By Isa Hodge
You may be asking yourself why I choose the word reversion over conversion in the title. It is because we know we are reverting back to our original intended state, the nature of our creation; that is, as a Muslim (one who submits to the will of Allah). Most of us are taken from this form to an altered state because of society or family. This unnatural state violates the intention of our creation. For some, like myself, we feel this unnatural state and seek something else.
By Duston Barto
The mission of Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) to enrich lives by creating and presenting exceptional arts experiences and connecting them to the UNC community and beyond. In pursuing this mission, Carolina Performing Arts has crafted a project intended to express the diversity of culture reflected in those who practice Islam around the world.
Sacred / Secular: A Sufi Journey evolved from the desire to refute monolithic thinking about the practice of Islam and about Muslims as both communities and individuals. CPA proves that it should not be known for presenting a Euro-centric view of the arts, but rather an all-encompassing view the global arts and how it reflects the world around us.
By Mohamed Haroon Sait
“I did not create the Jinns and the human beings except for the purpose that they should worship Me.” (Adh-Dhariyat: 55)
In my conversations with many of my friends and colleagues as well as people that I come across in outreach, I get all kinds of answers on this important question. I do not remember any one saying that there is no purpose to this life. At least, I have not come across such an answer. Most common among the answers is “we should be good to each other”. Even though the answer is too broad in the scope, it sounds good. The only issue is, who will decide what is good? What I consider good may not be good to another. What about the five billion people on Earth who live in different continents with diverse cultures? Do we all agree on what is “good”? While we may agree on some, we may differ on many. Let us assume we agree on everything. Then the next question is how can we be sure that being good to each other is the purpose of this life? Isn’t that just a guess? If someone else comes with a better theory, then will that become the purpose of this life?