Posted on March 2, 2023

She’s the First Judge to Wear a Hijab on the Bench in NJ

Hannan Adely,, March 1, 2023

Nadia Kahf, a family law attorney from Wayne, will become the next Muslim woman to serve as a state Superior Court judge in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Senate voted to appoint Kahf and a dozen other people as judges on Monday. Kahf, who will be the first judge to wear a hijab on the bench, will serve in Passaic County.


At her law practice in Haledon, Kahf specializes in family law and immigration. Since 2003, she has sat on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights organization where she now serves as chairwoman. She is also the legal adviser to Wafa House, a nonprofit domestic violence and social services agency based in Clifton, and chairwoman of the Islamic Center of Passaic County.

Two other Muslim women, Sharifa Salaam and Kalimah Ahmad, serve as Superior Court judges in Essex and Hudson counties, respectively.