Now to the issue of spreading faith by the sword: All faiths at some time in their history have used war to protect themselves or expand their influence, and there were situations when faiths have been used as justifications for military actions. But Islam does not call for that, it is a faith of peace.
Mawlana Hazar Imam, SPIEGEL Interview with His Highness the Aga Khan
(12 October 2006)

Saturday Night Programme

Afghanistan Helpline
As the unfolding situation in Afghanistan continues to be of concern, the UK and Europe Helpline has been extended for any member of the Jamat that has any concerns or questions. If you live in the UK or Europe, please call the Helpline on 0208 191 0911, Option 2, or email in the first instance. If you have any friends or family that live in Afghanistan who require help and support, please advise them to contact the Afghanistan National Council on +93793014401.
The Jamat is advised to be vigilant about recent possibly fraudulent activity pertaining to the current crisis in Afghanistan. Please be cautious of fundraising campaigns claiming to support Afghans in need or other advertised services promising to speed immigration processes from Afghanistan. Some of these schemes may be fraudulent and illegal. The Jamati Institutions are working together to support the Jamat. Please direct contributions to FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance via the website or QR code below if you wish to support those who have been affected by crisis or displacement, including the Jamat in Afghanistan. Thank you for your continued support. 

COVID-19 Vaccination for Expectant Mothers
All pregnant women in the UK over the age of 18 have now been offered the COVID-19 Vaccination. Vaccination is recommended in pregnancy, but the decision whether to have the vaccine is your choice. Click here for information to help you make an informed choice. For more information on the  COVID-19 vaccination for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding please click here.
On Monday 23 August, a series of new measures will be introduced in Jamatkhana. These will provide increased access and flexibility, whilst continuing to safeguard our Mukhi-Kamadias, volunteers and the Jamat.
  • Physical distancing will be reduced from 2 metres to 1.5 metres in all areas. This means that more people will be accommodated for Jamatkhana, including Bay‘ah and Nikah Nama ceremonies.
  • Temperature checks will no longer be taken upon arrival.
  • IVC will revert to servicing the cloakrooms and shoe areas in some Jamatkhanas.
  • The Jamatkhana minibuses and mobility vans will be back in operation. Please contact your Jamati Mukhi-Kamadias.
  • Members of the Jamat will be able to attend funeral ceremonies under our current health and safety guidelines. For the time being, all London funerals will be held at West London Jamatkhana and regional funerals will take place at the nearest permanent Jamatkhana. Details of all funerals can be accessed through The Ismaili app.
  • Overseas visitors may contact Jamati Mukhi-Kamadias to register for Jamatkhana.
All other existing measures will remain in place, including hand hygiene, wearing a face covering at all times, maintaining a physical distance and following the one-way flow systems, signs and the guidance of the volunteers. Further information on the health and safety precautions in Jamatkhana can be found on the website.
From Wednesday 25 August, members of the Jamat may register to attend any Jamatkhana of their choice. Registration for morning and evening Jamatkhana will continue to open two days in advance on the IIUK website and The Ismaili app. Jamati members who do not have online access may call the Coronavirus Support Helpline from 9am – 6pm, seven days a week on 020 8191 0911.
The Jamat is reminded that the registration opening times vary for each Jamatkhana - please login or call as per the allocated opening time for the Jamatkhana that you wish to attend, as shown below. If you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your booking as soon as possible, to give other Jamati members the opportunity to register and attend.
The AKEB Survey has launched!
The Aga Khan Education Board has launched a short survey to understand if the disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your child’s education. The information gathered from this survey will help us determine how we can support you and help close any learning gaps caused by the closure of schools and home-schooling. The survey is for all parents with children up to the age of 18. A personalised link with the survey will be sent via email this month – it will only take a few minutes. Once the survey has been completed, AKEB will share a good schools report. For more information, contact Remember to complete your survey!
ITREB Leadership Development Series - Sun 5 Sept
Recent global financial crises have increasingly called into question the dominant neoliberal economic paradigm. A key contributing factor has been a lack of morality and ethics, including the role of unsustainable debt. This session, facilitated by Iqbal Asaria, CBE, a Visiting Professor at the London Institute of Banking and Finance, is designed to put these thoughts into perspective and identify the role of a faith-based discourse to address the search for a solution. It will also seek to outline the emerging challenges of climate change and its impact. The session on Sun 5 Sept at 4pm BST / 5pm CEST is open to all. To register your interest, please click here.
What is ISN?
The Ismaili Student Network (ISN) aims to unite Ismaili students, graduates and young professionals and create a sense of belonging as well as professional development and networking opportunities. ISN currently connects over 200 students from all over the UK and UK Jurisdiction Jamats! Whether you’ve been a part of ISN before or want to get more involved, starting today you can sign up to the brand new Ismaili Student Network family for 2021/22 using this link. Please note if you have previously signed up to ISN, please re-sign to be added to the network for the year ahead! For any further information please email
Calling all Freshers to AKC: ISN Get Fresh 2021 - Sat 4 Sept
The Ismaili Student Network’s (ISN) annual event on Saturday 4 September from 11am - 3pm BST, 12pm - 4pm CEST is taking a twist this year, introducing our first multimode event! We have hints, tips and advice from current university students and graduates on how to maximise your university experience. The event will include financial advice, tips on managing your mental health and ways to use your faith at university - especially during these challenging times. The event will take place in person with lunch where you can meet other freshers, your university representative as well as a social after for you to meet other student Ismailis as well. The event will also be streamed on Zoom for those unable to attend the event in person. Sign up via the planner on the Ismaili App.
Save the Date - Global Ismaili CIVIC Day! - Sat 25 & Sun 26 Sept
Ismaili CIVIC UK is excited to announce that we will be celebrating Global Ismaili CIVIC Day on Sun 26 Sept 2021. This will be our first-of-its-kind Global Ismaili CIVIC Day and an opportunity for our global Jamat from approximately 40 countries around the world to come together to demonstrate our centuries-old tradition of service to humanity and enriching the lives of the communities in which we live. The UK Jurisdiction will be organising an array of volunteering activities throughout the weekend of 25-26 Sept. Book your diaries for a weekend of voluntary action and fun, whilst supporting our wider communities! Stay tuned for more information, which will follow over the upcoming weeks.
Golden Club - Sun 22 Aug
ITREB and AKSWB are pleased to inform the Jamat that the next Golden Club session will take place on Sunday 22 August at the usual time of 12.30pm BST / 1.30pm CEST. Alwaez Altaf Mukhi will deliver a talk on The Tradition of Islamic Gardens: Symbolism and Significance. Please click here to join us; we look forward to seeing you.
ITREB Thought of the Week
Did you know, Muslim civilisations birthed many modern conventions, including coffee? The rich beverage served at Starbucks in Seattle and Tim Hortons in Toronto originated with 15th century Muslim merchants, mystics and storytellers or hakawati. The coffee bean was originally cultivated in Yemen during the 1400s. Yemenis called it qahwa, the Arabic word from which ‘coffee’ derives. As its popularity spread across the Muslim world, coffee houses became popular places where traveling thinkers, merchant traders, poets and teachers gathered to discuss new ideas and play chess. By the 17th century, coffee had reached Europe, and Middle Eastern style cafes became centres of philosphical discussion, helping to spark the “enlightenment”, which borrowed heavily from Muslim scholarship. The best coffee bean is still known as Arabica, and many nutritionists today believe that a cup of strong coffee boosts brain function.
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