Ismaili Centre, Lisbon: Inaugurated on Imamat Day 1998

The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon was inaugurated on July 11, 1998 by Portugal’s President Jorge Sampaio in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. In his address, Mawlana Hazar Imam reflected on the core values of the Ismaili community and his role as Imam:

“The array of facilities included is a reflection of the core values of the Ismaili community, its organisation, its discipline, its social conscience, the importance of its community organisations, and its attitude toward the society in which it exists.

Islam teaches Muslims to strive to achieve equilibrium between human existence and the Absolute, and therefore to attend to both spiritual and physical needs.

As Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, my responsibilities extend to both the spiritual and the material welfare of the Ismaili community.

Although my faith and office place upon me a distinctive perspective and role, I am most certainly not alone in my concern about the pace and direction of change at this moment in history.

Social harmony coupled with the freedom and respect of religious expression is a prerequisite for all human progress.”

– Mawlana Hazar Imam, Ismaili Centre, Lisbon  July 11, 1998

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Almeida Santos, President of the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, Ferro Rodrigues, Minister for Work and Solidarity, President Jorge Sampaio and Mawlana Hazar Imam converse in the Prayer Hall Courtyard of the newly inaugurated Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. PATRICK RUCHDI/

Research by Nimira Dewji

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