Some thought provoking quotes of Rabia Al Basri, my favourites are highlighted in Red.
SubhanAllah, when you read the quotes, see how much love she had for Allah subhan wa taa'la. May Allah grant us the ability to love Him more than anyone else, and may He instill the desire of meeting Him in our hearts, Ameen.
Rabia al-Adawiyyah | Rabia Al Basri
(Radi Allahu Taa'la Anha)
How long will you keep pounding on an open door
Begging for someone to open it?
Stay close by the door, if you desire all beauty
And leave aside sleep, if you wish to arrive
And make of the spirit your first place of account
To the beloved, whose lights shine as from gold
All of them worship out of fear of the fire
And consider deliverance abundant good fortune -
Or, so they may dwell in the gardens, and reach
To the meadows of paradise, and there drink from its rivers
Of gardens or fire I have no opinion
I seek no exchange for my dearest love
If I worship You from fear of Hell, cast me into Hell.
If I worship You from desire for Paradise, deny me Paradise
but if I worship You for Your own sake,
then withhold not from me Your Eternal Beauty
O my Lord, whatever share of this world You have bestowed on me, bestow it to my enemies, and whatever share of the next world You have for me, give it to my friends.
You are enough for me.
Once I wanted You so much
I didn't even dare walk past Your house--
I am not even worthy to be let in
I swear that ever since the first day You brought me back to life,
The day You became my Friend,
I have not slept -
And even if You drive me from your door,
I swear again that we will never be separated -
Because You are alive in my heart
I love God: I have no time left In which to hate the devil.
Your hope in my heart is the rarest treasure
Your Name on my tongue is the sweetest word
My choicest hours
Are the hours I spend with You -
O God, I can't live in this world
Without remembering You
Then suddenly I am filled with it.
O Captain of my Heart,
Radiant Eye of Yearning in my breast...