Sunday, May 09, 2021

3309 : Of Torches and Water (Rabia of Basra)

 From here, I learnt something....

Rabia al-Basri was a Sufi mystic that lived during the 8th century in Basra, Iraq. It is said that she would run through the streets of the city at night, with a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other because she wanted to set Paradise ablaze and douse the fires of Hell. For Rabia, love for God ought to be the driving force for a Muslim, rather than fear of Hell or desire for Heaven’s rewards. For this reason, she wanted to destroy these distractions, which prevented people from worshipping out of a pure love for God. A genuine love for God is a characteristic that is often used define what it means to be a Muslim.

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