Prayer for the pious

by Mike on February 21, 2005

O God, if I worship You for fear of hell,
then cast me to the fire.
If I worship You in hope of paradise,
exclude me from Your paradise.
Yet if I worship You for Your own sake,
deny me not Your everlasting beauty.

Rabi’ ah Al’ Adawiyah (717-801 AD)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }


Eugene 02.21.05 at 8:39 pm

What reverse psychology towards God? Oh puleeze.



Richard 02.21.05 at 9:43 pm

I don’t think this is “reverse psychology” but rather, as the heading suggests, a simple pious prayer that the worshipper should worship God for his own sake and finally gain entry into eternity. Rather lovely, I thought, and none the worse for its source in Sufism. (But i will admit that i had to look up just who Rabi’ ah Al’ Adawiyah was!)


the_methotaku 02.21.05 at 10:10 pm

I like it. Would you mind if I post it on my blog or use it as a signiture?


Eugene 02.22.05 at 3:44 am

I was only joking. We should worship God for the sake of worshipping
God not because we fear God or want the benefits of being one
of God’s children. That is the central lesson in the Book of
Job. Why do humans worship God?



Mike 02.22.05 at 10:52 am

You’re welcome to post it on your blog; I didn’t write it!

You didn’t sound like you were joking Eugene! ;)
The prayer is not aimed at God, but at the person doing the prayer; it’s more meditation than worship.


the_methotaku 02.22.05 at 9:14 pm

“You’re welcome to post it on your blog; I didn’t write it!”

Thank you.


Paul Connors 02.22.05 at 11:24 pm

What a beautiful prayer. A testimony to the fact that beauty doesn’t just come from the Christian tradition.

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