About Us

Jannah Institute is dedicated to bring the light of knowledge to the heart of women, through the practice and application of the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, Peace be Upon Him.


Jannah Institute began its educational programs in 2013, where it began as the only learning institute in Saint Louis, MO to offer Quran and Islamic Studies courses with a strong focus on Tazkiyah. Jannah Institute is dedicated to providing Islamic education for women by women.  Alhamdulillah, all Praise to Allah, Jannah Institute has expanded to reach students from all over the globe. Jannah Institute also offers its educational programs on multiple platforms, including onsite, online, or web streaming services, as well as free weekly programs hosted live on JI social media pages, all to accommodate the greatest number of students possible.

Our Objective

Our Objective

The main objective of the Jannah  Institute is to teach the divine understanding of the Qur’an and Prophetic Sunnah. The Islamic and Quranic courses are designed to enable students to develop an intimate relationship with Allah. The goal is that students strive to find inner peace, develop Islamic character and become, and raise children who become, valuable members of the Muslim Ummah.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The mission of Jannah Institute is to inspire women from all backgrounds and Islamic educational levels by providing accessible Islamic and Quranic education through various online and on-site platforms.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Jannah Institute is committed to offering an accessible Qur’anic and Islamic education that develops the quality of the Muslim ummah necessary for a rewarding life in this life and the hereafter. With Allah’s grace, we hope to inspire women to desire to live according to the teaching, values, and manners taught in the Holy Qur’an. ​

Our Values

Our Values

Our values reflect the traits and qualities that define the culture of our organization guided by the teachings of the Qur’an.

JI Staff

Dr Sheikha Haifaa Younis

Founder & Executive Director


Assistant to Executive Director & Outreach

Amina Mujela-Botić

Education Co-ordinator (Full Time Program)

Afiyah Mufti

Co-ordinator (Memorization & Tajweed)


Student Affairs


Assistant Manager | Media Coordinator


Social Media Assistant


Web Designer

JI Instructors

Dr Sheikha Haifaa Younis

Dr. Haifaa Younis is an American Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist with roots from Iraq. Her pursuit of Islamic knowledge initiated when she began to study with various Islamic scholars from across the United States while she simultaneously attended individual courses and lectures on subjects including Aqeeda, Fiqh, usual Fiqh, Hadeeth, and Tazkiyah (purification of the soul). From the United States, she moved to Saudi Arabia where she graduated from the Mecca Institute of Islamic Studies (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) and Al-Huda Qur’an Memorization School (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) where she completed the memorization of the Qur’an. She is the founder and Chairman of Jannah Institute and currently teaches seminars on the thematic commentary of various chapters of the Holy Qur’an and their practical relevance in our day-to-day living. Additionally, she offers retreats on key topics that inspire hearts, combining the inner essence of Islam with an outward expression of practice. Dr. Haifaa is passionate about spreading the word of Allah (SBW) and igniting the love of Islam and the Qur’an through her teachings.

Sheikha and HAFIDHA Rabeyah Shad

Ustadha Rabeyah is a teacher of the highest calibre with many international accolades. Born in Louisana, her early years were spent in Saudia Arabia, moving on to Madinah, Malaysia, and she is now based in Pennsylvania. Having completed the memorisation of the Quran at a young age, Ustadha Rabeyah has committed over two decades in her pursuit of knowledge and went on to complete various programs to an excellent grade, including the rules of the 10 modes of recitation and a Bachelors in Islamic Studies, with speciality in Tafseer. Ustadha Rabeyah has completed an intensive teacher training course at Dar al-Huda, Saudi Arabia and multiple training courses and workshops. Given her breadth of experience, she was selected by Shaykh Dr Abdullah Basfar to conduct an intensive advanced Tajweed course in South Africa. Ustadha Rabeya has also presided as a judge for several Quran competitions in Jeddah. Ustadha Rabeyah’s mission is to spread awareness of proper Quran recitation in the Muslim Ummah; promoting among our mothers especially the love of the Quran and instilling it in the lives of our children, collectively striving to realize the Prophet’s ﷺ words, ‘The best among you is who learns the Quran and teaches it’. Based on her extensive experience, she aspires to continue her legacy of part-time Quran, Tajweed and Manzumah teaching of mature Muslim sisters, from the beginner to those reviewing and preparing for ijazah.

