Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Rabia's Song

This song grabbed me, took hold of me from my very first hearing of it. I play it every day...

Where are you going? She said, To that world.
Where have you come from? She answered, From that world.
And what are you doing in this world? And she said, I am sorrowing.
In what way? They asked of her. And Rabia replied, I am eating the bread of this world and doing the work of that world.
Eating the bread of this world and doing the work of that world.
Alla-a-a-ah Alla-a-ah A-a-llah Alla-a-ah Alla-a-ah A-a-a A-a-a Allah
I have loved thee with two loves
I have loved thee with two loves
One that is selfish and one that is glorious
One being selfish and one being glorious.
In what way? They asked of her, and Rabia replied.
Of the selfish love I exclude all but you, of the other you enfold me in glory.
Of the selfish love I exclude all but you, of the other you enfold me in glory.Alla-a-a-ah Alla-a-ah A-a-llah Alla-a-ah Alla-a-ah A-a-a A-a-a Allah


Rabi.a al.Adawiyya of Basra, born around 717, died 802 A.D
Adapted from Zuleikha.s White Pavillion tape,
as recorded by Arienne and Wim van der Zwalcapo 4th fret

1 comment:

shakya said...

this song give me tears in my eyes.