Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mata Salamat Umm Habibeh

Mlle Blanche Yvette Labrousse, the widow of Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah was born on February 15, 1906 in Sete, near Marseilles. Her guardian moved to Cannes when she was a child. Her father was a tram-conductor. She always remembered her parent for the ethical code instilled in her. She was granted the title of Miss Lyon and became Miss France in 1930 in a nation-extensive beauty contest, and in the same year she went to Rio de Janiero to symbolize her nation at a global event. She married to Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah at the age of 39 years on October 9, 1944 in Switzerland. She had converted to Islam earlier than marriage.

The folks referred to as her Yvonne Aga Khan or Yak, however she added i in yak (Yaki) to make its sound better, and thus the Imam constructed a villa of 21-rooms for her in Cannes, referred to as Yakimour. In 1946, Imam awarded her the title of Mata Salamat throughout the Diamond Jubilee in Dar-es-Salam, and likewise named her Umm Habibeh in 1954 and repeated the title of Mata Salamat. In the same year, she carried out hajj in the company of the then Governor Basic of Pakistan. She was very supportive of her husband in his work throughout their thirteen years collectively. She took a selected curiosity in issues affecting women's welfare. She also developed an lively curiosity in painting and sculpture. She was attracted by classical music, opera and ballet. Following her husband's loss of life on July eleven, 1957, she moved between Geneva, Aswan, Paris and Le Cannet. In Le Cannet she was held specifically esteem and was identified for her generosity in the direction of the aged, through the establishment of a retirement house. In 1999, the Mayor of Le Cannet Rocheville unveiled a bronze statue in her honour in the Jardin des Oliviers. She worked through the years by her own Egyptian Om Habibeh Foundation to help alleviate poverty and enhance living situations in Aswan, through contributions to healthcare, training amenities and earnings era programmes.

Since 1957, she had maintained continuing and shut contact with the Ismaili neighborhood around the globe. She participated in many official visits by the Current Imam to Asia and Africa, together with these in 1982 marking the 25th Anniversary of the accession to the Imamate. She was present on the historic charter ceremony of the Aga Khan College in Karachi, as well as the inauguration by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the Ismaili Centre in South Kensington, London in 1984. Over the years, she additionally participated in events associated with the Aga Khan Award for Structure. She continued to be an honoured visitor at family functions together with the marriage of the Present Imam in France in Could, 1998.

She had no kids, was survived by her step-son, Prince Sadruddin. She can be survived by three steps grand-children, the Current Imam, Prince Amyn Muhammad and their half-sister Princes Yasmin. Earlier than her demise, she organized for Yakimour to be retained to be used by the Imam's household. She additionally planned that a large a part of her property be donated to 2 foundations carefully related to the family: The Aga Khan Basis, Geneva, established by the Imam in 1967, and the Bellerive Basis in Geneva, established by Prince Sadruddin in 1977.

She have had an operation in September, 1992 on the age of 86 years, and lost sight in a single eye. She was in the fixed company of her assistants, Janine, and Shamsy.

Mata Salamat, Umm Habibeh expired on July 1, 2000 at Le Cannet, south of France on the age of 95 years. In a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, 4th July, 2000, she was laid to relaxation in the same sandstone mausoleum excessive atop a dune overlooking the Nile in Aswan. The bier was carried on a ceremonial boat along the Nile to Noor El Salaam. Escorted by a flotilla of small craft, black mourning pennants fluttering at their masts, the boat detoured to float past a marquee prepared by the Governorate of Aswan to allow residents to pay their final respects. Governor Kamal Ahmed Amer of Aswan represented the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; civic leaders represented the folks of Aswan; and t

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