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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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Knowledge and Being

Knowledge and Being

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(p.137) Knowledge and Being
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On Love
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Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823227518.003.0035

In the uncreated intelligence, being and knowledge are one and the same. They are the outer expression of the separation, or rather divergence, that confirms inwardness or the invisible core. That divergence bears witness to inner oneness, or the heart, which is the “place” of the Intelligence. The reflection of the Intelligence in the self strives toward the edge or the “lower” levels of being. The totality of existence is not separable from knowledge, so the being constantly endeavors to “ascend” toward knowledge. That is the separation in the self: the tendency toward evil, reproach, and the attainment of Peace. The source of duty is in the self, while right is in something that is outside. Submission transforms the will into love and knowledge. Given that man is turned toward God, to want means to want the Good, and that means to want through the Good or through God.

Keywords:   God, knowledge, being, divergence, love, Intelligence, self, totality of existence, evil, duty

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