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His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismailis, having succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III on July 11, 1957. His Imamat Day is therefore observed annually on July 11.
For the Ismailis, the recognition of the Imam of the Time is central to their faith and belief. Imamat Day therefore, provides occasion to reinforce this recognition and to express gratitude to the Imam, who, in keeping with the centuries old tradition of leadership, provides guidance in matters of faith and works to improve the quality and security of their lives. It is also a day for Ismailis to reaffirm their spiritual allegiance to the Imam and renew their commitment to the ethics of their Ismaili faith.
- "Imamat Day Mubarak!". TheIsmaili.org. 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- "Introduction to His Highness the Aga Khan". The Institute of Ismaili Studies. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-07-05.