His Highness the Aga Khan: Our duty is to try to free people from poverty

His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the state banquet in his honour hosted by the Prime Minister Charles Rabemanjara. AKDN / Gary Otte
His Highness the Aga Khan. AKDN / Gary Otte

“Islam’s ethics establish an inextricable link between spiritual and material life, Din and Dunya. Consequently, my responsibilities as spiritual leader and interpreter of the faith are coupled with a deep commitment to improving the quality of life. These activities are not limited to the Ismaili community but extend to those who share their lives, whether on a local, national or international scale.

Our duty is to try to free people from poverty. And to me, poverty means being without shelter, without protection, without access to healthcare, education, or credit, and without hope of ever controlling one’s own destiny. This means condemning one’s children and grandchildren to unacceptable living conditions.

A voluntarist and innovative strategy is needed in order to break this chain of despair and total imprisonment.”


Speech delivered by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State banquet during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Antananarivo, Madagascar (27 November 2007)


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2 thoughts

  1. Thanks for sharing. Indeed if every person helps our Imam in his goal to uplift poverty, then it would surely
    happen quickly. Today, so many Ismaili’s are giving their time and knowledge to him in all parts of the world, but
    we still need to do more on this goal.


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