An Ismaili TV Original series for the Farsi and Dari-speaking Jamats. This episode focuses on the importance of poetry and literature.
This week on Friday Night Reflections, Council for Ottawa President Shakeel Bharmal is joined by Council for Canada President Kassim-Lakha, and Khairrunnissa Rhemtulla to introduce the Family Mentorship Program, a pillar of the Future Ready Initiative. We situate the program within the context of our faith and understand the value of a holistic approach to family goal setting and progress. We will hear stories of success, where the Jamat, working together has enabled progress in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Together, we will learn how the Family Mentorship Program works, what it takes to be a mentor, and how the program can help any member of the Jamat.
For many of us, the past year has been one of loss. Loss of jobs, of health, of financial well-being, of freedom, of a way of life, or perhaps most difficult - of dear loved ones. Pausing to acknowledge this pain, and allowing ourselves to grieve, is critical. What does the grieving process look like, and how can we draw strength from our loved ones, from ourselves, and from our faith, in navigating these turbulent times? This evening, join host and cancer warrior Munira Premji, along with Alwaeza Parinda Chagani, as we turn inwards to give voice to the emotions that often remain unspoken and to explore how we can turn a loss into hope, and hope into strength. President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha provides reflection and guidance given the current climate and COVID-related challenges.
For many of us, the past year has been one of loss. Loss of jobs, of health, of financial well-being, of freedom, of a way of life, or perhaps most difficult - of dear loved ones. Pausing to acknowledge this pain, and allowing ourselves to grieve, is critical. What does the grieving process look like, and how can we draw strength from our loved ones, from ourselves, and from our faith, in navigating these turbulent times? This evening, join host and cancer warrior Munira Premji, along with Alwaeza Parinda Chagani, as we turn inwards to give voice to the emotions that often remain unspoken and to explore how we can turn a loss into hope, and hope into strength. President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha provides reflection and guidance given the current climate and COVID-related challenges.
Whether through film, design, or other media, the arts allow individuals to express themselves and their communities and remake the world at large through their work. By harnessing imagination and creativity, filmmaking has the potential to transform people’s lives and mindsets. This evening on Friday Night Reflections, host Kamil Karamali is joined by international broadcast journalist Faridoun Hemani to share his story from behind the camera, traveling the world on assignment, and capturing the work of the Ismaili Imamat over the past four decades. We then meet a group of Canadian Ismaili filmmakers at different stages in their careers to learn more about what it takes to thrive in their field and hear some of the stories they have brought to life through film, television, and broadcasting.
Host Rahim Ladhani sits down with Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, Interim Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum, to explore how the Museum has fared through the pandemic, what lies ahead, and how the Museum continues to offer new insights and perspectives that connect cultures and bring communities together. We then journey through the Museum with a guided tour of the newest exhibition, taking performances in the auditorium and making a final stop at the Museum shop.
Navroz festivities kick-off with Friday Night Reflections, Canada's weekly show, where host Zain Velji takes us on a retrospective journey of the Jamat over the past year, reflecting on strengths, talents, and connections that have sustained us. In a wide-ranging interview with President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha, the two explore the events that have shaped the past twelve months and reflect on the hope and optimism in the future that lies ahead.
The Council for USA in collaboration with The City of Houston, The Asia Society Texas Center, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, The Children's Museum Houston, EarthX, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, bring this special program which aims to create awareness of Navroz and the various cultural traditions, highlighting the visual, performance and culinary arts.
Join the Afghanistan Jamat as they celebrate Navroz with music, song, and dance using traditional instruments such as the rubab, ghichak, and tabla.
An Ismaili TV Original series for the Farsi and Dari speaking Jamats. This premiere episode focuses on Navroz celebrations and the importance of poetry and literature.
When Hafiz is put in charge of the Haft Seen table for Navroz, he wants to prove he can rise to the challenge all by himself - without including his little sister Zahra. Modar Kalon reads them the story of the lost signs of Spring, leading the siblings on an imaginary scavenger hunt for the seven items needed to free them from their winter blues. Along their journey, they learn the significance of each of the seven items from familiar friends and discover the true meaning of this special festival.
