Gratitude and Dua

“One day Sufyan al Thawri said in Rabi’a’s presence, “O God, mayst Thou be satisfied with us!” And she said, “Are you not ashamed before God to ask him to be satisfied when you are not satisfied with Him?”, and he said, “I ask forgiveness from God.

That her intercession was valued even in her lifetime by her disciplines is proven by an account of a man who said to Rabi’a, “Pray for me.” and she said, “Who am I? Obey your Lord and pray to Him, for He will answer the supplicant when he prays.”

~Rabi’a, The Life and Work of Rabi’a and Other Women Mystics in Islam, Margaret Smith, p.35.

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