Item(s) for July, 2008

Jul 5,2008

“In a Knowledge Society, the most productive investments we can make are
investments in education.”

His Highness the Aga Khan, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 2008

CALGARY, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ – High-achieving students from the Ismaili Muslim Community across Canada will gather at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary on Saturday, July 5th (6.30PM) to learn how participation in today’s Knowledge Society is essential for individual and community progress.

The Honorable Dave Hancock, Minister of Education of Alberta, will be the guest of honour and Dr. Tom Kessinger, Deputy Chairman, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), will deliver the keynote address.

The occasion is the inaugural Canadian Ismaili Students Total Achievement Recognition (I-STAR) Awards Gala which aims to promote, recognize and celebrate excellence achieved in all areas of endeavor by top calibre Canadian Ismaili Muslim youth at the junior high, secondary, and post-secondary levels. This year’s National awards will recognize the achievements of 150 youth from across Canada who have been selected at regional I-STAR events in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. This high calibre awards ceremony encourages students from Grade 9 to Post-Secondary to strive for and achieve excellence in academics, community service and leadership, athletics, arts and humanities, and science and technology.

“The theme of this first Canadian I-STAR Awards Gala is The Knowledge Society” said Shaukat Jiwa, Chairperson of the Aga Khan Education Board for Canada. “We recognize that we live in an age where human intellect, imagination and ingenuity have become the currency of choice and one that highlights the necessity of lifelong learning and the search for excellence. We hope that our youth will become contributors in the 21st century Knowledge
Society and will use this knowledge in a manner that is consistent with the ethics and values of our faith.”

The Canadian I-STAR Awards Gala is a national initiative commemorating the Golden Jubilee of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan as the Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.

The Ismaili Muslims are a community of ethnically and culturally diverse peoples living in over 25 countries around the world, united in their allegiance to the Aga Khan as the 49th hereditary Imam and direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Further information on the Ismaili Muslim Community may be found at

For further information: Ms. Sameera Sereda, (403) 604-2770; Mr. Al-Noor Nenshi Nathoo, (403) 714-7436

Jul 5,2008

Graeme Morton, Calgary Herald
Published: Saturday, July 05, 2008

Ismaili Muslims host Historic Cities exhibit

Calgarians will get a chance to view the Historic Cities exhibition, an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, today when Calgary’s Ismaili Muslim community hosts its annual Stampede breakfast.

The dramatic collection of photographs and narrative text chronicles the work spearheaded by the Aga Khan in promoting the conservation and restoration of buildings and public spaces in historic cities throughout the Muslim world.

“It showcases some of the architectural marvels of Muslim civilizations, which are often not that well known in the West,” says Almoonir Dewji of the Calgary Ismaili community.

“And there’s certainly an economic development component, where the local population is involved in the restorations. It’s about bringing back pride in their history,” Dewji adds.

The Historic Cities projects include the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, the Citadel of Aleppo and Masyaf in Syria, the Djingereyber Mosque in Mali, the Timur Shah Mausoleum in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Humayan’s Tomb in New Delhi, India.

The exhibition will be on display this morning during the breakfast at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, 4623 11 St. N.E. It will also have public viewing hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

The Ismaili breakfast has become one of the city’s most popular during Stampede, bridging cultural and faith barriers.

“It is an ideal opportunity for us to reach out to the entire community during one of Calgary’s premiere events,” says Dewji.

Multi-faith group applauds mosque

Calgary’s Muslim-Christian Dialogue group has issued a message of congratulations to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community on this morning’s official dedication of their new, $14-million mosque in Castleridge.

“It is our hope that the Baitun Nur mosque will be a place of prayerful contemplation and search for enlightenment, a place where Calgarians can come together to exchange knowledge and ideas, enabling us all to more fully appreciate one another,” the interfaith group said in a joint statement.

“This search for mutual understanding remains essential to assuring peace and stability among diverse cultures and faiths,” it adds.

The dialogue group includes representations from a number of Muslim organizations, the Arabic Christian Church of Calgary, Calgary Evangelical Ministerial Association and the Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and United Church denominations.


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).