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She herself left no written works about her life. Her mother asked her husband to borrow some oil from a neighbor, but he had resolved in his life never to ask for anything from anyone except God.
At night Muhammad appeared to him in a dream and told him, "Your newly born daughter is a favorite of the Lord, and shall lead many Muslims to the right path. Life[ edit ] However, after the death of her father, famine overtook Basra.
She parted from her sisters. Rabia went into the desert to pray and became an ascetic , living a life of semi-seclusion. She is often cited as being the queen of saintly women,  and was known for her complete devotion in the form of "pure unconditional love of God. She never claimed to have obtained unity with Him; instead, she dedicated her life to getting closer to God. After a life of hardship, she spontaneously achieved a state of self-realization.
She was able to perform divine miracles because of her intimacy with God through this introspection. When asked by Shaikh Hasan al-Basri how she discovered the secret, she responded by stating: "You know of the how, but I know of the how-less. Her role as a spiritual and intellectual superiority is depicted in several narratives.
When asked what she was doing, she said,"I want to put out the fires of Hell, and burn down the rewards of Paradise. They block the way to Allah. I do not want to worship from fear of punishment or for the promise of reward, but simply for the love of Allah. One of these films, Rabia, released in , was directed by Osman F. Seden , and Fatma Girik played the leading role of Rabia.
Sufi Biography: Rabia Basri (Rabea al-Adawiya)
Sufi Biography: Rabia Basri Rabe a al-Adawiya Rabia bint Esmail al-Adawiya, born in humble circumstances and sold into slavery as a child, later settled in Basra where she attained great fame as a saint and a preacher and was highly esteemed by many of her pious contemporaries. The date of her death is given variously as and To her, a lifelong celibate, is attributed a large share in the introduction into Islamic mysticism of the theme of Divine love. Her tomb used to be pointed out near Jerusalem.
Rabi’a al-Basri, a grande mestra sufi
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