And what is the nature of a strong institution? It is the quality of its leadership. And in that sense, my happiness this evening it to be able to say to you that is through the quality of your leadership, your efforts, your endeavours, your commitment that this jamat in Uganda [and] in other countries of the world has built international credibility, and is very, very highly regarded around the world. That is not the Imam’s doing, that is the jamat’s doing.

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President Lalani,
Institutional Leaders and Volunteers:

I’d like first of all to thank you for the magnificent evening you’ve offered me … and for this lovely gift of a Khorasan horse….

I would wish you to think of not only the opportunities that you have to develop individually, but the opportunities that you have to build institutions. Because it is ultimately institutions in these countries which keep the countries on course. Good universities, good schools, good financial institutions, good legal advice on constitutionality, educated parliaments — these are the resources that are required in these countries. And the Jamat is very talented, very well educated, has strong institutions and I believe can make a stronger and stronger contribution to countries such as Uganda in the decades ahead.

Looking ahead, I think in fifteen, twenty years we will have an international network of schools and universities in most of the important countries where the jamat works where younger generations will be able to educate themselves, build their knowledge continuously through their lifetime, both as young academics as well as in the field continuing education, so that these future generations will be able to build on what you will have left them, that is, strong institutions.

And what is the nature of a strong institution? It is the quality of its leadership. And in that sense, my happiness this evening it to be able to say to you that is through the quality of your leadership, your efforts, your endeavours, your commitment that this jamat in Uganda [and] in other countries of the world has built international credibility, and is very, very highly regarded around the world. That is not the Imam’s doing, that is the jamat’s doing….

I think that you should know that it has been a very, very happy evening. That I have many happy memories of Uganda. And I want to tell the Jamat leaders tonight how happy I am to be back to Uganda and in a sense of confidence that there is real opportunity ahead. Build on it. Build wisely and we will try to continue to contribute to this lovely country’s strong future….

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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