Aug, 2019

August 2019 – Zaina Abukhdeir

After becoming a mother, Zaina Abukhdeir felt she would not be able to seek knowledge as easily anymore. She tried attending different Islamic seminars and classes, but it was hard for her to focus with a baby. In the summer of 2018, she attended the Ribaat Growing Hope Tour in Dallas, Texas, and was inspired by the women she met. Zaina learned that Ribaat’s program is catered to women of all...
Jul, 2019

July 2019 – Zainab Alsmadi

Zainab Alsmadi is an entrepreneur who lives with her family in Montreal, Quebec. She had been hearing of Rabata for years and was officially introduced to the organization during Anse Tamara Gray’s visit to Montreal in 2018. Zainab was moved by the strength of women working and worshiping together. Thereafter, she joined a Circles of Light worship thread on WhatsApp and began a community Joy...
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...
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