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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.70) Greatness
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

Existence as the totality of phenomena in time and space bears witness to the first and last things, and to inwardness and outwardness. Every phenomenon has that duality of beginning and end. But since the full beginning and end are the same thing, the placing of a phenomenon in the duality of the beginning and end affirms oneness. Thus, the world bears witness also to the greatness of the totality of existence. Since every phenomenon has a form as outwardness, it is in such a relationship with itself and with the totality of existence that through its inwardness it endeavors to bears witness to oneness with its outwardness. And that is love. The order of the world is maintained by the balance of the active and the passive principles. Although the world is what is not God, it does not deny His oneness. Duality in relation to oneness is countless multiplicity, which is reducible to the two original sides—power and beauty, light and darkness.

Keywords:   greatness, inwardness, outwardness, duality, oneness, totality of existence, love, God, darkness, light

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