And they say, “God has taken to Himself a son”; Glory be to Him!
He deceived them when He did not bring them to naught right away. Instead He made their continued delusion a longer respite. They spoke a grave calumny (ʿaẓīm al-firya) against God and devised an astonishing argument (ʿajīb al-mirya) in their description of God and attribution of a son to Him. How can there be a son when He is singular in [His] essence (dhāt)? There is no delimitation of His essence and no carnal desire pos- sible in His attributes (ṣifāt).
Nay, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth; all obey His will.
That is, nothing-from the traces of things or things themselves- has come into being (kawn) without the traces of the created constitution (khilqa) calling out to it and the testimonial witnessings of the original nature (fiṬra) speaking clearly from it. Every silent thing is [in fact] speak- ing and is a proof and a witness to His (سبحانه) oneness.