Nadia Kahf and Dalya Youssef, two hijab-wearing attorneys from New Jersey, have recently been sworn in as state Superior Court judges, becoming trailblazers in the process. This is a significant moment for Muslim women, who have faced harmful stereotypes about their religion and role in it. The swearing-in of Kahf and Youssef, who openly display their faith, has brought pride and inspiration to the Muslim community. They join other Muslim women and men who serve as state judges in New Jersey. The elevation of these women to the Superior Court bench comes at a time when some women face prejudice and restrictions on wearing the hijab in other parts of the world.
Both Kahf and Youssef have long been known as leaders in their communities. Kahf has served as the chair of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Center of Passaic County, and has worked as a legal advisor for a domestic violence and social services agency. Youssef was a founding member and past president of the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association, and has provided legal assistance to low-income individuals through a nonprofit law firm. She is also involved in various committees and organizations promoting diversity and pro bono work. Overall, the swearing-in of Kahf and Youssef is a proud and historic moment for the Muslim community, and a reflection of the achievements of Muslim women throughout history. Despite common stereotypes, Muslim women are highly educated and have been actively involved in politics, with many running for office and winning elections.