Judges

2016 ‘Know Your Neighbor’ Competition: Our Honorable Judges 

 Alhamdulillah, we have a very qualified pool of experts as judges. Here are the short Bios of some of the judges. We have some other judges, whose bios will be posted as they become available.


Ayman Nassar is founder of Islamic Leadership Institute, a 501c3 non-profit that offers youth development programming and professional institutional training for schools and masjids. He has a background in technology and engineering and non-profit management, and has taught dozens of classes in many disciplines.

Dr. Azzat Elkafass holds a PHD in Nursing.  She also studied at the Institute of Islamic Studies (VA) for several years towards BS in Sharia. Currently reviewing Quran recitation with a scholar teacher to obtain the Ejjazza in recitation. She is an active member of sister’s committee, outreach committee & educational committee at ICM (Islamic Center of Maryland), conducting classes both in Arabic & English for several years.

Dayna Chowdhury is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park studying bioengineering. Although her main interests are related to the science and math field, she has always found time to participate in speech and debate competitions and aim to continue improving herself in her oratory and literary skills.

Fatimah Waseem is a journalist at the Baltimore Sun Media Group, where she covers government and development. After getting her start in journalism at The Muslim Link Newspaper, she graduated from the University of Maryland last year with degrees in journalism and government. Her work has appeared in publications like the Washington Post, USA TODAY and the Miami Herald.

Dr. Fazlul Kabir is a three-term Council member at the City of College Park. Before he became Council member, he served as a four-term Secretary of the North College Park Citizens Association (NCPCA). He holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester and also teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Hafsa Wafi Graduated from Quranic institute Saudi Arabia in 1997. She taught Quran and Tajweed to Saudi Arabian schoolteachers and also  taught the Quran to non-arabic speakers for 15 years in different schools and mosques in the US. She had been heading the MWQRC judging committee for last six years.

Hanaa Elmaghraby has been teaching Arabic & Qura’n (Tajweed &Tafseer ) and Islamic studies for more than 10 years. With a BS in Teaching, She studied Fiqh & Sharia at  I I A S A. She also holds a Certificate of Tajweed from Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.

Hasan Ahmed works as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. His educational background is in biomedical sciences and law.

Mustabin Hossain, is an Architecture major student at the University of Maryland and a teacher at DarUsSalaam’s Qur’an Institute.

Najwa abualhija  works as a tutor for Quran and Arabic. She learned Tajweed at Jordan 20 years back. She also worked on Sunday school at Garfield high school.

Nadia Hassan is the Director of Young Leaders Institute, Founder of the Villa Park Peace Coalition,  Programming Chair for the Islamic Art Expo. She has an MBA with a thesis in Islamic Finance.

Rabia Baig is currently a pre med student at George Mason University and teaches taleem ul Quran on the weekends,  receiving two ijazahs in tajweed.

Ridwan Chowdhury, Al Huda School Hifzh School graduate, and University of Maryland Mechanical Engineering graduate.

Dr. Shahida Chowdhury, is a Physician working in Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC. She is a Senior Member of  Muslim Ummah in North America (MUNA).

Yusuf Khan is a speaker and student of knowledge who discusses Islamic and contemporary Muslim affairs. He has served as a founding member of WhyIslam DC, the Washington DC chapter of (877) Why Islam, the nation’s largest Islamic outreach project. Yusuf is also a Khateeb and lecturer at Prince George’s Muslim Association and has served as the Chairman of the Executive Council at PGMA.