Author: Margaret SmithPublisher: Kitab BhavanYear: Language: EnglishPages: 211ISBN/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.
PrefaceSurvey of SourcesPART ONECHAPTER IThe Place of women among the sufis. CHAPTER IIOffers of marriage. CHAPTER IIIAsceticism of Rabi'a. CHAPTER IVThe miracles of Muslim saints.CHAPTER VRabi'a's declining Years. Her attitude towards death.PART TWOCHAPTER VIEstimate of Rabi'a's teaching by the Sufi writers.CHAPTER VIIRepentance. The Sufi doctrine.CHAPTER VIIIHope and Fear.CHAPTER ISPoverty. Sufi estimation of the poor.CHAPTER XLove, including satisfaction, longing and intimacy.PART THREECHAPTER XIThe Position of woman in Muslim lands in pre-Islamic and early Islamic times.CHAPTER XIIThe Position of the woman saint.CHAPTER XIIICelibacy in IslamCHAPTER XIVThe Communion of Saints in Islam.CHAPTER XVThe cult of the saints in modern Islam.