Although Sufism began as an ascetic tradition, it was soon transformed into a tradition oriented to love. This was due to the influence of a woman and a former slave named Rabi‘a al-Adawiyya or Rabi‘a al-Basri (ca. 717-801). Orphaned at an early age, Rabi‘a was sold into slavery, but her owner, seeing that she spoke with God, became afraid and freed her. After that, she began to wander, never leaving her devotions. In her prayers, she once said . . .
I love You with two loves,
one that that is unworthy of You,
and one that is lost in You.