Religious Directors

Ustadha Safiya Ravat

Female Religious Director

Safiya Ravat was born in Canada and raised in South Africa and the US, with British and Indian origins. She grew up in Houston, and now serves as the Female Religious Director at Maryam Islamic Center. Safiya is the co-founder of Suhbah Institute.

She attained her degree in Journalism with a minor in Religious Studies at the University of Houston and went on to write for the Houston Chronicle.

Safiya studied under Shaykh Isam Rajab for two years at the Arees University. After graduating from the Bayyinah Dream Arabic program, she attained a degree in Fiqh and Usul ul Fiqh (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Safiya served as the head instructor of Arabic at the Bayyinah Dream program.

Safiya enjoys women’s soccer, and empowering women through education that re-aligns the ummah with the true narrative of women in Islam.