2017

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Women of Rabata: Leadership and Legacy

During Women’s History Month we honor our predecessors and now that the end of the month is upon us, I would like to honor some of the women that help make...
Jun, 2017
2017 - Anse's Blogs

Five Million Sent. Fifty Million Sent.

Allahumma salli ‘ala sayyidina Muhammad… It is the asking for prayers and blessings to be upon our beloved Messenger. The one, who at one point stood...
Jun, 2017
2017 - Anse's Blogs

A Good Ending | Part 1

The Cherokee say, “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” Busy!...
Jun, 2017
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Our newsletters Program

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Jun, 2017
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RAMADAN KHITMA PROJECT

What is the purpose of The Khitma Project? The Khitma Project is an annual project hosted by Rabata to encourage individuals across the globe to reach...
Feb, 2017
2017 - Anse's Blogs

Bridges!

Are you tired? Do your bones, heart and sinew ache with hurt for humanity? Are you making furtive glances over at the Muslim corner, wondering how to approach,...

2016

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Nov, 2016
2016 - Anse's Blogs

A Letter

Dear Trump Supporter, I am not afraid of you. I know you are good and kind. You brush your children’s teeth before bed and eat oatmeal for...
Sep, 2016
2016 - Anse's Blogs

The Rabata Ride: A Narrative Poem By Anse Tamara Gray

The Rabata Ride: A Narrative Poem By Anse Tamara Gray September 2016 In the year of our Lord two thousand and twelve I moved from Damascus without...
Jun, 2016
2016 - Anse's Blogs

Women’s History Month: Lessons and Posters

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Apr, 2016
2016 - Anse's Blogs

Sifting through the Mixed Messages: Gender Bias in Islamic Studies Curriculum Materials

Sifting through the Mixed Messages: Gender Bias in Islamic Studies Curriculum Materials Tamara L. Gray University of St. Thomas & Rabata Inc...
Mar, 2016
2016 - Anse's Blogs

Women of Rabata: Leadership and Legacy

During Women’s History Month we honor our predecessors and now that the end of the month is upon us, I would like to honor some of the women that help make...
Jan, 2016
2016 - Anse's Blogs

Statement in support of the people of Flint, Michigan

Statement in support of the people of Flint, Michigan Since April 2014, pregnant women, infants, strong men, bright teenagers and energetic children have...
Jan, 2016
2016 - Anse's Blogs

Rabata Statement against Gun Violence

We at Rabata voice our support for policies and programs that promote gun control and prevent gun violence. We grieve the death, injury and emotional pain...

2015

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Nov, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

Gentle Friday

Hatred, evil, anger and fear; war, bombing, terrorism, and death; sometimes it feels overwhelming. But Thanksgiving brings our thoughts to thankfulness and...
Nov, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

Listen Up America!

Listen Up America! In a little house in Amsterdam seven people huddled. They were afraid for their lives and indeed only one will survive. Anne Frank’s...
Nov, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

Death of a Beloved Teacher and Scholar

To God we belong and it is to Him that we return… The blessed upbringer and expert legal scholar, al-Hajja Duriyya al-‘Ayta has transferred on to the...
Oct, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

A Leader has a LAP

I am honored to speak in front of an audience of God Lovers. We are each a sign of the absolute truth of Divine goodness as we have all felt God in one way...
Oct, 2015
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Eulogy for Abu Salah

October 9th, 2015 It is not often that we are blessed with beautiful examples of what it means to be good. Coach Salah Abdul-Razacq was one of those...
Mar, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

Adab: The Distinguishing Quality

I often wonder what might have been written about the Prophet ﷺ if he had visited Japan, Europe, or the indigenous peoples of the American continents. We...
Mar, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

Happy Women’s History Month

In 1947 an unnamed Muslim woman in Aleppo stood up against oppression, violence and political fury. This was the year that the United Nations voted to create...
Feb, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

Be Patience

Three people killed in the safety of their homes. Vandalism towards an Islamic school. The mysterious murder of a young man in Canada. Atheism secretly spoken...
Feb, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

To Know or Not to Know: It Is Not a Question

There is a truism in every field and every domain: Those who know very little believe they know quite a bit, and those who know more recognize how little they...
Jan, 2015
2015 - Anse's Blogs

It is a New Year

It is 2015. I cannot believe it. I am old enough to remember when it was 1985! In November, 1984, Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale and became president of the...

