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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.67) Poverty
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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Opposed to the certainty that everything may be received from God, and that, consequently, it is necessary to turn and abandon oneself to Him, is the denial of everything else, since human openness cannot be satisfied by anyone or anything other than God. The required turning toward God and away from everything that He is not means flight from everything and a search for refuge in God. The will is a necessary, but not also a sufficient condition for that turning. Serenity and the embracing of the spacious view of reality in the human consciousness do not exclude the contingent self and its insecurity. From this state of relaxation and from the level it has attained, the self endeavors to step out into what is embraced by its serenity. Duality is manifested as melancholy, sorrow, and pain in the self. Love is the aspiration that unity should be attained out of divergence.

Keywords:   God, will, serenity, self, relaxation, duality, love, sorrow, pain, unity

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