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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.141) Prostration
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

The presence of the Intellect in the dualities of existence makes possible at every moment, as certainty, the resolution of duality and unification through love and/or knowledge, which is return to the Self or manifestation in It. But, although love appears to be the direct or unifying connection with the Self, it is not possible without knowledge in its active aspect. Just as man's Praise of God is not separable from God's Praise of man, so is man's love for God inseparable from God's Love for man. The one who loves is revealed by the beloved in complete submission in which their separateness ought to disappear. Given that there is no undividedness in existence, prostration is the highest potential of the free will. As it is unattainable in separateness, it is present in remembrance and veiled in forgetfulness. When submission, or prostration, is complete, it includes within itself the whole of multiplicity. Prostration is the denial of duality, since He has no other.

Keywords:   God, prostration, love, Intellect, duality, knowledge, self, free will, submission

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