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.
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:
“… 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)
Prince Amyn Aga Khan
insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters
(Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres)
November 9, 2010
Prince Aly Khan’s message to the jamat:
“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,
Sunday, February 2, 1941
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali