Nature of man in Islam

Recep Dogan

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The purpose of this study is to examine the meaning of humankind in relation to the rest of creation, whiledrawing from a variety of perspectives. There are a myriad of differing theories about the place and purpose of humanbeings, however there are two major approaches which are at the forefront of this discussion. The first is that the humanbeing is merely created in this world, subjugated to the laws of the universe, and is open to development but they aremortal and limited with a determined life span. The alternative approach is that, as well as being a physical being,humans are spiritual beings with a unique capacity to connect them with the Divine-Eternal Being ' a unique qualitybeyond the scope of nature, life, and intellect. The premise of this paper concludes that humanity's ability to attain anexalted status over the entirety of creation is not merely a result of their physical capacity, but their metaphysicalfaculties has given them the potential to connect with the Divine-Eternal Being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-18
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


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