On December 13th, 2016, Garnett Genuis, Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta rose in the Canadian Parliament to wish His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan a happy 80th birthday.
Mr. Speaker, today marks the 80th birthday of His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims. In leading his community, the Aga Khan has emphasized pluralism and tolerance, reason and dialogue, and the importance of humanitarian work.
He has a strong connection to Canada, having been named an honorary Canadian citizen in the last Parliament and also having played hockey in his younger years. His development foundation has partnered with Canada, in particular with our Office of Religious Freedom.
When he addressed Parliament two and a half years ago, he encouraged MPs to appreciate the connection between faith, politics, and humanitarian work. He said:
The role of the Ismaili imam is a spiritual one. His authority is that of religious interpretation. It is not a political role …
At the same time, Islam believes fundamentally that the spiritual and material worlds are inextricably connected.
Faith does not remove Muslims or their imams from daily practical matters in family life, in business, and in community affairs.
Faith, rather, is a force that should deepen our concern for our worldly habitat, for embracing its challenges, and for improving the quality of human life.
I wish him a happy birthday.
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- PARLIAMENT of CANADA | Parliamentary Business | 42nd Parliament, 1st Session | EDITED HANSARD • NUMBER 125 | CONTENTS | Friday, December 9, 2016 | Aga Khan
- Open Parliament | Garnett Genuis on The Aga Khan
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