- It will provide visitors with an understanding of the artistic, intellectual, scientific and religious heritage of communities, both Muslim and non-Muslim, which pervaded the lands of Islam. The museum will,
……… Ground was broken on the project during a May 2010 ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Aga Khan.
The 17-acre development in the Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue area will be made up of the Ismaili Centre Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and a park.
The two main buildings are starting to take form, with external construction slated for completion at the end of the year. Work on the interior will begin in 2012. The slanting walls of the Aga Khan Museum are clearly visible, and the glass roof of the Ismaili Centre is in place.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Canada and especially Torontonians, I want to thank the Aga Khan Foundation for choosing this great city as the site for the museum,” Harper said during the ceremony. “The Ismaili Centre is a symbol of how the Canadian Islamic community has so successfully joined our society.”
The Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and founder and chair of the Aga Khan Development Network, said during the ceremony the museum will be instrumental in bringing attention to Islamic art in North America and the focal part of the centre will be the circular prayer hall. The park will incorporate quiet places for reflection and lively ones for gatherings. …………