Anse Tamara Gray
Anse Tamara Gray is the founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through creative educational experiences.
She lived in Syria for twenty years, studying sacred knowledge and traveling along the road of tarbiya (spiritual upbringing). Anse Tamara studied a full curriculum of Islamic sacred texts and subjects including: Shāfiʿī jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic theology (ʿaqīda), Quranic sciences (tafsīr and tajwīd), Arabic grammar (naḥū), geography of the Muslim world, Islamic civilization and culture, Islamic history and classical methods of spiritual growth (tazkiya). Her specialty area is the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him (sīra), which she studied in-depth with the foremost sīra scholar of our time. She is fluent in both spoken and classical Arabic and received her ijāza in the recitation of Quran from the late Shaikh Muḥyī al-Dīn al-Kurdī in 1997.
Anse Tamara is a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy and Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction, and works in the field of education, focusing on instruction, curriculum design and implementation, administration, and teacher training. As the Executive Director of Rabata, she brings together her training in the Islamic sciences and education to create numerous programs and projects that change lives and bring joyful faith to women around the world.
Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts. Her most recent publication is the translation of Mukhtasar al-Jāmiʿ fī-l-Sīra al-Nabawiyya (A Compendium of the Sources on the Prophetic Narrative-Abridged) due for release in September 2018. Her book, Joy Jots: Exercises for a Happy Heart, is now in its fourth print, and she has an upcoming Project Lina workbook due for publication in 2019.
Anse Raghad Bushnaq
Anse Raghad Bushnaq grew up in Syria where she studied with some of the best teachers in there, including those who have published works in the subjects of fiqh, comparative fiqh, tawḥīd, sīra, fiqh of sīra, hadith, tafsīr, tajwīd, companions, and sciences of the Quran. She memorized the Quran in 1994 and later received ijāza to teach tajwīd in the recitation of Ḥafs.
Additionally, Anse Raghad Studied Agricultural engineering in Damascus University and worked in bee honey producing for two years, later she studied Shari’a and Islamic Economic at the Imam University in Saudi Arabia.
In addition to working as a mother of five and grandmother of three, she has been an instructor and an active member in the Muslim community of the DC Metropolitan area since 1989. She is an instructor and member at both Ribaat and Fawakih Institute.
She is also the founder of Mozaic, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the Syrian refugees in the DMV area with the necessary support to settle, adjust, and adapt. It is also an effort to provide women and children with educational and material support to motivate and empower them.
Dr Saadia Mian
Dr Saadia Mian is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Michigan, she went to medical school at Michigan State University.
During this time she went to Syria to study Arabic, Quran and sacred knowledge. She received her Ijaza in the Hafs recitation from Shaykh Abu Hassan Al-Kurdi (May Allah swt be pleased with him) and also from Shaykh Raji Krayyim. She completed the memorization of the Quran and is currently working on obtaining an ijaza al-ghaib (ijaza in memorization). She helped to launch the Ribaat Quran program and teaches tajwid and Quranic memorization for the Ribaat program.
She is a member of the founding board of Rabata and continues to serve while working full-time as an endocrinologist and training in Functional Medicine. She is also a member of AACE (American Association Clinical Endocrinologists), Endocrine Society, and Women Physicians for Humanity.
Her book ‘The Crowning Venture: Inspiration From Women Who Have Memorized the Quran was released in July, 2018. She is available for book-signings, lectures and workshops on Tajweed and Quranic memorization.
In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, being outdoors, painting and spending time with family.
Anse Maryam Salman
Anse Maryam Salman spent time in Damascus during the late nineties studying Arabic, Shafi’i jurisprudence, Quran and Sacred Knowledge. She completed the memorization of the Qur’an and received an ijaza in Qur’anic recitation from the late Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu al-Hasan al-Kurdi. She is actively involved in teaching both privately and in classroom settings to women, teenagers and children.
She continues her Islamic studies at the Ribaat Academic Institute and teaches a Tajwid class for Ribaat. She graduated with a degree in early childhood and elementary education and resides in Chicago with her husband and three children.