On the second Saturday of this month, a hundred or so Ismaili Muslims — from Eindhoven, Stockholm, Bad Salzuflen, Essen, Frankfurt, Munich and Dublin — made their way north from the Ismaili Centre, London. They walked past the Victoria & Albert Museum and continued up Exhibition Road until they reached Prince’s Gardens. There, on an immaculate lawn stands a pristine marquee embracing a circular, dome-topped structure. They were amongst the first to visit, followed soon after by 150 youth who had brought their non-Ismaili friends to share in a special experience.
RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat, A Golden Jubilee International Programme, opened in London on 10 September 2010 on the grounds of Imperial College at Prince’s Gardens. Over the course of the week, the European visitors were joined by thousands more — local and foreign, Ismaili and non-Ismaili — seeking to experience the exhibition, which depicts 50 years of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Imamat against the backdrop of the Jamat’s 1,400-year history.
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