Our Team

Meet Our Team

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Wafaa Saeed, M.Ed. 

Founder & Executive Director of Al Hikmah Academy
Ust. Wafaa Saeed holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration & Leadership from Cleveland State University, and an Ijazah in Quran recitation & Tajweed in the Hafs narration. She is a lifelong teacher and student of Islamic studies with experience teaching in various Islamic schools in multiple communities. She is a member of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, where she served as the assistant outreach coordinator, and is currently a volunteer, with a focus on Islamic educational programs, and youth services.

Ust. Souad Omar: Lead Instructor

Ust. Souad was born and raised in Egypt. In 2017, she moved to Dublin, OH. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity from Liberty University. She obtained her Ijaza of Quran and Qaeda Al Noorania. Souad’s true passion lies in teaching Quran recitation to both children and adults, including non-Arabic speakers. With sharing the beauty of the Quran with others and helping them develop a meaningful connection with Allah.

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Ust.Fatima Baig: Lead Instructor

Ust. Fatima Baig moved to Ohio in 2012 from St. Louis Missouri. She holds a B.S. in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia. Her passion is to teach children and sisters Tajweed and Qur’an recitation.  She is a graduate from Jazariyah School of Tajweed and Qur’an Reading Program from Critical Loyalty – online College of Islamic Sciences in 2016, and has an Ijazah in the Riwayah of Hafs an Asim. She has many years of experience teaching at Islamic schools and  programs.Her hobbies include training in Wesern Horseback Riding, painting with watercolor art, and bike riding.

Ust.Amani Hamdallah: Lead Instructor

Ust. Amani Hamdallah was born and raised in Michigan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Oakland University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Walsh College. She completed her Quran studies under the teaching and guidance of her teachers learning al-Qaida al-Nuraniyyah. She is currently pursuing the Ribaat Teacher Certification from Ribaat Academic Institute.
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Ust. Sara Alsalahi: Lead Instructor

My name is Ust. Sara Alsalahi –holding a Bachelor of English Language and Literature, Educational permit for Arabic and Religion, Nooraniyah Certificate from Alfurqan Group for Education and IT, pursuing Ijazah in Quraan at Read and Memorize Group, Working now on memorizing Hadeeth ( Al-Arba’een Nawawia), and Certified in Hadeeth ( Al-Shama’il Al-Muhammadia). It is a great honor and responsibility to be a Quran teacher in Al-Hikmah Academy. Teaching the Quran and planting the Islamic principles in our young ladies’ hearts is the most important achievement I would ever dream of. Teaching the next generation to achieve and succeed in this Dunia and Akhirah allows me to follow in the footsteps of the worlds greatest teacher – Our dear prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).

Ust. Fatima Noubani: Lead Instructor

Ust. Fatima Noubani holds a Masters Degree in Applied Family and Child Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University. She served as the Ameerah of Qabeelat Wasat of AlMaghrib in Chicago. She studied with Almaghrib for five years.  Her most beloved form of activism is youth work, in which she led and started several Halaqas and mentored youth at camps and masajid in Chicago, and enjoys teaching Islamic Studies.
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Ust. Aya Altaani: Lead Instructor

Ust. Aya Ahmad Altaani  lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been teaching the Quran since 2020. She has ijaza in Al Qaida Alnuraniyyah, Noor Albayan, and Tajweed basic to advanced in the Hafs narration from Academy Ijaazah & Academy Bitul Islam in Egypt. She has teaching experience in an Islamic school in Vermont. We’re so excited to have her join our Al Hikmah Academy community!

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Ust. Afaf Masoud: Lead Instructor

Usthatha Afaf  was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She holds an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education & a Shahada from Dar Al Huda Quran School Where she studied Tajweed, and is currently working on receiving Ijaza for the recitation of the Quran.  Teaching the Qur’an is one of her  biggest passions .It gives her immense joy when she sees her students progress in their faith. She is a mother of four kids. She loves to spend quality time with family, enjoy traveling and exploring new places, going on hikes, and biking.

Ust.Deena Ali: Beginners Quran Tutoring Instructor 

Usthatha Deena Ali holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education from Cleveland State University. She is a history teacher at Al Ihsan  Islamic school and enjoys volunteering in Islamic camps and masajid for the Cleveland community. She served as MSA president for 2 years during her time at CSU. Sr Deena received the Tajweed Course Certificate from HA and is now continuing her Hifth program. She is also studying formal Arabic with Knowman Learning Academy. Her hobbies include being around nature and painting.

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Sabrina Ibrahim: Graphic Designer

Sr. Sabrina Ibrahim has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Cleveland State University and is currently working in Florida. She was a member of CSU MSA and served as Marketing Chair for 3 years.  She also worked and volunteered in her field within the Greater Cleveland Muslim community including the Islamic Center of Cleveland. She enjoys creating designs for small businesses, loves to paint, and spends too much time on TikTok.

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Samantha Baxter: Website Developer

Sr. Samantha Baxter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University. She has been working as a software engineer for a consulting company for the past 8 years. She has been involved in various volunteer projects in her local Muslim community.

Amane Ali: Business Manager

Sr. Amane Ali was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and in 2019 got married and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Baldwin Wallace University. She started her Accounting firm in June of 2016 and has had the pleasure of working with many small businesses and Individuals to support their financial growth and success. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding and hanging out with family. She absolutely loves the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Isra Shariff: Marketing Lead

Sr. Israa Sharif, also known as Saroya, is a 23-year-old originally from Sudan, Khartoum. She was raised in Egypt for ten years before moving to the US with her family in 2015. Israa is currently attending Cleveland State University, majoring in Health Science (Pre-PA). Alongside her studies, she works as a PCNA at the Cleveland Clinic hospital to gain valuable experience before starting PA school, Insh’Allah. An interesting fact about Israa is that she used to teach local kids from the Sudanese community in Cleveland, an initiative started by her sister. She is excited to be part of the team and prays for Allah’s guidance and support in serving the Al Hikmah Academy students and community.