about Rabi'a al-Basri
Around 95 Hijri (795 C.E.), Rabi'a al-'Adawiyyah al-Qasiyya was born the fourth daughter in a poor family. Her early life was full of poverty and famine, and in time she left her life behind to devote herself to Allah. Rabi'a al-Basri became the first female Sufi saint of Islam--the queen of saintly women, who strove to resist the want of reward or fear of punishment, to love Allah for the sake of Allah.
Your hope in my heart is the rarest treasure
Your Name on my tongue is the sweetest word
My choicest hours
Are the hours I spend with You --
O Allah, I can't live in this world
Without remembering You--
How can I endure the next world
Without seeing Your face?
I am a stranger in Your country
And lonely among Your worshippers:
This is the substance of my complaint.
about Masjid al-Rabia
On December 2nd 2016, Masjid al-Rabia opened doors to its first jummah service; a labor of love from a collective of LGBTQIA+ Muslims in Chicago collaborating to bring this dream into the real world. Leaders from the Transgender Muslim Support Network, Third Coast Queer Muslims and other local groups began searching for an inclusive, pluralist space rooted in principles of accessibility and Prophetic Example. We spent two years as a roving mosque--hosting prayers in the basement of Second Unitarian Church with meet-ups and special events at different locations across the city. Our Prison Outreach program would grow to support more than four hundred incarcerated siblings by 2017. In this time of growth we began to transition out of our grassroots origins and transform into a formal nonprofit institution.
In August 2018, we became the first women-centered mosque in the Americas to open our own independent permanent location. We continue to grow as we expand our education and advocacy initiatives, and establish ourselves as an integral part of Chicago's Muslim and social justice communities.
Masjid al-Rabia found her way through creative collaboration and the support of Chicago's faith-justice community. We continue to find new, creative ways to support our communities and live out our mission providing spiritual support for marginalized Muslims. Day by day, we are fostering an Islam that leaves no one behind and writing the history of inclusive, affirming Islamic practice in Chicago.