Sufi Poetry

The Real Goal

I carry a torch in one hand
And a bucket of water in the other:
With these things I am going to set fire to Heaven
And put out the flames of Hell,
So that voyagers to God can rip the veils
And see the real goal.

~ Rabia al-Adawiyyah


From Doorkeeper of the Heart: versions of Rabia. Translated by Charles Upton.

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.