Imam’s Role

“Indeed, the revelation of Islam – my faith – looks upon freedom from hunger, provision of appropriate shelter and clothing, security against fear for one’s safety, good health, learning and wisdom, and generation of wealth as a blessing to strive for, and to share in the creation of an equitable order of peace and harmony. This explains my own role, as the hereditary Imam – the spiritual leader – of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, in development activities through the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, or the AKDN.”

— Mawlana Hazar Imam, Royal Toledo Foundation Award Ceremony, Toledo, Spain, March 2, 2006


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