The Opening

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 Opening

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about the Opening. The world, humankind, and the book are manifestations of the Self. There are a myriad worlds, people and books, but their essence—the “enduring debt” they owe to God for their existence—bears witness to an Ineffable Name that is one and the same. The Divine I manifests itself by speaking in and through the self. The covenant between the self and the Self opens form to distance and closeness. This act of speaking, which opens form to infinity, is summed up in the Opening. It is spoken “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate”.

Keywords: Opening; Islam; God; self; book

Chapter.  1097 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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