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On LoveIn the Muslim Tradition$
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Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227518

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227518.001.0001

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“The True Faith”

“The True Faith”

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(p.62) “The True Faith”
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On Love
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Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227518.003.0015

It is possible to understand that injunction to stand firm in one's devotion to “the true faith” also as directing man toward his deepest human nature: a person is nothing other than a debt to the Creator and complete, original purity. Given that faith is the same as love, the human core or the uncreated and uncreatable Divine breath in man is His love of beauty. The transformation of the will into love, as man's striving for Peace, includes the recognition of the verticality that begins from each of his states and leads toward fullness. The possibility of such a recognition of man's being in the center of the surface with a multitude of paths is transformed into intention: the self is revealed on the edge and is directed toward the center. Such an intention is submission. Intention and submission are inseparable from desire and will. Love is the aim that confirms sense and suffering, which it transforms into a way of bearing witness to its fullness in the world of phenomena.

Keywords:   true faith, purity, love, will, beauty, fullness, intention, submission, self, desire

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