I Came To Know Love.. A Poem By Rabi’ah al-Adawiyah

“I came to know love the moment I found your love,

And I have closed my heart from everyone except you.

And I started whispering to you the one who sees the secrets of hearts while we don’t see you.

I have two types of love for you.

The love of inclination, and a love for you are worthy of such.

The love of inclination is when your remembrance. Keeps me away from everything but you.

And truly the love that you are worthy of is, is when you unveil the veil for me to see you.

Truly the praise in either case (Ya Maula) is not mine (Ya Maula)

Truly the praise in both cases belongs to you.

And I have two types of longing for you.

The longing of the distance and the longing for the closeness so to be secluded in your refuge.

The longing of the distance is creating a stream because of the time of your departure.

And the longing for the refuges closeness is because the light of my life has been faded in your light.

Despite all of my chanting (Ya Maula)

I am content with whatever you have wished for me.

I am not complaining my love ( Ya Maula)

I am content with whatever you have wished for me.

I came to know love the moment I found your love. “