What we Do
Through out the history of humankind women have played a very important role in narrating the stories of their times. Even though Muslim women often find themselves marginalized in many modern day Muslim countries, the earliest history of Islam had very rich traditions of female narrators and story tellers. Due to their ingenuity, their narrations survived for over a millennium and are still very much alive in present time. Al-Rawiya(a female narrator) was conceived as a tribute to the female narrators of all race, religion, ethnicity and culture. Al-Rawiya Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under the section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
One of the key guiding principles of Rawiya Foundation is to undertaking initiatives that have social impact and positive social return on investment.
The mission of Al-Rawiya Foundation is to empower Muslim women through education, arts and integration.
Non-discriminatory policy: Even though Al-Rawiya Foundation emphasizes the participation of American Muslim women, all activities, services and initiatives of the Foundation are open to women of all race, religion, culture, ethnicity and other orientations. Some of the initiatives are open to both genders.
Rawiya College is a non-profit educational Social Enterprise of Al-Rawiya Foundation. Ever since the inception in 2005 one of the main focuses of Al-Rawiya Foundation has been to facilitate traditional Islamic knowledge in a manner relevant to our Western experience. Rawiya College offers Graduate and Associate degrees in Classical Islamic Studies as well as a diploma program for the youth.
Shaykha Fest is intended to draw attention to and revive the often ignored tradition of female scholarship in historical and contemporary Islamic discourse. Shaykha Fest is a yearly event intended to provide an exclusive platform to female Islamic scholars and thinkers from around the world to share their knowledge and expertise in a nurturing and inclusive atmosphere.
ArtLit Competition & Exhibition is intended to inculcate in the youth love for art and literature. The competition is open to all teens. As part of the competition the teens submit essays on selected novels to qualify for scholarships. The competition provides opportunities to local artists to showcase their talents at the award ceremony. The award ceremony brings together people of different backgrounds to promote arts, understanding and cross-cultural dialogue.
Al-Rawiya provides a platform for creative expression through Literary Salon and other literary events where mainstream English literature(fiction) is studied and analyzed.
Al-Rawiya is part of a global network of Jewish, Muslim and Christian social entrepreneurs. Through Beyond Dialogue Forum the Foundation brings together people of different backgrounds who are working tirelessly to take cross cultural dialogue to the next level and transform dialogue into tangible actions that all of us can relate to and benefit from.
The Foundation provides free back-to-school supplies to children from disadvantaged neighborhoods as well as those living in homeless shelters and orphanages.
Rawiya Café is a dedicated blogging site that provides women platform to share and exchange information on education, arts, family, fashion, inspiration, spirituality, food and self-help.