2nd Session, 41st Parliament,

Volume 149, Issue 40

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Speaker pro tempore

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan

Address to Parliament

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Honourable senators, on Thursday, February 27, we welcomed His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to the Parliament of Canada, where he delivered a historic address to the joint session of Parliament, making him the third non-sitting head of state and the first faith leader to be afforded this honour.

As a proud Ismaili Muslim, this was a particularly special day for me and for my community. His Highness’s visit was not only a reflection of the strong relationship shared between the Government of Canada and the Ismaili Imamat, but also a reminder of the importance we must all place on values such as pluralism, diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance, which truly define us as Canadians.

As members of Parliament, senators, distinguished guests and thousands of others watching at home listened intently, our hearts filled with pride as we heard His Highness speak of Canada in such high regard. In his address he stated:

The sad fact behind so much instability in our world today is that governments seem to be inadequate to these challenges. A much happier fact is that in the global effort to change this picture, Canada is an exemplary leader.

Honourable senators, although I’m very proud to be the only Canadian Ismaili parliamentarian and to call myself a Canadian, and I will always be eternally grateful to have been welcomed to Canada some 40 years ago, when my own country of Uganda had abandoned me, I believe that there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done for Canada to truly live up to His Highness’s vision.

As I’m sure you are aware, there are many places in the world that are currently facing political hardship and which desperately require our assistance. I believe that the way we, as a country, respond to the current crisis in the Ukraine, as well as the crisis in Syria, will act as an opportunity for Canada to further promote values of tolerance, justice, pluralism and mutual respect, which, as His Highness pointed out, are inherently a part of the Canadian identity.

Honourable senators, I would like to conclude my statement by borrowing from His Highness’s wise words which continue to guide me in my work:

As you build your lives for yourselves and others, you will come to rest upon certain principles. Central to my life has been a verse in the Holy Quran, which addresses itself to the whole of humanity.

It says, “O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you of a single soul, and from it created its mate, and from the pair of them scattered abroad many men and women.” I know of no more beautiful expression about the unity of our human race, born indeed from a single soul.

 

7 Responses to March 4 2014 His Highness Price Karim Aga Khan – Address to Parliament

  1. My dear sister in religion, The Hon. Senate Mubina Jaffer: Mowla Bapa bless you with all your good wishes. Amen.

    A wonderful thought on Mowla Bapa’s speech. God bless you. Amen.

    Abdulrehman Premji

  2. My dear sister in religion, The Hon. Senate Mubina Jaffer: Mowla Bapa bless you with all your good wishes. Amen.

    A wonderful thought on Mowla Bapa’s recent speech in our Canadian Parliment. Almighty Allah bless you. Amen.

  3. mansoor.charania says:

    iWELL SAID DEAR SANATOR MOBINA.JAFFER. SHE NOT ONLY SAID TO THE SENATE BUT A REMINDER TO THE HOUSE OF SENATE CLEAR MESSAGE WHAT OUR IMAM IS & HOW WE AS ISMAILIS UPHOLD THAT BELIEF & GUIDANCE. WICH TOUCHED & STUNNED EVERY CANADIANS & UGANDANS I MET @ AN ENGAGEMENT RECEPTION HOW BLESSED WE ARE & THEM TOO!! IT MADE A GREAT IMPACT AMONG TRUE CANADIANS TOOK IT TO THEIR HEARTS…THE MESSAGE WAS VERY CLEAR IN UNITY OF HUMANRACE & IN ONENESS OF GOD OUR CREATOR.CONGRATULATIONS. SENATOR MOBINA & I AM VERY PROUD & HUMBLED TO A PART OF HER LIFE OF KNOWING HER PERSONALLY. SHE IS A TRUE AMBASSADOR OF ISLAM IN TOTALITY& A GREAT HARDWORKING SENATOR. MUBARA~~~MUBARAK.Mansoor.charania..OTTAWA.

  4. azim jaffer says:

    Very heartbrakiing and touching!

  5. azim jaffer says:

    heartbrakiing and touching!

  6. mohamed lalani says:

    Very good words and something that the humanity should realize that we all ore from same soul and spiritually brothers and sisters. This should be basis for peace and helping our fellow humans.

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