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Event - 1985-04-24

Wednesday, 1985, April 24

The British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, officially opened the Ismaili Centre in London, England. Hazar Imam, as well as Government Ministers and other dignitaries were present at this historic occasion. In His speech, Hazar Imam referring to the general public's belief that national political disputes in Islamic countries were a part of their religion, said: ' such a distorted portrayal of the true background causes unnecessary misunderstanding of Islamic questions and hinders mature response to them.' Mrs. Thatcher paid tribute to the Ismaili community and said: 'The community in Britain is self-sufficient and independent, energetic and highly talented '

H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV


Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, London 1985-04-24

Mowlana Hazar Imam speaking at the opening ceremony of the Ismaili London Centre, 1985-04-24

Madam Prime Minister,
Your Excellencies,
Your Worship the Mayor,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a very great pleasure for us to welcome you, Madam Prime Minister, and so distinguished a gathering for a ceremony which is a most significant one for the Ismaili community: significant because this is the first cultural and religious centre in the Western world to have been built specifically for the community's requirements.

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