1st hijab-wearing judge join bench at US Court in New Jersey – Middle East Monitor


United States attorney Nadia Kahf has been appointed to the Superior Court of New Jersey, becoming the first hijab judge on the bench, local media reported.

Kahf is a legal and immigration attorney from the town of Wayne, who is of Syrian descent. She took the oath of office yesterday with her hand on a copy of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, according to the local news website North Jersey.

She will serve as a Passaic County Superior Court judge after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy nominated her a year ago, according to local media.

While Kahf is not the first Muslim woman to serve as a state judge, she is the first to wear a hijab on the bench.

Since 2003, she has served on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights organization of which Kahf now serves as chair.

She is also legal counsel for Wafa House, a non-profit domestic violence and social services agency based in the city of Clifton, and chair of the Islamic Center of Passaic County.

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