Noor Hifz Academy (NHA) was founded at the MCA prayer hall in Fall 2014. Alhamdulillah, between 2017 and 2022, we graduated 35 students. In addition to being enrolled in NHA, our full-time students continue their standard academic curriculum through a home-schooling option of their choice.
NHA is proud to offer in-person and online hifz class options for both boys and girls.
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Alhamdulillah, from 2017-2022, we had 35 students complete their hifz. Our graduates are our “crown jewels” – Ma sha Allah, Tabarak Allah.
• Already memorized some parts of the Quran and/or an entire Juz (e.g., the 30th Juz)
• Minimum age of 9 years and/or in grade 3 or higher
• A desire to memorize the Quran (based on admission interview)
• As successful completion of the hifz program requires dedication and commitment from the parents as well, they will be interviewed by the NHA Committee.
• The parents are responsible for supplementing their child’s hifz journey with an appropriate academic program. Full-time hifz students often opt for a charter school (e.g., Ocean Grove or Connecting Waters) or another homeschooling option of their choice.
• The full-time hifz program runs five days a week, from 8:00 am-1:30 pm, with a shorter day on Fridays. It is targeted toward students who want to memorize the Quran in 2-5 years and are willing to homeschool.
• The part-time hifz program runs four days a week, from 3:30pm-5:30pm, with no classes on Fridays. It is targeted toward students who attend regular school during the day and eventually want to memorize the Quran full-time.
The daily class schedule comprises of three components:
1. Dor (revision)
2. Sabaq-Dor (most recent homework / memorization)
3. New Sabaq (new homework / memorization)*
*This is conditional – assigned if both the Dor and Sabaq-Dor components are recited well.
Tracking Student Progress
• All parents receive a daily progress Google spreadsheet at the start of each academic year. This is one of the main forms of communication between parents and teachers.
• Parents and teachers are encouraged to meet on a monthly basis to discuss the hifz progress and class experience.
• Students construct an annual plan toward accomplishing both short-term and long-term hifz goals with the help of their teachers. They are encouraged to challenge themselves while being realistic and flexible, as plans sometimes need to be modified.
• The yearly action plan is the short-term goal; completing hifz is the long-term goal; building a connection with the Quran is the life-long goal.
Expectations from Parents
- Set up a designated space and supportive learning environment at home (for the off-site/virtual program) with parental supervision
- Drop off and pick up your child on time (for the on-site program)
- Check your child’s daily progress
- Check your child’s annual plan and encourage him/her to achieve their goal (without unnecessary pressure)
- Ensure that your child completes his/her homework regularly
- Communicate with the school, as needed: email@example.com
- Ensure your child respects the dress code
- NHA TeamNHA Staff
Sana Alhakim | AdministratorSr. Sana Alhakim is currently the administrator for the Muslim Community Association (MCA), Al Arqam School, and Noor Hifz Academy (NHA). She began working at Al Arqam in 2010 and joined NHA and the MCA in 2015. Her educational background is in Child Development and Management. Tr. Sana completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.
Mirvat Saadeh | Teacher (girls)Tr. Mirvat Saadeh has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since 2017. She completed her university studies in social studies and then joined one of the Islamic centers back in her native country, Jordan. She finished studying Tajweed and foundational courses in the sciences of Quran from Aqeedah, Fiqh, and Tafseer for three years. Thereafter, she taught children Quran and Tajweed in Islamic centers and institutions and began studying for her Ijazah. In 2012, Tr. Mirvat joined the MCA family as a Quran teacher at Al Arqam School and QMC. She continues to work as a teacher for QMC kindergarten and teaches at other Bay Area schools as well. Tr. Mirvat completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.
Adeeb Syed | Teaching Assistant (boys)
Tr. Adeeb Syed was born and raised in the California Bay Area and has routinely been involved with programs and activities at the local masajid. He completed his memorization of the Holy Quran in 2016 with Mufti Muddassir Owais at the Irvington Masjid in Fremont (ICF), California. He has been leading Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan ever since. Prior to that, he was a part-time student with Mufti Nawaz, Sh. Zakariae El Mekkaoui, and a full-time student at Noor Hifz Academy. He is a keen outdoor enthusiast and finds pleasure in activities such as backpacking and camping. He also enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.
Zakariae ElMekkaoui | Program Head
Sh. Zakariae ElMekkaoui has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since it was founded in 2014. He
was born in Morocco and has memorized numerous texts on Ḥadīth, Fiqh, and the Arabic language.
He also holds Ijazah for the memorization of both the Warsh-an-Nafi and Hafs-an-Asim recitations
of the Holy Quran. He has led Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan since 1998 in Morocco, United
Arab Emirates, Sweden, and across the United States. Currently, he is the full-time imam for the
South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) and also leads prayers at the Muslim Community Association
(MCA) and Masjid Al-Noor in Santa Clara. Sh. Zakariae completed the Positive Discipline in the
Classroom training for teachers in 2019.
