Islam is more than memorization

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From Jakarta to Jacksonville, our mission is to partner with families in raising Muslims who build a better world. Noor Kids is leading a renaissance in the Islamic upbringing of children. One where faith is cultivated through friendship with our Creator, and not just fear. Where Islam resides in good character, and not just God-inspired memorization. Where children are inspired to believe, and not just forced to obey.

Our Evidence-Based Approach

Noor Kids utilizes the S.I.R.A.T. child-centered approach to foster Islamic identity-development.

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Storytelling

Positive modeling stories that address real-world problems faced by children are a proven medium to teach character, citizenship, and belief. Such stories foster engagement, retention, and identity-development.

Identity Curriculum

Much of a child’s identity is shaped by eight years of age. At this age, key elements of an Islamic identity include: a child’s relationship with himself (character), his community (citizenship), and his Creator (beliefs).

Role Models

What does it mean to be a Muslim in America? Real and imaginary role models who children can relate to demonstrate what it means to be Muslim in America for kids.

Active Parenting

Parents play the single greatest role in a child’s identity development. However, most parents are not equipped to talk with children about faith; tools, such as Noor Kids, allow for this to occur.

Thinking Critically

While traditional education often focuses on teaching what Muslims believe and how they practice, children growing up as a religious minority must understand why. Critical thinking allows children to build belief.

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Our Values

Kid-focused

Kid-focused

The mind of a child is where change begins.

By the time a child is nine years of age, a significant portion of their life-long identity has been formed. Therefore, if we seek to raise children who build a better world, we must invest into early education.

Faith-forward

Faith-forward

Islam is more than memorization. It is the path to solve our world's greatest challenges.

For some, to be Muslim is to pray. For us, that is just the beginning. Islam represents a path to solve our world’s greatest struggles — from global warming to racial inequity to moral decay.

Evidence-based

Evidence-based

Our children deserve better than willy-nilly solutions. They need our best.

More so than a house or a career, children represent a family’s most valuable investment. We cannot place the success of our children’s Islamic upbringing into the hands of willy-nilly products. Rather, we utilize evidence-based solutions.

Knowledge-seeking

Knowledge-seeking

We don’t know all of the answers. That’s why we work with theological and scholarly experts to grow.

We partner with qualified experts and institutions to advise our efforts related to Islamic sciences, educational pedagogy, and creative methodologies. Every day, we learn from our experiences and grow.

Fun-loving

Fun-loving

We do important work. In fact, it’s so important that we need to create joy while doing it.

We hold ourselves to the highest standard of fun. (Yes, you read that right.) There’s a lot competing for a child’s attention — and, therefore, our work is, and must be, fun. Seriously, fun.

Who We Are

Amin-Aaser

Amin

Founder and Executive Director

Amin is the founder and Executive Director of Noor Kids, a Harvard-supported educational services organization that seeks to build confidence in the religious identity of young Muslims.

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Wasif Khan

Wasif

Co-founder and Innovator

Wasif is the co-founder and head of innovation at Noor Kids, a Harvard-supported educational service that seeks to build confidence in the religious identity of Muslim kids globally.

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Annie-Idris

Annie

Art Director

Annie is a Canada based illustrator. Her paintings are whimsical in nature, created in ink and watercolour often including comical situations set in architectural backgrounds with playful elements in a bright and colourful environment.

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Fazela

Fazela

Head of Marketing

Fazela is an expert in Marketing. A truly “Global” citizen, she has lived and worked with C-level executives, Digital Marketing Evangelists, Technology experts, Academicians and Professionals from across the globe. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master of Science degree in Marketing Management.

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Sana-Aaser

Sana

Education Director

Sana is an educational researcher with interdisciplinary experience across anthropology, sociology, and child development. She earned her Masters in Education with a focus on Equity and Social Justice at San Francisco State University.

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Huda-Abdul-Razzak

Huda

Animations Director

Huda is currently the Animations Director at Noor Kids. She holds a B.S. in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is working towards her graduate degree in animation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Maryam Razvi Padela

Maryam

Curriculum Expert

Maryam is an educator and researcher. She taught for a few years in Islamic schools (including evening and weekend schools) and both urban and suburban public school settings. Maryam also holds teaching certifications (New York State and Illinois) in PreK-6th grade. Her particular research interests include investigating pedagogies used while teaching and learning about religion.

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Maryum-Mohsin

Maryum

Creative Developer

Maryum earned her Bachelor's Degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts in 1989. Since then she's worked in the field of Professional Development and Education in content development as editor, reviewer, and writer, as well as in content delivery as a trainer and educator.

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Noori Bibi

Noori

Islamic Researcher

Noori is originally a Londoner who relocated to New York through marriage and is now a mother of two awesome young children. Noori is an award-winning campaigner who is deeply passionate about social justice, human rights and education.

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Shireen Momin

Shireen

Events Relations Director and Distribution Manager

Shireen is thrilled to be with Noor Kids as the Events Relation Director and Distribution Manager. She went to the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Finance; while minoring in Leadership, Child Psychiatry, and Pharmacy.

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Hira-Rizvi

Hira

Advisor

Hira is a Napa-based creative, specializing in the intersection of learning material and child development. Hira wears multiple hats throughout the day, from scientist, advocate, mom and an Islamic Education enthusiast.

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Saharish

Creative Developer

Saharish is a creative developer at Noor Kids and helps write out stories to inspire Muslim children and develop their identity as little people of faith.

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Sara Ahmed

Sara

UX Designer

Sara is born and raised in Dallas, TX and the eldest of 5. She graduated from UTD with her Bachelor's in Emerging Media and Communication, and her Masters in Business Marketing and Supply Chain Management in three years time.

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Meet Our Advisors

Shaykh-Omar-Suleiman

Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Founder and President

Yaqeen Institute
Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda

Founder, Director, and Instructor

Qalam Institute
Shaykh Rizwan Arastu

Shaykh Rizwan Arastu

Founder

Islamic-Literacy.com
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Ustadha Rania Awaad

Executive Director

Khalil Center
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Mohammed Aaser

Chief Data Officer

McKinsey & Company
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Dr. Freda Shamma

Founder

Islamic Schools League of America
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Imam Tahir Anwar

Professor

Zaytuna College
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Jawaad Abdul Rahman

Producer and Development Director

Unity Productions Foundation

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Noor Kids has gained support from a host of Islamic scholars,