Educators Who Made a Difference in Children's Lives and Islamic Education
Many American Muslims have contributed to the development and improvement of education in our community. Some of these leaders have been taken from us through death, and we wish to remember them and the contribution they made.
"To God we belong; and to God we shall return." Arabic transliteration: "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un."
Dr. Jamilah Linda Kolocotronis Jitmoud 1958 - 2013
Author and Educator
After accepting Islam as her ultimate way of life on Ramadan 19, 1400 (July 31, 1980), Dr. Jamilah Linda Kay Kolocotronis Jitmoud dedicated her services to Islamic education and authored Islamic novels that have touched Muslims and non-Muslims all around the world, Al-Hamdulillah.
Dr. Jamilah Linda’s contribution towards Islamic education began in the summer of 1986. She was looking for a school for her oldest son, who was four years old at the time. Ahmad was the type of boy who had a mind like a sponge and absorbed everything quickly. Dr. Jamilah Linda didn’t feel that simply any American preschool would be an option. She asked Allah for guidance to help her find a proper alternative for her son’s education. Read more in this pdf document or here in Horizon Magazine: http://issuu.com/isnacreative/docs/ih_mar-apr_13/59
Dawud Tauhidi 1949 - 2010
Director of Crescent International Academy in Canton, MI. www.crescentacademy.org
The history of Islamic education in America will record Br. Dawud as a brilliant thinker and dedicated Muslim who created the Tarbiyah Project, arguably the most dynamic, innovative movement in Islamic education in centuries. The Tarbiyah Project has inspired and encouraged many other Muslim educators in the US who are now forging ahead with their own ideas - a movement that will change Islamic education for the better. Read more ...
Nabil Seyam 1961 - 2006
Principal of Wichita Islamic School
This is for the father of our community who died in a car accident. He was coming back from a lecture in Norman Oklahoma. He was fasting at the time of the accident.
Sharifa Alkhateeb 1946 - 2004
Sharifa Alkhateeb, Feminist Within Islam, Dies at 58
By JENNIFER BAYOT
Published: November 4, 2004, New York Times
Sharifa Alkhateeb, an advocate for Muslim culture in the United States who helped place courses in Middle Eastern cultures and Arabic in public schools, died on Oct. 21 at her home in Ashburn, Va. She was 58. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her daughter Nasreen. Ms. Alkhateeb, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, spent much of her life interpreting Islam. Read more ... http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/04/arts/04alkhateeb.html?_r=1 )
Mohammad El-Moslimany 1924-2003
Mohammad El-Moslimany, 1924 - 2003: Unified Muslim Community
By Cal Blethen and Janet I. Tu
Seattle Times staff reporters
Mohammad El-Moslimany, a pioneer, leader and unifying voice among the area's Muslims, died Monday of a rare brain disease. He was 79. When Mr. El-Moslimany moved to Seattle in the early 1960s, his was one of a handful of Muslim families in the area. He helped found some of the institutions that are central to the lives of many local Muslims today - including the Islamic Center of Seattle and the Islamic School of Seattle. Read more ... http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20030702&slug=moslimanyobit02m )