Chapter

The Ascension

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/9780823225842.003.0016
The Ascension

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This chapter presents Islamic teachings about the Ascension. All the mosques in this world, seen from the perspective of the individual self, are like the Holy and the Further Mosque. They can be linked only through their heavenly counterparts, described in the Recitation as the Lote Tree of the Utmost Boundary and the House Inhabited. Both names testify to God's throne, to God as first and last, inner and outer. With the Night Journey and his Ascension, the Messenger showed how all the temples are united in praise of God's Name. Monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques are alive only with Him and the mention of Him—without Him, they are defunct. Different teachings and forms of worship, therefore, are gathered around this Word that is one and the same.

Keywords: Islam; God; mosque; self; Ascension

Chapter.  1147 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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