Mawlana Hazar Imam: “When I assumed the responsibilities of the Imamat … I too became involved, as leader of the Ismaili community, in that most vital business, the well-being of ordinary people.”

“My Grandfather dedicated his life to the Imamat and Islam, both of which for him always
came first and above all considerations. My aim in the future will be to continue the vast
work of my Grandfather, to do all in my power for your spiritual welfare and material

“I have dedicated my life to the upliftment and progress of the Ismailis all over the world.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam, July 11, 1957
25 Years in Pictures
Silver Jubilee Publication Volume 1


“My grandfather often reminded you that we are living in the atomic age. But what in fact do we mean when we say this?…The most significant thing about the atomic age is the new and unbounded sources of energy which are released for the use of mankind…I shall devote my life to guiding the community in all the problems which these rapid changes will bring in their wake.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam
Takht Nashini, Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania, October 19, 1957
Ilm, July 1977

“When I assumed the responsibilities of the Imamat 25 years ago, I too became involved, as leader of the Ismaili community, in that most vital business, the well-being of ordinary people. Islam, as I scarcely need to remind an audience here, is an all-encompassing faith. It gives direction to man’s life, urging the individual to achieve a balance between material progress and spiritual well-being. But no man, woman or child can hope to achieve such a balance in sickness, illiteracy or squalor.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam
Islamabad, Pakistan,March 22, 1983


“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.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam
State Banquet, Antananarivo, Madagascar, November 27, 2007

Compiled by Nimira Dewji

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2 thoughts

  1. Imam is such a deep and meaningful word to the Ismaili’s which some don’t understand. His tireless work to make our lives better and the world at large is unprecedented and in 60 years has come a long way to accomplish so much with his daughter at his side and representing him wherever she can. Islam means PEACE which he is trying for the world to understand except for some who are creating havoc in the world, which brings him great unhappiness and I pray he will achieve his goals on eliminating poverty and violence,


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