Student of the Month – October

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Rabia Nagda moved to Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 14. She immigrated in pursuit of a higher education. She now lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and three children. Along with her family obligations, Rabia works as a pediatrician and regularly speaks in her local community on topics regarding parenting, nutrition, and improving mental health in teens. She serves on the Texas Committee for Nutrition and Health and is working with other volunteers to provide easy access to health and nutrition for more pediatricians in the state. 

Rabia became a student with the Ribaat Academic Institute in 2015. She began with taking one or two classes periodically and then started taking classes more regularly in 2019. 

“I was first introduced to Rabata and its founder Dr. Tamara Gray in 2015 at a women’s conference in Houston,” recalls Rabia. “Since that time, Rabata has left a lasting impact on me. The classes are very practical with homework assignments that make you reflect on your inner self. I find the classes speak to my heart.”

Over the years, Rabia has discovered a transformation within her that others who are close to her have noticed as well. First her family recognized these changes within Rabia and then her friends. 

“Your values and goals become focused on improving your inner self, bringing about a positive cultural change to those around you,” Rabia says. “So I plan to continue my Islamic studies with Ribaat inshaAllah.” 

One of Rabia’s goals is to be able to give back to her community and help spread the Islamic knowledge that she has gained from her Ribaat teachers. She states that this is a knowledge that they have ‘imparted’ on her. 

“May Allah allow me and each one of us to become the very best version of ourselves and share this light with everyone around us,” prays Rabia. “Thank you to Ribaat for this opportunity.”

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