About the Instructor
Daughter of American converts to Islam, Umm Zakiyyah (also known by her birth name Ruby Moore and her "Muslim" name Baiyinah Siddeeq) is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including novels, short stories, and self-help. Her books are used in high schools and universities in the United States and worldwide, and her work has been translated into multiple languages.
Umm Zakiyyah has a BA degree in Elementary Education, an MA in English Language Learning, and Cambridge’s CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).
Umm Zakiyyah studied Arabic, Qur’an, Islamic sciences, ‘aqeedah, and tafseer in America, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for more than fifteen years.
Why This Course?
For years, Salaah felt burdensome to me and I dreaded praying the five daily prayers. Sometimes I felt so weak that I would literally crawl to prayer, while my heart felt empty in every movement, as I just wanted to get it over with. This was during the dark time of my life when I nearly lost my faith.
What made this spiritual trial more difficult for me was hearing advice that was meant to be compassionate and empathetic to my struggles, but merely made me feel more and more distant from Allah and more comfortable letting go completely. It was only due to the Mercy and Compassion of Allah that I was saved from abandoning my soul completely.
In this course, I share the spiritual lessons I learned from my own emotional and spiritual struggles, as well as from my more than fifteen years of studying Qur’an, tafseer, and Islamic spirituality in the United States, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
So many of us struggle in our Salaah, whether our hearts feel distracted or empty, or we regularly neglect or delay our prayers. In this course, our hearts are reminded of the soul-nourishing connection between us and our Merciful Creator and of the weightiness of Salaah in our lives in this world and in the Hereafter.
This course further clarifies six common misconceptions rooted in “compassionate misguidance” regarding what a Muslim should do if he is she is neglecting or abandoning the Salaah. Finally, we learn how we can find joy, tranquility, and soul-nourishment each time we stand before our Merciful Creator in Salaah, bi’idhnillaah (with the help of Allah).
May this course be a spiritual inspiration for you during your brief sojourn in this world.
Your sister in faith and struggle,
Testimonial of TV Host
“Thank you to Umm Zakiyyah for giving us so many wonderful, inspirational reminders. Please keep doing what you’re doing, because you are saying some of the hard things that we want to talk about but we just don’t know how to verbalize. So when you post things that trigger our emotions and remind us of the good things we should be doing for ourselves and others, it’s a real eye-opener…Please continue to be our voice.”
—Aliza Kim, TV show host and former model and actress
Pictured far right with Mizz Nina (far left) and Fara Othman (center), founder of IntoTaqwa Malaysia.
It's 'Time' To Pray
If you do nothing else, pray.
If you abandon the prayer, you abandon your soul.
—from the journal of Umm Zakiyyah
(Pray clock available at uzsoulgear.com)
About the Coursebook
In this interactive coursebook, which accompanies the online course Come Back To Allah, Dear Soul, our hearts are reminded of the soul-nourishing connection between us and our Merciful Creator, and of the weightiness of Salaah in our lives and souls—even when we are in the midst of emotional pain and confusion and feel “too weak” to pray.
Glimpse Into the Course
Welcome to the UZ Heart & Soul Care community, your online "heart hub" for emotional and spiritual healing.