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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 Station Of No-Station

The Station Of No-Station

(p.125) The Station Of No-Station
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

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The deeper and more wide-ranging one's reflections about love are, the clearer it becomes that it is not definable. The directedness that is felt and sought in love is revealed in the very impossibility of defining it through nondirectedness. Although the will is the starting point of every reflection about love, it leads only to the borders, so that it should be testified there that they, those limits of the definable, confirm the nonexisting as fullness. The will sets out from the illusion that forms the human standpoint and endeavors to transform it into something higher and different. But that transformation is an ascent to standlessness, or the openness of the heart to fullness and uprightness. Since God is beautiful and since He loves beauty, He reveals Himself as beauty to the one who knows the world. The face of man is opposite the Face of God. And God is oneness. He sees Himself in that human face and therefore descends to full closeness.

Keywords:   God, love, will, fullness, uprightness, beauty, oneness, closeness, directedness

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