Upon becoming the Imam, Mawlana Hazar Imam took a year off from Harvard where he was a student and undertook an extensive and intensive visit of the Jamat around the world. In the extract of his speech below he describes his visit to various centers in East Africa.
“It seems to me that having just completed a very comprehensive and very concentrated tour of my community in East Africa, you might be interested to hear my impressions of the progress and problems of Islam in this important corner of that vast and turbulent continent. My tour covered the greater part of the three territories of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, as well as the Protectorate of Zanzibar. In fifty-four days we travelled 15000 miles, mainly by air, and visited all the principal centres of population and some that scarcely seemed to be populated at all. For those who are interested in statistics of this kind I might add that this somewhat strenuous itinerary cost me eighteen pounds in weight!” – Speech at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs.
Karim completed the IIS Waezeen and Teacher Educator Programme in 1987. Prior to that, he received a B.Sc. with Honors in Actuarial Sciences from City University, London. Karim received his M.A. in Education in Developing Countries (Planning, Management and Curriculum) from the University of London in 1985 and a Diploma as Programmer/Analyst from C.D.I. College of Business & Technology, Calgary in 1997. Currently Karim is a Senior Programmer for the City of Calgary.