Prince Karim Aga Khan, the current spiritual leader of 20 Million Nizari Ismaili Muslims, celebrated his 83rd birthday (#Salgirah2019) on December 13th.
He was born in Geneva, Switzerland and is the grandson of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, founder and first President of the Muslim League across India.
Prince Karim Aga Khan was appointed the 49th hereditary Imam of Shia imami ismaili Muslims on July 13, 1957.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on the Aga Khan’s 83rd birthday that it inspired others to walk the path of “compassion, generosity/charity, and service.”
Today we meet with Shia Muslims Imami Ismaili in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 83rd birthday of their spiritual leader, H.H. the Aga Khan IV.
His Highness has been committed to fighting poverty, improving health and education, and defending the rights of the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, for more than six decades. He is a lawyer for people with different backgrounds and beliefs and inspires others to follow his path of compassion, generosity and service.
Aga Khan is committed to respect for diversity and human rights, values that Canadians share. In recognition of his contributions, he was appointed honorary Canadian citizen. His Highness also chose Canada as the home of the Aga Khan Museum and the Global Center for Pluralism. Canada and the world are stronger because it is committed to a more peaceful and inclusive future.
On this occasion, Sophie and I thank Prince Aga Khan IV for her international leadership and wish her to continue her health and happiness on this special day.
Prince Karim Aga Khan founded the Aga Khan Development Network in Pakistan and has profoundly influenced the country over the years.
In recognition of his numerous efforts and contributions to the development and social improvement of societies, he was awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz and the Nishan-e-Pakistan.