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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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(p.1) Paths
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

A phenomenon is always in a place and time. But it has come from somewhere and goes from there to somewhere. Man as the central phenomenon of existence as a whole can know something of where he has come from and where he is going. The answers to the questions “From where?”, “To where?”, and “When?” are crucial for the individual, the community, and humanity. Answers to these questions always show the way from one pole of existence to another. If these extremes are presented as fullness, which is always one and the same, man is shown to be in a state of returning, where everything along his way is contingent and inconstant. There can be infinitely many paths toward that fullness, because it is infinitely close to all contingency. Love is the experience of every being and is itself fullness. Love cannot be replaced by knowledge. Love is within knowledge and constantly transforms it into a connection with oneness and returns to it.

Keywords:   love, paths, phenomenon, existence, knowledge, fullness, oneness

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