Rabateens Team

Executive Director at Rabata Dr. Tamara Gray

Dr. Tamara is the Executive Director and Chief Spirituality officer at Rabata Inc. She spends her days and nights working to uplift and educate Muslim women around the world. She also drinks a lot of black coffee and strong tea. Dr. Tamara has read the Harry Potter series numerous times and considers herself a Griffindor. Her favorite characters are Hermione Granger, Professor McGonagall, and Snape. She is interested in women’s issues, religious leadership, and cultural change.

Director of Education Eamaan Rabbat

Eamaan Rabbat was raised in the United States and in Syria, where she benefited from renowned female teachers of the Islamic sciences, including tajwid, sirah, hadith, fiqh, and aqīdah. After moving to the United Arab Emirates, she earned her Bachelor’s in Mass Communications with concentrations in Advertising and Journalism and later earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration. Since graduating university, she has dedicated her time to the education and upbringing of children and adults. She has held various positions in educational institutions and schools, and volunteered at various educational centers. She has been honored to serve as director of the Ribaat Academic Institute since its inception in Fall 2013 and presently serves as Rabata's Education Director.

Youth Program Administrator Hanan Amaira

Hanan Amaira is a native of Southern California who enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. She holds a BA in Mass Communication and a Master of Science in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She works in the field of communication and is passionate about sharing her knowledge through education and community work. She is currently the Youth Program Coordinator at Rabata, and is a strong advocate of promoting positive cultural change to Muslim teens and kids. Aside from her work, Hanan enjoys cooking with her husband and three kids, and spending time with her family and friends. She also volunteers at local non-profits and spiritual groups and focuses on maintaining a balanced lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise.

Thahira Hussain

Thahira Hussain is a qualified pharmacist residing in Wales, UK and a mother of two young girls. She has a great passion for song writing and poetry and often writes about her spiritual journey, using her creativity to connect women to their faith. She is a Ribaat student and is currently memorising Quran. She runs the ‘Quran companions’ project connecting young women to the Quran and volunteers for Rabata in various projects.

Khadidja Fares

Khadidja Fares is a Product Manager residing in San Francisco, CA. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Smith College. For as long as she can remember, one of her missions in life is to uplift the voices of young Muslim girls. Khadidja is a true believer in the potential of sisterhood, community building, tech and coaching/self improvement. Besides these passion projects, she also enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends, teachers and mentees. She is energized by her Islamic studies, long walks, camping, cooking, hiking, or enjoying a strong cup of coffee (the darker, the better).

DBP Editorial Assistant at Rabata Michelle Marie

Michelle Marie is an Ohio native who came to Islam ten years ago. She has been a student of Islamic knowledge under the tutelage of Anse Tamara Gray since 2013 with the Ribaat Academic Institute. Michelle served as the editorial assistant at Daybreak Press and has recently accepted the position of Manager at the Rabata Cultural Center and Daybreak Bookstore. An accomplished songwriter and vocalist who attended performing arts middle and high schools and toured the east coast in college, Michelle can be found writing songs, performing, and teaching workshops across the nation. Michelle enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with people she loves - especially outdoors. She recently moved back to the US after studying Arabic and Quran in Egypt for two years.

Sana Mohiuddin

Anse Sana is a marital and family therapist currently in private practice in Oak Creek Wisconsin. She studied history and religious studies at Texas A&M University and attained her graduate studies in Marital and Family Therapy from Northeastern Illinois Univeristy. Anse Sana traveled with her family to Lusaka, Zambia for two years where she completed her formal islamic studies course attaining the permission to teach Arabic, Hanafi Fiqh, Tafseer and Hadith. Anse Sana has 5 children and practices anxiety and anger management every day of her life :)

Kaltun Karani

Kaltun Karani is the founder of Hikma Academy, author of Intentionally Rising and a school counselor. She has over ten years of experience working with youth and women in the community as a teacher and mentor in spiritual and personal development and has worked as an early childhood coach supporting teachers in quality interactions with children. She has bachelors degrees in marketing from The Ohio State University and in Islamic studies from AlMaghrib Institute, and a master of education in counseling. A wife, mother, and daughter, Kaltun is a student of hifdh and she enjoys reading, writing, swimming, and connecting with friends and family.

Publisher Najiyah Maxfield

Najiyah Maxfield is the author of many articles, poems and short stories. Her young adult novel, Sophia’s Journal, is an award-winning time travel adventure. Anse Najiyah has taught English and history in the US and the Middle East. She spent three years as the Managing Editor of Discover: The Magazine for Curious Muslim Kids, and is now head of publishing at Daybreak Press, Rabata’s non-profit publishing company. She lives in Hutchinson, Kansas where she kayaks in the summer, crochets in the winter, and plays “The Floor is Lava” with her four granddaughters year-round. Najiyah teaches two courses with Ribaat: “Public Speaking and Community Outreach” and “Creative Writing: Raising Muslim Women’s Voices”, in addition to leading Project Lina workshops and periodic webinars on the writing craft.

