Accommodating cultural diversity applied legal philosophy

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Recently my father and I read through over 140 of the speeches of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, from the years 2000-2017.Immersing ourselves within his history of insights over the last two decades, we were charged with the difficult task of selecting a few quotes under categories ranging from education, ethics and media to architecture, Islam, and democracy.Accordingly, my institutional responsibilities for interpreting the faith are accompanied by a strong engagement in issues relating to the quality of life, not only for the Ismaili community but also for those with whom they share their lives — locally, nationally and internationally.This principle of universality is expressed uniquely in the Holy Qur’an where it is written, ‘O Mankind, be careful of your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul…..(and) joined your hearts in love so that by His grace ye became brethren’.None of us have all the answers — quite often we don’t even know what questions to ask.

As Mawlana Hazar Imam continues to travel to different parts of the world, we will continue to update this post with more gems from the speeches he delivers during the coming months.

In fact for Muslims the opposite is true: the spiritual and material worlds are inextricably connected.

Leadership in the spiritual realm — for all Imams, whether they are Sunni or Shia — implies responsibility in worldly affairs; a calling to improve the quality of human life.

I believe that Africa can emerge from this transformation as the home of some of the most capable, innovative, constructive and respected media enterprises in the world.

— Water, after all, has been seen, down through the ages, as the great source of life.

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