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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.

–Rabia Al-Adawiyah

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Rabia was once asked,

“How did you attain that which you have attained?”
“By often praying:

‘I take refuge in You, O God, from everything that distracts me from You, and from every obstacle that prevents me from reaching You.'”

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“My god
how gentle you are with me
in spite of my great ignorance
and how merciful You are with me
in spite of my ugly deeds”

(Ibn Ata’Allah)

014.034 And He giveth you of all that ye ask for. But if ye count the favours of God, never will ye be able to number them. And ‘If ye give thanks I will surely give you increase”

Giving Thanks in Taqleef

“None is sincere in his love of God, unless he patiently endures the blows of his lord”

(Maulana Jalludin Rumi)

Rumi defines and highlights the Sufi path as a test. The purpose of the discipline and the ensuring of rough treatment purposed to being similar to that of ‘gold being bought to the boil and bringing the s cum to the top’

So in the eye and understanding of the travellers of this world, everything is good. Whether it is poverty or wealth, whether it is a state of suffering or ease.

There is a famous instance of three Sufi masters visiting Rabia Al Adawiyya when she fell ill. It is related that Hasan Basri, Malik Dinar, and Shaqiq Balkhi, God Most High have mercy on them, went to visit Rabi’a, God have mercy upon her. The conversation turned to the question of sincerity as they attempted to offer her solace

Hasan said, “None is sincere is his claim to love God, unless he patiently endures the blows of his Lord”

Rabi’a said, “This talk stinks of egoism.”

Shaqiq attempting to elevate the answer and defintion said, “None is sincere is his claim to love God unless he is not grateful for the blows of his master.”

Rabi’a said, “We need something better than this.”

Malik Dinar said, “None is sincere is his claim to love God unless he does not delight in the blows of his master.”

Rabi’a said, “We need something better than this.”

They said, “Now you speak.”

Rabi’a said, “No one is sincere in his claim to love God, unless he forgets the blows in beholding his lord

From enduring
To giving thanks
To delighting
To forgetting the tribulation in your love for Allah

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” O God, Whenever I listen to the voice of anything

You have made –

The rustling of the trees

The trickling of water

The cries of birds

The flickering of shadow

The roar of the wind

The song of the thunder,

I hear it saying: “God is One!

Nothing can be compared with God!”

Rabi’a al-’Adawiyya.

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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.

– Rabia Al-Adawiyah

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A man once went to Rabiah bint Ismail Al-Adawiyyah, who was known by the titles, ‘Mother of Goodness,’ and ‘The famous worshiper.’

He said, “Indeed, I have perpetrated a great number of sins. If I repent, do you think that Allah will accpet my repentance?”

She said, “Woe unto you! Do you not see that He invites those who turn away from Him; then why wouldnt He accept the repentance of those who turn towards Him?”

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“How numerous Your favours bestowed upon me,
Favours of gifts and grace and assistance.
Your love is now my only desire and my ultimate bliss.”

– Rabia

“Sometimes in order to help, He makes us cry.
Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake.”

– Rumi

“If you wish for light, be ready to receive light.
Nourish your ego, and be deprived of light,
If you wish to find a way out of this prison,
Do not turn away;
Bow down in worship and draw near.”

– Rumi

“A gift from man is deprivation,
but deprivation from God is benificience”

“My god
how gentle you are with me
in spite of my great ignorance
and how merciful You are with me
in spite of my ugly deeds”

-Ibn Atallah

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