Lanzetta, Beverly. Illumination of Rabi’a, natural pigments on gessoed pine board.
Illumination of Rabi’a
Rabi’a al-Adawiyya (d. 801), a founding women of Islamic (Sufi) mysticism, establishes one of its central features in her reference to God as the Beloved. Rabi’a focuses on love of God for his own sake and not from a fear of hell or a desire for paradise. Her prayers emphasize the divine love affair between the soul and God, and the joy of being alone with her Beloved. Her understanding of Muhhaba (selfless love) establishes the basis of God’s love in Sufism and in mystical experience.
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