Rabi’a al-Adawiyya, a major saint of Islam and one of the central figures of Sufi Excerpted from Doorkeeper of the Heart: Versions of Rabi’a. Doorkeeper of the Heart: Versions of Rabiaby Charles Upton”How long will you keep pounding an open doorBegging for someone to open it?”Readers of these . Published: (); Diwans of ‘Alqama al Fahl, al Muhalhil ibn Rabi’a, ‘Amr ibn Doorkeeper of the heart: versions of Rabiʼa / [translated by] Charles Upton.

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The bulk of the Doorkeeperr material as we know it comes from stories of her interactions with those who came to challenge or learn from her.

Uncompromising and singleminded in her devotion to the highest spritual realization, she belittled miracles that apparently happened around her, the fear of hell, and the desire for paradise. Sometimes even well-known spiritual figures, like Hasan of Basra, could be the butt of her sharper wit, deeper wisdom, and greater spiritual power. To place Rabi’a in foorkeeper we might compare her to another great Sufi figure and one of the greatest spiritual writers of all time – Rumi.

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First, she stands some five hundred voorkeeper earlier, close to the beginnings of Sufi poetry as we know it. If Rumi is the Ocean, Rabi’a is the Well. If Rumi has sheer ecstatic energy and compacted multidimensional meanings, Rabi’a has virgin clarity and undistracted focus.

Along with the taste of wine, she carries the taste of water – a precious substance when you live, as Rabi’a did, in the desert of God. Show details Buy the selected items together This item: Doorkeeper of the Heart: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

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Pir Press January 30, Language: If doorkewper are a seller for this product, would you doorkeeeper to suggest updates through seller support? Rabi’a al-Adawiyya, a major saint of Islam and one of the central figures of Sufi tradition, was born around AD in Basra in what is now Iraq. Little is known of her actual life: Separated from her sisters, homeless and destitute, she was sold into slavery but was eventually freed.

In later life she became famous as a saint; she was offered money, houses, proposals of marriage, but she preferred to remain single and live in humble surroundings.

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Write a customer review. Showing of 3 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Favorite line was from a story of a thief trying to steal from Rabia’s room, and he heard a voice that told him to go away because “While one friend sleeps, the Other is awake! Born a woman, sold into slavery as a child in Mesopotamia, and slept little to pray for prayer.

Released from slavery after her owner witnessed a blinding light in the garden where she prayed, she devoted her life to her Beloved. She spurned miracles, although she was capable of them as a way to teach. Since Rabi’a’s oral tradition is passed down over the centuries by Sufi scribes, the anecdotes, poems, and miracle stories associated with her can provide the merest glimpse of this extraordinary life.


We owe the author thanks for his effort to bring Rabi’a alive to readers of English. Great stories of Rabia, a Sufi mystic born in AD of her supernatural feats and her poetry describing her relationship to God. One person found this helpful. See all 3 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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