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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 Intellect

The Intellect

(p.52) The Intellect
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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The nature of the Intellect is not to identify itself passively and blindly with the phenomena it recognizes. Its aim is to reduce phenomena to their essence. The trinity of existence, Consciousness, and Blessedness is revealed in divergence although it is just one Self. The self travels along the road toward encounter and unity. The Intellect is the first consequence of love. The Intellect and love are a duality in which the first draws out the second, and the other way around. Since God is the Light, the Intellect is inseparable from illumination. Its light removes the darkness. Thus, the Intellect enables phenomena to proclaim oneness by distancing themselves from it and clothing themselves in forms, and also to return to it by removing their clothing and drawing near to it. As such, all phenomena are in duality—spirit and body, heavens and earth, light and darkness. Dualities are the manifestation of oneness.

Keywords:   Intellect, phenomena, existence, self, unity, love, duality, God, oneness, darkness

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