December 13th – What Today Means To Me

Today marks a very special day for all Ismailis across the globe. This day is an auspicious day where we celebrate the birthday of our spiritual leader, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan – the man who has helped the entire community build, grow, aspire, unite and represent the core values of Islam – peace, humility and pluralism. has eloquently described how December 13th is a momentous day for all Ismailis. Uniting every Ismaili from continent around the globe, to celebrate the tireless efforts, guidance, assistance and love by our Imam.

“Throughout our history, Ismaili Muslims have been led by a living, hereditary Imam-of-the-Time descended from the progeny of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) through his cousin and son-in-law, Hazrat Ali, and his daughter, Hazrat Bibi Fatima.On 13 December 2011, Ismailis around the world celebrate the 75th birthday of our present living Imam, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan. Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1936, he succeeded his grandfather to become the 49th Ismaili Imam at the age of 20. During the five decades of his Imamat, Mawlana Hazar Imam has devoted himself to the spiritual and worldly progress of Ismailis everywhere. The celebration of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s birthday is an occasion for Ismailis to reflect on the unique spiritual bond that links each murid to Hazar Imam. It also affords the Jamat an opportunity to express its love, loyalty and devotion to the Imamat, which binds the Ismaili community together as one.” 

On this day I am extremely thankful for all the bounties Hazar Imam has given me, my family and the community. He has open doors that one could not imagine. He has been there in times of difficult. He has maintained unity amongst families. Created bridges with other communities to live in peace and harmony. He has sacrificed his entire life for the betterment of the community at large – working diligently to maintain and uphold the values and ethics of Islam. Allowing for other communities and cultures to understand who and what Ismailis represent and how Islam is a faith of peace, knowledge, love, humility and pluralism.

I bow in prayer to Him, thanking him for everything He is. Has done. Will do.
Khushiali Mubarak everyone.


  1. Jameel Nathoo says:

    Solid post Asif, Khushiali Mubarak to you as well!

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