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Words for Prayer

More than 1200 years ago, the Islamic saint Rabia of Basra wrote:

In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.

Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist…

(from “Love Poems from God”, trans. Daniel Ladinsky)

Rabia was a female Sufi saint who suffered a life of physical and sexual abuse and yet managed to leave us a legacy of amazing poetry.  She looked beyond the specifics of her circumstances and wrote of timeless truths.  Prayer can do that.