Mission

Tarbiya Institute believes that knowledge derived from authentic Islamic sources provides vital solutions to modern day challenges. Tarbiya aspires to document and export its understanding of Islam by creating Tarbiya entities throughout the nation. Each entity would lend and receive support from its local community and other Tarbiya entities. This will ultimately set the standard and provide all-encompassing services to meet the spiritual, intellectual and physical needs of the community.

Vision

Tarbiya will offer robust and comprehensive educational opportunities for students of all ages, both virtually and onsite, which will ultimately influence and impact policy making and integrate modern Muslim issues into the political and social discourse.

Tarbiya Institute exists to educate, train and empower generations of American Muslims through the lens of authentic Islamic knowledge, to address new and modern challenges, thereby fostering an American Muslim identity. To this end, Tarbiya provides religious and social services to the family, neighborhood, and community to bring people together, and provide them with leadership and clear direction to lead a godly life.


2022 Annual Theme

The Year of Resilience (Himmah)

The encounter of Moussa (PBUH) with God’s righteous worshipper al-Khidr, as detailed in surat al-Kahf, is one of the most magnificent stories of the Quran. In that encounter, Moussa (PBUH) committed himself to learning from this lay man at God’s behest, and said these eternal words to his assistant and would be Prophet, Joshua: 

وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِفَتَىٰهُ لَآ أَبْرَحُ حَتَّىٰٓ أَبْلُغَ مَجْمَعَ ٱلْبَحْرَيْنِ أَوْ أَمْضِىَ حُقُبًا

“I will never give up until I reach the junction of the two seas, even if I travel for untold epochs”. Moussa’s resilience became an example for all seekers across the centuries who have their hearts bent on achieving their goals and reaching their destination. Resilience, Himmah in Arabic, means the tenacity to stay the course despite temptations and distractions. To devote oneself to an ideal. To rise above the day to day pettiness and keep the eyes fixated on the prize. But more than resilience, Himmah implies taking action and being proactive and not just passively persevering. 

In the year 2022, Tarbiya Institute Imams chose Resilience, Himmah, as the annual theme, to guide all the khutbas, the programs, the conversations and activities around the Tarbiya Community. Our motto as we tread the year will be Moussa’s words: “I will not give up until I reach”. As our community rebounds form the pandemic, struggles lurk, but opportunities abound. It takes resilience to stay steady on the path despite the gusts of uncertainty. It takes resilience to keep building in shaky times. It takes resilience to raise the banner of God’s words against tidal waves of pop culture and changing morals. It takes great Himmah, to not only maintain our Muslim identity, but to also pronounce it to a world that is as hungry for it as an itinenrant lost in the desert. 

Our community's motto this year shall be this: Truly, we will never give up; we will never stop; we will never waiver, until we reach our destination and achieve our goals, even if it took untold epochs. 


Our Team

At Tarbiya Institute, our diverse team is committed to utilizing our individual passions, professional skills and spiritual commitment to provide the paths/means for our Muslim American community  to carry forth the torch of  traditional Islamic knowledge as they navigate through modern day challenges.  Meet each of our torchbearers that are dedicated to inspire, build and lead.

Imams

Executive Imam, Co- Founder

Imam Sherif Azeez

Senior Imam, Co-Founder

Imam Azeez

Imam, Tarbiya House Natomas

Imam Kamran Islam

Tarbiya Institute

Project Manager

Sr. Orooj Shahid

Executive Director

Sr. Laila Baig

Chief Communications Officer

Sr. Navera Rehimtoola

Resident Educator

Ustadha Jannah Sultan

Tarbiya House Roseville

Youth Director

Br. Yousef Nawabi

Office Manager

Sr. Khadija Roshan

Tarbiya Groups Coordinator

Br. Usayd Azhar

Tarbiya House Natomas

Youth Director

Br. Daawoud Ubaidullah

Office Manager

Sr. Rebekah Cook

Tarbiya Groups Coordinator

Br. Muntaha Sharif

Board

Chair

Br. Yaqub Khan

Vice Chair

Sr. Muzhda Ferouz

Secretary

Br. Naser Sharif

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is a linguistic derivative of the word Rabb, or Lord, and it denotes a comprehensive process of personal progress, whereby an individual grows spiritually, intellectually and socially to achieve a godly life. In the context of Islamic work, it's about helping individuals acquire the needed skills and knowledge base through a structured educational process to achieve harmony between their divine obligations and worldly responsibilities.

Tarbiya Institute is an Islamic organization that focuses its efforts on restoring the authentic image of Islam, and the empowerment of the Muslim individual through perpetual personal progress. Tarbiya acquired its first location in Roseville, California to serve the community in Placer County. The facility is called the Tarbiya House, which offers all the services that a masjid offers, but goes above and beyond to provide a safe space for all Muslims to worship Allah in a mosque environment, but also get involved in their community at their own pace. At Tarbiya, women, youth and converts, natives and immigrants, refugees and professionals, all are welcome.

For that, programs are devised, including mentorship, regular halaqas, ongoing activities, volunteer opportunities, leadership training, classes, camps and much more. This is the purpose of the Tarbiya Institute as we envision it.

At Tarbiya Institute, we strive to cater to the needs of the family by paying attention to the needs of its building blocks.

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