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O Christ Worshippers! - A Poem by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (رحمه الله)

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O Christ Worshippers! 

اعباد المسيح لنا سؤال....نريد جوابه ممن و عاه
O Christ-worshippers! We want an answer to our question
[from your wise ones],

إذا مات الإله بصنع قوم....أماتوه فما هذا الإله
If the Lord was murdered by some peopleýs act,
what kind of god is this?

وهل أرضاه ما نالوه منه....فبشراهم إذا نلوا رضاه
We wonder! Was He pleased by what they did to Him?
If yes, blessed be they, they achieved His pleasure,

وإن الذي فعلوه فيه....فقؤتهم إذا أوهت قواه
But if He was discontented,
this means their power had subjugated Him!

وهل بقي الوجود بلا إله....سميع يستجيب لمن دعاه
Was the whole entity left without a Sustainer,
so who answered the prayers?

وهل خلت الطباق السبع لما....ثوى تحت التراب وقد علاه
Were the heavens vacated,
when He laid under the ground somewhere?

وهل خلت العوالم من إله....يدبر ها وقد سمرت يداه
Were all the worlds left without a God,
to manage while His hands were nailed?

وكيف تخلت الأملاك عنه....بنصرهم وقد سمعوا بكاه
Why did not the angels help Him,
when they heard him while he wailed?


وكيف أطاقت الخشبات حمل الإله....الحق شد على قفاه

How could the rods stand to bear the True Lord

when He was fastened,

وكيف دنا الحديد إليه حتى....يخالطه ويلحقه أذاه
How could the irons reached Him and [had] His body pinned?

وكيف تمكنت أيدي عداه....وطالت حيث قد صفعوا قفاه
How could His enemiesý hands reach Him and slap His rear,

وهل عاد المسيح إلى حياة....أم المحيي له ربٌ سواه
And was Christ revived by himself, or was the Reviver another god?

ويا عجبا لقبر ضم رباً....وأغجب منه بطن قد حواه
What a sight it was, a grave that enclosed a god,
Stranger still is the belly that confined Him!

أقام هناك تسعا من شهور....لدى الظلمات من حيض غذاه
He stayed there for nine months in utter darkness, fed by blood!

وشق الفرج مولودا صغيرا....ضعيفا فاتحا للثدى فاه
Then he got out of the womb as a small baby,
Weak and gasping to be breast-fed!

ويأكل ثم يشرب ثم ياتي....بلازم ذاك هل هذا إله
He ate and drank, and did what that naturally resulted,
Is this [what you call] a god?

تعالى الله عن إفك النصارى....سيسأل كلهم عما افتراه
High Exalted be Allah above the lies of Christians,
All of them will be held accountable for their libels!

أعباد الصليب لأي معنى....يعظم او يقبَه رماه
O Cross-worshippers! For what reason is this exalted
and blame [is cast upon those] who reject it?

وهل تقضى العقول بغير كسر....وإحراق له ولمن بغاه
Is it not logical to break and burn it,
along with the one who innovated it?

إذا ركب الإله عليه كرها....وقد شدت لتسمير يداه
Since the Lord was crucified on it,
and his hands were fastened to it?

فذاك المركب الملعون حقا....فدسه لا تبسه إذا تراه
That is really a cursed cross to carry,
So discard it, do not kiss it!

يهان عليه رب الخلق طرًا....وتعبده فإنك من عداه
The Lord was abused on it, and you adore it?
So [it is clear that] you are one of His enemies!

فإن عظمته من أخل أن قد....حوى رب العباد وقد علاه
If you extol it because it carried the Lord of the Worlds,

وقد فقد الصليب فإن رأينا....له شكلا تذكرنا سناه
Why donýt you prostrate yourself and worship graves,

فهلا للقبور سجدت طرًا....لضم القبر ربَك في حشاه
Since the grave contained your god in it?

فيا عبد المسيح فق فهذا....بدايته وهذا منتهاه
So Christ-worshipper, open your eyes,
This is the Beginning and this is the End. 

There can only be One Truth!


Ibn ul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (رحمه الله )

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