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Rabi'a the Mystic
“My peace, O my friends, is in solitude.”
“O my Lord, the stars are shining and the eyes of men are closed, and kings have shut their doors and every lover is alone with his beloved, and here am I alone with Thee.”
“O my Lord, if I worship Thee from fear of Hell, burn me in Hell, and if I worship Thee from hope of Paradise, exclude me thence, but if I worship Thee for Thine own sake then withhold not from me Thine Eternal Beauty.”
Rabi'a the Mystic, Iraqi poet, saint
(717 - 801)