Scholar to discuss Sufi tradition

Qamar-ul Huda, assistant professor of Islamic studies and comparative theology at Boston College, will discuss Spiritual Liberation: A Sufi View at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Skelton Lounge of Chase Hall, 56 Campus Ave. The public is invited to attend this Spiritual Journeys lecture free of charge.

Huda will consider the meaning of the words by Sufi poet and philosopher Jalal ad-din Rumi: “Remembrance makes people desire the journey; it makes them into travelers.” Is it possible, asks Huda, to think that remembering God in everyday activities can also bring about a hunger for self-annihilation? He believes the inner path of Islamic spirituality, commonly referred to as the Sufi way, balances these two worlds while embracing the encounter with the Holy. Huda also will explore a variety of questions linked to the wisdom of Sufism that can assist in personal liberation.

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