This week marks one year since our Jamatkhanas were closed, introducing us to an entirely new way of life, with little warning. What ensued, both literally and figuratively, was isolating and distancing. In the midst of crisis, the need for connection to others, and the divine, was felt by many more acutely than ever before. This evening we will explore the importance of mental health for all of us in these troubling times, as well as in more stable ones. How do I recognize common signs and symptoms of mental illness in myself or others? How do I support others with mental health concerns? How should we respond to the issue of stigma? Join host and author Riaz Meghji as he sits down with Dr. Ayaz Kurji and Alwaeza Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee to answer these questions and more. We are also privileged to have President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha join us to explore the importance of mentorship, networking, and supporting each other for our collective success.
Join journalist, actor, and filmmaker Farah Merani as she explores women’s stories of resilience, courage, and determination and discusses barriers faced as well as strategies for success with distinguished panel members: Rumina Velshi, President & CEO, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Dr. Karima Velji, Clinical Services Vice-President, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Science, and Dr. Salima Bhimani, Chief Equity & Inclusion Strategist, Alphabet Companies.
To commemorate the occasion of Yawm-e-Ali, host Reena Jessa sits down with Dr. Hussein Rashid, professor at Columbia University to reflect on the life and example of Hazrat Ali. As Caliph and Imam, Hazrat Ali exemplified a notion of justice that became a model of Muslim leadership, centered on the ethics of Islam. He believed a person’s ability to act justly was intimately connected to their relationship to God and orientation towards the divine spirit.
Devotional music, poetry, and literature - including ginans and qasidas - have long been a central feature of the Shia Ismaili tradition. Expressions of yearning as well as stories of suffering and triumph have offered hope and inspiration to Jamats across different cultures and civilizations, and especially so during times of difficulty and challenge. This evening, host Saba Rawjani is joined by Dr. Shafique Virani to draw on our rich history of devotional expression, sharing stories of service and sacrifice to help situate our current challenges against the backdrop of centuries of hope faith and courage that sustained our ancestors.
As COVID vaccines begin their roll-out across the country and the world, many Jamati members have questions or are seeking more information. When can I expect to get my vaccine? How many vaccines have been approved, and how many others are in the pipeline? How effective are they? What are the side effects and risks? Who should receive it? This week on Friday Night Reflections, host Shaheed Devji sits down with our special panel members Dr. Shainoor Ismail (Public Health Agency of Canada), Dr. Karim Ali (Niagara Health), and Dr. Hamidah Meghani (Halton Health), to help answer your questions on COVID-19 vaccines in Canada. We also welcome Darkhana Mukhi Dr. Nazmuddin Bhanji, offering opening reflections on the impact of the pandemic on our lives and the road ahead for the Canadian Jamat.
On this Friday Night Reflections episode, we take a deeper look at how architecture serves as an anchor of our identity, extending beyond the structural, functional, and aesthetic, reflecting our traditions, our values, and our aspirations. Host Malika Karim-Rajan sits down with Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for a wide-ranging conversation, exploring the origin and evolution of the Award, and Mawlana Hazar Imam's ongoing work to encourage excellence in architecture as a bedrock for sustainable development. We then travel across the globe to the Ismaili Centre Dushanbe, where architect Farouk Noormohamed shares an exclusive virtual tour of this Pamiri-inspired, architectural jewel.
This evening, we take a deeper look at the response of Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a significant economic and social toll on communities across the globe. President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha will share the second installment of 'From the Heart', exploring the soft skills needed to succeed in today's world. Host Safiqa Kara then sits down with Dr. Gijs Walraven, AKDN Director of Health, to discuss the unique challenges faced in supporting the global Jamat and the populations served by AKHS. We will also hear from some of our Canadian healthcare professionals who have served globally, giving of their time and knowledge.
Roads to Success: The Transformative Power of Mentorship. Council for Quebec and Maritimes President Noor Wais leads us through a deeper look at the power of mentorship, how it has impacted his own life and the lives of many others. President Ameerally Kassim-Lakha will share the first installment in a new mini-series entitled 'From the Heart', exploring the soft skills needed to succeed in today's world. We then sit down with a panel of leaders at different stages in their career and professional life, for a conversation on how Jamati members supporting and guiding each other can have a transformative impact and build a stronger, more resilient Jamat. The panel will feature Council for Canada Vice President Karim Thomas, Noorullah Hussain Zada, Mubeena Mistry, and moderator Aleema Jamal.
Learn more about food safety and preventing foodborne illnesses, especially at a time when we are cooking at home more often. We discuss everyday best practices for food handling and preparation, as well as extra precautions to consider during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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