In Islam, real love, the love of the Eternal Ruler, is the seed of our existence. This love is felt for His Grace and Beauty manifested within His Majesty, and for His Majesty manifested within His Grace and Beauty.
The real, intense love felt for God is a path of light granted to us by Him so that people can use it to reach Him. This intense love is the most basic and mysterious cause of the universe's creation.
In Islamic scripture, God created the universe in order to be known and loved, and so that those souls awakened to truth would feel and manifest a deep interest in His Essence, Attributes, and Names. This sacred, essential love of God for Himself is the reason why He created the universe and why He caused humanity to appear in the world. It is also this love that manifests itself in human beings as love of God, as the most essential center of humanity's relationship with God.
We believe this love is the final step leading to God, and a lover who has reached it has no further steps to take. And we believe that feelings of love between people bring peace, as long as they originate from this main love of God.
Please join us as we explore the nature of love from an Islamic perspective.
Yetkin Yildirim, Ph.D.
$35 (Pre-registration required.)
Presented virtually via Zoom
Dr. Yetkin Yildirim
is a member of the board of directors of Dialogue Institute. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his studies at UT, Dr. Yildirim was involved with the Center for Middle Easter Studies. He is the co-editor of “Flying with Two Wings: Interreligious Dialogue in the Age of Global Terrorism” and “The Ottoman Mosaic: Exploring Models for Peace by Re-Exploring the Past.”