Anse Tamara Gray
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.