I begin in the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
Thanks for visiting and welcome to the first post! My name is Nazeera Salak and I’ve been working in the education space for the better part of two decades as a school leader, educator, and trainer. I am also a mom and wife. There is so much I am excited to share about education, teaching, child development and more- but before I get into all that, I thought I should explain why I decided to start this website, what you can expect to see more of, and ways we can work together.
Why start Seeds Within?
There is a MASSIVE void of reliable information in the education space when it comes to Muslims, and how our children are forming their identity in the west. Islamic schools are fairly new here, with most being no older than a decade or two. That’s infantile. First and second-generation Muslim-American parents are struggling to raise their kids in a holistic way that meets all facets of education. For years I have been working as a school leader, doing professional developments, teacher mentoring, and parent workshops and I was frequently asked if I had a website or resource for reference. I didn’t really think it was important or needed until more recently when I realized that this is one important way we can share evidence-based research and strategies to put more effort into filling the information gap online.
What can you expect to see?
- Research-based education tips and strategies that work
- Holistic information on child-development based on Islamic principles and gold-standard research and evidence
- Free downloads and resources you can use in your classroom, school or home
- Sharing a whole lot of personal experience and insights, all through the lens of education and spirituality
- Interviews and articles with some of the foremost scholars and education leaders
- Opportunities for us to work together through Q and A, podcasts, and workshop opportunities
The name “Seeds Within” reflects the notion that the seeds for authentic learning are bestowed upon us by the All-Mighty at birth. Our role as educators and parents is to nourish these seeds in order to cultivate consciousness of heart, which becomes a source of knowledge.
“You presume you are a small entity, but within you is enfolded the entire universe.”— Ali ibn Abi Talib (a)
I promise to work to the best of my ability to only post information and resources that are sound and based on the expertise of highly experienced professionals and scholars. May the All-Mighty Allah bless and guide us all as we fulfill this Amanah (sacred trust) of educating the next generation of Muslims.
Peace and blessings,