By Michaela Ard
Students and community members interested in Islam gathered on
campus for a spiritual analysis of its holiest book, the Qur’an, at
last Thursday’s “Sounds of Islam” presentation.
The Ursa Major suite of the Bronco Student Center was
half-filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Bright,
flickering candles set the stage for the event, which was sponsored
by Cal Poly’s Muslim Student Association.
Mustafa Umar, the main speaker and associate director of the
night’s program, said the event was intended to deal with
fundamental concepts of Islam and the messages portrayed through
the Qur’an, which include “believing in the oneness of Allah.”
“Allah is neither male or female, has no mother, no father, no
beginning and no end,” said Umar.
Between lessons about the Qur’an, the words and passages of the
holy book were sung in Arabic and then translated into English.
However, Mustafa said the main purpose of the proceeding was not
to just hear words of the Qur’an, but to feel its “spiritual and
Amera Gouda, a fourth-year psychology student and member of MSA,
attended the presentation and said she found it enjoyable.
“I really liked the part of the recitation of the Qur’an, and
for me that is something that is really important because I know
the meaning, and feel, altogether, it is a way of life,” she
Living a pure existence free from sin was a message that was
heavily emphasized during the event.
Gouda has recognized this issue throughout her four years at Cal
Poly, and credits the club for her faithfulness to Islam.
“I have really grown as a Muslim,” she said. “The club creates a
unity. It keeps you in check. You are actually following what you
need to do; sticking to what you know is right and wrong.”
Club President Asim Khan, a second-year computer information
systems student, said in addition to spreading awareness of Islam,
his club also aims to promote unity among its members and increase
awareness about social injustices.
He said these injustices vary between local and global issues.
But also, more recently, the club participated in the march against
Cal Poly budget cuts.
Tight bonds, religious strength, and spreading the knowledge
about the Noble Qur’an Holy Book, are just three of the many
aspects members of MSA experience every year.
For more information about the Muslim Student Association,
e-mail president Asim Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Web
site at www.cppmsa.org.
Reach Michaela Ard at: email@example.com
Pedro Corona/Poly Post
Muslim Student Association explores the Qur’an
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