In the countdown to Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni Aga Khan IV’s momentous Diamond Jubilee to be celebrated on July 11, 2017, Ismaili Gnosis presents a 60-part series celebrating the lineage of our Beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam from Adam to Aga Khan. For more information please visit ismailignosis.com.
Imam al-Mu'izz li-din Allah --> 14th Imam
35 generations later...
Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni --> 49th Imam
Ladies and gentlemen, it has indeed been a long and interesting journey of discovery that has brought us to this evening. Many projects continue and there are, no doubt, many surprises to come and many more lessons to be learned. I look forward to that because this process has been particularly satisfying for me from a very personal perspective.
In our excavations and our historical investigations, I constantly have been reminded that we were touching the very foundations of my ancestors, the Fatimids, and the pluralistic history and intellectual profile of this city and this country to which they contributed so profoundly.
I am very humbled by the opportunity to return to Cairo, founded over a thousand years ago by the Fatimid Caliph Al-Mu'izz, to build on that history. Thirty-five generations later, through the work done here by my institutions, it is my prayer that this park will be a continuing contribution to the people of this great city.
- Imam Shah Karim al-Husayni Aga Khan IV
Al-Azhar Park Opening Ceremony (Cairo, Egypt), 25 March 2005
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