Apr 19, 2008

MHI in USA 16 April -theismaili.org

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam with Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois and Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago at a luncheon hosted by the Governor in honour of Hazar Imam`s Golden Jubilee. Photo: Gary Otte
Today, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois and Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, at the Aon Centre. The Governor then hosted a lunch at the Mid-America Club in honour of Mawlana Hazar Imam. The lunch began with the playing of the US National Anthem and the Nashid al-Imamah.
Speaking at the event, the Governor paid tribute to Mawlana Hazar Imam’s leadership and vision. “It is a great privilege to welcome to Illinois His Highness, The Aga Khan, whose humanitarian and philanthropic efforts have helped millions of disadvantaged men, women and children in developing areas to maintain their dignity and have a better quality of life,” said the Governor.
Mawlana Hazar Imam thanked the Governor for his hospitality and for laying the foundation of the Glenview Jamatkhana in Autumn 2007. He also described the purpose of his trip to the United States: “I am here to learn. I am also here to seek partnerships. The global knowledge society is led by the United States. And therefore we are looking for partnerships. Partnerships which are long, which are stable and which produce quantifiable results. We will work with anybody who wants to help us in social development, economic development, pluralism and more important than anything else, building civil society.”
Later in the day, Mawlana Hazar Imam granted a Golden Jubilee Darbar to members of the Midwestern and North Eastern USA Jamats and to those who had come from abroad.


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