2014

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Reaching Out and Reaching In

She walks down streets that curve and turn, balconies reach across the street and graze the vines of neighbor’s walls. These are old streets. Rūmī, Ibn...
Dec, 2014
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Thankful

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Who does not thank people, has not thanked Allah ﷻ.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi) Thank you Rabata Board members for agreeing to get on...
Nov, 2014
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Hajj Chronicles #2

“Hajj is ʿArafāt…” ﷺ On this barren plain millions of people stand and sit asking Allah ﷻ to forgive them a lifetime of sin and misdeeds. Some are...
Oct, 2014
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Hajj Chronicles

The night was still dark as I stopped and handed over 5 riyals for a wooden cane. The short climb from the bus to the top of the hill, the point where the...
Sep, 2014
2014 - Anse's Blogs

Soak in Love

The great poet Ibn al-Farīd said in a line of poetry, “Some people claimed to face love, but turned away. They claimed to swim the oceans of love but did...
Aug, 2014
2014 - Anse's Blogs

Let’s think a little deeply..

Many of us would be surprised to discover how much of our thinking is based in existentialism and post-modern philosophy. We see Sartre’s gloom and despair...
Aug, 2014
2014 - Anse's Blogs

Broken Hearts

Broken heart syndrome is a medical term for someone who had few risk factors for heart disease and was previously healthy before a physical weakening of the...
Jul, 2014
2014 - Anse's Blogs

Badr

In Shaʿbān, in the second year of the hijra, fasting in Ramadan became an obligation upon the Muslims. The Battle of Badr occurred one month later, on the...
Jul, 2014
2014 - Anse's Blogs

Ten Days!

I am in shock. I cannot believe ten days of Ramadan have already passed. Where did they go? For ten days we have been of those whose prayer is answered....
Jul, 2014
2014 - Anse's Blogs

Bites of Spiritual Protein

Bites of Spiritual Protein The disease, Anorexia Nervosa, is serious and can cause death. It is characterized by a fear of weight gain that leads to faulty...
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2013

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2013

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2014 New Year’s eve brings with it myriads of women who promise themselves 1500 calorie lives, and dozens of credit cards cut up and...
Dec, 2013
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013 The Prophet ﷺ said, “A single faqīh (learned one in religion) is more brutal to Shaytān than one thousand...
Dec, 2013
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Find Your Voice

‘My sisters, my daughters, my friends – find your voice,’ Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said after collecting her Nobel Prize in 2011. Can...
Dec, 2013
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 • 12:00 AM An ear of corn holds so many kernels that each bite pulls out numerous milky pouches from the hard cob into your...
Dec, 2013
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 There is a whisper first. Then the whisper grows into a quiet hum, the hum into an audible sound. A voice forms words, and...
Dec, 2013
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013 • 12:00 AM Anytime you wonder how big your round dining room table is, all you have to do is take the radius, square it and...
Nov, 2013
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013 • 12:00 AM It is Thanksgiving week in the USA and thus we are all thinking about what it means to be thankful. As families...
Nov, 2013
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013

When the Prophet ﷺ buried Fatima bt. Asad, he prayed for her and called her ‘my mother’. There were many reasons for this, not the least of which is...
Nov, 2013
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013 • 12:00AM When I was young, my parents would show home movies every once in a while. It meant the digging out of 8 ml films, a...
Nov, 2013
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The Fresh Breeze of 1435

The first leaf that turns bright purple, the first snowflake that falls, and the first bright yellow daffodil that peeks its way out of crystal white snow –...
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2012

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All Things Dangerous and Beautiful

Softly it falls. Each flake silently floats down to earth and creates a blanket of crisp, clean, white softness. It warms the eyes and brings a smile to the...
Nov, 2012
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Come and Emigrate With Me…

As a child I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and wished that I had been born in her time. It was such a simple time, full of family values and happiness. I...
Oct, 2012
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Tuesday Lesson – October 29th 2013

Allah (swt) says in surat al Nisaa: 135 {O you who believe, be upholders of justice, bearing witness to God – though it be against your own selves (nefs) or...
Jul, 2012
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Ramadan

Dear Rabata Sisters, It has been a year since we last met. I hope you have been well. I will be arriving in a few days, and I’m wondering if you are...
Jul, 2012
2012 - Anse's Blogs

A Good Ending| Part 4

Quran and Husn al Khitām: Our religion is unique in its Holy Book. We have a collection of pages that not only inform us about our Lord, His prophets, the Day...
Jul, 2012
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A Good Ending| Part 3

Behavior and Husn al Khitām: Our debts to Allah have a grave effect on our afterlife, but Allah U describes Himself as al Rahmān, al Raheem, al Wadood, al...
Jun, 2012
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A Good Ending | Part 2

The Debt of Prayer and Husn al Khitām: When I was a young girl, the day before a road trip was always ‘library day’. It was the day we gathered all the...
May, 2012
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Firing Day

He walked into my office and stood in front of my desk. A hardworking man, he struggled with class control and a language level below my usual expectations. I...
May, 2012
2012 - Anse's Blogs

Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs!

Throughout history Muslims have used the du’a in Surat Āl Imrān in the face of calamity and fearsome situations. Those to whom hypocrites said,...
May, 2012
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The Rajab Project

In 1985 I was a brand new Muslim and Ramadan came in the summer. It was hot. It was humid. I was fasting. It was the most wonderful month of my life (up until...
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