The Islamic Concept of Human Perfection

William C. Chittick

Perfection demands the shedding of all attributes and definitions, since these are limitations. Perfect human beings manifest all divine attributes, so they are defined by none of them. They employ each divine attribute in the appropriate circumstances, recognize all things for what they are, and interact with all creatures in accordance with the creatures’ realities.

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Originally published in The World & I, 1991. Republished here with thanks.

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