Ahmadu Bamba was a prolific writer, scholar, and leader of a non-violent resistance movement in his homeland of Senegal. His core teaching was deep faith and service to humanity, and through this lens, he changed his society. This is a man who spent over three decades in exile and under house arrest. Yet he harbored no ill will towards his aggressors. He built people, he left teaching poems that are recited and sung across the world, to this very day.
Linnaea, a convert to Islam, has enjoyed drawing for as long as she can remember. She lives in Queensland, Australia, with her family and two cats, two dogs, and six ducks.
Kori is an avid reader, adventure-seeker, homeschooling mom of a gaggle of five girls, and Girl Scout troop leader based in the Washington DC Metro area.
Emmanuelle (Eman) Manigat is a native Canadian, born in Montreal and now living in Toronto. She was raised in a bustling family environment, surrounded by loving parents and relatives, most of whom immigrated from Haiti in the late 1970s.
She studied languages in university, where she fell in love with Islam. That period in her life continued a journey that longed for self-discovery and closeness to God and His beloved Messenger (s).
Through her studies and research, she found Rabata. Rabata is nonprofit organization which promotes positive cultural change through creative educational opportunities. Currently, Eman is enrolled in its Ribaat Academic Program, under the tutelage of Shaykha Tamara Gray, studying the sacred Islamic sciences and Arabic. Through this program, she gains fundamental knowledge and spiritual connection to Islam.
Eman also leads the Rabata French program. She coordinates livestreams and courses for the French speaking audience in Montreal and abroad. Eman also organizes regular spiritual gatherings and information sessions about Islam in her local community and at her work. She is a part of the Daybreak Press initiative to integrate more Muslim women authors and diverse books in public libraries across the world. She is a lead organizer in this year’s 4th Annual Muslim Women’s Literary Conference taking place in Toronto on October 27th.
As an avid nonprofit volunteer Eman is on the forefront of ensuring Rabata volunteers, students, and participants are having an exceptional experience, both in Rabata programs and their lives. She makes an effort to reach out on a personal level and remains a pillar of strength for both converts and veteran muslims that need spiritual support and religious direction. Eman is one of the few trusted admins on popular Muslim Women Convert Circle FB page, exclusive to convert women of all backgrounds and locations.
Currently, Eman resides in Toronto with her two beloved children and husband.
Hazel graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic
Science. Currently, she is studying the Islamic sciences with Rabata.org’s Ribaat Academic
Program under the tutelage of Shaykha Tamara Gray. Hazel is currently a community organizer
with Dream of Detroit, a nonprofit that combines community organizing with strategic housing
and land development to build a healthy community and empower a marginalized
neighborhood. Additionally, she is an active board member with Detroit FORCE, Faith in
Action’s Detroit chapter focusing on criminal justice reform and violence prevention through the LIVE FREE campaign. She also dedicates her time as an advisor and board member to various nonprofits ranging from community development and convert care to anti-racism work and mosque development within the Muslim community. Previously, Hazel worked as a research assistant on the Muslims for American Progress study at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and also spent time as a community organizer with the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago focusing on the intersection of immigration and criminal justice reform. She also worked as the lead research assistant at the Alternative Education Research Institute focusing on the analysis of the criminal justice systems, reentry programs, and conversion to Islam of certain Latin American countries. She is an avid reader of all things about Muslims in America and is interested in the research and creation of an authentic Latinx Muslim experience.