Ismaili Muslims from all over British Columbia are getting ready celebrate the arrival of the Aga Khan in Canada, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of him being Imam.
He will be in Canada May 1st, and will be making an appearance in Vancouver May 5th and 6th. Around 20,000 people from all over British Columbia will be showing up to B.C. Place to honour their Imam.
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“The Diamond Jubilee provides an opportunity for people everywhere, here in Canada and elsewhere, to re-dedicate themselves to the ethics and values that underpin our partnerships with communities around the world to help improve quality of life. It is an opportunity to give back and look forward,” said Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan Development Network Representative to Canada.
The Imam celebrated his 60th anniversary of being the spiritual leader to over 15 million Ismaili Muslims globally on July 11, 2017.
About The Aga Khan
The Aga Khan, otherwise known as Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, is the 49th hereditary leader of Ismailism.
He succeeded his grandfather, His Highness Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan III, at the young age of 20.
Ismailism is a branch of Shia Islam. Currently, Ismaili Muslims live in over 25 different countries around the world. There an an estimated 100,000 Ismailis currently living in Canada.
The spiritual leader has been in power since 1957, and is known to be an advocate for items such as fighting global poverty, advancing women’s status, and honouring Islamic Art and Architecture.
He’s the head of the Aga Khan Development Network, which is a group of private, non-denominational agencies that address the social, economic, and cultural developments from 30 countries from around the world.
The Imam is a dedicated humanitarian; he is an advocate for development and charitable institutions in neglected parts of the world.
In 2010, His Highness was granted with a tribute of Honorary Canadian Citizenship. In February 2014, the Aga Khan was the first faith leader to address a joint session of Canadian Parliament.
Aga Khan’s 60th Jubilee Vancouver Visit
Location: B.C. Place - 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Date: Saturday May 5th, 2018