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This video excerpt is from a January 22, 2005 interview with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is an author, teacher, and an important figure in current interfaith understanding.
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In this fifth and final video clip of this slideshow, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf concludes his comments on the perspective seen in the Quran on the reality of human nature. Continuing with his remarks on God’s Attributes, he teaches us that for such an attribute as God as Forgiver, there is a corollary attribute. To give an example, this might be the attribute of God as Judge. That is to say, the attributes of Divine Mercy may have parallel attributes that are more rigorous. We can understand how these more rigorous attributes would help flawed human beings stay on “the straight path” (Arabic: sirat ul-mustaqim).

Students of Sufism will no doubt detect in Imam Feisal’s comments much of the Sufi perspective of the manifestation of God’s Attributes. We might see in his comments how the Sufi worldview has been informed throughout the centuries by Quranic interpretations. Because these interpretations relate to higher realities than the fine points of sectarian theology, they can be understood and interpreted across boundaries of theology, even across boundaries of religion. There is nothing that Imam Feisal says in these video clips that cannot be applied to a deeper understanding of Divine Nature and human nature by Christians, or Jews, etc. This is, indeed, the “higher ground on which we can all unite.” Thus, we should all be able to appreciate Imam Feisal’s gentle teaching and words of wisdom in these short video clips that delve into our dual natures as geomorphic and theomorphic beings.
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