Chapter

“Purify My House”

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/9780823225842.003.0015
“Purify My House”

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about original sin. Before the Fall, all the worlds were humanity's mosque; everything in them was as God ordained when He bestowed them on humankind. This relationship between God as Lord and humankind as servant was signified by the central place of the inviolable in the world and the human heart. These were identical—the forbidden tree or the Holy Mosque, and the inviolable center or the human heart, two houses open only to God. When humankind disobeyed the ban on approaching the outward center, the inviolable nature of inner and outer was riven apart into the signs in the outer world and the signs in the selves. Our turning toward God prompts us to renew the covenant written at the core of our being by saying “Yes” to God's question “Am I not your Lord?” Keeping that covenant entails submission to God's will in orientation, thought, and deed.

Keywords: Islam; original sin; God; mosque; humankind

Chapter.  1469 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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