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Ismaili

Ismaili means followers of the faith. The Ismaili community is one of Alberta's important Muslim communities with a distinct history. Ismailis speak many different languages. Those who came to Canada and Alberta from African countries speak Urdu, Gujarati, Hindi, and English. The community's spiritual leader is the hereditary Imam, the Prince Aga Khan. For many Ismaili people, no matter where they go, they retain important traditional values such as the emphasis laid on marriage and family life.

The arrival of the Ismaili community in Alberta is a remarkable story of adaptation and cultural capacity. Education as one's 'passport' has been a significant aspect of the Aga Khan's teaching and direction to the community. Consequently, the Ismaili community is generally well educated and entrepreneurial in its work. As well, the English school systems of many of the former African colonies meant that language was not a barrier in moving to Canada's English-speaking regions.

It is estimated that nearly 20,000 Ismailis live in Alberta. The Ismaili community has created a number of organizations and institutions to support the community and to educate younger generations in the understandings of the community. Many of these organizations are led by volunteers under the guidance of His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council of Canada.

St. Luke's anglican church, Forest Lawn, Alberta.

St. Luke's anglican church, Forest Lawn, Alberta.