Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
A prostitute was forgiven by Allah,
because, passing by a panting dog near a well
and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst,
she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover
she drew out some water for it.
So, Allah forgave her because of that.
O Son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O Son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O Son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins as great as the earth, and were you then to face Me ascribing no partners to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it. (Hadith Qudsi)
I don’t think a Sufi can escape life; its more like Tao where we go with what is and do not resist it. Its about life on God’s terms vs. resisting by wishing life was different. The more we get to know the Beloved, the more we know about life. Life is not necessarily about the earthly body; its the journey of the soul confined in a body. The Quran often advises us to contemplate on the universe to know God. For example:
Truly, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of the night and the day. There are indeed Signs for men of understanding, Men who remember (celebrate) the Praises of Allah, standing, sitting and lying down on their sides and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heaven and the earth, (with the prayer): “Our Lord! Not for nothing have You created (all) this! Glory to You! Give us relief from the Penalty of the Fire. (Quran 3:190-191)
The Prophet said, “An hour’s worth of contemplation is better than a year’s worth of worship.”
The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) observed: He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should either utter good words or better keep silence; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should treat his neighbour with kindness and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest.
Muhammad, peace be upon him, uttered lovingly,
“On every day in which the sun rises,
charity is due from each limb of a person.
Doing justice between two people is charity.
To help a person ride his mount or to place his baggage on it is charity.
A good word is charity.
Every step taken on the way to prayer is charity,
removing something from the path that is harmful is charity.
Everyone is created with three hundred and sixty joints.
Whosoever bears witness to the Greatness of Allah,
praises Allah, bears witness to His Oneness, exalts His Holiness,
asks His Forgiveness, removes a stone, thorn or bone from a path frequented by people,
encourages good, or forbids evil
in the number of three-hundred and sixty, has rescued himself from the Fire.”