Chapter

DEBT AND LOVE

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/9780823227518.003.0021

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

DEBT AND LOVE

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The relationship of man and God, in which they love one another, is the way of human existence in which his totality is included. Repentance and purification are maintained through the will or enduring remembrance of God. This is how the original connection between phenomena and their names is maintained: man knows them in his response to God's commandments. But reaching that is always also dependence on the Independent. Loss is the constant potential that confirms the accepted offer of belief that man will repay his debt for what he has received. That debt has two essential contents—verticality, as the connection with God through the totality of existence, and humility, as being on one level of the multiplicity of revelation of oneness. The rupture of the alliance or nonfulfilment of the debt turns man toward the love of phenomena that have ceased to be signs of perfection. Every duality in the totality of existence bears witness to the division that is the proclamation of the Creator and the created.

Keywords: God; debt; love; phenomena; names; verticality; humility; totality of existence; oneness; duality

Chapter.  1258 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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