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Ribaat Student of the Month ~ July 2017

As salaamu alaikum,

My name is Anneeza binti Zainal. I’m 38 years old from Putrajaya, Malaysia, and am married with four children. I have a Masters in Microbiology and used to work with the Ministry of Health before deciding to become a full-time mom after my second child was born.

Before I gave birth to him, I had a molar pregnancy and had to undergo six months of chemotherapy. This was my turning point as I used to be so caught up with worldliness. As a born Muslim, I thought once your daily prayers are lined up and you fast one month in the year, that that’s enough. However, being Muslim means much more than just rituals.

When I became sick, I started to read the Quran with translation and Islamic motivational books. Since then, I have been trying to practice the knowledge in my daily life being a daughter, wife and mother. Aside from parenting and being a student, I like to read and write as well as sew and sell custom-made baby carriers to support my educational fees.

Earlier this year, Anse Tamara Gray came to Malaysia, and her words magically attracted me. I wanted to know more about Ribaat and found just what I was looking for: an online Islamic academy for women taught by qualified female scholars that’s flexible with time and affordable too. I was overwhelmed with the variety of subjects offered, not knowing where to start. I then decided to begin with the Quran courses.

The Explanation of Juzu’ ‘Amma class left me in awe after every session. I promised myself not to miss a single live class to experience the interaction between the teacher and the students, which is so lovely. Apart from that, we all got to connect via WhatsApp, which has been so convenient and helpful. In the fall, I plan to register in the Arabic program, as I really want to learn the language of the Quran.

Alhamdullillah the Ribaat class duration is adequate, and being able to learn without leaving home is just perfect. Irrespective of it being a virtual experience, the students are still able to connect with each other. I have learned new things, made new friends, and improved my relationship with Allah along the way.

I believe that each one of us, born Muslim or converts, is always a ‘New Muslim.’ The knowledge in this religion cannot be simply inherited. We need to learn in order to know. Now that I have found the platform, I am looking forward to mastering the Arabic language to be able to read, understand, and converse well.             I pray that Ribaat continues to prosper and expand as I want this program available for my daughter when she is older as well inshallah. May Allah bless the organization, its founder Anse Tamara and its team. Thank you for this happiness and helping me finally discover this beautiful little ‘Jannah’ on Earth, Alhamdullilah.

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