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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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Beauty

Beauty

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(p.73) Beauty
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On Love
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Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227518.003.0019

Nothing in the worlds is comparable to God. But, nothing in them has reality apart from Him. Thus, similarity is opposed to incomparability, since He is praised by every word in the worlds. Every phenomenon in existence has visibility and invisibility. Duality of the visible and invisible, the outer and inner, builds a chain of worlds. It is the revelation and confirmation of oneness. The names Beautiful, Close, Merciful, Most Merciful, Loving, Tender, Forgiving, Giving, etc. are known as the names of beauty, tenderness, abundance, or Mercy. The human response to those names of tenderness and closeness is intimacy, hope, and expansion. And this is attained through love. Love is the aspiration toward the oneness behind every phenomenon. It stimulates the self, while beauty attracts it. It is like this because the fullness of the self lies in the unrevealed mystery. Coming into being and returning, are, therefore, rooted in oneness, love, and beauty.

Keywords:   beauty, love, God, similarity, incomparability, duality, oneness, tenderness, closeness, intimacy

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