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 Everlasting Beauty!

Rabi'ah of Basra (713?-801) Arab mystic and poetess [Rabi'ah al 'Adawiyah]
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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