Study Circles

TARBIYA (Commitment)

MAS Tarbiya is the member development arm of the Muslim American Society (MAS). Tarbiya is an Arabic term that refers to the process of educating, nurturing, and developing individuals, groups, and societies. Tarbiya is a continuous positive influence that leads to growth in all aspects- intellectual, spiritual, and physical- and the development of skills, talent, and abilities.

The Tarbiya process goes beyond the level of individuals to the level of the group, trying to establish the elements of team spirit that Islam teaches such as love, brotherhood, and mutual trust.

Participants meet on a weekly* basis to study Quran and Hadith meanings, the Seerah of the Prophet (pbuh), and other topics related to spirituality, community activism, and personal development. The small group setting allows everyone to get to know each other on a deeper level.  In addition, participants work together to identify a team project that will be a way of giving back to their community.  On a monthly basis, tarbiya experiences outside of the traditional usra meeting are designed to help members develop themselves in new ways (these may include monthly qiyam programs, local environmental clean-ups, team-building day trips, community activism initiatives). Attending all of these experiences is expected of Usra (Study Circle) members.

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Goals & Cornerstones of the Program:

The MAS Tarbiya program reaches hundreds through its unique weekly development study groups. Groups of 5-8 members, usually with a mentor, meet on a weekly basis to develop their Islamic knowledge, strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood, and give back to the local community through volunteer activities.  Group members develop a sense of belonging and accountability, and follow up with one another on assignments related to their personal development. This program acts as an intellectual, social, and spiritual support system for its members.

The Goal is to help members reach their potential in five main qualities:

  1. Islamically-Oriented
  2. Lifelong Learner
  3. Bearer of the Message
  4. Exemplary Citizen
  5. Agent of Change



1. Community Service:   Community project chosen and executed by participants.

2. Knowledge-based curriculum: Qur’an, Hadith, Seerah, etc.

3. Reflections: Members present on topics of personal interests & development, current events, and raising awareness, etc.

4. Brotherhood/Sisterhood Taaruf: Team-building and Bonding.

5. Mentorship with group facilitator (one-on-one) .  Mentor spends time with each member helping them develop a personal goal of their own choosing.

6. Monthly Tarbiya Experiences: Every 4-6 weeks, activities outside of the regular usra meeting will take place with the goal of enriching our members in different qualities. These may include night-time prayer programs (qiyams), daytime team-building trips, environmental clean-ups, community service volunteer opportunities, etc.



Must be able to meet on a consistent basis, with 85% attendance rate (15% excused absence).


At the end of a session an evaluation of each member’s commitment will take place to determine continuation in program.

Practical Assignments: Attendees are expected to prepare for each session with practical assignments as well as readings and presentations.


Mentor will guide discussions, foster an atmosphere of brotherhood and encourage each member to reach his/her potential in terms of self-development and community development.

Community Service:

By the end of the first session, members will have identified a team project that they can work on, as a way of giving back to their community.

Due to limited resources, space is limited. Questions? Email [email protected].

Signature Projects

Annual Meeting:

This is an annual meeting that brings together MAS members from around the nation in order to exchange ideas, gain new skills, meet members from other chapters and plan for future projects and initiatives.

The Lighthouse Project:

MAS members receive the Lighthouse messages in the form of “episodes” on a quarterly basis.  These episodes encourage members to engage with the reading material, participate in local and national discussions, attend web seminars, and carry out practical assignments.

Personal Development Portal:

An online community that brings members together to exchange ideas, plan projects, research initiatives, and share resources.