Ribaat Team Member and Arabic Admin Amani Rimawi

Amani Rimawi has a degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University but has been 'retired' for 16 years after starting a family. Amani is originally from the Chicagoland area living now in Southern Indiana with her husband and 4 kids. She has a passion for exercise and physical fitness and worked as an online fitness coach for 4 years, completing a number of at home workout programs, including INSANITY. Amani currently volunteers at her local masjid as a Sunday school teacher. She's also been a volunteer with the Ribaat Academic program since 2016 and at local nonprofits since 2018. Amani has a love for coffee; the darker the better! Her family likes to travel and do outdoor activities together. She collects mugs from all the places she's been to enjoy her coffee in. She love cats and used to have a cat as a teenager whose name was SimSim.

Board Member Saimah Asghar

Saimah Asghar is an English teacher from Yorkshire, in West London with a keen interest in movies, social history, psychology and cups of tea. She holds a Masters in Translation Studies and is an Arabic language instructor at Ribaat. In 2019 she teamed up with Maslaha to create a documentary following some of her students’ journeys in learning how to fence and write poetry under the mentorship of Olympic athletes and a published poet. Saimah serves on the Rabata UK board and volunteers as a mentor at the annual Friends, Fun and Faith Rabata UK summer camp.

Halaqa Coordinator Nosaiba Hakim

Nosaiba from nosaibasfood is someone who loves to share delicious recipes that will bring a smile to your face and to all those who taste your dishes :) Made and shared with love, nosaibasfood is all about enjoying cooking, baking and exploring different foods, but above all, it's about creating that #sunnahsmile that transcends through every atom of your food :)

Board Member Safiyyah Salaam

Born to convert parents, Sr. Safiyyah Salaam was raised in Alabama, where her family and Muslim community instilled in her a thirst for community development and social justice. She currently teaches English as a Second Language and is a wife and proud mother of three daughters. When she’s not teaching or mothering, she enjoys reading, nature walks, and traveling.

Director of Development at Rabata Afshan Malik

Afshan Malik is a Chicago native turned southern belle who loves Dr. Pepper, long naps, and historical novels. She holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelors degree in English Language & Literature. Afshan serves as the Director of Development at Rabata and is the author of the 2019 young adult novel Pieces. Afshan currently lives in Houston with her husband and 5 children.

Sara Maher

Sara is a passionate learner, an architect, and a knowledge contributor. She loves to work with children, guide them through a joyful journey of design to build a strong positive character, and enrich their unique identity. She believes that design is a great instrument to express emotions, to learn more about our inner world, to design our path in life and convey positive messages to the world.

Board member, UK chapter lead, Arabic and Tajwid teacher Nishat Lal

Anse Nishat grew up in Wales and now lives in London, UK where she heads Rabata UK activities. She studied Arabic, History and Translation at university. She is an Arabic and Tajwid teacher at Ribaat, and a wife and mother of two little kids. She loves to sing and make desserts!

Rima Makhiawala

Rima Makhiawala is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Integrated Health Associates in Brighton, Michigan, USA. She completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology and religion and medical schooling at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her professional interests include preventive health, reproductive health, teen health and health disparities. She has been a student of Rabata since 2012, has volunteered at several international medical relief missions and enjoys reading, excellent cinema, and her Peloton bike.

Robina Din

Robina - the founder of Mystic Beats, first developed her passion for singing when she was only 8 years old performing a variety of naats at her local Urdu School. Since then, her journey continued and at the age of 18 years, she started to explore the path of Islamic Sufi Mysticism which led her to develop an interest into playing the Daff frame drum. She was soon noticed by her peers who encouraged her to teach Inshaad and the Daff drum and this led to the birth of Mystic Beats. Through Mystic Beats, Robina has been providing vocal skills sessions in several languages and Daff frame drum workshops for more than 15 years in person throughout the UK and online across the globe. Currently she is delivering several online workshops during covid-19 on a small group basis to help people to connect around the globe, and to support those who feel isolated - some psychologists argue that Drumming is better than anti-depressants!

Saadia Mian

Dr Saadia Mian is an endocrinologist and works full-time at Metro Detroit Endocrinology Center in Dearborn, Michigan. 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 for Ribaat. She is author of the award-winning book about women who have memorized the Quran entitled, 'The Crowning Venture: Inspiration From Women Who Have Memorized the Quran.’ She is a member of the founding board of Rabata and continues to serve while working full-time as an endocrinologist. She is trained in functional medicine and enjoys incorporating principles of Prophetic medicine in her practice as well. She is also a member of AACE (American Association Clinical Endocrinologists, Endocrine Society, and Women Physicians for Humanity. In her free time she likes to volunteer for medical missions, walk outdoors, crochet, read, write and experiment with healthy recipes.

