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Noor Hifz Academy

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Noor Hifz Academy

Noor Hifz Academy (NHA) was founded at the MCA prayer hall in Fall 2014. Alhamdulillah, between 2017 and 2024, we graduated 37 students. In addition to being enrolled in NHA, our full-time students continue their standard academic curriculum through a home schooling option of their choice.

NHA is proud to offer full-time hifz classes for both boys and girls.

Our Goal

To please Allah (SWT) by teaching our students a basic understanding of memorizing and reciting the Quran with proper Tajweed, to the best of our ability

Our Approach

Our staff works hard to build a safe, positive, and respectful learning environment. We encourage each of our students to memorize the Quran based on their individual ability, while building a long-term connection with the book of Allah.

Our Graduates

Alhamdulillah, from 2017-2024, we had 37 students complete their hifz. Our graduates are our “crown jewels” – Ma sha Allah, Tabarak Allah.

Enrollment Critera

Please refer to the most recent version of our school handbook.

Admission Process

  • After an evaluation period of 2-4 weeks, the NHA Staff will determine whether or not the student is ready to join the hifz program.
  • As successful completion of the hifz program requires dedication and commitment from the parents as well, they will be interviewed by the NHA Committee.
  • The parents are responsible for supplementing their child’s hifz journey with an appropriate academic program. Full-time hifz students often opt for a charter school (e.g., Ocean Grove or Connecting Waters) or another homeschooling option of their choice.

Program Duration

Our full-time hifz program runs five days a week, from 8:00 am-1:30 pm, with a shorter day on Fridays. It is targeted toward students who want to memorize the Quran in 2-5 years and are willing to homeschool.

Teaching Methodology

The daily class schedule comprises of three components:

  1. Dor (revision)
  2. Sabaq-Dor (most recent homework / memorization)
  3. New Sabaq (new homework / memorization)*

*This is conditional – assigned if both the Dor and Sabaq-Dor components are recited well.

Tracking Student Progress

  • All parents receive a daily progress Google spreadsheet at the start of each academic year. This is one of the main forms of communication between parents and teachers.
  • Parents and teachers are encouraged to meet on a monthly basis to discuss the hifz progress and class experience.
  • Students construct an annual plan toward accomplishing both short-term and long-term hifz goals with the help of their teachers. They are encouraged to challenge themselves while being realistic and flexible, as plans sometimes need to be modified.
  • The yearly action plan is the short-term goal; completing hifz is the long-term goal; building a connection with the Quran is the life-long goal.

Expectations From Parents

  • Drop off and pick up your child on time (for the on-site program)
  • Check your child’s daily progress
  • Check your child’s annual plan and encourage him/her to achieve their goal (without unnecessary pressure)
  • Ensure that your child completes his/her homework regularly
  • Communicate with the school, as needed:
  • Ensure your child respects the dress code


School Calendar

School Handbook

Meet the NHA Team

Sana Alhakim


Sr. Sana Alhakim is currently the administrator for the Muslim Community Association (MCA), Al Arqam School, and Noor Hifz Academy (NHA). She began working at Al Arqam in 2010 and joined NHA and the MCA in 2015. Her educational background is in Child Development and Management. Tr. Sana completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.

Zakariae ElMekkaoui

Program Head

Sh. Zakariae ElMekkaoui has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since it was founded in 2014. He was born in Morocco and has memorized numerous texts on Ḥadīth, Fiqh, and the Arabic language. He also holds Ijazah for the memorization of both the Warsh-an-Nafi and Hafs-an-Asim recitations of the Holy Quran. He has led Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan since 1998 in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, and across the United States. Currently, he is the full-time imam for the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) and also leads prayers at the Muslim Community Association (MCA) and Masjid Al-Noor in Santa Clara. Sh. Zakariae completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.

Sahar Khalil

Teacher (Girls)

Tr. Sahar Ibrahim Khalil has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Ain Shams University in Cario, Egypt. She completed her memorization of the Holy Quran in 2013 and received a certificate of completion from Dar-al-Taqwa, affiliated with Al-Azhar University in Egypt. Tr. Sahar has also studied Fiqh, Hadith, and Tafseer. She taught at the Al-Arqam school for four years and at QMC and the Sunday Weekend Islamic School for five years. Tr. Sahar completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.

