The Shi'a Ismaili Muslim Centre, designed by Bruno Freschi, is a synthesis of traditional Islamic architectural principles and modern construction techniques. From reports of people who have visited the Centre, we can assure you a most memorable day. The Centre, inaugurated in 1985, is one of BC’s best kept architectural secrets.
Join Naz Rayani C.M.,Ph.C.,LLD, and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society CSRS (Uvic) for a tour The Vancouver (in Burnaby) Ismaili Muslim Jamatkhana and Centre.
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If the bus is full, Please register on the "WAITLIST"
Meet at 8:15 - 8.30a.m. At Swartz Bay Terminal to depart as foot passengers on the 9 a.m. to Tsawwassen.
Please dress casual and comfortable for the weather.
8:30ish a.m. Park at Schwartz Bay Terminal and purchase a walk-on passenger pass and meet our group at the entrance of the foot passenger lounge. We will conduct a final count, and distribute name badges before we board the ferry. At the end of the crossing, disembark as foot passengers at Tsawwassen terminal and meet at the exit, where we will board our bus.
10:45 a.m. At Tsawwassen Terminal we board the bus provided by the Ismaili Council of B.C. travel to The Ismaili Centre, at 4010 Canada Way, (In Burnaby). B.C.
If you are joining us at the Ismaili Centre (4010 Canada Way, Burnaby), please meet us in the courtyard at 11.30am, wait for our bus to arrive and join our group.
11:30 a.m. We are welcomed at the Centre's Courtyard Garden by a volunteer "tour guide".
12.00-12.45 Tour the adminstration level & the Council Chambers
12:45-2.20 p.m. Lunch (provided by Victoria Heart Pharmacy IDA & Topics will include a presentation covering: The Centre for studies in Religion & Society (CSRS) & Distinguished Lectures series in Islam at UVic
Attiya Hirji (Corporate Engagement Associate) will speak on The World Partnership Walk in Victoria & The Agakhan Foundation, Canada
- Key note speaker : Dr Omar Kassam DDS (volunteer) who is an Islamic Scholar will talk on Islam and an overview of the Ismaili Muslim Community in Canada
2.00-2.20 Tour the Social Hall
2.25-3.00 p.m. Visit to the Loggia and Prayer hall
At 3.15pm we depart for Tsawwassen for the 5 pm ferry to Swartz Bay.
Bus transportation from Tsawassen to Burnaby & back is provided by the Ismaili Council. Lunch in the Social Hall is sponsored by Victoria Heart Pharmacies, at no cost to participants.
If possible Please watch the following Videos before joining the tour, it will help put the concepts in perspective.
An overview of the Ismaili branch of the Muslim Ummah:
The following is a recent interview with the Aga Khan and Peter Mansbridge:
Highlights from the past 30 years of the Ismaili Centre, Vancouver, featuring video footage of Mawlana Hazar Imam and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney at the Opening Ceremony of the Centre on 23rd of August 1985:
His Highness' recent speech to the Canadian Parliament.
Ismaili Centre (Burnaby)Vancouver
4010 Canada Way
British Columbia V5G 1G8
Naz Rayani was born in Kisumu, Kenya. Naz owns Victoria Heart Compounding Pharmacies located in Cadboro Bay Village, Fairfield Plaza, the UVic SUB and Shelbourne Plaza. He has been recognized for his community service by varies organizations including RCMP, the Colwood and Victoria Chambers of Commerce, the University of Victoria, and in 2006 the Order of Canada.
Working to improve living conditions in Third World countries is a cornerstone issue that Naz holds closest to his "HEART". The main focal point for his efforts is the "World Partnership Walk, which is held in Victoria on the last Sunday in May at UVic.
A devout Ismaili Muslim, Naz has worked tirelessly to break down barriers among people of different faiths. He has worked to broaden community support for the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. Naz has also participated in learning about other faiths and has been involved with Christ Church Cathedral, St. George's Parish and Cadboro Bay United Church & other Temples, Synagogues for many years.
For Naz's complete biography please visit this page: http://www.heartpharmacy.com/naz-rayani/