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.
The gentle art of bringing your whole self to Islam.
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Dr. Tamara Gray is also an author and translator. Her publications range from several culturally appropriate English language curriculum programs to translations of sacred texts. She has authored two books: Joy Jots: Exercises for a happy heart & Project Lina: Bringing our whole selves to Islam, and co-translated the Mukhtasir al-Jami’ fi al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya by Samīra Zayid [Compendium of the Collection of Sources on al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya] In addition to her work at Rabata, Dr. Gray sits on the Collegeville Institute’s Inter-religious Fellows Program, working to develop educational programming for faith leaders around social justice issues. She also serves as both faculty and an academic council member for The Islamic Seminary of America, teaches at the United Theological Seminary of the TwinCities and is a Senior Fellow at the Yaqeen Institute. She has recently joined the Fiqh council of North America in addition to her other responsibilities. Learn more
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.
It's truly a beautiful read, I am a convert and so many questions and doubts I had were clarified for me, Project Lina walks you through your beautiful journey and unpacks so many gems. How to bring your whole self to Islam, genuinely and authentically, Jazakiallahu Khair to Anse Tamara and Anse Najiah
Was so inspired by the book, that we named a summer camp after it! There is no book like it that discusses the topics mentioned. Highly recommended for both converts and non-converts.
Project Lina was a great and informative read. It was nice to finally hear another’s perspective when facing obstacles during conversion, especially when you thought you were the only one dealing with these obstacles or felt a certain way about something said or done that was done based on culture instead of deen. This is a must have for everyone not just converts. A must have for born Muslims to help bridge the gap in dialect/dialogue/Interaction between convert and born Muslim. Many could benefit from Project Lina mA!
At Rabata, our goal is to help new and veteran convert Muslim women bring their whole selves to Islam. Through publications, workshops, and mentor-ship, Rabata is proud to provide a place where Islamic education, spiritual upbringing and community care intersect for wholesome, joyful living. Learn more