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Connecting Hearts to the Next Level

The Nawawi Center is a non-profit organization that builds positive relationships amongst Muslims and New Zealand’s other diverse communities.

Based mainly in Christchurch, New Zealand, it consists of a team of professional volunteers trained in project and event management, and committed to learning and spreading Islam’s timeless, peaceful and universal teachings.

The Nawawi Center’s resources and our event management team are at the service of all other organizations who support its primary goals.

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Meet Our Team

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
Ayesha Jones

Ayesha Jones

Director

Languages: English, Malay

Ayesha loves learning about different cultures, which comes in handy in her role with NZ’s diverse communities.

Nadiah Ali

Nadiah Ali

Project Advisor

Languages: English, Malay

When Nadiah isn’t busy being a scientist, or running community programs, you’ll find her in her happy place: scaling the grand NZ mountain peaks!

Hashmat Lafraie

Hashmat Lafraie

Finance Officer

Languages: English, Farsi

A lawyer by training, Hashmat was a leader of the Muslim student association in Otago before lending his skills to the team.

Hesham Jones

Hesham Jones

Project Advisor / IT Manager

Languages: English, Malay

Although he has over 10 years experience in Project Management and IT, Hesham’s greatest contribution are still his Dad Jokes.

Salha Hasi

Salha Hasi

Youth Leader / HR Manager

Languages: English, Arabic (Libya)

Salhas busy life consists of being a mum, owning her hijab business and teaching, but still finds time to read, go on walks, watch Harry Potter, drink coffee and eat chocolate.

Zimna Thaufeeg

Zimna Thaufeeg

Administrator

Languages: English, Dhivehi

Although the newest addition to the team, Zimna has fast become the engine behind the operations.

Dalia Mohamed

Dalia Mohamed

Head Teacher

Languages: English, Arabic (Egypt)

Our resident expert on Qurʼān recitation, Dalia leads our longest standing educational program, Nūrāniyyah Academy.

Asayal Al

Asayal Al

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Arabic (Saudi)

Asayal is a speech therapist and keen volunteer with a passion for helping marginalised people and communities.

Nailah Hasi

Nailah Hasi

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Arabic (Libya)

Nailah is a student who loves volunteering for the community and working with kids.

Shafiqah Ilyana

Shafiqah Ilyana

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Malay

Shafiqah is a speech therapist who loves sports and working with the community.

Abdul Baset Khalifa

Abdul Baset Khalifa

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Arabic (Libyan)

Abdulbaset is an aspiring sports Podiatrist and a keen footballer. For NC he aims to work with the Muslim youth of Christchurch.

Hamza Mohamed

Hamza Mohamed

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Somali

The next Lebron James, both in his basketball abilities and giving back to the community.

Salaamah Shah

Salaamah Shah

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Salaamah is a busy nursing student in her final year but in her spare time, she loves to bake and be active.

Zakkiyya Shah

Zakkiyya Shah

Graphic Designer

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Zakkiyya is the creative talent behind our slick graphics. She also likes admiring nature, traveling, experiencing cultures and making smoothie bowls.

Nuru Mzee

Nuru Mzee

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Swahili

A geology student interested in bringing out the best in youth.

Tanzeel Khan

Tanzeel Khan

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Urdu/Hindi

Tanzeel is a dedicated student, footballer and youth leader who is very easy to get along with.

Huda Richards

Huda Richards

Youth Leader

Languages: English

Huda has a big heart and passion for children and is committed to playing a role for the next generation on Muslims in our community.

Hannah Tawfeek

Hannah Tawfeek

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Arabic (Egypt)

Hannah is a fashion design student who also loves to film. She loves to work with the community and has a passion for helping youth.

Nehaad Al-Waiz

Nehaad Al-Waiz

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Fijian Hindi, Fijian, Punjabi

A business owner by day, and a dad by night, Nehaad has a passion for youthwork and community development.

Hannafi Bin Husaini

Hannafi Bin Husaini

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Malay

An IT student with a penchant for volunteering. Hannafi is a fun loving guy with a contagious smile.

Suhaylah Richards

Suhaylah Richards

Patron

Languages: English

A respected and long-standing member of the Christchurch Muslim community, Suhaylah has a keen interest in working with new Muslims.

Jumayah Haji Ahmad

Jumayah Haji Ahmad

Patron

Languages: English, Malay

Jumayah is a life long learner and community volunteer with a passion for building bridges with the wider Christchurch community.

Taalib Jones

Taalib Jones

Patron

Languages: English

The original patron of NC, Taalib’s long-standing support extends back to our organisational conception.

Zayid Jones

Zayid Jones

Patron

Languages: English, Malay

The founder of Nawawi Center, Zayid now lives in Thailand with his family, although his heart will always be in Christchurch.

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