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Anecdotes

Publié le 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."

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Rabia's Quotes

Publié le par Zahia

"O God, You know that the only thing I want in this life Is to be obedient to Your command. Even the living sight of my eyes Is service at your court."

 

"The source of my suffering and loneliness is deep in my heart."

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"This is a disease no doctor can cure.

Only Union with the Friend can cure it."

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"If I adore you out of fear of Hell, burnme! I f I adore you out of desire for paradise, lock me out of paradise. But if I adore you for Yoursel alone. Don't deny to me your eternal beauty"

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"I have two ways of loving You: a selfish one and another way that is worthy of You. In my selfish love, I rememenber You alone. In that other love, You lift the veil and let me feast my eyes on Your living face"

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"Let me hide in you from everything that distracts me from you. From everything that comes in my way when I want to run to you. The real works is in the heart. Wake up your heart! because when the heart is completely awake, then it needs no friend."

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"May God steal from you all that steals you from God."

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"In love, nothing exists between heart and heart, speech is born out of longing, true description from real taste. The one who explains, lies. how can you describe the true form of something in whose presence you are blotted out? And in whose being you still exist? And who lives as a sign for your journey?"

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"I'am a stranger in your country

And lonely among your worshipers:

This is the substance of my complaint."

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"In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel."

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"Even if Heaven did not exist. Would it not be proper for us

to obey him? He is worthy of worship without any other motives."

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 "You must conceal your good deeds as you conceal your evil deeds"

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 "O God, take away the words of the devil, That mix with my prayer

If not, then take my prayer as it is, devil and all.

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"I will not serve Allah like a labourer,

in expectation of my wage."

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“I have made You the companion of my heart.

But my body is available to those who desire its company,

And my body is friendly toward its guest,

But the Beloved of my heart is the guest of my soul. ”

 

 

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