76. Rabia and the Donkey


Rabia decided to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Then, in the middle of the desert, her donkey died. Her fellow pilgrims offered to let her ride with them, but she said, "Go on without me. I have come this far trusting in God, and I know God will provide."
The caravan moved on, and Rabia prayed. "O God, you invited me to your dwelling, but you have let my donkey die. Is this how the king treats the women of his kingdom?"
Answering Rabia's prayer, God resurrected the donkey, and then the donkey carried Rabia all the way to Mecca.



Inspired by: Sufi Women by Javad Nurbakshsh
Notes: This story is on p. 25 of the book. You can find out more about Rabia of Basra at Wikipedia.



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