When Nadia Kahf was appointed to the superior court in New Jersey, she created history by becoming the country’s first head covering judge. Kahf is originally from Wayne and has Syrian ancestry. She specialises in immigration and family law.
She took the oath of office while clutching a copy of the Qur’an. According to local media outlets, Kahf was nominated for the position by Governor Phil Murphy more than a year ago, and she will serve as a judge of the Passaic County Superior Court.
The first Muslim woman to do so while donning a headscarf is Kahf, albeit she is not the first Muslim woman to hold the position of state judge.
Kahf has spent nearly two decades actively supporting the civil rights of Muslims in the US as a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a nonprofit organisation. The organization’s chairwoman is now Kahf.
She also serves as legal counsel at Wafa House, a Clifton nonprofit that offers aid to victims of domestic violence and other social services. She also serves as the center’s chair for Passaic County.
Her groundbreaking performance as a judge who wore a headscarf is a significant achievement for Muslim women in the United States and emphasises the value of diversity and representation in the nation’s judicial system.