MAS Tarbiya Mentors Development Program

The goal of this program is to develop a solid platform of qualified Tarbiya mentors who are able to inspire new generations of Muslim activists.

Introduction

This program is for MAS members who are preparing to lead an Usra (study circle for self-development and Islamic education). It aims to develop mentors who will lead the Tarbiya (Islamic personal development) function in MAS. The program is run by senior MAS Tarbiya mentors and will take place over a full year with an (optional) additional 6 months of personal coaching. Over the course of the year, participants will be exposed to didactic lectures and presentations, interactive discussions, and be required to complete practical assignments.

Why Tarbiya Mentor Development?

To establish a sustainable system of producing qualified Tarbiya mentors who have the spiritual connection, self-discipline, intellectual foundation, the required skills and the internal drive to mentor new members to carry the message in its authentic format. The mentors’ mission is to sustain the organization’s value system, to be able to act under challenging circumstances and adapt to external changes.

What is the Tarbiya Mentor Development Program?

This program develops the character of the Tarbiya mentors and equips them with:

  • A sustainable spiritual connection with The Creator
  • Strong sense of self-discipline and self-drive characteristics
  • Basic knowledge of foundational Islamic concepts of the Quran, Hadeeth, Seerah, Tazkiya and contemporary matters
  • Deep understanding of MAS Tarbiya objectives and Usra management strategies
  • Mentorship and coaching skills including communication skills, emotional intelligence, personal counselling, social psychology, organization skills, and more

How will the Tarbiya Mentor Development Project be delivered?

Duration: 12-18 months

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Phase 1: Six months (required)

  • Focus on the personality, understanding and the character of the Tarbiya mentor
  • Introduction to mentorship and coaching principles
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Phase 2: Six months (required)

  • Discussion on intellectual foundations and the practical applications of Tarbiya
  • Focus on mentorship, counseling and Usra management
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Phase 3: Six months (optional)

  • Internship: participants will start their own study circles while being mentored through the program monthly

Program Main Features

1. Spiritual Connection

This feature will include a monitored self-driven Tazkiyah (self-purification) program to deeply instill ‘the strive to connect with The Creator’ through individual practices, group reminders and joint activities.

  • The individual efforts focus on regular daily reading of the Quran, praying Fajr on time, and night prayers. Such activity will be anonymously monitored through a dedicated application. A new activity will be added regularly.
  • The group reminders and joint activities will use references such as the “Revival of Islamic Sciences” (Ihia’ Ulum Eldine). Participants will read materials beforehand. Presentation and discussion will be facilitated through senior mentors.
2. Strong Self-discipline and Self-drive

This feature highlights the voluntary-based nature of high commitment to the program elements (natural selection for high achieving individuals) supported by leadership quality sessions discussing topics such as: self-reflection and self-recovery, goals orientation, recharging and reviving self, and so on

3. Solid Intellectual Background

This feature involves the educational modules to build intellectual foundations needed for the tarbiya mentors focusing on thematic study of the Quran, Seerah, Hadeeth, and contemporary matters:

  • Science of the Quran: the focus will be on how to understand a Surah and extract Tarbiyah lessons from it within its context.
  • Seerah (biography of the Prophet): rather than chronological ‘go through’ study, the program will focus on thematic discussion of concepts such as the Prophet (s) as a role model, how the Prophet (s) instilled faith (creed) in the hearts of his companions and the belief that the prize is ultimately “Al-Jannah” (the paradise), when the divine guidance drove historic events, and when it led the Prophet (s) to improvise, etc.
  • Hadeeth: the program will focus on studying groups of Hadeeths each session from Imam Nawawi’s book covering a common theme such as faith, servanthood, straightness (steadfastness), sources of guidance, etc.
  • Contemporary matters essential to the Tarbiya mentor: such as atheism, science and faith, interfaith distinctions, gender issues, etc.
4. Understanding the Movement
  • This involves examining samples of successful reformative movements.
  • Studying schools of thought in traditional and contemporary Islamic movements
  • Impact of modern and contemporary life development on Dawah and Tarbiya
5. Mentorship and Coaching Skills

This feature includes the following:

  • Enhancing Emotional Intelligence
    • My Emotional State, Self Awareness, Emotional Awareness, Emotional Impact and Compassionate Communication
  • Transtheoretical models: Mastering Habits & Creating Lasting Change
    • Eliminate bad habits and create empowering habits
  • Essentials of counselling
    • Micro counselling (individual approach) and Macro counseling (group approach)
6. Essentials of Tarbiyah Objectives in MAS, Training on Usra Management Skills, and MAS Tarbiya Curriculum

This feature will discuss concepts of managing Usra including the objectives of the Usra, role and duties of the Tarbiya mentor, Usra dynamics, getting members engaged, the Tarbiya Program and sample of Usra meeting, and finally practical challenges and cases from the real world.

FAQs

  • Current Tarbiya mentors who aspire to refresh their knowledge, mentorship skills, and commitment to Tarbiya in MAS
  • MAS members who plan to take part in the Tarbiya process as future Tarbiya mentors
  • Anyone who wants to revive their personal commitment to self-driven Dawah and Tarbiya

MAS chapters (and individual members) can apply. Acceptance will be based on individual experience with the MAS Tarbiya process, years in MAS Usra, and interest and commitment in the application. Other factors will cater to diversity in gender, race/ethnicity, geographical distribution, strength of chapter, and so on.

Peruse through the MDP Curriculum here.

  • Attend the weekly program
    • No unexcused absence is allowed
    • Up to 10 % of the program activities in excused absences may be allowed
  • Fully engage in the discussions and group activities
  • Prepare required readings and homework
  • Follow instructions on the personal activity follow up

Graduates of the Tarbiya Mentors Development Program will be able to:

  • Sustain a daily connection with the creator through qiyam, Quran and dhikr
  • Drive a self-disciplined Dawah life focused on developing self and others
  • Be able to establish deep connections with their mentees
  • Have the proper understanding of the Tarbiya process and skills to deeply connect with Usra members and achieve Usra dynamics
  • Have the skills to influence, mentor and coach Usra members to be their best
  • Understand and deliver basic Islamic concepts to their mentees

The MDP is virtual and will be hosted online.

The program will start January 2022 and conclude in December 2022. Here are the planned times off through the year:

Weekly meeting will be held on either Tuesday or Wednesday (TBD in December) for 3 hours 7-10PM EST
Additional small groups interactions (1-1.5h) will be held as needed at each group’s convenience.
 
  • Jan 1 – 15
  • Apr 15 – May 15
  • Jul 1 – 15
  • Nov 20 - 27
  • Dec 16 – Dec 31

This is to accommodate up to two more planned cancellations according to the needs of the participants as a group and three more unplanned cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.  

Please be prepared to commit three hours to class time weekly and another 2-3 hours for course work outside of class. 

There is no cost due for accepted applicants. There is a suggested donation of $250 per phase, if participants wish to support the program.

For any questions please contact Br. Mohamed Helmy at mahelmy@gmail.com

How To Apply

Interested members need to apply online and fill the online application form below.

Deadline to submit application is Sunday, November 7th, 2021.

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