Dec 14,2011

Monday, December 13, 2011 – Ismailis in Afghanistan on the occasion of 75th birth day of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the 49th Imam (spiritual leader) organized gatherings in Afghanistan.

The Aga Khan council for Afghanistan organized the event in capital Kabul which was attended by a number of high level Afghan governmental officials and guests.

Sayed Shah Nasir Rahnuma, presidential adviser and Sayed Makhdom Raheen were among the participants.

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV was born on 13 December 1936 and is the 49th and current Imam of the Shia Imami Nizari Ismaili Muslims.He became the 49th spritual leader of the world Ismailis on July 11, 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sultan Mohamamd Shah (Aga Khan III).

Prince Karim Aga Khan is one of the significant donors for Afghanistan reconstruction. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) launched operations in different sectors after the fall of Taliban in 2001.

AKDN has been actively engaged in the reconstruction of Afghan historical sites, reconstruction of health clinics, provision of educational services, construction of roads and bridges since 2001 in Afghanistan.

Dec 15,2010

Prince Karim Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of about 20 million Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and is now turning 74.  He was born on December 13, 1936 in Switzerland. Every year on December 13, the Ismailies around the world celebrate his birthday with religious and emotive zeal.

The Murids arrange religious Majalises in Jamat Khanas where they make religious offerings, supplications and reaffirm their allegiance to the Imam of time. Sweets and festive refreshment is served and the Ismailies wish each other Khushhali or Salgira Mubarak.

Ismailies around the world celebrated the Salgira, this year, jubilantly. Jamat Khanas were decorated in many parts of the world. Many people in North America, Australia and Europe closed their offices and businesses early to get to Jamat Khanas in time.

In Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral of Pakistan, Ismailies also congregated the Birthday of their Imam in a festive and religious fashion. Houses were seen decorated, lighting on the mountains and around Jamat Khana (prayer and social hall) premises and cultural dishes were especially prepared in the designated area of Jamat Khana called Langer.

Various Day and evening Majalises were arranged in which waezeen delivered speeches urging the Murids to follow the guidance of their Imam in their worldly and religious matters. The waezeen emphasized the Jamat to work for the better image of Islam through service to humanity.

This year’s celebrations were congregated modestly as the Ismailies simultaneously honour the holy month of Muharam in which one of their Imams, Imam Hussain Ibn Ali was martyred and his family was massacred by Umayyad Caliph Yazid, at Karbala in 680 CE

They pledged that every member of the community will continue to serve the humanity which, their Imam has consistently taken as mission since 1957.

The Ismailies concluded their celebrations with special prayers for all the Muslims around the world who are passing through difficult times. They also prayed for their national prosperity, peace and development in all their respective countries.

Q.K Sunny from Gilgit-Baltistan has contributed to this story