Resilients of the Month: Br. Anees & Sr. Aysha

Islanders on the Mainland

anees aysha
وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
“And those who believe and do righteous good deeds, they are dwellers of paradise, they will dwell therein forever” [2:83]

A year ago, a couple walked into the Tarbiya House Roseville admin office to speak with the Imam. Within 30 minutes, they were given a tour of the facility and introduced to staff members.

The couple had just moved to Placer County from Hawaii with their two sons, which was ironic because most people strive to earn enough retirement to move to the Island! But for Sr. Aysha and Br. Anees, things are different. 

Proximity to a healthy Muslim community is highest on their list of priorities. Much higher than a beautiful tropical climate and magical scenery. So they explored the Western seaboard and decided to settle in Roseville close to Tarbiya. Not content simply to settle, they soon expressed interest in getting more involved with the community, just as they were back in Hawaii with the Islamic School. 

Sr. Aysha and Br. Anees attended a meet and greet for new community members that marked their first introduction to the Tarbiya community.

Fast forward six months and Sr Aysha is a teacher in our Sunday School program. Today, Sr. Aysha, Br. Anees, and their son Talal coordinate and run our Immersive Quran program that teaches the children of our community how to memorize and build a connection with the book of Allah!

This power couple embodies the essence of giving back and taking ownership of their community. A year ago they were newcomers, today they are pioneers in community enrichment and a core part of our Tarbiya volunteer team. We pray to Allah (SWT) to continue to shower His blessings upon this model family!

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Author: Navera Rehimtoola
Categories: Tarbiya Stories