Shaykha Rabi’ah al-‘Adawiyyah's (q.s.) Two Loves

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykha Rabi’ah al-‘Adawiyyah (q.s.) said:

“'I have loved You with two loves -
A selfish love and a love that is worthy of You.
As for the love which is selfish,
Therein, I occupy myself with You,
To the exclusion of all others.
But in the love which is worthy of You,
You Raise the veil that I may see You.
Yet is the praise not mine in this or that,
But the praise is to You in both that and this.”


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