The Owner of house


Sayyiduna Rabia al Basri (radi Allāhu ‘anha) was asked about Jannah, she replied,

The Owner of the house comes before the house.

– Hujjat-ul-Islam Imam al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah –

My choicest hours


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! Allah, I can’t live in this world
Without remembering You–
How can I endure the next world
Without seeing Your Face?

I am a stranger in Your country,
And lonely among Your worshipers:

This is the substance of my complaint.

– Rabia al-Adawiyyah rahimahu Llah –

An illness without worldly cure


The source of my grief and loneliness is deep in my breast.
This is a disease no doctor can cure.
Only union with the Friend can cure it.

– Rabi’a al-Adawiyya (May Allah be pleased with her) –

Was the door ever closed?


Your own heart is the living place of the Universe’s essence. Salih rahimahu Llah always told his students,

If you constantly knock at someone’s door, one day it will be opened to you.

Rabia rahimahu Llah heard him say this and remarked,

Salih, how much longer do you intend to preach this in the future tense, saying ‘Will be opened?’ Was the door ever closed?

Salih bowed in acknowledgement.

– Attar rahimahu Llah (1145 – 1220) –

How long will you sleep?


O my soul, how long wilt thou sleep? Soon thou shalt sleep to rise no more, till the call shall summon thee on the day of resurrection.

— Rabia al-Basri rahimahu Llah –

He is the Most Merciful!


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?

– Rabia Al Adawiyya rahimahu Llah –

A status will be given which the angels would envy


There is a story that once, while in the market, Sayyidah Rabia al-Basri Radi Allahu anha was pursued by a vagabond and in running to save herself she fell and broke her arm. She prayed to the Lord .

I am a poor orphan and a slave. Now my hand too is broken. But I do not mind these things if Thou be pleased with me.

and felt a voice reply:

Never mind all these sufferings. On the Day of Judgement you shall be accorded a status that shall be the envy of the angels even

How do one acquire contentment?


Rabia’ al-Adawiyyah (May Allah have Mercy upon her) was once asked,

When will a servant acquire contentment?

She replied,

When he or she is just as grateful for adversity as they are for bounty.