Welcome to F.I.E.L.D.- the First Ismaili Electronic Library and Database.

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As we all know, an excellent education is a broad one, developing the interests in arts, culture, sports, as well as academics, but it also needs to be meaningful and relevant. As we saw in the film again, the extensive service learning program is local and sustainable and improves the quality of life of others. It also allows our students to demonstrate their growing leadership skills and values.

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Although young people go through many challenging transitions in their lives, we aim to make the Academy a positive and memorable experience for all, one that helps young people to set the right course for their lives and build their character and attributes as leaders.

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..... young people all over the world. Whether in Africa, Asia or Latin America, or indeed in the Western countries, their attitudes were remarkably similar. They all had problems with their leaders, with the establishment, with the privileged few, and all asked questions which sometimes their elders were unable to answer.

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Another example: such detestable things as "old age homes" and "orphanages" are only a product of the developed world. In the developing world, people are taken care of by the extended family in much more humane ways.

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A necessary condition for pluralism to succeed is that the general education of the populations involved must be sufficiently complete so that individual groups, defined by ethnicity, religion, language and the like, understand the potential consequences of actions that might impinge on others. This is, for example, one of the principal reasons why today there is so much uninformed speculation about conflict between the Muslim world and others.

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The result of this exemplary and varied group reminds us there is no blueprint for pluralism. Rather pluralism is an idea that expresses itself in a multitude of locally rooted ways.

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We must seek to develop between Ismaili women and men, fellowship and teamwork, shared learning, understanding, support and above all shared goals. These things could come about through our efforts to develop an ongoing communications system, and with the aid of international dialogue among leaders, Women's Portfolios, and the Jamat at large.

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As the poet Rumi has written: “The light that lights the eye is also the light of the heart… but the light that lights the heart is the Light of God.”

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Since I became the Imam of the Ismaili community a little over twenty years ago, I have marvelled at the social conscience of the people of this great sub-continent. Wherever they are, whatever their activities, no matter their ages or wealth, they are consistently concerned with each other's well being and I am convinced there is more spontaneous humanitarian and philanthropic activity in this part of the world than any other

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We engage with the often difficult issues that relate to the quality of peoples’ lives, not only in the Ismaili Community, but also for those with whom we share our lives, locally, nationally and internationally. And in so doing, our purpose is to uphold human dignity, to help improve the lives of the vulnerable, and to support the pluralism that exists here in Portugal, and which is crucial to the maintenance of a peaceful, compassionate and harmonious society.

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Helping one’s neighbours and working with them for the common good is a basic tenet of Ismailism. In keeping with the ethics of Islam, wherever we reside, we ensure we are active in civil society, working in many fields of endeavor to offer our time, knowledge, expertise and material resources to help better the cohesiveness of the communities and societies in which we live, and to improve their quality of life.

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Were I asked how I myself conceive the League's mission in the world I should answer in the words of the great Saadi: "The Children of Adam, created of the self-same clay, are members of one body. When one member suffers, all members suffer likewise. O thou who art indifferent to the sufferings of thy fellow, thou art unworthy to be called man". Or I might borrow the words of a wise Hindu poet philosopher: "All peoples in the world are to me even as my nearest kin and kith". Or the final blessing at a Hindu service: "Let there be peace! Let there be prosperity!

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Graduates, Central Asia and the world face an array of challenges and opportunities. Climate change is altering the relationship between humanity and the environment. Advances in artificial intelligence are opening new horizons in the interface between humanity and technology. Globalisation is transforming relations between countries and communities as knowledge flows ever faster around the world.

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Climate change is altering the relationship between humanity and the environment. Advances in artificial intelligence are opening new horizons in the interface between humanity and technology. Globalisation is transforming relations between countries and communities as knowledge flows ever faster around the world. Your education has prepared you to address these challenges. ...And above all, you have learned that challenges are not to be feared but to be embraced.

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My brother has always sought to present this heritage to the world, “not as a shining testimony to the past, but as a beacon for tomorrow, a light to illuminate our everyday lives. By preserving, conserving, restoring and rehabilitating, we transform the assets of history into economic springboards for future generations, while underlining and reminding us that what we share is greater and more essential than our differences.

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AKDN activity now serves some two-and-a-half million people in 15 countries, with 180 health centres both in urban and rural areas, often in high-conflict zones, and embracing some of the world’s poorest and most remote populations.

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The goal of my work in conservation photography is to raise awareness, educate and inspire change, Generally, people don’t protect things they don’t care about. In the words of Baba Dioum, ‘In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. And we will understand only what we are taught.

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Ideally visitors will fall in love with my subjects, stay attached or gain interest in them, learn about their plight and consider ways they might help. Help ecosystems and their inhabitants, the planet itself, and, as a direct consequence - humanity.

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It’s a privilege of a lifetime being able to bring to you what is essentially the realisation of my childhood dream and further to ask you to share it with others. Because in the end, the goals for me are awareness, education, and change, not aesthetically pleasing images


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