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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.27) Extremes
On Love

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

Fordham University Press

Will and love can be in opposition. A person is situated between these extremes, given that he is in relation with fullness on the basis of faith, which is not possible without free will. And free will opens up for him the space between nothingness and fullness. Beauty, closeness, and similarity stand in contrast to greatness, distance, and difference. Thus, it is possible to say that the entirety of existence diverges between the extremes of greatness and beauty. That duality is in complete harmony and confirms oneness. All phenomena that reveal oneness are arranged into invisibility or visibility, or between the heavens and the earth. The invisible and the visible, and the heavens and the earth, are in the nature of every phenomenon. A man may, on the basis of free will, deny that harmony that is with Reality, but he cannot surpass it. It comes back to him one way or another.

Keywords:   extremes, love, will, fullness, beauty, closeness, greatness, duality, oneness, visibility

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