The personal journey to sacred knowledge


Having a platform that’s for girls only made me feel incredibly comfortable to ask questions and to connect with the teacher. Israa gave me an opportunity to learn more about my deen and life in the time of the Prophet (PBUH)
— Asmaa Abdeldaiem

What is israa?

While many boys in our communities are hufadh of Quran, have attended programs (some overseas) to study their deen, and are given numerous opportunities to learn and even teach about Islam, the same is not as common or as accessible to girls. With ISRAA, we embarked on a journey to bridge the gap of access to Islamic knowledge and female teachers for girls between ages 12 and 19.

ISRAA was born out that desire to have an ongoing program where girls are given the opportunity to learn more about their deen in a setting that is accessible and comfortable from teachers who understand their experiences. Through ISRAA, we hope to provide a means for personal and spiritual growth, and for connection to peers and scholars.

ISRAA strives to unlock a path to knowledge for young female students. This initiative allows students to ask questions freely, engage with the material, and interact with their teacher and fellow classmates. ISRAA is a unique opportunity for female youth across the country to connect to teachers who will set them on a path of learning grounded in traditional sources.

What topics does israa cover?

This initiative started in September of 2017 and in the last term we studied the Seerah of the Prophet (S) under the guidance of Sr. Noura Shamma. We had a total of 105  students who over the 8 weeks benefited immensely and felt as if they had finally found a learning environment that was comfortable for them.

This year, ISRAA is partnering up with Rabata and Anse Tamara Gray to discuss Aqidah, the foundations of faith, starting Feb. 27th, 2019.*

*Live attendance is highly recommended for maximum benefit, but recordings of the sessions will be available for registered students.

About our teacher

Shaykha Tamara Gray is the founder of Rabata, an organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural change through creative educational experiences. She is an Islamic scholar and holds multiple ijazas in Islamic sacred texts and subject matters. Shaykha Tamara is a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy and Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction, and worked for twenty-five years in the field of education, before moving into the non-profit world. Shaykha Tamara is also a public speaker, often engaged to speak about issues of gender, leadership, Islam, and spirituality; locally, nationally and globally.

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