Twenty-three boys and girls ages 13-18 joined us for a Saturday hike at Little Yosemite in Sunol to recharge our spirits and renew our appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us. We spent time exploring the beautiful nature and ended with lunch and an on-site workshop reflecting on the spiritual dimensions of wudu (ablution) and prayer with Sr. Maryam Awwal and Hafiz Zaid Khanani.

Maryam Awwal is a second-year Master of Arts student at Zaytuna College studying Islamic law and legal theory. She has a master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute and is pursuing an associate’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling.

She also has a BA in Liberal Arts & Islamic Studies from Zaytuna College and a BA in Economics from UC Davis. After graduating, she hopes to further her education in various sacred Islamic sciences and support the development of sound Muslim communities in the West. Zaid Khanani is a Marriage and Family Therapy trainee with the City of Fremont, Youth and Family Services. He graduated from Zaytuna College and completed his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Wright Institute. Hafiz Zaid continues his formal Islamic Studies with local teachers and scholars overseas. He is a former Islamic Studies teacher at Northstar Islamic School and teaches numerous online classes.