PBS Interview with One Billion Rising’s Alyna Nanji in the upcoming special show on His Highness the Aga Khan & the Ismaili Muslims

PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly's Lucky Severson interviews Alyna Nanji (Image credit: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly)
PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly’s Lucky Severson interviews Alyna Nanji (Image credit: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly)

A couple of days ago, Ismailimail shared the news of a PBS special on His Highness the Aga Khan & the Ismaili Muslims – a first for PBS to feature the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim community.

In the lead up to the show, which is scheduled to be aired on Friday, July 31st, 2015 across the US on more than 350 member television stations, Ismailimail is proud to share a third installment in a series of five, with an exclusive interview question and response graciously made available by PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

In this interview segment, PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly’s Lucky Severson asks One Billion Rising’s Alyna Nanji on how she views Mawlana Hazar Imam (His Highness the Aga Khan). Watch the video below for a moving response by this inspiring 13 year-old.

Alyna's favorite picture of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan (Image credit: Alyna Nanji)
Alyna’s favorite picture of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan (Image credit: Alyna Nanji)

PBS: How do you view the Aga Khan?

ALYNA: I do look up to the Aga Khan. I believe there are so many things and values that he teaches us. He teaches us to be respectful, he teaches us how to care, he teaches us moral values of kindness. And you know what? I think we can all learn a lot from him because he’s the one person that we can definitely say ‘he walks the talk.

PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly's Lucky Severson interviews Alyna Nanji (Image credit: Anvar Nanji)
PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly’s Lucky Severson interviews Alyna Nanji (Image credit: Anvar Nanji)

The PBS team had flown in from Washington DC to interview Mawlana Hazar Imam (video clip forthcoming) during the opening of the Aga Khan Park. Earlier that day, the PBS team toured the Aga Khan Museum speaking to various staff and volunteers. Right after the interview with His Highness that afternoon, the PBS team drove down to the Nanji residence to interview and speak to Alyna.

The objective of the PBS RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY Series is to educate the audience about different religions and allow people of faith to explain how their religion impacts their work.

Join us here at Ismailimail tomorrow as we share the next segment of the upcoming PBS show on the Ismailis as we share an exclusive footage of Harvard University’s Professor Ali Asani.

Also, check your local listings to see when Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly airs in your area.


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About Alyna Nanji

Alyna Nanji at the One Billion Rising Toronto Event
Alyna Nanji at the One Billion Rising Toronto Event

Alyna Nanji is 13 years old and just completed Grade 8. She is a Peace Tree Ambassador for promoting peace, diversity and inclusivity, and gender equality at every opportunity. Alyna has always been known to possess an acute sense of fairness, inclusion and simply put, what is right and what is wrong. Understanding cultural diversity, incorporating the pursuit of peace and inclusive education, speaking out and working against gendercide and social injustices, especially those suffered by women and children, are Alyna’s passions.

In April 2014, Alyna spoke at the One Billion Rising Movement annual event held in Toronto, As the youngest speaker at the event, Alyna spoke on the issues of Violence against Women and children.

Alyna also served as the keynote speaker at the 2012 inaugural International Day of the Girl hosted by the United Nations Association in Canada, Toronto Branch (UNACTO) where she passionately spoke out against gendercide and infanticide and in 2013, she served as the youngest panelist at the 2013 International Day of the Girl hosted by UNACTO.

Moreover, Alyna has a passion for the fine arts having performed at various events, including the Toronto Centre for the Arts. She helped organize, emceed and danced at over 6 annual Peace Tree Day events.

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About PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Series

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is an American weekly television news-magazine program which airs on PBS and delivers one-of-a-kind news coverage from around the nation and the world. The program explores the top moral questions facing the country and profiles notable people and groups in the world of religion and ethics.

PBS-Religion and Ethics logoSince its debut in 1997, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world. The acclaimed one-of-a-kind TV show examines religion’s role — and the ethical dimensions — behind top news headlines. To complement the program’s weekly broadcast, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY offers a Web site, pbs.org/religion.

Winner of more than 115 industry awards — including the Sigma Delta Chi, the Gracie Allen, the Chicago TV Fest, New York Festival and CINE Golden Eagle — the program has been hailed by the Religion Newswriters’ Association for setting “a national standard for balanced and fair coverage of religious topics.

RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY . . . has become a respected voice in the conversation about American religion and culture.”
– PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

PBS logoThe Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American non-profit public broadcast television network with 354 member television stations. Since the mid-2000s, Roper polls commissioned by PBS have consistently placed the service as America’s most-trusted national institution.

Via PBS | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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