The gentle art of bringing your whole self to Islam.
Spirituality & leadership training for today’s Muslim woman.
Kindle and Maintain relationships with family, friends, and in-laws.
The Arabic word "lina" means "palm tree" in English. A palm tree is a fascinating tree in that it is uniquely adapted to draw its sustenance from deep within the earth, using those nutrients to produce highly beneficial fruit.
Building on this metaphor, Project Lina offers Muslims the necessary steps to grow as a palm tree grows - digging deep roots into the soil of knowledge and faith and spreading wide branches that become heavy with the fruit of Islamic work and good deeds.
Dr. Gray worked in the field of education for twenty-five years before moving into the non-profit world as the Executive Director of Rabata and its Chief Spirituality Officer.
Dr. Gray is also an author, translator, and public speaker. Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts.
Dr. Gray is often engaged to speak about issues of gender, leadership, Islam, and spirituality; locally, nationally and globally.
She sits on the board of the Collegeville Institute’s Inter-religious Fellows Program, working to develop educational programming for faith leaders around social justice issues and on the academic council of The Islamic Seminary of America where she is also a faculty member. She serves as a council member at the Fiqh Council of North America and Senior Fellow at the Yaqeen Institute.
Dr. Gray lives in Minnesota where she enjoys coffee, the seasons, and her grandchildren.
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.
There is a question facing every convert: Is this a bad habit I need to leave behind or is this an indicator of my core self that I need to recognize and hang on to in order to move forward in my faith?
What we often see is the same strong, independent, and confident woman who, previous to her new faith, knew very well what she believed, suddenly has lack of certainty and certain underlying dependence on Muslims to behave in a certain way.
As adults, cultivating new relationships is difficult, and when you throw in the added wrench of the many different cultures in mosques, it can look impossible. But we can learn to balance our treasured ties and find new connections as well.
This workshop is exclusive to Muslim women converts.
Sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for up to a year.
Project Lina is made affordable for all converts.
Do I have to create an account to register?
Yes, this way you can access the course.
Can convert men register?
Currently, Project Lina is for women converts only.
Is this workshop refundable?
No, this workshop is not refundable.
Do I have to purchase the Project Lina book?
Yes, Project Lina is a required book for the workshop. Participants will receive a 50% discount code after they register.