Connecting young people with leaders in the Muslim community and encouraging them to view life through an Islamic lens.

What is Tarbiyyah Mentoring?

Young adults need positive influences in their lives. People who give good advice. People that act as role-models and show them what they can achieve in their spiritual and professional lives. People that, through discussions, help them shape their ideas of who they want to become.

No one person will ever suffice. Our direction for the actions we do and the path we want to travel is shaped by all of the people around us. The Tarbiyyah Mentoring scheme exists to add one more person to a young person's life, specifically designed to give them the additional direction they need.

Some young people have grown up with praiseworthy individuals all around them. However, many may be on the cusp of adulthood with nobody to turn to for guidance or support. The mentors themselves are positive role models, who have travelled the path the students still have ahead of them.

This mentoring scheme is an Islamic mentoring scheme. The ultimate aim is to encourage young people to view life through an Islamic lens. This is encapsulated in the following ayah:

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَايَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ - 6:162
Say, ‘My prayers and sacrifice, my life and death, are all for God, Lord of all the Worlds;


Based on this ayah, our scheme has the following objectives:

  1. To contribute to developing Muslim students’ connection with Allah SWT, helping them view the world through an Islamic lens, and what it means to live as a Muslim in modern Britain.
  2. To give students a safe space to receive reliable advice on matters that concern them without being judged.
  3. To support students in pursuing community activism.

How does the scheme work?

Suitable mentors are approached by the Alumni Team. Each mentor has studied at university and has navigated their personal, professional and community lives through an Islamic lens.

They are then matched with up to five student mentees. We strive to match mentees with mentors who can fulfil their needs. This is not a strictly ‘career’ or ‘academic’ mentoring scheme. Whilst you can receive support in these areas, the programme offers more holistic guidance on navigating challenges through an Islamic perspective. If you only desire career or academic mentoring, we recommend a university mentoring scheme alongside this one.

This scheme follows a unique group mentoring approach. The mentor’s role is to be a facilitator and guide. Their key role is in asking questions, encouraging discussion, and finally giving their input and advice. The minimum level of engagement between mentor and mentees is a single one-hour session together per month whilst a WhatsApp group will be set up for ongoing engagement between the group. There are several benefits to this format:

  • Mentees gain insights from their mentor and their peers
  • Each individual feels less inhibited in front of a ‘senior leader’
  • Allows for group projects and activities for additional learning
  • Bonds form between mentees which persist outside meetings


The workshops provide a platform to expose mentees to more positive Muslim role models in an environment that promotes critical thinking. With mentees receiving personal support from their mentors, the workshops aim to set a structure to that learning. There will be one two-hour session per month exclusively for mentees. The workshops will encourage critical thinking and discussion around key issues young Muslims are likely to face in life. Some of these include:

  • What is my role as a Muslim in 21st century Britain?
  • How can I protect my relationship with Allah whilst pursuing high-profile roles in professional and community life?
  • How can I be a more confident Muslim in the workplace?
  • What does ‘striving for change in society’ mean in an Islamic context? 

Make an application

Mentee applications open on the 21st September 2020 for the 2020/21 intake. Please register your interest via the form below if you would like an email reminder for when applications open.

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