Chapter

Humankind

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225842.003.0004
Humankind

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about humankind. As it was God who offered us the covenant based on “confidence,” His obligation is the greater. There is no ignorance or violence in God: He is Complete. This means that His trust in the covenant that results from the offer is also Complete. The fact that this covenant with God is a relationship of choice, of confidence—rather than one of submission and servitude without free will—necessarily leaves us prone to ignorance and violence. And yet we have the potential to bring our will into compliance with the will of God by entering this covenant of mutual trust with Him, so that one and the same trust may be made reality in His image. Thus, when our will conforms to the will of God, we are the complete image of our Creator. Nothing in that image resists the Creator; everything reflects and bears witness to Him. This makes us into His mosque, the locus where the Divine will finds expression.

Keywords: God; free will; mosque; creator; Islam; Divine

Chapter.  1229 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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