73. Rabia's Total Devotion

So great was Rabia's devotion to God that she had no time for anything else, neither love nor hate.
"Don't you revile Satan?" someone asked.
"I do," she said. "But my love of the all-merciful God leaves no room for hatred of Satan."
One night the Prophet appeared to Rabia in a dream. "Do you love me?" he asked.
"O Prophet of God!" she exclaimed. "Who could not love you? I love you, but my heart is so filled with the love of God our Creator that there is no room there for love of his creation or his creatures."

Inspired by: Sufi Women by Javad Nurbakshsh
Notes: This story is on p. 8 of the book, and also on p. 47. You can find out more about Rabia of Basra at Wikipedia.

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