~ 87. Rabia and Azrael ~


Rabia encountered Azrael, the Angel of Death.
"Who are you?" Rabia asked.
"Behold, mortal: I am the destroyer of delights!" said the Angel of Death.
"Tell me more," said Rabia.
"Behold, mortal: I am the orphaner of children!" said the Angel of Death.
"Tell me more," said Rabia.
"Behold, mortal: I am the widower of wives!" said the Angel of Death.
"O Angel, why do you only speak of negative things?" asked Rabia. "Destroyer of delights, orphaner of children, widower of wives. This is all true, but you might also say: I am the one who reunites friend with Friend."



Inspired by: Sufi Women by Javad Nurbakshsh
Notes: This story is on p. 52 of the book. You can find out more about Rabia of Basra at Wikipedia.



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