Interreligious Spaces: Where do we go from here?

Every year, the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies hosts an in-person, intensive interreligious course for students who are working towards becoming faith leaders in their respective faith traditions. This year, the dialogue included students from 12 Muslim, Christian, and Jewish seminaries and universities, all working towards becoming scholars and leaders, and took place at the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Maryland. It was a varied collection of individuals ranging in age from the late teens to the late 50s, some who are already leaders in their spaces and others who are just starting out on a path of knowledge.

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Student of the Month – June

Lisa Nyabinghi, Ribaat Academic Institute’s June Student of the Month, embodies her gratitude to Allah ﷻ in all arenas of life. As she faced the reality of a life-altering health diagnosis with a dim prognosis, Lisa soon developed a deep consciousness of the control of her Lord, regardless of the claims of doctors. It is in the light of her gratitude for life and a sense of purpose that she serves others with such generosity and graciousness.

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Student of the Month – May

Hailing from the diverse landscapes of Uganda, Ribaat Academic Institute’s May Student of the Month, Mariam Nambi now resides in the United Arab Emirates, where she works as a house manager. Daughter to a Muslim father who passed away when Mariam was 9 years old, she was raised by her single mother who would later accept Islam from Christianity. Growing up in a predominantly Christian land and attending mostly Catholic schools, Mariam found learning her faith to be a challenge, and so she welcomed the opportunity to explore her faith offered by her boss, Madam Aisha in the UAE. She started studying Quran recitation and Islamic Studies with Madam Aisha.

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Student of the Month – April

In the vibrant mosaic of the Ribaat Academic Program, the journey of each student adds unique shades and patterns, enriching our collective narrative. This month, we are thrilled to spotlight Fara Rasiman, April’s Student of the Month, whose life story is a testament to the beauty of diversity, the pursuit of knowledge, and an unwavering dedication to community service. Hailing from the culturally rich and humid landscapes of Malaysia, Fara’s multicultural background has shaped her into a true global citizen. Her career has spanned various sectors, including startups, tech, sustainable energy, and nonprofits, touching lives across the Asia-Pacific, European, and North American markets.

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Student of the Month – March

Meet our Student of the Month, Saskia Eddarkaoui, a German convert to Islam, living her enriching journey alongside her Moroccan husband and their four children, aged between 3 and 11 years. Saskia has woven her life around faith, family, and the fervent desire to contribute to her community. Despite the absence of a robust Muslim community in her locality, her spirit remained unshaken, fueled by prayers for positive change, she resolved to still provide the right environment for her family and children. 

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The Recited Quran: A Blessed Chain Leading to the Prophet ﷺ

Reciting the Quran is one of the most important acts of worship to perform in Ramadan. It was the month when the Quran was first brought down to the heavens of this world and during this month, the Angel Jibreel (‘alayhi-s-salaam) would complete a yearly review of the Quran with the Prophet ﷺ. So it is of the sunnah to increase our Quran reading during this Holy month.

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