Sufi Poetry

Die Before You Die

Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts
of our body is

So beautiful appeared my death – knowing who then I would kiss,
I died a thousand times before I died.

“Die before you die,” said the Prophet

Have wings that feared ever
touched the Sun?

I was born when all I once
feared – I could


~ Rabia al-Adawiyyah

From ‘Love Poems from God’ translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

Rabia al-Adawiyyah of Basra, Iraq was a famous Sufi Saint, who was noted for her asceticism and many legends have been told about her life. Her concept of Divine Love was that God should be loved for His own sake and not out of fear.