Jun, 2019

June 2019 – Sultina Shafeek-Baker

Born and raised in Dayton, OH, Sultina Shafeek-Baker converted to Islam while attending Central State University where she received her degree in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. After living in KSA for four years, she is now happily married with three children and resides in Houston, TX, where she works as a Student Services Representative at Houston Community College. She...
May, 2019

May 2019 – Fatima Al-Raisi

Fatima Al-Raisi has quite a full plate as a PhD candidate in the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. However, when she heard about Dr. Saadia Mian’s book The Crowing Venture, she decided to join its discussion group on WhatsApp. This led her to learn about the Ribaat Academic Program, and she immediately enrolled as a student. Since then, Fatima...
Apr, 2019

April 2019 – Amber Tariq Javed

Amber Tariq Javed is a mother of two who has moved around quite a bit in her life and currently resides in Pakistan with her family. She has a master’s degree in social work and enjoys working with children in various capacities, her favorite leaning towards providing Islamic education in fun, creative ways. In the summer of 2019, Amber attended Ribaat’s Growing Hope Tour in Dallas, Texas....
Mar, 2019

March 2019 – Tsara Ahmad

Dr. Tsara Ahmad strives to project a positive image of Muslim women. As a professor at the University of Malaya in Malaysia and a hand and micro surgeon, Dr. Ahmad is setting the example of what it means to be a professional and productive woman of faith. She focuses on smaller projects to make a greater difference. Currently, she works with Limbs for Life, which operates out of a Buddhist...
Feb, 2019

February 2019 – Dr. Zeb Mirza

After living in central Illinois for more than 30 years, Dr. Zeb Mirza and her husband relocated to sunny Phoenix, Arizona in 2001. As a retired pediatrician, Dr. Mirza continues to take care of children and seeks opportunities to serve her community. She volunteers for the American Muslim Women’s Association in Phoenix, a nonprofit that supports families in need as well as educates and teaches...
Jan, 2019

January 2019 – Nurulain Wolhuter

Originally from Namibia, Nurulain Wolhuter lived in England for 20 years and is now in Cape Town, South Africa, studying sharīʿah full time. She left her profession as a university law lecturer to study Arabic and the Islamic sciences at Dar al-Turath al- Islami. She joined Ribaat to improve her tajwīd and her ability to read and memorize the Quran. “The standard of education with...
Dec, 2018

December 2018 – Kelly Darwish

Ten years after embracing Islam, Kelly Darwish picked up a copy of the Holy Quran and cried. This was the first time that she was able to read Surat al-Fatiha in Arabic on her own. “I have attended Arabic courses in the past, but nothing ever really clicked for me before Ribaat,” shares Kelly, who is a first year student with the Ribaat Academic Program. The stay-at-home mom of one boy...
Nov, 2018

November 2018: Hafsa Abdul-Hakeem

Hafsa Abdul-Hakeem is a mother of two, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, who now resides in New Jersey. She has made it a point to seek sacred knowledge even from a young age. Wherever classes were offered, Hafsa tried her best to learn and study about Islam. She even traveled abroad after graduating college to expand her knowledge in areas of fiqh, Arabic and Quran. After she returned to the...
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