Monday, January 20, 2014

Diversity in Unity

   We are such different but this difference is in unity. It is not the general humanitarian reasoning, or an art figure of speech, but it is the fact. Any diversity presupposes the polarity between subject and object. It is a duality but thanks to it, the myriad of modes and manifestations can be perceived.  In our innumerable multiplicity, we can and must take each other as objects of knowledge. This makes up a world in which an infinite number of mirrors reflect each other, while reflecting the Divine Face. Sufis have meditated upon this fact as a reflection of the limitlessness of God's Essence in the and through Divine Self-disclosures, as "Hidden Treasure" want to be known through the manifestation of his infinity in diversity, which is like the reverse side of His Unity.  
Thus, accepting the world and human beings in their difference from self, we recognise the Divine transcendence in them. We recognize in the other the face of God and at the same time what we are themselves, albeit in a different mode.
After all,  "For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He has given you. So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ." (Qur'ān, 5:48)

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