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...
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...