Poem: My Greatest Need is You

Lonely tree and sun rays

Rabi’ah al-Adawiyya, the author of this poem, was a major spiritual influence in the classical Islamic world. She was born around the year 717 C.E. in what is now Iraq.

My Greatest Need is You

Your hope in my heart is the rarest treasure
Your Name on my tongue is the sweetest word
My choicest hours
Are the hours I spend with You —
O Allah, I can’t live in this world
Without remembering You–
How can I endure the next world
Without seeing Your face?
I am a stranger in Your country
And lonely among Your worshippers:
This is the substance of my complaint.

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including Zawaj.com and IslamicAnswers.com, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project, IslamicSunrays.com, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at AbolishTorture.com. He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , Read 259 articles by
9 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SisterZ says:

    Dua of the Prophet(saw):

    ‘Oh Allah, I ask You for the longing to meet You.’

  2. GenDarMe says:

    thatz one of the most powerful thing I’ve ever read >>
    it comes right from her heart >>
    whats more powerful that shez dead >>
    but we remember her by her meaningful & touching poem

  3. wael says:

    For me, these are the most powerful lines:

    O Allah, I canโ€™t live in this world
    Without remembering You

    I’m having a very hard time today, just dealing with some difficulties in my life. I read this poem over again and it reminds me of what is important, and where refuge lies.

  4. GenDarMe says:

    you can always go back & read ( Letter from a Reader #1) >>
    i think it might do smthg to cheer you up >>

  5. Merlene Coak says:

    I wish more people would write sites like this that are actually interesting to read. With all the fluff floating around on the web, it is a great change of pace to read a site like yours instead.

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