“To save a life is, as if, to save humankind altogether…”

Nine eleven has scarred America, but not just America. It has scarred the Islamic world, and hundreds of millions of devout and practising Muslims for whom the word of the Qur’an is the word of God. We have clarity and direction enough when the Qur’an affirms that to save a life is, as if, to save humankind altogether. It is in this context that I request that you view the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Houston, as much, much more than a place of congregation, and a home for administrative offices. The Centre will be a place of peace, humility, reflection and prayer. It will be a place of search and enlightenment, not of anger and of obscurantism. It will be a centre which will seek to bond men and women of this pluralist country to replace their fragility in their narrow spheres by the strength of civilised society bound together by a common destiny. It is already a symbol of the hopes of people who lived through change and turbulence, and have ultimately found security and opportunity here in the United States…

  • His Highness the Aga Khan, Ismaili Centre Opening Ceremony (Houston, Texas, USA), 23 June 2002

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