In Search of Scholarship

As we are all coming off the Ramadan high that was the peak of our spiritual year, many of us are searching for ways to hold on to the progress we made. And while we may not be able to keep up the steady level of worship we had in the blessed month, we can now turn to our studies and focus our energies there.

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Student of the Month – May

Shannon Zapata went from knocking on doors as a Jehovah’s Witness to accepting Islam in 2015. A Puerto Rican single mom to a 12-year-old son, Shannon resides in Teaneck, New Jersey, and works as a school nurse for the New York City Department of Education.

At the start of the pandemic, Shannon was looking for a safe online space to continue learning about her faith and began taking classes with Ribaat in 2020. She had originally heard Dr. Tamara Gray speak at a convert conference and liked her ‘real-world application of Islam’ and how down-to-earth she seemed.

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The Power of Du’a

I was plagued with worry about ending up alone in this life. Subhanallah, every time I think of this du’a now it gives me a little giggle. After a few years of consistently, diligently making this du’a all through Ramadans, taraweeh prayers, fasting du’a and night prayers, the world changed in a way no one could have expected. It started with chat rooms and email, then messenger, Skype, and Facebook, followed soon after by Whatsapp, Instagram, and Twitter. For a decade or more now, I have found myself virtually surrounded with people near and far, and I am never left alone for a moment. This has its upside and downsides, but to me it is on a very large scale the answer to a very fervent du’a. I have not been alone for a moment for years on end!

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Student of the Month – April

Aqsa Akram was born and raised in New Jersey, where she still resides in a multi-generational home with her parents, brother, sister-in-law, nephew and niece. She works as a Health Client Technology Manager.  She was introduced to Ribaat in 2016 by her friend and imam of Masjid Rabata AnseFadiyahMian.One of Aqsa’s favorite aspects of Ribaat is its inclusivity and level of care for everyone.  “It has been a beautiful experience [thus far] Alhamdulillah!” says Aqsa. “I love the concern everyone has for one another. It’s been an uplifting journey with so many feels, in a grounded and balanced way.” Through

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Be Prepared

Throughout our lives, we all come upon seasons, changes, and new situations for which we need to be prepared. Today, we are nearly at the midpoint of Sha’ban, and have just over two weeks to prepare for Ramadan. This is the month in which the Quran was revealed, the month in which there is a night that is “better than a thousand nights”, and a month in which the Prophet (s) tells us that fasting its days and spending its nights in worship can wash away our sins.

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Student of the Month – March

Javon Graham is a new convert to Islam, converting in July 2021. By profession, she works as an accountant and greatly cherishes her family and friends. She enjoys learning about Islam and has been a student with the Ribaat Academic Institute for over a semester. Javon was introduced to the program through a friend, who she considers her sister in Islam.

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