One day Rabia Al Adawiyya had gone to the mountains, and hordes of wild beasts, goats and gazelles thronged about her. When Hasan al-Basri suddenly appeared on the scene, they all scattered in fright. Inwardly perturbed by this event, Hasan al-Basri asked Rabia , "Why did they make friends with you but flee from me?"
"What was your meal today?" She asked in return.
"A mere broth," said Hasan al-Basri .
"Well, you eat of their fat. Why shouldn't they be in fear of you?"