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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.7) Indefinability
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

There is no thought that does not tend toward the question of love. Although this is the case from the beginning to the end of existence, it is worth testifying that love remains indefinable by thought. The fullness of love is the same as emptiness of thought. In all the descriptions and accounts of love, there is no definition that would make its essence known to reason. Whatever the factors defining love, they do not contribute to knowledge of it. All discourse about love is the attribution of power to reason. It is so because love cannot be separated from being. Even so, the indefinability of love is the way in which it eludes all power outside itself. Knowledge is the aim of love that comes from indivisible oneness, but oneness too is its aim that comes from divergence in existence. Oneness sees itself through multiplicity. And the other way around, multiplicity sees itself through oneness. They are two aspects of one and the same essence.

Keywords:   love, reason, thought, fullness, oneness, essence, knowledge, power, multiplicity

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