al-Sawād al-A’dham: Ṭaḥiyyah


Someone went to visit Ṭaḥiyyah and heard her saying in her supplications, “O, the One who loves me and whom I love!”

They enquired, “How do you know that He loves you?”

Ṭaḥiyyah replied, “I used to [live] in Nubia. My parents were Christians. [Once] my mother took me to the church,  brought me before the cross and commanded, ‘Kiss the cross!’ When I started to kiss it, I saw a palm come out and push my face away so I couldn’t kiss it, thus I knew that [He cared for me].”