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...
Oct, 2018

October 2018 – Amina Khan

Ms. Amina Khan is a Michigan resident, originally from India, who used to work as a pharmacy technician. Now, she can be found volunteering at her local masjid and taking classes as a student with the Ribaat Academic Program. ​Ms. Amina is the proud grandmother of three beautiful children. Along with volunteering, she likes to sew and cook in her free time. Being a Ribaat student has been a...
Sep, 2018

September 2018 – Walia Wahid

Walia Wahid has always been an active volunteer in her community, as service is an important factor in her life. She was highly involved with multiple non-profit organizations in Toronto and continued her volunteer work after moving to northern California. She takes on different roles and projects, many of which require working with youth. In 2013, while working on one such project for a...
Aug, 2018

August 2018 – Ameenah Emi

Ameenah Emi has always dreamed of memorizing the entire Quran in Arabic. It has been a great effort, though, to make this dream a reality in Japan for Ameenah. She feels blessed to have met some teachers there who have helped her on her memorization journey thus far. However, she has not had the same access to studying the language of Arabic in her country. “I want to also be able to...
Jul, 2018

July 2018 – Stephanie Pitre

Ribaat Student of the Month ~ July 2018 Stephanie Pitre   Ribaat offers many classes in Islamic studies, but it also provides workshops and intensives on marriage, family, parenting, fasting, writing and publishing as well professional development courses such as speed-reading. Stephanie Pitre of Ottawa, Canada, works as a senior program officer for an NGO. She embraced Islam in...
Jun, 2018

June 2018

June 2018 Ribaat Student of the Month – Ricki Butler   Ricki Butler moved around a lot while growing up but has spent most of her adult life here in Missouri, right in the center of America. However, it was traveling halfway across the world to Morocco that would bring her to Islam almost 5 years ago. It started with signing up for Arabic just to fulfill her language requirement...
Jun, 2018

May 2018

May 2018 Ribaat Student of the Month – Zena Jones Zena Jones is a social worker, who resides in Michigan but is originally from Miami, Florida. She is the mother of three young adults and has quite the busy schedule between family, work and her volunteer commitments. “I work with diverse individuals and groups,” shares Zena. “I usually have less than a ‘New York minute’ to get...
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