Najiyah Maxfield

Najiyah Maxfield

Editorial Director
Biography

Najiyah Maxfield

Najiyah Maxfield was raised on the windswept prairies of central Kansas. She is the award-winning author of many articles, poems and short stories. Her young adult novel, Sophia’s Journal, explores themes of inclusion and identity, and is being taught in several middle and high schools across North America.

Najiyah taught secondary level English and history in the States for 12 years and university level English in Syria for two. She spent three years as Managing Editor of Discover: The Magazine for Curious Muslim Kids and is now the Editorial Director of Daybreak Press, Rabata’s non-profit publishing company.

Najiyah currently lives in Canton, MI where she kayaks in the summer and knits in the winter.  She and her husband enjoy spending time with their six children and three granddaughters

Anse Tamara Gray

Anse Tamara Gray

Founder and Executive Director, Rabata
Biography

Anse Tamara Gray

Anse Tamara is the author of Daybreak Press publication Joy Jots: Exercises for a Happy Heart, and works with the Daybreak team in matters of strategy, alignment to the Rabata mission, and project and publication development.

You can read her extended bio here

Afshan Malik

Afshan Malik

Project Manager
Biography

Afshan Malik

With a Bachelors of Arts in English Language and Literature from Northeastern Illinois University, Afshan volunteers extensively for organizations that promote spiritual growth and confidence for Muslim women, including Rabata and Sisters Steppin’ Up. She also writes regularly for online publications and is involved in her local community. Afshan began her pursuit of traditional Islamic knowledge at the age of 14 at the Georgia Islamic Institute and is currently enrolled in the Ribaat Academic Program. Her love of literature encouraged her to write a young adult novel which will be released in 2016 by Daybreak Press. Afshan was born in Chicago and currently resides in Houston with her husband and children.

Tayyaba Syed

Tayyaba Syed

Editorial Publishing Associate
Biography

Tayyaba Syed

Award-winning author and journalist Tayyaba Syed is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She began as a writer/editor for her Honors College Pre-medicine Journal. Since then, she has written for numerous publications, including a feature on National Public Radio. Islamic Writers Alliance awarded her first place for her short story called “The Blessed Banana Tree.” She is the co-author of Umm Nura’s Jannah Jewels Book 6: Mystery in Morocco and Book 7: Triumph in Turkey. Tayyaba was also selected by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar as a panelist for their Writing Women’s Lives Annual Conference in March 2016. She actively volunteers for Rabata and is pursuing her Islamic Studies certification through the Ribaat Academic Institute. She also mentors and volunteers as an SSU youth adviser in Illinois, where she resides with her husband and three young children.

Whittni Brown

Whittni Brown

Editorial Publishing Associate
Biography

Whittni Brown aka W.B. Abdullah is an avid writer and blogger at The Sandal and Good AfterNoora. Whittni is a woman of many hats and talents – including a fluency in 3 languages! She completed her BFA in Art Education and a BA in International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Between chasing around her 3 home-schooled daughters, Whittni also manages her company of custom made prayer clothes at SewKhyoot Custom Prayer Garments and is involved in making Rabata accessible to Spanish speakers.

Fadiyah Mian

Fadiyah Mian

Biography

Fadiyah Mian

Fadiyah Mian graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.S in Psychology.  Her path led to a career in education.  She volunteers her time for various projects through Rabata.  She is apart of Leadership and Legacy team and has recently worked on developing curriculum for Islamic and Public Schools.  She resides in New Jersey and is currently homeschooling 2 of her 4 children. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening and outdoors activities.

Soofia Ahmed

Soofia Ahmed

Biography

Soofia Ahmed

Having lived and found muse in the mountains of Kashmir, South Africa, and Scotland,  Soofia Ahmed is a poet, short story writer and avid journaler. She graduated from Elmhurst College with honors and majored in Secondary Education, English Literature, and Intercultural Studies with a focus on Social Justice.  Through her college, she received the Founder’s Day Medal of Honor and the Niebuhr Center’s Gandhi Internship for International Justice.  Some of her accomplishments include; being featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America regarding issues of faith and also speaking at Amnesty International, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and Islamic Society of North America conferences. She was one in sixteen American students to receive an internship regarding the promotion of religiously pluralistic mentalities through Interfaith Youth Core and was invited to the White House by Hillary Clinton as part of the Generation Change youth initiative.  She was both volunteer and youth program coordinator for Indian Muslim Relief and Charities’ Summer Volunteer Program.  She also facilitated “Humari Dunya,” an interfaith youth service initiative to India through Worldfaith. She most recently worked as the black and minority’s ethnic lead support worker at Inverness Women’s Aid in Inverenss, Scotland. She was Inverness Masjid’s coordinator of women’s, children’s and new Muslim affairs and outreach. Soofia is also a fervent painter and has had her work displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently enrolled in the Rabata educational program.