TORONTO – Canadian Ismaili Muslims are marking a half-century of leadership of the Aga Khan, as the spiritual leader to millions around the globe embarks on an eight-day visit across the country to mark the milestone.
The Aga Khan, imam to 15 million Ismaili Muslims, including between 80,000 to 100,000 in Canada, will meet with government leaders and dignitaries as he commemorates the occasion of his Golden Jubilee.
The Aga Khan met Wednesday with Gov.-Gen. Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall. He was slated to next visit Toronto to meet Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
He will head west next week, first to Calgary to meet with Alberta Lt.-Gov. Norman Kwong and officials from the University of Alberta, followed by a stop in Vancouver to meet British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and Burnaby, B.C., Mayor Derek Corrigan, whose city is home to a sizable Ismaili community.
The Aga Khan will also meet and address gatherings of the Ismaili community to discuss the nature of the work he is doing with Canada, how the community has evolved and where he sees it going, said Amir Karim, a Montreal volunteer with the Aga Khan Council for Canada.
Complete at the source: The Daily Gleaner
We ismaili living in Pakistan anxiously waiting our beloved Hazar Imam who is visiting different countries for His Golden Jubilee Imamat to bestow His Holy Deedar to all Ismailis in Pakistan.
We hope Our Imam will definetely listening our voice.
The above newspaper article mentioned His Highness’s meeting with Governor-General Michaelle Jean. He also met with key Canadian Federal Government ministers both before and after his meeting with the Governor-General. The previous evening at the Ottawa International Airport he was received, on behalf of the Government of Canada and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, by Hon. John Baird, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure and Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
Subsequent to His Highness’s meeting with the Governor-General he met for discussions with Hon. Jason Kenney and Hon. James Moore, Canadian Heritage Minister, at Parliament Hill:
Later, His Highness was hosted to a working dinner at the new building of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Sussex Drive in Ottawa by Hon. Beverly Oda, Minister of International Cooperation.
Khalid Magram’s article for East-Toronto Observer on Fri Nov 21, 2008: http://khalexpress.wordpress.com/2008/11/23/570/
Ismaili community in Toronto prepares for arrival of spiritual leader
Ya ali madad