Mirvat Saadeh

Teacher (Girls)

Tr. Mirvat Saadeh has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since 2017. She completed her university studies in social studies and then joined one of the Islamic centers back in her native country, Jordan. She finished studying Tajweed and foundational courses in the sciences of Quran from Aqeedah, Fiqh, and Tafseer for three years. Thereafter, she taught children Quran and Tajweed in Islamic centers and institutions and began studying for her Ijazah. In 2012, Tr. Mirvat joined the MCA family as a Quran teacher at Al Arqam School and QMC. She continues to work as a teacher for QMC kindergarten and teaches at other Bay Area schools as well. Tr. Mirvat completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.

Hamza Palya

Teacher (Boys)

Sh. Hamza Palya has been teaching at Noor Hifz Academy since 2018. He was raised in San Francisco area and began his religious studies at the Islamic Center of San Francisco. After completing his memorization of the Holy Qurʾān in May 2007, he pursued a formal ʿĀlimiyyah degree, studying under Mufti Abdullah Nana. His ʿālim studies culminated in his traveling to study at the Madresa Arabiya Islamiya in Johannesburg, South Africa. During his student days there, Sh. Hamza was blessed to study under some of the most well-known scholars of South Africa and was granted numerous Ijāzāt (formal authorizations) in various Islamic sciences: Fiqh, Ḥadīth, ʿAqīdah, Tafsīr, Uṣūl, Arabic Grammar and Rhetoric. He serves as the Imam of Masjid Al Haqq in San Mateo, CA and lectures at many mosques across the Bay Area. Sh. Hamza completed the Positive Discipline in the Classroom training for teachers in 2019.

Hassaan Haq

Teacher (Boys)

Tr. Hassaan Haq first taught at Noor Hifz Academy from 2019-2020 and then rejoined our staff in 2022. He is a recent graduate from San José State University with a degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been attending prayers and events at his local Masaajid since he was a child. Tr. Hassaan completed his Hifdh of the Holy Quran in 2013 with Imam Ilyas Anwar and Mufti Muddassir Oovais in the Irvington Masjid in Fremont, California (ICF), and has been leading Taraweeh prayers during the holy month of Ramadan ever since. Prior to that, he studied part-time Hifdh with Sh. Ebrahim and Sh. Faatina. Tr. Hassaan has a strong passion for volunteer work and enjoys working with the youth and giving back to the local community. He also enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and exploring the various Halal cuisines that the Bay Area has to offer!

Saad Mirza

Teacher (Boys)

Hafidh Saad Mirza joined Noor Hifz Academy in 2023. While growing up in San Francisco, the local masjid, – Islamic Center of San Francisco (ISF) – was always a second home for him, and that is where he developed the passion to memorize the Holy Quran. After completing his memorization of the Holy Quran in 2008 with Molana Yusuf in the hifz program at ISF, Hafidh Saad started leading taraweeh prayers at various local masaajid, with the current one being the Fiji Masjid in South San Francisco. He has also been teaching the recitation of the Holy Quran, various surahs, duas, and Fiqh at the Maktab program in San Francisco to various age groups. He also conducts one-on-one Tajweed sessions for adults. In his free time, he enjoys all things sports: Basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and cricket.

The NHA Committee

Muna Bashir


Has been involved with Noor Hifz Academy (NHA) since 2015 – first as a parent and then as a committee member in 2019. MashaAllah, she is the proud parent of a 2018 NHA graduate. Sr. Muna is a DONA International-certified birth doula and CAPPA-certified childbirth educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a master’s degree in Maternal-Child Health Systems, and is pursuing her PhD in Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

Amjath Ali


Has been living in the US (Santa Clara) since 2012. He is the proud father of two daughters. MashaAllah, his elder daughter was among the 2020-2021 NHA graduates. Br. Amjath has been involved with volunteering activities for ICNA and MCA during Ramadan. Also, he served as the Treasurer for the non-profit organization, USATNMA (i.e., the Tamil Muslim Association in the Bay Area) for two years (2018-2019).

Fathima Sharmila


Has been living in the Bay Area since 2008. She resides in Campbell with her husband and two kids. Sr. Fathima grew up in India, where she did her Bachelors in Computer Science, and subsequently got her Masters in Software Engineering in San Jose, California.

Suleyman Saib


Graduated from San Jose State University with a master’s degree in software engineering. He is a frequent volunteer with local organizations such as the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in computer science in 2020, where he was the treasurer for the Muslim Student Association.

Nadia Abid


Completed her bachelor in medicine and surgery (MBBS) from Pakistan. She completed her Taleem-al Quran diploma course from Al-Huda International from 2015-2019. She is currently working toward her ijazah for Tajweed and completing another diploma course in Sahih Al-Bukhari. She has been homeschooling her children for the past four years, alhamdulillah.