“Sufism and Freedom” .. Researcher Asma Al-Mrabet rethinks the legacy of Rabaa Al-Adawiya

A rethinking of Rabaa Al-Adawiya’s vision, the lessons of her path, and a distinction between Salim and what others recounted about her, the subject of Moroccan researcher Asma Al-Mrabet’s latest books on this prominent Muslim Sufi figure .

This new author, published in French, deals with Rabaa Al-Adawiya, the story and life, highlights the lessons learned from her experience and discusses its effects on divine love, heaven and fire, the story of the Kaaba, the property and the relationship with the animals, as well as what he gathered from the discussions with the scholars of his time, and what distinguished his look and action.

In a statement to Hespress, researcher Asma Al-Mrabet said that some women in Islamic history have been “marginalized; Where they are found in books and encyclopedias, but there is no mention of them in our reality. However, despite that, the symbolism of Rabaa al-Adawiya was present in our conversation, like an icon, known, but without details.

This presence led Asma Al-Mrabet to “search how the name Rabaa could continue, unlike other scholars and hadith scholars whose names were ignored and marginalized, but I found very few historical sources, so I wondered about the reality of his name.” existence, especially in light of the lack of studies on the matter”.

With the continuation of the investigation, Al-Murabit started from two main references on Rabaa Al-Adawiya by Abdel-Rahman Badawi and Farid Al-Din Al-Attar, and then found Western theses on the matter.

The researcher said: “Raba’a was the first to open the method of divine love, and she, like other Sufis, did not leave a method, but her story is beautiful, even if some of what is attributed to her is unreliable. , but between what the documentary maker related, and what she did not say, but she deduced from her approach”.

With the reporter registering the presence of a “stereotyped image about Rabaa’s life, and about her distance from people, and her mysticism”, through a film about her dating from the sixties of the last century, she affirmed that she worked in this book. to verify this picture, “through an analysis of her statements and how she lives in our society, and through Tracing her path of Sufism, worship and love of God with a political and social consciousness that is still present; Her sayings apply to our reality.”

Al-Murabit added: “Rabi’a Al-Adawiya never married, and that was his decision. He was free, knowing that this is not an easy decision even in our time, and he decided to dedicate his life to prayer and worship. and his house was open to scholars and Sufis.”

She continued: “A prince in Iraq proposed to her and she turned him down, and she wrote him a letter berating him, which is documented by Farid al-Din al-Attar, and includes a political speech within the Sufi speech, which means that his Sufism was not a monasticism”.

The researcher focused on what distinguished the Raba’a way of life, which had a vision of respect for animals, food and life ethics; Where she did not accept money and gifts, and she criticized scholars who accept money from princes, considering that her work is no longer for God.

Asma Al-Mrabet concluded a different perception about the one asking for Rabaa to be buried in her house, saying: “He was closed at one stage in his life, he not only devoted himself to worship, but there was a political soul, and there was a rejection of the political and social reality of Iraq in the eighth century, and what she knew in Prosperity Shadow of Opulence.”

Asma Lamrabet concluded her statement about her latest book by saying that she is interested in the lessons of Rabaa Al-Adawiya, who was “a Sufi woman, free, rebellious against reality, concerned about the world and the society in which she lived.”