Clayboy is an engaging blogger. Sometimes I disagree with him, and he with me. But he always says something worth pondering. One of his series he is posting on is the 39A - very good it is too. His latest is on Article 18.
In the course of it he shares this piece of Sufi wisdom by Rābiʻa al-ʻAdawiyya al-Qaysiyya:
"O God! If I worship you for fear of hell, burn me in hell,
and if I worship you in hope of paradise, exclude me from paradise.
But if I worship you for your own sake,
grudge me not your everlasting beauty."
Somewhat distant, this insight, from the driving motivations of suicide bombers ...
Speaking of a female Sufi saint, my mind is still cogitating about Christa. Post coming soon.
POSTSCRIPT: Carl Somers-Edgar has a beautiful post on the Light, not a million miles in sentiment from this Sufi stanza.