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About Light Legacy Books

Light Legacy Books is a children’s publishing house dedicated to producing books that tell the stories of little-known Scholars, Rulers, and Sages from West Africa and beyond.

Ustadah Rukayat Yakub is the founder of Light Legacy Books a children’s publishing house dedicated to telling the stories of little-known heroes from Africa and across the globe. Rukayat is an AMI certified Montessori elementary teacher and studied Arabic and traditional Islamic sciences in the UK, Morocco, Spain, Mauritania and the United States. Passionately leading two research projects, ‘Women of Light’, a look at the literary and educational legacy of Nana Asma’u and ‘Empowered by Revelation’ which highlights the impact Islam has made on the lives of women through the ages revealed the necessity for stories from unrecognized giants in history. Currently, she resides in New Jersey, USA and is enjoying researching, writing & reviewing illustrations late into the night for the first book in the series.


Workshop 2018


Team Members
Founder and Executive Director

Rukayat Yakub

Ustadah Rukayat Yakub is the founder of Light Legacy Books a children’s publishing house dedicated to telling the stories of little-known heroes from Africa and across the globe. Rukayat is an AMI certified Montessori elementary teacher and studied Arabic and traditional Islamic sciences in the UK, Morocco, Spain, Mauritania and the United States. Passionately leading two research projects, ‘Women of Light’, a look at the literary and educational legacy of Nana Asma’u and ‘Empowered by Revelation’ which highlights the impact Islam has made on the lives of women through the ages revealed the necessity for stories from unrecognized giants in history. Currently, she resides in New Jersey, USA and is enjoying researching, writing & reviewing illustrations late into the night for the first book in the series.

Research Associate

Mahassin Muhsin

Mahassin Muhsin is a student of Arabic and of the Islamic Sciences. Her studies have taken her to different parts of the world in pursuit of greater understanding. Currently, she is an aspiring writer hoping to share the many findings acquired through her travels.

Research Associate

Sabrina Mirza

Sabrina Mirza graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Middle Eastern Studies. While there, she travelled to Guatemala with the Rutgers chapter of UNICEF to teach in a program for street children. Realizing the need for her heart to be closely connected to those in need in order to serve sincerely, she thereafter organized another mission to Honduras to help in an orphanage. Her passions for ethics and service led her to Seton Hall University School of Law, where she received her J.D. and was recognized for her Outstanding Contribution to the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic and work in Public Interest. While in law school, she conducted on-the-ground research in Guatemala on the reasons why unaccompanied minors were fleeing to the United States during the “surge” in 2014. After serving as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Criminal Division in Essex County, NJ, she began working at a non-profit in Central NJ, where she currently represents unaccompanied minors from Central America who are seeking asylum in the United States. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and writing; her interests include sacred knowledge, philosophy, and poetry.

Intern

Kamilah Khabir

Kamilah Khabir is a 24-year-old African American student, currently entering her last semester of undergraduate school at George mason university, with a major in education. I aspire to inspire and empower youth through knowledge of history as well as my second passion, martial arts.


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