By Fadia Bint Ismail

RABIA BASRI, RadhiAllahu Anha


Rabia Basri, RadhiAllahu ‘Anha was a Sufi mystic. She was regarded as the first female Sufism saint. She is remembered to this very day with her devotion and affection to her faith, piety and patience. The great women, saint of Islam had conquered herself (Nafs) through devotion, meditation, contemplation, patience as well as fear and trust in Allah (Tawwakul) Rabi Basri was constantly absorbed in the though of Allah and reached the pinnacle of mystic path. Rabi Basri is also a write of Sufi poetry.

I found that her poetry is very inspiring and you truly get lost in her words. MashAllah. Here is a few of her poetry from the ones which i love.


I have loved Thee with two loves –
a selfish love and a love that is worthy of Thee.
As for the love which is selfish,
Therein I occupy myself with Thee,
to the exclusion of all others.
But in the love which is worthy of Thee,
Thou dost raise the veil that I may see Thee.
Yet is the praise not mine in this or that,
But the praise is to Thee in both that and this.

~ Rabia al Basri



In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
Speech is born out of longing,
True description from the real taste.
The one who tastes, knows;
the one who explains, lies.
How can you describe the true form of Something
In whose presence you are blotted out?
And in whose being you still exist?
And who lives as a sign for your journey?

~ Rabia al-Basri


If I Adore You

If I adore You out of fear of Hell,
Burn me in Hell!
If I adore you out of desire for Paradise,
Lock me out of Paradise.
But if I adore you for Yourself alone,
Do not deny to me Your eternal beauty.

Rabia al-Basri