"President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha launches a year of commemorative events marking the milestone 50th anniversary for the Jamat in Canada. Starting in 1972, with the first mass migration of Ismailis, Jamati members from around the world have established themselves and made Canada their permanent home. Enjoy highlights of the special events that have taken place over the week of September 25, 2022, in the presence of members of the Imamat family as host Husein Madhavji traverses our great country from Toronto to Edmonton to Vancouver."
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Representative of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat to Canada, has served in the Jamat's institutional leadership for over thirty years. In this episode of FNR, host Zain Velji sits down with Dr. Eboo for an insightful conversation looking back at the past 1400 years of the Ismaili Imamat, the mandate of the Imam of the Time, the importance of milestones, and the role these milestones serve in building for the future.
In this episode of FNR, Khalil Z. Shariff, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and Dr. Najmuddin Najm, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan sit down with host Kiran Hayat for a wide-ranging conversation exploring the situation in Afghanistan on the ground. They discuss the lifesaving impact of AKDN activities and its efforts to address food insecurity, employment, health care, education, and the status of women.
Host Rizwan Manji kicks off Navroz 2022 weekend with a special episode of FNR to help celebrate a new season of spiritual renewal and physical rejuvenation as One Jamat. The episode includes a chat between Farah Bundeali and President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha where they speak about recent changes to COVID-19 protocols, a reflection on the current uncertainty and areas of focus for the Jamati institutions. "Nani" makes an appearance to reflect on Navroz and current events and finally, enjoy Soulful Sounds with performances to get you in the Navroz spirit.
As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives with new variants of concern, many Jamati members have questions or are seeking more information. How contagious is the Omicron variant? Can vaccinated people spread the virus? What can we do to protect ourselves? On a special edition of FNR, moderator Iman Rajwani sits down with a panel of experts - Dr. Tasleem Nimjee, (Humber River Hospital), Dr. Karim Kurji (York Region Medical Officer of Health), and Dr. Shazeen Suleman (Unity Health Toronto) - to help answer your most pressing questions.
As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives with new variants of concern, many Jamati members have questions or are seeking more information. How contagious is the Omicron variant? Can vaccinated people spread the virus? What can we do to protect ourselves? On a special COVID edition of FNR, moderator Iman Rajwani sits down with a panel of experts - Dr. Tasleem Nimjee, (Humber River Hospital), Dr. Karim Kurji (York Region Medical Officer of Health), and Dr. Shazeen Suleman (Unity Health Toronto) - to help answer your questions.
A special Salgirah edition of Friday Night Reflections reflects on the Imamat of Mawlana Hazar Imam, commemorating this special occasion and expressing Shukrana on 85 years of the light that lights the heart.
Inspired by the values of our faith and the traditions of our diverse cultures, the household staple that has kept the Jamat connected and informed is back for a second season of inspiring stories, thought-provoking reflections, deep dives on pressing local and global issues, and of course soothing, soulful sounds as a salve for the spirit in these difficult times. In its new monthly format, FNR Season 2 will premiere this evening, Friday, October 15, with an exciting new lineup, including AKFC CEO Khalil Z. Shariff on location at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha returning by popular demand to a familiar locale, Mayor Naheed Nenshi reflecting on over a decade in public service, and much more.
Inspired by the values of our faith and the traditions of our diverse cultures, the household staple that has kept the Jamat connected and informed is back for a second season of inspiring stories, thought-provoking reflections, deep dives on pressing local and global issues, and of course soothing, soulful sounds as a salve for the spirit in these difficult times. In its new monthly format, FNR Season 2 will premiere this evening, Friday, October 15, with an exciting new lineup, including AKFC CEO Khalil Z. Shariff on location at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha returning by popular demand to a familiar locale, Mayor Naheed Nenshi reflecting on over a decade in public service, and much more.
On our final installment of Summer Reflections, we look back to a thought-provoking and wide-ranging conversation between Mawlana Hazar Imam and CBC journalist Peter Mansbridge. Featuring welcome remarks by Faizal Khamisa.
