Class of 2024

Nosheen Khan is of Pakistani descent and currently live in Sacramento, CA. She volunteers at Tarbiya Institute and a couple of Islamic organizations in Sacramento in various capacities, including as a community chaplain. She aspires to keep growing intellectually and spiritually while challenging myself and helping me develop a grounded and well-established scholarship.

“I appreciate the education I received at TISA and the teachers I have had the honor to learn with. Not only has my faith been reinforced, but I also feel empowered with tools and methods that can help me better navigate the challenges of modern society.” – Nosheen

Rif’at Mohammed Zaman currently lives in Atlanta, GA. He is Imam of Masjid Uthman (Dunwoody Community Center) where he leads prayers, organizes programs and participates in community development. He aspires to be a competent community leader who makes a noticeable and positive difference.

“The most important thing that I am taking from my TISA education is the mentorship I have received from my teachers. Their knowledge, experience, and wisdom have allowed me to grow as an individual and as a Muslim. My TISA education has given me the tools to become a competent servant leader and has paved the way for me to reform as a slave of the Most Merciful.” – Rifat

Eugene “Abdul Muhaymin” Priester III is an African-American who currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa where he is the Imam/Chaplain for Grinnell College. He also works as a Sr. Instructor with the Tayba Foundation teaching and mentoring students of Islamic Studies. He aspires to establish a Zawiya/Madrasa that serves the needs of his home community in Savannah, Georgia, with a comprehensive focus on community and human development.
I have gained a broader and more nuanced understanding of how to effectively meld our intellectual tradition with the Academic model that is being promoted in the Western Academy while remaining true to the expectations and dictates of our Sacred Texts. I have also learned how to more effectively address the needs and expectations of our American Muslim community.” – Abdul Muhaymin