Today, we face a delicate situation in which all Muslims of peace need to unite to present to the world a face of an Islam of peace, unity, intelligence and conviction…. As a Muslim, I see the great mosques of the Ummah as symbols of the past but also as hopes for the future. We should not forget the great periods of Muslim history have always been marked by intelligence, by competence and by knowledge — of science, of astronomy — and of everything that was important, at the time, for the quality of life of men and women of the Ummah. We should draw great learning from the past and project it towards the future.

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His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today addressed a crowd of over three thousand people who had gathered at the Great Mosque of Djenne. Mali’s Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani accompanied the Aga Khan on the overland drive and ferry crossing that brought them to this city on the south-eastern edge of the Niger River’s interior delta.

Today, we face a delicate situation in which all Muslims of peace need to unite to present to the world a face of an Islam of peace, unity, intelligence and conviction.

As a Muslim, I see the great mosques of the Ummah as symbols of the past but also as hopes for the future. We should not forget the great periods of Muslim history have always been marked by intelligence, by competence and by knowledge — of science, of astronomy — and of everything that was important, at the time, for the quality of life of men and women of the Ummah. We should draw great learning from the past and project it towards the future.

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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