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Daybreak Press publishes books that give rise to women’s voices and promote positive cultural change.

Special Call for Romance Submissions
Daybreak Press is seeking clean (inspirational) romance stories by newbies and seasoned writers. We are looking for stories that are driven by the characters’ faith, exclude intimate details and foul language, and end happily ever after! To submit your work, please follow the instructions for submitting a fiction manuscript (below) and put “Romance Submission” in the subject line of your email. 
Whether you are a new writer or a published author, we want to read your work!

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Award-Winning Publications

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Daybreak Live is a YouTube Live series with insights and advice on writing, marketing, workshopping, and winning hosted by Najiyah Maxfield, Head of Publishing at Rabata’s Daybreak Press.

Daybreak Press publishes Muslim women writers in a variety of literary genres and academic fields, bringing to life work that cultivates positive cultural change.

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Anse Dr. Tamara Gray
Executive Director

Dr. Tamara Gray is a founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through creative educational experiences. As executive director, faculty, and chief spirituality officer, she focuses on uplifting Muslim women within community and without. She has a special interest in digital spaces in faith communities.

Dr. Gray holds a doctorate in leadership from the University of St. Thomas, a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction from Temple University and spent twenty years in traditional learning spaces studying Islamic sciences, Quran, and Arabic in Damascus, Syria.

Dr. Gray is also an author and translator. Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts. She has authored two books: Joy Jots: Exercises for a happy heart & Project Lina: Bringing our whole selves to Islam and co-translated the Mukhtasir al-Jami’ fi al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya by Samīra Zayid [Compendium of the Collection of Sources on al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya]. Her third book – about theology and creed – is due out in 2024.

In addition to her work at Rabata, Dr. Gray also serves as both faculty and an academic council member for The Islamic Seminary of America, is a Senior Fellow at the Yaqeen Institute and is a member of the Fiqh council of North America. She has recently taken on the position of Board Chair for the Minnesota Multifaith Network Council.

She is a mother of three, grandmother of two, an avid reader and a lover of cultures, coffee, and road trips.
Najiyah Maxfield
Head of Publishing

Najiyah Maxfield serves as the Head of Publishing at Daybreak Press, Rabata’s non-profit publishing house. She brings to this role years of expertise in editing for Discover: The Magazine for Curious Muslim Kids as well as her experience in writing and assisting in previous publications. Najiyah  holds a Ribaat Teaching Certificate and a Dare to Lead Certificate. In addition to her publication experiences, her knowledge from teaching English and history in the US and the Middle East offers a wide-range perspective of the Muslim reality.

Najiyah authored many articles, poems and short stories. Her young adult novel, “Sophia’s Journal”, is an award-winning, time-travel adventure, for which Daybreak Press also produced a companion curriculum.

Najiyah serves as an instructor at the Ribaat Academic Institute in the areas of writing and public speaking and leads a Rabata halaqa. She also leads workshops and seminars on writing and developing your craft, as well as running Project Lina workshops.

Outside of teaching, writing, and publishing, Najiyah can be found kayaking in the summer, crocheting in the winter, and playing “The Floor is Lava” with her delightful granddaughters year-round.



Kate Sadeghpour
Publishing Coordinator

Kate Sadeghpour serves as the Publishing Coordinator for Rabata’s Daybreak Press. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Eastern Michigan University. 

Originally from a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Kate now lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and two children. Her journey with Rabata began in 2022, shortly after she converted to Islam, when she joined a ‘newcomer’s halaqa’ led by Anse Rydanah Dahman. This experience introduced her to Anse Dr. Marah Dahman, dhikr, qiyams, nasheeds, Anse Dr. Tamara Gray, Ribaat academic courses, the Pilgrims at Home competition—and as the cliché goes, the rest is history. 

Outside of her work at Daybreak Press, Kate can be found walking to the park with her kids, swimming laps at the gym, or listening to an audiobook while cooking dinner.
















Leanna Abdelmaged
Administrative Coordinator

Leanna Abdelmaged serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Daybreak Press. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Prairie View A & M University and later returned to school at the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ campus for a M.A in Education. She has worked as an educator in both public and private schools for over 15 years in the U.S. and abroad.

Raised in Indiana, Leanna has lived in several states and countries overseas over the years. Since converting to Islam as an adult, Leanna has studied Quran recitation and memorization, Arabic, fiqh, and tafsir. She has attended local mosques and centers in addition to institutes locally and globally including Zaytuna College, Bayyinah, and Ribaat. 

Leanna has two adult children and two grandsons. She enjoys helping Muslim women learn to read the Quran, and she prays that Allah (swt) will bless us all wnith the Quran as a companion in this life and a witness to our benefit in the next.

Jessica Hassan
Editorial Assistant

Jessica Hassan serves as Editorial Assistant for Daybreak Press, Rabata’s publishing arm. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota and an editing certificate from the University of Chicago. She has more than nine years of experience in editing and has worked with Cambridge University Press, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, Claritas Books, Ruqaya’s Bookshelf, and Qalam Research.

Jessica lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. When not working, she can be found learning about Islam, reading, or fostering kittens.









Soofia Ahmed
Curriculum Developer

Soofia Ahmed serves as board secretary, Chicago chapter lead, and a Daybreak Press volunteer. Dedicated to the pillars of service and education, Soofia has led teaching initiatives for street children in India, taught in UK Islamic schools, and has taught in both public and private schools in the US. She has also spoken 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 program coordinator for Indian Muslim Relief and Charities’ Summer Volunteer Program. She also facilitated “Humari Dunya,” an interfaith service initiative to India through Worldfaith. She was invited to Oprah Winfrey and Good Morning America shows to speak regarding issues of faith. Throughout her college, she received the prestigious Founder’s Day Medal of Honor and the Niebuhr Center’s Gandhi Internship for International Justice. In Scotland, she worked as the Black and minority ethnic lead support worker at Inverness Women’s Aid. She was Inverness Masjid’s coordinator of women’s, children’s and new Muslim affairs and outreach.

She graduated from Elmhurst College with honors, majoring in secondary education, English literature, and intercultural studies with a social justice focus and a middle school history teaching certification. She holds an M.S. in project management. Soofia is currently a curriculum developer at Rabata and is the project lead for Rabata’s Leadership and Legacy educational campaign. She teaches the next generation of positive cultural change makers through Rabata’s Dragonflies and Rabateens youth programs. She received her Islamic studies teachers certificate from the Ribaat Academic Institute in 2023 and is pursuing the Ribaat scholars certification. She teaches Islamic Studies at a local Islamic school and is also a licensed real estate broker in Illinois.
Dr. Nameera Akhtar
Editing Support Specialist

Dr. Nameera Akhtar is a professor of developmental psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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