[I]f we have moved forward in various parts of the world, it is thanks to the leadership of the jamat. And I would like you to take these remarks to heart. Think about them because they’re said not only for today, they’re said for the past and they’re said for the future….

I wanted to tell you [that] your leadership [which] you may think of as African leadership but it isn’t. It’s become global leadership. What you have learnt and taught and are doing is now replicating itself around the world. And that is a magnificent gift that you have given from Africa to other parts of the world.

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My Dear President,
My Dear Institutional Leaders:

This has been a wonderful evening and I want to tell you how happy I am at the occasion of my renewal of my visits to my jamat. I have had such a wonderful time in East Africa — Tanzania, Uganda and here in Kenya….

And when I look at you and remember all the work that you have done with me over the years, I have to express my deepest gratitude and my deepest admiration because if we have moved forward in various parts of the world, it is thanks to the leadership of the jamat. And I would like you to take these remarks to heart. Think about them because they’re said not only for today, they’re said for the past and they’re said for the future.

I also wanted to tell you what a wonderful evening it’s been with these young students from the Aga Khan Academy and Salim and Sulaiman, who I understand have travelled actually to come here this evening, and this magnificent gift which really is something very special which you’ve offered me.

And I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for the magnificent work that you have done here in Kenya but in other areas of Africa, to say that your leadership [which] you may think of as African leadership, but it isn’t. It’s become global leadership. What you have learnt and taught and are doing is now replicating itself around the world. And that is a magnificent gift that you have given from Africa to other parts of the world….

… and I look forward to the years ahead and I ask myself, what are the younger generations thinking about? What are their values? What are they going to seek out of their lives? Are they going to keep a balance between faith and world? And I hope and pray that will be the case for many, many generations in the future. No matter where the Jamat lives, those two areas of life must go on together….

… As you know I am ambitious for my Jamat, I’m ambitious for my Jamat worldwide. Wherever a murid is living, he or she is of immediate concern to the Imam of the time. And this has been my life since 1957 and it will continue to be my life….

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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