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Spring 2021 - Companions of the Prophet (s) | Part 2

Instructor: Anse Dr. Tamara Gray

Day: Tuesdays          Time: 8:00 am CST/2:00 pm UK


Course Category: Sira | Level 1 Course

Course Code: SIR 102
Instructor: Anse Dr. Tamara Gray
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 11 - Apr. 12, 2021
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 8:00 am CST/2:00 pm UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: Part 1 of this course is offered in the Fall term of each year, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring. Completion of Part 1 is recommended but not required to enroll in Part 2.
Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: An in-depth study of the sixty companions discussed in the book Stars in the Prophet’s Orbit. Students will learn their stories, draw conclusions about Islamic precepts from their lives, understand their relationship to the Prophet (s), and derive personal lessons from their lives. Students will apply same to an additional companion upon whom research will be done.

 The first thirty companions of this text are covered in Part 1 of the course, and the second thirty are covered in Part 2. It is not required to complete part 1 before part 2.

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, write a term paper, and review and sit for a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance.
  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation.
  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable

Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)
  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)
  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

 Text: Stars in the Prophet’s Orbit by Asmāʾ al Tabbāʿ, translated by Sawsan Tarabishy

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.
Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org
Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.


Spring 2021 - Training the Tongue, Purifying the Heart

Instructor: Anse Marah Dahman

Day: Wednesdays    Time: 8:00 pm CST/2:00 am UK


Course Code: PUR 101
Instructor: Anse Marah Dahman
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 13 - Apr. 14, 2021
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 pm CST/2:00 am UK

Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year.
Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: An introduction to the concept of tazkiyah, or purification of the self/heart in Islam. It is a beginning look at diseases of the heart and sins of the tongue as well as the relationship between the two. Students will learn some general cures and understand some of the skills necessary to improve relationships with others and with Allah (swt).

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, write a term paper, and review and sit for a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: The Marvels of the Heart, by Imām al-Ghazālī, translated by Walter James Skellie

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.
Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.

Spring 2021 - Fast & Friendly Fiqh: An Introduction to Worship Essentials

Instructor: Anse Dr. Tamara Gray

Day: Mondays          Time: 8:00 pm CST/2:00 am UK

Course Category: Fiqh | Level 1 Course
Course Code: FQH 101
Instructor: Anse Dr. Tamara Gray
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 11 - Apr. 12, 2021
Day: Mondays
Time: 8:00 pm CST/2:00 am UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year.
Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: A quick and fun introduction to Shafi'i fiqh for the beginner, this course will go over the main rules of worship, covering purification (ṭahāra), prayer (ṣalāh), and fasting (ṣawm).

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, complete a term project, and submit a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: The Shafi'i Manual of Purity, Prayer and Fasting, by Tashfeen Ekram
Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.
Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.


Spring 2021 - Foundations, Flounderings & Faith with support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Instructor: Anse Dr. Tamara Gray

Day: Tuesdays          Time: 10:00 am CST/4:00 pm UK

Course Category: Aqidah | Level 1 Course
Course Code: AQD 101
Instructor: Anse Dr. Tamara Gray
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 12 - Apr. 13, 2021
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 am CST/4:00 pm UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year.
Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: Belief and practice are the essential building blocks for Muslims and, as such, in order to build a fortress of faith, we need solid building materials. This course will cover basic ʿaqīda (tenets of belief), discuss issues of practice, and attempt to answer controversial questions. We will build a community of faithful friends, quell the floundering heart, and revive the faithful heart.
Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, complete a term project, and submit a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: 

  • Being Muslim: A Practical Guide, by Asad Tarsin

  • Islam Religion of Life, by Abdul Wadod Shalabi

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.

Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org
Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.


Spring 2021 - Reflections from the Quran

Instructor: Ustadha Maha Hamoui

Day: Saturdays         Time: 3:00 pm CST/9:00 pm UK


Course Category: Tafsir | Level 1 Course

Course Code: TAF 101
Instructor: Ustadha Maha Hamoui
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 16 - Apr. 17, 2021
Day: Saturdays
Time: 3:00 pm CST/9:00 pm UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year, covering a different set of verses each time it is offered.

Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: This course takes students on a journey with the Quran, gain deeper understandings of its words and derive lessons from Allah's (swt) words. Each term, students will be guided through an in-depth study of a surah from the Holy Quran and reflect upon the lessons learned from its verses as they sit with one of our modern scholars of the Holy Quran.
Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, and write a term paper.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: A translation of the Holy Quran. Recommended: The Gracious Qur'an, translation by Ahmad Zaki Hammad.
Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.
Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.

Spring 2021 - Writing Your Story: Creative Writing

Instructor: Anse Najiyah Maxfield

Day: Wednesdays  Time: 11:00 am CST/5:00 pm UK


Course Category: Communication | Level 1 Course
Course Code: COM 101
Instructor: Anse Najiyah Maxfield
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 13 - Apr. 14, 2021
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 11:00 am CST/5:00 pm UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: This course is offered in the Spring term of each year.
Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: From orientalist exoticism to hijab-bashing tales of "liberation" to terrorist thrillers, the literary landscape is littered with other people's attempts to tell our stories (or to tell their own stories using Muslims as counterpoints). Often these charlatans down out our own attempts at representation. But in these tumultuous times, we can't afford to whisper any longer. It's time for us to raise our voices with stories that are authentic and entertaining, marketing that is clever and effective, and outreach that is sincere and productive insha'Allah. This course features weekly readings and writing exercises that each focus on an individual aspect of writing, along with semester-long work on a creative project. Lessons on submitting your work, choosing a publication route and effective marketing ideas round out the syllabus. By the end of this course, students will have sharper writing skills and a firmer idea of what to do after the writing is done.
Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, complete a term project, and submit a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.


