Author: Margaret Smith
Publisher: Kitab Bhavan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171512267
An authentic presentation of the life story of Rabi'a Basri, who was one of the greatest Sufi saints in Islam.
She gained high position and reputation among her fellow-saints of her time. Her life of poverty, dedication, full dependence upon Allah's Will are good ideals and lessons for humanity.
The author has taken great pains in collecting authentic information about her life and teachings and presented a comparative study together with her fellow-saints and estimated her with great honor. She has given information of some women saints in India who gained Allah's favors and have been benefiting humanity for a long time.
Survey of Sources
The Place of women among the sufis.
Offers of marriage.
Asceticism of Rabi'a.
The miracles of Muslim saints.
Rabi'a's declining Years. Her attitude towards death.
Estimate of Rabi'a's teaching by the Sufi writers.
Repentance. The Sufi doctrine.
Hope and Fear.
Poverty. Sufi estimation of the poor.
Love, including satisfaction, longing and intimacy.
The Position of woman in Muslim lands in pre-Islamic and early Islamic times.
The Position of the woman saint.
Celibacy in Islam
The Communion of Saints in Islam.
The cult of the saints in modern Islam.