I also want to thank you for the most lovely gift that you have given me. These gifts are very meaningful. They’re chosen with care and they are chosen in such away that they know they will please me.

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I would like to begin by telling you how immensely happy I am to be back in Tanzania and to be able to say to my Jamat leaders, here and elsewhere, that In’sha’Allah in the months ahead, years ahead, I will be able to visit the Jamat more often [than has been the case in the past — unclear due to applause]. […?]

And I want to tell you how much I enjoyed the wonderful dancing that was shown. I also want to thank you for the most lovely gift that you have given me. These gifts are very meaningful. They’re chosen with care and they are chosen in such away that they know they will please me….

… and these memories stay with one for many, many years and then you say to yourself, things have changed and have they changed in a way whereby the Jamat has been able to underwrite its future in Africa or in other countries where its gone to? And I think one can say that, generally speaking, the Jamat from Africa has been able to progress reasonably in Africa and in elsewhere. And if that is the case, it’s thanks to the leadership of the Jamat. It’s thanks to the fact that it has the ability and the courage to move institutions from being small, local community institutions to becoming institutions that play a national role. And now the challenge is to have them play the national role but still serve the Jamat well….

And I am extremely grateful to the leadership in Tanzania, past and present — because I see past leaders here amongst you, past and present, for the wonderful work you have done. And although there will be ups and downs, as there even today in various countries where the Jamat is living, we will work our way through these issues and continue on the track, on the course, of building a better future for our younger generations.

I’ve had a wonderful evening.

Thank you.

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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