Hamza Palya | Teacher (boys)Sh. Hamza Palya has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since 2018. He was raised in San Francisco area and began his religious studies at the Islamic Center of San Francisco. After completing his memorization of the Holy Qurʾān in May 2007, he pursued a formal ʿĀlimiyyah degree, studying under Mufti Abdullah Nana. His ʿālim studies culminated in his traveling to study at the Madresa Arabiya Islamiya in Johannesburg, South Africa. During his student days there, Sh. Hamza was blessed to study under some of the most well-known scholars of South Africa and was granted numerous Ijāzāt (formal authorizations) in various Islamic sciences: Fiqh, Ḥadīth, ʿAqīdah, Tafsīr, Uṣūl, Arabic Grammar and Rhetoric. He serves as the Imam of Masjid Al Haqq in San Mateo, CA and lectures at many mosques across the Bay Area. Sh. Hamza completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.
Rohullah Bayanzai | Teacher (boys)
Muftī Rohullah Bayanzai joined Noor Hifz Academy in 2022. He is a young Islamic scholar who was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. He gave up a promising basketball career for the sake of studying the enlightening knowledge of Islam. He memorized the Qurʾān at the age of 15 at The Islamic Center of Fremont (ICF) under Molānā Ilyas Anwar and Muftī Mudassir Owais. He then began studying the higher sciences locally, and eventually in South Africa. Mufti Rohullah served as the Imām of Masjid Zakariyya in Fremont from 2016-2018. Since 2018, he has been working with Darus Suffah in Milptas, California, teaching the higher sciences of the “ālimiyyah program.” He has a particularly close connection with the youth, who are able to connect well with his personality and teaching style. In 2019, he founded As Siddeeq Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to reviving the beautiful teachings of Islam through classes, workshops, and youth programs.
Sahar Khalil | Teacher (girls)Tr. Sahar Ibrahim Khalil has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ain Shams University in Cario, Egypt. She completed her memorization of the Holy Quran in 2013 and received a certificate of completion from Dar-al-Taqwa, affiliated with Al-Azhar University in Egypt. Tr. Sahar has also studied Fiqh, Hadith, and Tafseer. She taught at the Al-Arqam school for four years and at QMC and the Sunday Weekend Islamic School for five years. Tr. Sahar completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.
Hassaan Haq | Teacher (boys)
Tr. Hassaan Haq first taught at Noor Hifz Academy from 2019-2020 and then rejoined our staff in 2022. He is a recent graduate from San José State University with a degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been attending prayers and events at his local Masaajid since he was a child. Tr. Hassaan completed his Hifdh of the Holy Quran in 2013 with Imam Ilyas Anwar and Mufti Muddassir Oovais in the Irvington Masjid in Fremont, California (ICF), and has been leading Taraweeh prayers during the holy month of Ramadan ever since. Prior to that, he studied part-time Hifdh with Sh. Ebrahim and Sh. Faatina. Tr. Hassaan has a strong passion for volunteer work and enjoys working with the youth and giving back to the local community. He also enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and exploring the various Halal cuisines that the Bay Area has to offer!NHA Committee
Muna Bashir | Chair
Has been involved with Noor Hifz Academy (NHA) since 2015 – first as a parent and then as a committee member in 2019. MashaAllah, she is the proud parent of a 2018 NHA graduate. Sr. Muna is a DONA International-certified birth doula and CAPPA-certified childbirth educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Maternal-Child Health Systems.
Amjath Ali | Member
Has been living in the US (Santa Clara) since 2012. He is the proud father of two daughters. MashaAllah, his elder daughter was among the 2020-2021 NHA graduates. Br. Amjath has been involved with volunteering activities for ICNA and MCA during Ramadan. Also, he served as the Treasurer for the non-profit organization, USATNMA (i.e., the Tamil Muslim Association in the Bay Area) for two years (2018-2019).
Suleyman Saib | Member
Suleyman Saib is currently a student at San Jose State University studying for a master’s degree in software engineering. He is a frequent volunteer with local organizations such as the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in computer science in 2020, where he was the treasurer for the Muslim Student Association.
Nada Sarhan | Member
Has been attending Quran classes and halaqahs at MCA since she was about four years old. It is through these classes that she completed her first memorization of the Quran, mashaAllah. She has been teaching Quran and Tajweed for close to eight years. Currently, she is employed at Al-Arqam, after spending three years at Reflection Sunday School. Sr. Nada enjoys reading, learning, and teaching.
Nadia Abid | Member
Completed her bachelor in medicine and surgery (MBBS) from Pakistan. She completed her Taleem-al Quran diploma course from Al-Huda International from 2015-2019. She is currently working toward her ijazah for Tajweed and completing another diploma course in Sahih Al-Bukhari. She has been homeschooling her children for the past four years, alhamdulillah.
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