Social justice, diversity, climate change, and advances in science are prevalent themes in society. How do we respond to today’s trends and challenges, while maintaining a religious identity that dates back 1400 years? This week on Summer Reflections, we revisit a critical conversation between Alwaez Hussein Charania and Tara Mandjee about being an ambassador of Islam in today's world.
The recent rapid growth in artificial intelligence, automation, and machine learning, as well as changes in the structure of work, have generated numerous questions about what the future of work will look like. The pandemic has accelerated a number of these changes in ways that would have been difficult to imagine. Understanding the challenges and opportunities these developments present us with will help us prepare for our participation in the future of work. This week on Summer Reflections, we revisit a riveting conversation between Ali Velshi and Zain Velji as they explore The Future of Work and how the Jamat can prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
This week on Summer Reflections, we revisit a special lecture held at the Ismaili Centre Toronto in September 2019. Drawing on his own experience as a researcher, academic, and senior administrator, University of British Columbia President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Santa J. Ono discusses how servant leadership can help faith and science co-exist at the modern secular university. Following his talk, Dr. Ono sits down with Wilfrid Laurier University President and Vice-Chancellor, Deborah MacLatchy for a moderated discussion.
In conversation with two talented musicians as we explore their musical journey from inspiration to creation. Hafeez Jamal, who goes by the stage name Kaeni, and Zaheed Damani, singer, and composer, will share their journeys as musicians, their process for developing devotional music, and their experiences performing before Mawlana Hazar Imam.
In conversation with two talented musicians as we explore their musical journey from inspiration to creation. Hafeez Jamal, who goes by the stage name Kaeni, and Zaheed Damani, singer, and composer, will share their journeys as musicians, their process for developing devotional music, and their experiences performing before Mawlana Hazar Imam.
In conversation with two talented musicians as we explore their musical journey from inspiration to creation. Hafeez Jamal, who goes by the stage name Kaeni, and Zaheed Damani, singer, and composer, will share their journeys as musicians, their process for developing devotional music, and their experiences performing before Mawlana Hazar Imam.
In conversation with two talented musicians as we explore their musical journey from inspiration to creation. Hafeez Jamal, who goes by the stage name Kaeni, and Zaheed Damani, singer, and composer, will share their journeys as musicians, their process for developing devotional music, and their experiences performing before Mawlana Hazar Imam.
Join environmental journalist Aliya Jasmine Sovani, for an engaging conversation on climate change and how we preserve life on earth. Aliya is joined by Dr. Stanford Blade, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta, and Onno Ruhl, General Manager of Aga Khan Agency for Habitat. Dr. Blade shares his perspective on how climate change is impacting food security and access, while Mr. Ruhl explores the impact on communities that are more prone to natural disasters due to climate change. Our panelists discuss some of the collective actions we can take as a society to help bring about a more sustainable world for all.
This week, as we commemorate Mawlana Hazar Imam's 64th year of Imamat, we reflect on his role as our guiding light and as a beacon for all of humanity. In this special Imamat Day edition of Friday Night Reflections, host Omar Sachedina sits down with the Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor-General of Canada, for a wide-ranging conversation exploring how Mawlana Hazar Imam has impacted him personally and how Mawlana Hazar Imam continues to light the path towards a more peaceful and pluralist world.
The season finale of FNR explores the journey of our community from its origins in migration and settlement. Dr. Zahra N. Jamal (Rice University) provides an overview of migration and refugees from an Islamic perspective followed by Al-Rahim Moosa who talks about some of the work FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance is undertaking to help displaced Jamati members. Finally, President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha offers insight on both the past and the promising future of the Jamat, and how we are helping to underwrite future success with current efforts to strengthen the Jamat's resilience.
This week, we reflect on how we can help to build a better country for all. Marking the anniversary of the country's creation and reflecting on recent events that highlight how it remains a work in progress, Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park Arif Virani offers a perspective on how we can each serve our home in ways that advance the values of justice, pluralism and inclusion. Building upon Mawlana Hazar Imam's guidance on the importance of strengthening democracy and ensuring a robust civil society, we will hear from special guests on how they are contributing to a better Canada.

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