Chapter

Mercy and Wrath

Rushmir Mahmutćehajić

in On Love

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227518
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227518.003.0009

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

Mercy and Wrath

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All phenomena “with truth” deny the primary nature of evil, although a person cannot either avoid it or surpass it until he is in his entirety returned to non-duality. Thus, since evil is not primary, neither is it predictable. Disclosure is not and cannot be complete, for no outwardness is possible without inwardness. Overcoming that duality is not possible without violence. Where there is love, there is also duality, and the other way around—duality is only the possibility of revealing oneness, so its overcoming is the love that is present in each participant of that duality. The heavens are a sign of the invisible, insensible, and spiritual, and the earth of the visible, sensible, and corporeal. That duality is matched by commandment and creation, or mercy and wrath. There is no complete light, but neither is there complete darkness. Thus, the world and its phenomena are bathed in light and permeated with mercy, which are essential fullness, which darkness and wrath are not and cannot be.

Keywords: mercy; wrath; evil; duality; love; violence; oneness; light; darkness

Chapter.  1298 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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