the seventh century.

“That’s where Ismaili history lies,” Azim Nanji, Professor of Islamic Studies at Stanford University in California and Director of the London-based Institute of Ismaili Studies, said today during a tour of the Centre. “That period in Egypt was such a fertile time for creativity, and this center is a way to bring that ethos back again.”