Student of the Month – April

In the vibrant mosaic of the Ribaat Academic Program, the journey of each student adds unique shades and patterns, enriching our collective narrative. This month, we are thrilled to spotlight Fara Rasiman, April’s Student of the Month, whose life story is a testament to the beauty of diversity, the pursuit of knowledge, and an unwavering dedication to community service. Hailing from the culturally rich and humid landscapes of Malaysia, Fara’s multicultural background has shaped her into a true global citizen. Her career has spanned various sectors, including startups, tech, sustainable energy, and nonprofits, touching lives across the Asia-Pacific, European, and North American markets.

Fara’s role as the Youth Program Educational Administrator at Rabata, coupled with her volunteering efforts as the Social Media Coordinator and a Ribaat Course Admin, underscores her commitment to fostering educational and spiritual growth. Beyond her administrative duties, Fara has made significant contributions by hosting a halaqa group for Muslim women, creating a space for over 100 sisters in Islam globally to connect, learn, and grow together! SubhanAllah.

Her journey with the Ribaat Academic Institute began about a year ago, around the same time she joined the Rabata team, driven by a passion for volunteering and a desire to draw closer to Allah ﷻ. Fara’s professional and volunteer experiences, including impactful work with organizations like the Cancer Council New South Wales and Habitat for Humanity Australia, paved the way for her engagement with Rabata. It was her quest for spiritual growth that led her to discover and immerse herself in the programs offered by Rabata and Ribaat, finding a community that resonated with her aspirations.

Since joining Ribaat, Fara has delved into a rich curriculum, studying subjects ranging from Sīra and Tajwīd to Arabic and Muslim history. Each class has been a stepping stone in her spiritual journey, with Tajwīd, under the tutelage of Anse Abeer Aborshaed, leaving a profound impact on her. Fara’s educational journey is intertwined with personal growth, as she finds herself in the company of inspiring women—mothers, grandmothers, and professionals—who share a deep commitment to their studies and an unwavering pursuit of Islamic knowledge.

For Fara, the experience of being part of Ribaat goes beyond academic learning; it’s about being part of a spiritual community that seeks to remember Allah ﷻ and draw closer to Him. This sense of belonging and the opportunity to be in gatherings that celebrate divine remembrance have been transformative for her. Looking ahead, Fara aspires to achieve her Tajwīd Ijāza and embark on the journey of memorizing the Quran, further deepening her connection with her faith.

Outside the classroom, Fara’s interests in Islamic history, East Asian arts, and culture enrich her personal and academic life. She also studies Shariah at the Sydney Islamic College and explores the works of Al-Ghazali with Ustadha Dalya Ayoub, among other pursuits, reflecting her multifaceted approach to learning and personal growth.

We hope reading Fara’s story motivates you as much as it has inspired us in your journey of learning and serving. May Allah ﷻ bless her and expand her work and help us all to pursue our own paths of knowledge and spiritual growth.

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