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Ibn Al Arabi on the death of his daughter: I laid my little daughter to rest

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Ibn Al Arabi on the death of his daughter: I laid my little daughter to rest
Photo: The woman of Ouled Nail and her daughter are wearing coin necklaces, 1800s.



لحدتُ بنتي بيدي
للشاعر :محيي الدين بن عربي

لحدتُ بنتي بيدي لأنها ذو جسدي
أنا على حكم النوى فليس شيءٌ بيدي
مقيد في وقتنا ما بينَ أمسٍ وغدِ
جسمي لُجين خالصٌ حقيقتي من عسْجدِ
كالقوسِ نشئي ولذا عينُ قوامي حيدي
يقول ربي إنه خلقني في كبدِ
فكيف أرجو راحة ما دمت في ذا البلد
لولاهُ ما كنتُ أنا ذا والدٍ وولدِ
ولم يكن لي كفؤاً كخالقي من أحدِ
فالنعتُ نعتٌ واحدٌ في عينِ ذاتِ العدد
فحلَّ إلهي بيننا في الكونِ لا المتعقدِ
بنشأة ٍ ثابتة يصحُّ منها سندي
في أنني مثلكمُ وأنتَ لي مستندي
بالفرضِ لا إني أنا مثلٌ وهذا رشدي
نفيت عني المثل في مثلٌ وهذا رشدي
وجنتي عالية ٌ مع الحسانِ الخردِ
وإنما قالَ بهِ كما لنا في المقصد
طبيعة ُ الكون له أهل وعينُ الأحد
بعلٌ لها فاجتمعا على وجودي وقدِ
ما قلتُ ذا عنْ نظرٍ قد قام بي في خَلَدي
وإنَّما قرَّرَهُ عندي رسولُ الصمدِ
فكانَ يملي وأنا أكتب عنه بيدي
وهكذا الأمرُ ولا يعرفهُ منْ أحدِ
غيرُ إمامٍ سابق بالخيرِ أوْ مقتصدِ
والغيرُ لا يعرفُهُ في الحال بل في الأبد
وكلُّ فرعٍ راجعٌ لأصله لم يزد

With my very own hands I laid my little daughter to rest because she is of my very flesh,

Thus am I constrained to submit to the rule of parting, so that my hand is now empty and contains nothing.

Bound to this moment we are in, caught between the yesterday that has gone and the tomorrow that is yet to come.

This flesh of mine is as pure silver, while my inner reality is as pure gold.

Like a bow have I grown, and my true posture is as my rib.

My Lord it is who says that He has created me in a state of suffering and loss.

How then can I possibly hope for any rest, dwelling as I do in such a place and state?

(Ibn Arabi, Tarjuman al-Ashwaq)




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