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Born in 717 to a poor family in Basra, Rabi’a al-Adawiyya, was the fourth daughter to her parents. She later became an orphan and was sold into slavery. According to Farīd ad-Dīn ‘Attār, Rabi’a ran away from her owner and put her face to the ground saying, “All I want is for You to be pleased with me, to know whether You are pleased with me or not.” She heard a reply reassuring her not to be sad and promising her good. Rabi’a then went back to her owner. One night, while she prostrated in prayer to God, her owner overheard her and witnessed a chain-less lantern suspended above her head light up the entire room. Upon this sight, the owner freed Rabi’a, and she spent her life in devotion to God. According to ‘Attār’s “Memorial of the Friends of God,” which holds the most thorough account of Rabi‘a’s life, Rabi‘a of Basra is considered one of the Sufi masters. Ironically, during her time, people referred to the masters as the “ranks of men.” However, the deep Sufi concept of God’s Unity leaves no room for individuals, gender, or status. Rabi’a’s sincerity and love resulted in her being accredited by the men of her time. She delivered passionate and eye-opening words of wisdom to them regarding God, and they took her teachings to heart. # Rabi’a al-Adawiyya #sufi#portraits#muslim#womenwarriors#muslimwomen#photography#portrait_ig #selenium#prints#rockybullphotography#womensupportingwomen#womenempowerment #www.rockybull.photography