Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rab'ia al-Adawiyya

The 8th century Sufi Muslim saint Rab'ia al-Adawiyya used to walk around carrying a torch in one hand and a pitcher of water in the other hand. When asked why, she replied, "I want to set fire to heaven with this flame and put out the fire of hell with this water, so that people will cease to worship God for fear of hell or for temptation of heaven. One must *love* God as God is Love."


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