The Self That Speaks

Rusmir Mahmutćehajić

in The Mosque

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225842
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237159 | DOI:
The Self That Speaks

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about the self. The words “Verily I am God; there is no god but I; therefore serve Me,” which are both Divine and human, testify both to the Complete and to the contingent. In that the words come from the Complete, they assume a listener who is meant to hear them; and in being heard, the words become the listener's. The self and the world are the speech or manifestation of the Complete, which they can neither condition nor annul. The opposite of the Complete is the void; and the world and the human individual both exist in the relationship between the Complete and the void. When they associate themselves with the Complete, they are its servants, its manifestation, and Completeness itself. But when they associate themselves with the void, they are nothing. The Complete is oneness, and nothing can constrain it or fully comprehend it.

Keywords: self; completeness; God; Islam; Complete; oneness

Chapter.  1186 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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