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Connecting Hearts to the Next Level

Nawawi Center is a not-for-profit Muslim grassroots organization founded in 2008 that aims to bring people together, advocate peace and build a stronger community in Christchurch. With a team of professional volunteers trained in project and event management, Nawawi Center has run events and projects ranging from educational workshops, camps and retreats to community festivals.

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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

Strategy Advisor

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

Strategy & Finance Advisor

Languages: English, Dhivehi

With a background in policy and finance, Zimna manages to juggle work, family and volunteering into her busy schedule.

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 has a passion for helping marginalised people and communities. She’s also a speech therapist and keen volunteer!

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 (Libya)

Abdulbaset is a sports Podiatrist and a keen footballer, with a passion for working 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.

Ceryse Scott

Ceryse Scott

Office Administrator

Languages: English, Samoan

Ceryse is a part-time sociology student who enjoys supporting the diverse communities in Christchurch.

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.

Salaamah Shah

Salaamah Shah

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Afrikaans

Salaamah is a busy nurse 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 with an easy-going personality.

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 & Head Teacher

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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