Reminiscing Prince Aly Khan on his 107th Birth Anniversary

By A. Maherali for Ismailimail

June 13, 2018 marks the 107th birth anniversary of Prince Aly Salomone Khan, father of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Prince Amyn and Princess Yasmin and brother of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.

March 23, 1959 Sports Illustrated Cover, Horse Racing: Closeup portrait of Prince Aly Khan, Pakistan UN representative at Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France 2/5/1959 February 05, 1959
March 23, 1959 Sports Illustrated Cover, Horse Racing: Closeup portrait of Prince Aly Khan, Pakistan UN representative at Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France 2/5/1959
February 05, 1959

In honor of this occasion, we share two excerpts. The first one is from the French Minister of Culture and Communication that reflects the esteem with which he was held with and a second one is from Prince Aly Khan that reflects his love for the Ismaili Jamat.

French Minister’s tribute:

Prince Amyn Aga Khan, France’s Minister for Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand and His Highness the Aga Khan at the ceremony in Paris where the Aga Khan and his brother Prince Amyn were recognised for their contributions to culture. Photo: Farida Bréchemier / MCC
(L to R) Prince Amyn Aga Khan, France’s Minister for Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand and His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at the ceremony in Paris. (Image credit: Farida Bréchemier / MCC)

“… and your father Prince Aly Khan, Pakistani Ambassador to the United Nations … beloved by all, whom fate did not permit to deploy his extraordinary culture and spirit of civilisation to their full extent.”

M. Frédéric Mitterrand,
French Minister of Culture and Communication,
during the presentation of decorations to:
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan
insignia of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters
(Commandant de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres)
and
Prince Amyn Aga Khan
insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters
(Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres)
Paris, France
November 9, 2010

 

Prince Aly Khan’s message to the jamat:

Prince Aly Khan with leaders of the Ismaili Community at Nagpur airport, India. (image credit: Samsu Jalali Collection, Atlanta, Georgia
Prince Aly Khan with leaders of the Ismaili Community at Nagpur airport, India. (image credit: Samsu Jalali Collection, Atlanta, Georgia)

“The welfare of the Ismailis is so near and dear to my heart that I cannot light-heartedly bring myself to overlook the weak points of the community.

 

It is by recognizing our own faults that we can hope to improve.

 

Let us realize that in the matter of helping our brethren we have much to learn … we must resolutely follow the principles of the faith, be guided by the lives of men like Hasan bin Sabah and Pir Sadardin and concentrate on the two most important principles of life — namely, Unity and Service of the Imam-e-Zaman and Community.”

 

– Prince Aly Khan,
India
Sunday, February 2, 1941

 


Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali


 

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  1. Mr Meharali
    My father’s photo of Prince Aly Khan in the Military Uniform in India. My father always accompanied Prince Alykhan when in India. Sultan Mohammed Shah had asked my father also when they go hunting. Why that photo is not inserted in this write up
    Thanks
    Taj Kothari
    305 7736650
    Kassam@aol.com

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