Rabia Basri (quotes)

  • You know of the how, but I know of the how-less.
  • Great doubt will eventually lead to great awakening.
  • May Allah steal from you All that steals you from Him.
  • I love Allah: I have no time left in which to hate the devil.
  • Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts of our body is death.
  • Each love is now alone with his beloved. And I am alone with You.
  • I will not serve Allah like a laborer, in expectation of my wages.
  • True devotion is for itself: not to desire heaven nor to fear hell.
  • How long will you keep pounding on an open door Begging for someone to open it?
  • I didn’t even dare walk past Your house-And now I am not even worthy to be let in
  • If I repent now will God forgive me? No, but if God forgives you, you will repent.
  • Your prayers are your light; Your devotion is your strength; Sleep is the enemy of both.
  • Since no one really knows anything about God, those who think they do are just troublemakers.
  • I seek forgiveness from Allah for the lack of my sincerity when I say I seek the forgiveness of Allah
  • The doors of Kings are bolted now and guarded by soldiers. Your Door is open to all who call upon You.
  • You are the Just who knows no change, The Balance that can never swerve, The Eternal which never passes away.
  • Eyes are at rest, the stars are setting. Hushed are the stirrings of birds in their nests, Of monsters in the ocean.
  • The real work is in the Heart: Wake up your Heart! Because when the heart is completely awake, Then it needs no Friend.
  • Your life is the only opportunity that life can give you. If you ignore it, if you waste it, You will only turn to dust.
  • 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
  • Beloved of Hearts, I beseech only You. Have pity this day on those who turn to You. My Hope, my Rest, my Delight, this heart can love none other but You.
  • He does not refuse sustenance to the one who speaks ill of Him. How then could He refuse sustenance to the one whose soul is over flowing with love for Him?
  • Were Women all like those whom here I name, Woman to man I surely would prefer; The Sun is feminine, nor deems it shame; The Moon, though masculine, depends on her.
  • How many gifts and graces You have given me! How many favors You have fed me from your hand! I look for your love in all directions, then suddenly its blessing burns in me.
  • A leading scholar of Basra visited Rabi’a al-Adawiyya while she was ill. Sitting beside her pillow, the scholar spoke about how terrible the world was. In reply, Rabi`a told him:
  • I so detached my heart from the world and cut short my hopes that for thirty years now I have performed each prayer as though it were my last and I were praying the prayer of farewell.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • God! if I worship Thee in fear of Hell, burn me in Hell; and if I worship Thee in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise; but if I worship Thee for Thine own sake, withhold not thine everlasting beauty.
  • I want to put out the fires of Hell, and burn down the rewards of Paradise. They block the way to Allah. I do not want to worship from fear of punishment or for the promise of reward, but simply for the love of Allah.
  • 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
  • You love the world very dearly. If you did not love the world, you would not mention it so much. It is always the purchaser who first disparages what he wants to buy. If you were done with the world, you would not mention it either for good or evil. As it is, you keep mentioning it because, as the proverb says, whoever loves a thing mentions it frequently.
  • It is reported from the famous worshiper Rabi’ah al-Adawiyya (radiAllahu anha) that she said: “I have never heard the adhaan except that I remember the caller who will announce the Day of Resurrection, and I never see the falling snow except that I imagine the flying pages of the records of peoples deeds (on that day), and I never see swarms of locusts except that I think about the Great Gathering on the Last Day.”