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Nadia Kahf; Muslim woman becomes 1st headscarf-wearing judge in US

US attorney Nadia Kahf has been appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court, becoming the first hijab-wearing judge on the bench.

US attorney Nadia Kahf has been appointed to the New Jersey Superior Court, becoming the first hijab-wearing judge on the bench.

Kahf, a Syrian-origin family law and immigration attorney from the township of Wayne, took the oath of office on Thursday with her hand on a copy of the Holi Quran.

Kahf will serve in Passaic County.

“I want the younger generation, I want them to see that they can practice their religion without fear,” Kahf said in her speech.

Since 2003, Kahf had sat on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights organization where she served as chairwoman. She was 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.

Though Kahf is not the first Muslim woman to serve as a state judge, she is the first to wear a hijab on the bench.

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