Hidayah Academy board members are all volunteers who have developed the vision, mission and education philosophy of the school. They are all young professionals from various backgrounds, each bringing valuable experience and passion needed to grow the school. 


Abdel-Rahman Elridi

Position: Chairman

Sheikh Abdel-Rahman El-Ridi is a full time Qur’an and Arabic teacher. He was born in Michigan and moved to Egypt. He graduated from Cairo University. His father, who has Ijaza in Fiqh ul Shafiee and in many Qiraat of Qur’an such as Warsh and Quloon, taught him Islamic and Quranic Studies. Sheikh Abdel-Rahman memorized Tohfat Ul Atfal, Alfiat Ibn Malik and Jazirah at the age of 13.


Zakaria Shaikh

Position: Secretary, Treasurer
Zakaria has 15 years experience as a startup entrepreneur, VC investor, and startup board member. His expertise is growth, operations, investor relations and strategic partnerships. He has a graduate degree in business.


Asmaa Elsayed

Position: Director

Asmaa was born in Houston, Texas. She attended both private and public schools until she graduated from high school in 2000 from the Islamic Saudi Academy, in Alexandria, VA.  In 2004, she received her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in both History and Communication with a concentration in Journalism. She subsequently earned her Master’s degree in 2006 in Secondary Education with a concentration in curriculum development and instruction. She was a lead teacher for two years at Washington International Academy in Alexandria, VA. Then she became the principal at Islamic Society of Central New York’s Sunday school. For two years. she was lead teacher as well as the home-school coordinator at Hafiz Samiullah Quran Institute in Sterling, VA. Currently she is principal and teacher at Hidayah Academy.


Rukiya Kazia

Position: Director
Rukiya Kazia was born in Dubai, UAE where she received her primary and secondary school education. She earned her bachelors degree in Business Administration from Al Ghurair University. In 2002, she moved to Los Angeles where she first volunteered, and subsequently worked with Islamic Relief USA. During her professional break to raise her children, Rukiya volunteered with youth programs in masajid and public schools in Los Angeles, New Jersey and Virginia. She has coached and mentored students for Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, and First Lego League teams. Rukiya was also working with the administrative team at Hafiz Samiullah Quran Institute where she contributed towards organizational productivity and increased team work. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Virginia.