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Connecting Hearts to the Next Level

Nawawi Center is a Muslim grassroots registered charity 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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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Est. 2010 | Children aged 5-12

Nūrāniyyah Academy

Building a strong Islamic foundation for young children.

Est. 2017 | Girls aged 13-30

Hawwā Girls

A support network for girls as they discover what it means to be Muslim New Zealanders. A program for the girls, by the girls.

Est. 2019 | Boys aged 13-30

Bani Adam

A boys youth group and support network aimed at strengthening the bond of brotherhood within the Muslim community.

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.

Tanzeel Khan

Tanzeel Khan

Youth Leader

Languages: English, Urdu, Hindi

Tanzeel is a dedicated student, footballer and youth leader with an easy-going personality.

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.

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.

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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