1Sahil Badruddin = ""It is not
so often that we have an opportunity of this sort — to come together in a
beautiful setting, in a wonderful spirit of friendship, and to dedicate such a
splendid architectural accomplishment….When I mentioned that our planning for this complex began 18
years ago, some of you probably wondered how people sustained their enthusiasm
through such a long process. Yes 18 years! My response is to say that
throughout these 18 years, we have been inspired by a great sense of common
purpose, as we have sought to create places and spaces of true enlightenment.
And, in doing so, we have also been strengthened by a pronounced spirit of
friendship. And what a joy it is to celebrate that spirit, at a time when so
much of the world’s attention is focused on climates of belligerence."-Aga Khan IV"