Footprints by Nimira Dewji

Editor’s note: Highly recommend you download and print this excellent PDF file called Footprints. It is an amazing source of knowledge for young and olds alike, regardless of where you live. Made with love, devotion and heart, a work of highest standard by an individual.


footprints coverThis memory book is a personal initiative to mark Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 50 years of Imamat.

Over the past 50 years, our Jamat has made much progress. This has included the achievement of significant milestones, the establishment of several institutions, and for many of us the migration between continents.

This workbook is my humble attempt to capture a few highlights of the last 50 years of the Imamat. The task was daunting! However, my inspiration for this project stems from the travelling exhibition that commemorated Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 40 years of Imamat. At that time, I created a workbook to foster the Jamat’s participation and interaction with the exhibit. I noticed children working together to complete the exercises, adults collaborating to answer questions, and families engaged in discussion in an attempt to educate each other. It was exciting.

This workbook has a similar objective. I hope that as you, your families and friends work through the pages, you have many moments for reflection and discussion. May it also serve as a piece of contemplation of where we may be headed in the next 50 years.

This book would not have been possible without the support of my family: my husband Almoonir for his encouragement and technical assistance, and our daughters Nafeesa and Ruhee for their assistance. My special thanks go to a dear friend, Fiaz Merani, who edited the text with great diligence, making several suggestions which, I believe, have resulted in a significantly improved text.

Nimira Dewji
Calgary, Alberta Canada


Nimira Dewji ( was born in Kenya and immigrated to Calgary in 1977. After receiving her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary, she worked for a mortgage company as an accountant. She changed her career and became a full-time mother when her daughters were born. She obtained a Technical Writing Certificate from Mount Royal College in Calgary, and currently owns Nafru Ink., a company that provides technical writing and editing services. She writes a weekly history column (This Week In Ismaili History & The Muslim Civilizations) for the Shia Ismaili Muslim community newsletters in Canada and parts of U.S.A. She has also contributed to Ecumenism – a quarterly publication by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism.

6 thoughts

  1. A welll thought out initiative.

    Now this can be expanded to include other periods of Ismaili History, thus providing an excellent timeline of our entire history.

    Keep up the good work


  2. Dear Nimira !

    well done, it is really good work which you have done. I would say it is precious gift for all of us from you. especially to whom who did not get any chance of any Darbar experince in this Golden Jubilee year. I had tears in my eyes when I saw this pdf documents because I am from Pakistan and Pakistan is the country where Imam did not yet came for Golden Jubilee celebrations. through your work at least we got a chance to see all G/J events with lots of informations

    so Thankyou very much for your great research and work


  3. Very thoughtfull & well done – a legacy which will remain in our memories for our lifetime and can
    watch this presentation whenever we can again and again. Good luck in your next endevour to
    put something together about MOWLA and his life.


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