On this day of joy and happiness, and at the beginning of this Irshad, I convey to all my murids my most affectionate and most loving blessings, and I pray that Allah may bring all of you here present, and to your families and homes, peace and hope in the future….

All Afghans should, as promptly as possible, re-establish open and brotherly dialogue among themselves, as our faith instructs us to do, so that Islam’s ethic of peace becomes a national reality…. I have observed with great pain and sadness, Muslims fighting against Muslims in Afghanistan … We must respect the sanctity of life. It is the Holy Qur’an itself which says, “And who so saves a life, it is as if he had saved the entirety of mankind.” …

Because the ethics and ethical premises of civil life are the same in all schools of Islam, we have the remarkable opportunity to build the future of the civil societies in which we will live, on premises which will unite all Muslims, and not divide them….

We are not allowed to live in hate. Wealth and power are not objectives in themselves, but are to be used in the service of others. Those whom life has marginalised are to be helped … to free themselves from their constraints…. Anything to do with drugs is to be rigorously avoided…. These are the ethical premises on which we need to build to bring peace to Afghanistan, to eliminate hate and division, and thereafter rebuild the country for the benefit of all Afghans.

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His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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