Christian - Muslim Debate in 12th Century Part 20 of 20
Moslem: We see, anyway, that you honor your religion and pretend
that it is the true religion, furnishing testimonies and proofs, as
if you were a worshipper and imitating AL-RASHEED. Anyway, you think
that your faith is the true one.
Monk: I can furnish proofs to attest my religion from your Book. Now
furnish anything which supports your religion.
Moslem: he heaven, the earth, and peoples testify to my faith and my
Book proving there prevalence and that God inspired Mohammed light
Monk: Our Lord Christ said, "If I testify for myself, my testimony
will not be accepted. But another will testify for me." And I see
that you testify about yourself. So your testimony is rejected.
Regarding what your pretended that the heaven, earth, the angels,
and the peoples testify for you. Could you ascertain that with
proofs from heaven's Book, or earth's Book, or angels' Book, or
people's Book? I know that you are unable to do so.
Moslem: Do not be proud of your religion, O Monk. Be aware that you
are not a unique person who is proud of his religion. Everybody
pretends that his religion is the truth.
Monk: You are right, O Moslem, when you say that each religion is
confirmed by that one who confirms it and defends it. But the main
religions are four: Sabianism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
Which of them in your opinion is the true one established by God?
Moslem: I don't know.
Monk: If you do not know then let us leave all religions and revert
to our reason, fulfilling a norm as do judges and governors. Let the
norm and the reason he judges to decide.
Princes: By the tomb of my father the monk is right.
Monk: Don't you know that in the beginning, God said, "Let us create
a man like our image." Saying: like our image means the capacity,
the power, and the control, with the same willingness and choice, to
give a parable and explanation, as does the man when he approaches
his image which is the picture on the wall. You identify him as
identical the closer he is to the picture. If the man is similar to
God in image and if God created the man and gave him a norm and
imagination, those norms and legislation should be suitable to his
nature, his original and his hypothesis, as a means of approachment.
For example: if you have a child or a servant and your nature is
compassionate, will you order him to be cruel? And if your are a
just man will you order him to be a tyrant? If your are generous do
you want him to be avaricious? If you are chaste do you want him to
be adulterous? If you are a right man will you want him to be bad
and an irritant? Don't you want him to follow your qualities?
All present people: Quite right.
This is none other than the famous Muslim king who defeated the
Crusaders of the Third Crusade whom we know in the west as Saladin
the Great. In his name we have recorded here we see Ayyub who was
the governor of Balbek under Zang then under Nor-ud-din of Damascus.
It seems that Saladin is about 27 years old at this time. Leo II
(1185-1219) Repelled sultans against attacks on Allepo. He was
called "Magnificent" and applied European law and made alliances
with crusaders. The monastery was probably one which was built by
one of the disciples of Marcion in the late 4th century in the
region of northern Syria.
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