Anecdotes

Publié par Zahia

  • One Day Rabia was seen running in the streets of Basra carrying a torch in one hande and a bucket of water in the other. When asked what she was doing, she anwered : "I want to put out the fires of Hell, and burn down the rewards of Paradise. They block the way to God. I do not want to worship from fear of punishment or for the promise of reward, but simply for the love of God.

 

  • Once Rabia was on her way to Makkah, and when half-way there she saw the Kaaba coming to meet her. She said, “It is the Lord of the house whom I need, what have I to do with the house? I need to meet with Him Who said, ‘Who approaches Me by a span’s length I will approach him by the length of a cubit.’ The Kaaba which I see has no power over me; what joy does the beauty of the Kaaba bring to me?”

 

  • Once Rabia was asked if she hated Satan. She replied: “My love to God has so possessed me that no place remains for loving or hating any save Him.”

 

  • Rabia was once asked, "did you ever perform any work that, in your opinion, caused God to favor and accept you?" She replied, "Whatever I did, may be counted against me."