Chapter

Arrival and Return

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/9780823225842.003.0007
Arrival and Return

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about arrival and return. Everything that exists is a confirmation of Oneness. We humans are the sum of all existence, and as such we return to God: “Surely we belong to God, and to Him we return.” In this valley of existence we reflect all of creation; in us we protect and keep sacrosanct the place of submission, the masjid or mosque where we receive that primal knowledge which is identical to love. This sacrosanct masjid is the human heart, which is open to flow and change, redirecting all the knowledge it stores to show us that God is both near and far. The potential at our center tells us that He is near, and the fact that the whole universe cannot contain Him shows that He is far. The human individual is a microcosm of the whole, whereas other beings merely form its parts.

Keywords: God; masjid; mosque; oneness; Islam; human

Chapter.  1388 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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