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.
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.
Position: Secretary, Treasurer
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.