The Aga Khan Council for Central United States


The Ismaili Muslims are a culturally diverse community living in over 25 countries around the world. They adhere to a 1,400 year tradition of Shi'a values that are expressed through a commitment to a search for knowledge for the betterment of self and society; embracing pluralism by building bridges of peace and understanding; and generously sharing of one's time, talents, and material resources to improve the quality of life of the community and those among whom they live. 

His Highness the Aga Khan became Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims on 11 July 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.

The Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano was inaugurated in 2006 by Governer Rick Perry as a place of congregation, of peace, and of prayer. It is a facility that facilitates social and cultural interaction.

The Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano establishes itself in a setting that is contemporary, yet redolent of a historical past that is itself an interweave of encounters across civilizations.

From geometry of form that has defined architecture in Islamic contexts to the signs of Nature in water, gardens and light that have characterized its expression over the ages the Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano's design works with a fusion between history and contemporaneity.

The geometry, series of interlocking octagons is interweaved throughout the facility throough a grandiose of floor patterns, ceiling designs and metallic lattice pieces that embellish the exterior and interior walls, the entrance, Social Lobby and Prayer Hall. With brick, concrete and colors that recall the ochre tones of Fatimid lustreware, and glass surfaces (stained glass) that transmit and project light and visions of nature, the Jamatkhana enables a convergence of thematic diversity for the multiple purposes of the facility (education, prayer and meditation), of improving and promoting a wider understanding of peoples and traditions from near and afar.

Location: Plano, TX, USA

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