An exhibit called Rays of Light stopped in the area this past week. At the Embassy Suites Hotel in Frisco, circular walls surrounding a light-filled center provide a glimpse of the work of Aga Khan, the Shia Ismaili Muslim Imam. The exhibit also celebrates his golden jubilee.
A direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, Aga Khan is the 49th spiritual leader of the religion. He established the Aga Khan Foundation, a group of development agencies, to implement projects. Photos of his wide-ranging accomplishments fill four themed areas or rays – engaging in dialogue, inspiring hope, fostering harmony and reaffirming identity. The center of the rays reflects his guidance.
The exhibit premiered earlier this year in Paris. It then moved to Lisbon, where it opened an Ismaili Center. In the United States, Rays of Light visited Atlanta and Orlando, Fla., before coming to the Dallas area. The organizers plan to take the exhibit to other U.S. cities, including Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.