Text: 

  • Required: A Relative Stranger, by Charles Baxter

  • Recommended: The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction, by John Dufresne

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.

Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.


Spring 2021 - Teaching Skills and Methodology

Instructor: Ustadha Safiyyah Salaam

Day: Saturdays        Time: 9:30 am CST/3:30 pm UK


Course Category: Education | Level 1 Course
Course Code: EDU 101
Instructor: Ustadha Safiyyah Salaam
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 16 - Apr. 17, 2021
Day: Saturdays
Time: 9:30 am CST/3:30 pm UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms of each year.
Prerequisites: 

  1. Students should be women above the age of 17.

  2. Successful completion of at least one Ribaat Level 1 Core course

Course Description: This introductory level course provides aspiring and veteran teachers opportunities to learn and practice effective teaching strategies for students enrolled in Islamic Studies programs. During this course we will examine components of skillful teaching including deep learning, lesson planning, classroom management, nurturing the Prophetic model of emotional and moral intelligence, assessment, professionalism, and upbringing within an Islamic framework. Students will be expected to complete a midterm and final along with one course project.

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, read the assigned material, complete a term project, and review and sit for a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.


Text: 

  • Required: With the Heart in Mind: the Moral and Emotional Intelligence of the Prophet Mikaeel Ahmed Smith

  • Recommended: Deep Learning: Engage the world change the world, 1st edition Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn, and Joanne McEachen

Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.
Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.

Spring 2021 - The Prophets: Lives & Lessons | Part 2

Instructor: Anse 'Alimatunnisa Abdul Ghani

Day: Wednesdays   Time: 8:00 am CST/2:00 pm UK


Course Category: Aqida | Level 1 Course
Course Code: AQD 104
Instructor: Anse 'Alimatunnisa Abdul Ghani
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 13 - Apr. 14, 2021
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 am CST/2:00 pm UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: Part 1 of this course is offered in the Fall term of each year, and Part 2 is offered in the Spring. Completion of Part 1 is recommended but not required to enroll in Part 2.
Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: This course is designed to create an experience like no other by enhancing students' relationships with each of the prophets of Islam. From Adam (as) to Muhammad ﷺ, the message of tawhid was brought to generations of believers by specially blessed individuals. Now we can get to know each of them and their unique challenges through in-depth lessons and thought-provoking exercises which will bring the legacy and history of Islam to life.
Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, write a term paper, and review and sit for a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.


Text: A History of the Prophets in Islam - Volume 2, by Suzanne Haneef
Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks before the start of class. Ribaat textbooks are available to enrolled students at a discounted rate through Daybreak Press Global Bookshop. Once enrolled, students will have access to the discount code through the course forum.
Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org
Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.


Spring 2021 - Conversations with the Prophet (s)

Instructor: Anse Sana Mohiuddin

Day: Fridays        Time: 10:00 am CST/4:00 pm UK

Course Category: Hadith | Level 1 Course
Course Code: HAD 102
Instructor: Anse Sana Mohiuddin
Duration: 14 weeks
Course Dates: Jan. 15 - Apr. 16, 2021
Day: Fridays
Time: 10:00 am CST/4:00 pm UK
Classes last approximately 1 hour each. Live attendance is recommended whenever possible for the best learning experience. Recordings of the sessions will be made available for registered students who cannot attend live.
Daylight savings time will end in the United States on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Depending on where you live, this may or may not affect your class timing. In countries where DST is not applied at all, class will be one hour earlier starting March 14.

Offered: This is a new course!
Prerequisites: Students should be women above the age of 17.
Course Description: This course will explore selected hadith of the Prophet (s) and conversations as reported by his companions (r). Through study of these hadith, students will learn prophetic etiquette in communicating with others and learn lessons to apply in daily life. They will also learn how the Prophet (s) used kind and gentle words to guide other, communicate effectively, and build positive relationships.

Course Requirements: Students are expected to attend the online lectures, complete one or more weekly assignments, read the assigned material, complete a term project, and submit a final exam.
This is an online course so students will need:

  • Access to internet with an internet speed of at least 2 Mbps recommended for best performance. 

  • Headphones, camera and microphone may be required for in-class participation. 

  • To access the live class and recordings, students will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet/iPad with the AdobeConnect app.

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, non-transferable
Students will have access to course forums, recordings, and files until June 1st, 2021.

  • $100.00 (not including the cost of the course materials)

  • $20.00 late registration fee after January 8th (if seats are available)

  • Additional $5.00 auditing fee.

Text: No textbook is required for this course. Readings will be provided by the instructor through the course forum.
Contact: For inquiries, contact registration@rabata.org

Registration is now closed for this course. Join us for the Summer Term, starting June 1st, with registration opening May 20th.