Anse Marah Dahman

Anse Marah Dahman grew up in Syria, where she studied Tafsir, Hadith, Tajweed and other Islamic sciences. She now lives in Tampa, FL, where in addition to working as a mom of three and a dentist, she teaches at her local masjid. Anse Marah was greatly influenced by her teachers in Syria, who she remembers as open, kind, patient and wise. "My teacher made things easy on us and put the world into perspective," she said. "All our teachers spent so much time bringing us up. I am excited to be able to pay that debt forward by teaching at Ribaat." Anse Marah has been teaching Islamic sciences courses with Ribaat since its inception in 2013.

Farhana Yunus

Dr. Farhana Yunus is a mother of 4 boys and 1 girl, an optometrist, and has completed the Ribaat Teacher Certification through the Ribaat Academic Institute. She has taught clinical nutrition at St. Mathews medical school. She loves teaching and empowering young boys and girls as both a Boyscout and Girlscout troop leader. In her free time, she loves to travel, read, go fishing, kayak, and try new recipes. If she could have any superpower it would be to fly (which is interesting because she is afraid of heights).

Asma Habal

Asma is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Mindful Eating educator based in Toronto, graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is a wellness keynote speaker who is very passionate about mindful eating and healthy nutrition. She offers interactive workshops, seminars and speaking engagement on a variety of Holistic Nutrition and wellness topics. She also helps people manage stress and take control of their health by using a holistic wellness and mindful eating approach that provides a balanced and healthy relationship with food.

Dana Nass

Dana Nass is a dedicated educator who has a passion for empowering Muslim youth to become the best versions of themselves. Dana spent her early years in the United States and returned to Syria for 16 years and studied traditional Islamic education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Arabic Literature from Damascus University. Dana returned to the United States and settled in Arizona. She immediately was drawn to community service as a board member and educational director for six years at ICNEV where she led numerous women and youth programs in empowerment, mental health support, religious identity, community outreach and interfaith groups. She recently earned a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Life Coaching from Grand Canyon University. Dana is the proud owner of Envision Youth center, and a partner of Grow Together, mentoring Muslim youth in foster care that are disconnected from their faith community. Dana had recently joined an effort to establish the first Muslim Community Senior Center in Greater Phoenix. She enjoys continually finding ways to serve her community. Dana loves coffee and crocheting; she takes her hooks and yarn wherever she goes.

Sadaf Syed

Sadaf Syed is an award-winning photo journalist & author. Her book, iCOVER is a coffee table book showcasing different Muslim American women including surfers, bikers, boxers, and other fascinating individuals who cover! Due to her success in breaking down stereotypes and inspiring her audience through photography, Syed has been named a leading artist by the White House. She previously worked for Al Jazeera America as a staff photographer and photo editor, and is a board member and official photographer at #myjihadorg. In March 2019, Syed was recruited by the Chicago History Museum to photograph Muslim Chicagoans for their American Medina exhibit. Syed often gives talks and holds book signings at schools, community centres, and bookstores.

Shabnam Mahmood

Shabnam Mahmood has her graduate degree in English with a focus on children's and British literature. She has taught at various universities and coaches a middle school literary competition called Battle of the Books; her team is the reigning champion. Shabnam loves to read YA and children's literature. When not engrossed in a cup of tea and mystery, she devotes time to her second love, food! Shabnam is a self-described foodie always in the kitchen trying new recipes and baking. She grew up learning about cooking and baking, writing about food for magazines, creating recipes for publication and loves teaching various regions' food histories and the culinary habits of her favorite authors. Shabnam lives in Skokie, Illinois, with her family and a fish named Rumi, where she loves cooking and especially baking with her daughter for their family and community. Shabnam volunteers at her masjid as the editor for the newsletter and library committee chair and teaches Seerah at Sunday School as Quran Department Head. Shabnam is a board trustee of Skokie Public Library.

Dr. Amena Hakim

Dr. Amena Hakim is a general practitioner living in London, United Kingdom. A student of Anse Tamara and originally from Lebanon, Dr. Amena grew up studying under the tutelage of her parents, both of which hold a degree in Sharia, and with various female Scholars on her visits to Lebanon. She later went on to gain a BSc(Hons) in Biomedical Science at the University of Westminster and went on to study Medicine at the University of St. George’s, London. She is also a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr. Amena enjoys singing Nasheeds and is a member of the Hakim sisters Nasheed group, who have performed nationally and internationally. Dr. Amena works within the community to bring back the joy and happiness of our faith. She serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at Rabata and has been involved in the setting up and the running of an Arabic school called Dar Alfarah. She also runs Islamic circles for females to aid the remembrance of Allah and reignite His love and closeness.

Fartun Elmi

Fartun Elmi is originally from Somalia and a current resident of Minneapolis. Fartun loves traveling, hiking, learning and being outdoors. She is currently in graduate school learning counseling and psychological services. Her motto is, 'helping others is wonderful.'