The Birthday of Prince Karim Aga Khan

We Ismailies through out the world celebrate birthday of our beloved Imam, Prince Karim Aga Khan on 13th December. This also was the culmination of his Golden Jubilee Commemoration which is the celebration of 50 glorious years of Imamat and work he has done worldwide. Imam has always tried to build bridges between cultures of west and east, and has worked towards improving the quality of life of the developing world and has the same time appreciated the diversity and pluralism from which we can learn from each other and live together in harmony. You can see his agencies and initiatives which are mostly in developing countries at his non-profit network website

Some quotes from his speeches:

“There are those… who enter the world in such poverty that they are deprived of both the means and the motivation to improve their lot. Unless these unfortunates can be touched with the spark which ignites the spirit of individual enterprise and determination, they will only sink back into renewed apathy, degradation and despair. It is for us, who are more fortunate, to provide that spark.”

Speech: Innauguration of the Aga Khan Baug – Versoya, India, January 17, 1983

“If we judge from Islamic history, there is much to encourage us. For century after century, the Arabs, the Persians, the Turks and many other Islamic societies achieved powerful leadership roles in the world—not only politically and economically but also intellectually… The fundamental reason for the pre-eminence of Islamic civilizations lay neither in accidents of history nor in acts of war, but rather in their ability to discover new knowledge, to make it their own, and to build constructively upon it. They became the Knowledge Societies of their time.”

Address by His Highness the Aga Khan to the 2006 Convocation of the Aga Khan University – Karachi, Pakistan, December 2, 2006


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. karim kanji
    Dec 16, 2008 @ 19:51:04

    “The Spark” is one of my favourite quotes of all time! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. HI
    Feb 13, 2009 @ 14:49:03

    this website is very nice

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