In the Muslim tradition of leadership, going back 14 centuries and covering all interpretations of Islam, the role of the Imam is not only to interpret the faith to his murids but also to lead the effort towards their security and wellbeing — the latter concern also extending to communities among whom they live. In 1957, when he succeeded his grandfather and became the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, Mawlana Hazar Imam declared that he dedicated his life to the uplift and progress of Ismailis worldwide. Few at that time could have imagined the scope and depth of this commitment.
RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat, A Golden Jubilee International Programme, is an exhibition depicting 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat, against the backdrop of the Jamat’s 1 400-year history. Though the scope of his work and the depth of his dedication cannot be contained in any single exhibition, RAYS OF LIGHT nonetheless provides an experience that provokes, stimulates and humbles.