Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Love of God

O God, if I worship Thee in fear of Hell, burn me in Hell; and if I worship Thee in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise; but if I worship Thee for Thine own sake, withhold not Thine evelasting beauty.


Blogger Mimi said...

Wow. Thank you.

Thu Feb 02, 03:19:00 am 2006  
Blogger Francis said...

Great! ^.^ Did you write that??

Thu Feb 02, 04:29:00 am 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't these the words of a famous female Sufi? Anyway, I have heard a Muslim Sheikh mention that, although beautiful, it is not an entirely valid appeal.

Sat Feb 04, 04:04:00 am 2006  
Blogger Constantine said...

Indeed, this is the prayer of the great Sufi mystic, Rubi'a.

It's couched in a style that scandalises some. The sentiment on the other hand, rightly understood, is quite right.

The Roman Catholic Act of Contrition said at confession has a line that goes "...not because I dread the loss of heaven, or the pains of hell, but because they offend Thee..."

Mon Feb 06, 01:49:00 am 2006  

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