Rabata 2012: A Year of Openings

As-salamu-alaikum,

As 2012 draws to a close, we thank Allah (swt) for a year filled with baraka and openings. We have enjoyed getting to know you, and your participation in our activities has been priceless. Insha Allah you have felt bonds forming amongst people from all different walks of life and from all over the world. Join us as we reflect upon the blessings of this past year:

January 5th 2012 – Rabata.org is launched

January & February – The Prophet’s (s) birth was celebrated with Ten Million Salawat. MashAllah, women and children all over the world were mentioning Prophet Muhammad’s (s) name and creating a network of peace from heart to heart.

June – Anse Tamara visited England and Wales where she spoke in the cities of Oxford, Wakefield, Slough, and Cardiff. She and her students also made time for recreation and visited Haye on Waye (a village devoted to books!) and then traveled to St. Andrews University in Scotland to attend a graduation.

July & August – Rabata’s Ramadan tour of 10 different communities in 9 states in which 63 lectures were given was an amazing experience! We were able to meet many of our Rabata sisters along the road, as well as getting to know many of you through livestream. It was a Ramadan to remember!

October, November & December – Project Lina was successfully held in Saline, MI, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA. It is a traveling workshop for converts that is working to lower the high recidivism rate and build community and a knowledge base for converts. It is scheduled for Los Angeles, CA and Columbus, OH in the coming months. The Project Lina Workshop graduates are now part of an exciting new venture, Lina Forward. Lina Forward is a dynamic support system for the converts who have attended a Project Lina Workshop.

October – The Pilgrims at Home program was held during the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah. Fifty-five teams from over four continents joined in the fun and the winning team (with 4547 points) won trophies and were shining examples for all! There were many heartwarming testimonials from people who discovered that they were able to do much more ibadah than they ever thought possible! They were also able to identify specific effects of this ibadah in their lives and experienced openings in their relationships with Allah (swt) and His messenger (saw).

October – Rabata hosted Anse Sawsan as she returned to the United States after 25 years. She visited three states during her short stay. Her insight on dawah work in America was invaluable to many.

November 26th – The first Ribaat class, “Companions of the Prophet (s)” was launched. An academic class with homework, papers and tests, it is the beginning of a series of classes that will give women a solid foundation in Islamic sciences. Alhamdulillah, with your help, we have been able to provide scholarships to many students in the Companions course, and we hope to expand on this scholarship program.

September – December – ‘The Seven Principles of Falah’ was offered as a weekly course live at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and was available for Rabata viewers online. This is a course meant to help us bridge the gap between what we know about our faith, and how we practice it.

This year we laughed together, and we cried together. We celebrated the joys of new life entering the world, and said goodbye to old friends.We hope and pray that through all of this, you find yourself with deeper deen, a strengthened sisterhood, and a heightened relationship with Allah (swt) and His Prophet (s).

All of these projects and activities could have not been possible without the generosity of many individuals in the form of time, financial contributions and special talents. Memories have been made: car rides to and from the airport, cooking for the first Project Lina in Michigan; innumerable phone calls, emails, blogs written and packages sent. There were beautiful deeds done that we do not even know about. The phone calls you made to help a lonely sister; the recommendations you made to bring young women to rabata.org; the invitations you made for Rabata programs to come to your state; all of this has made 2012 a beautiful and memorable year.

Alhamdulillah. Rabata’s very first donation (which took us by pleasant surprise) paved the way for many activities, and the latest round of monetary donations given by you, our Rabata sisters, now forms the backbone of Rabata’s scholarship program. For all of this and more, the Rabata Board would like to extend its warmest gratitude for your support and our deepest prayers for tawfeeq in all that we do, individually and collectively. We pray that Allah (swt) blesses our communities, our families, and our sisterhood. We ask Allah (swt) to allow us to be in each other’s shelter as we tread along the path to ever-increasing nearness to Him and His messenger (saw). Wishing you all a blessed and wonderful 2013.
 Jazakamullahu Khairan

Anse Tamara & The Rabata Team

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