Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam At the Opening Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Event Journal: Opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto and the Aga Khan Museum
“Yes! We are a community that welcomes the smile,” Mawlana Hazar Imam tells the gathering at the opening of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. GARY OTTE/TheIsmaili

Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam At the Opening Ceremony of The Ismaili Centre, Toronto Friday, 12 September 2014

Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim

Prime Minister Harper,
Words fail me — and that’s not often the case — but words fail me to thank you enough for your most gracious and warm comments on this occasion.

Madame Clarkson,
Excellencies,
Honourable Ministers,
Chancelier de Broglie,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is indeed a magnificent day.

It is not so often that we have an opportunity of this sort — to come together in a beautiful setting, in a wonderful spirit of friendship, and to dedicate such a splendid architectural accomplishment.

As we inaugurate this building, we also have the opportunity to contemplate what it represents: the inspiring traditions of the past, the stirring challenges of the future, and the continuing search for peace through prayer.

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