Hafidha Afiyah Mufti

Afiyah holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics. She began her journey with the Qur’an after the birth of her first child, and it has become her career and passion since. She obtained ijazah in the memorisation of Qur’an whilst living in the Middle East, and has also learnt and taught tajweed at Dar Al Huda, Jeddah. She is currently based in the United Kingdom.

HAFIDHA Rana Kuzeiz

Ustadha Rana has been teaching girls and women in Jannah Institute since 2013. She has successfully graduated more than 13 hafizat from the Jannah Institute Pearls Program (hifz program for young girls) between 2013-2017 and continue to teach women proper recitation and memorization .She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and her teaching diploma at the Syrian University in Damascus. She memorized the Qur’an in Beirut, Lebanon with shaykha Nahed Khalil Khattab and received her Hifz Ijazah and Al-jazariyya poem (certification) in the recitation of Hafis ‘an Asim from the highest authority of Qur’an memorization in Syria under Shaykh Muhyee Ad Deen AlKurdi in 2002 and Since then, she has taught Qur’an with tajweed and Al-Jazariyya .She loves teaching the Qur’an and is filled with joy when her students proceed forward in their Qur’an pronunciation or memorization. She feels that it is essential for every woman to dedicate time to improve her spiritual life by learning the Qur’an and other Islamic knowledge. As a mother of five, she knows the importance of balancing between a woman duties and her pursuit of knowledge in preparation for the Day of Judgement

HAFIDHA Lina Saffour

Ustatha Lina is originally from Syria. She currently lives in Saint Louis, MO. She holds a degree in public health and architecture. The degree she honors the most is the one I have in Qur’an. Usatatha Lina describes her journey with the Holy Quran as one that “teaches me that sincerity is what matters most. Hard work and persistence is the boat that drives you to your goal. However, sincerity drives you safely.”  She has taught Tajweed’s rules in theory and in practice in small private classes, and has been teaching for the Jannah Institute since August of 2019. Her goal is to have students perfecting their recitation of the Holy Quran, and eventually, become teachers themselves and transfer the knowledge to other students.

Hafidha Ayat Abdel-Rahman

First introduced to Jannah Institute by a friend in 2018, Ayat’s serious learning journey began as a student of Dr. Haifaa. Memorization of the Quran was completed shortly before the start of this journey Alhamdulila and was accompanied by the passion to focus on learning the means of purification of the heart, Tazkiyah. Since being introduced to Jannah Institite, she has been enrolled in the Tazkiyah, Quran and Hifth revision courses with Dr. Haifaa. With a love for sports and math, Ayat is energetically motivated to help and encourage other sisters in their Hifth journey incorporating summary sheets and memorization tips she has been taught along the way.

Hafidha Tasneem Kaochar

Tasneem completed her master’s degree in computer science from the University of Arizona in 2011 and began her Qur’ān journey shortly afterwards. She studied under Ustadha Badia Khazaal of Southern California for nearly 5 years, completing her hifth and earning an ijāzah in the recitation of Ḥafṣ by the way of Shāṭibiyyah. Currently, she is working on strengthening her memorization by studying the mutashābihāt of the Qur’ān under Dr. Haifaa Younis. She is also studying the ten variant readings of the Qur’ān under Shaykh Uthman Khan of Critical Loyalty. For the past two years, she has been teaching introductory tajweed to a small group of adult sisters in her local community in Houston, Texas.

USTADHA Shaista Shahab

My journey of learning tajweed started from Alhuda online course in 2009. After that,  I got enrolled in the very first batch of Jannah Institute for improving tajweed with Ustatha Rowhea Nawa. Then I completed  my Itqaan course with Ustatha Alaa in 2015 at JI. I started teaching in 2014 during the weekend courses. In 2015, I taught the Itqaan Course for 3 years, and am currently focusing on Tajweed in Urdu.

USTADHA Nezha Khechoubi

Ustatha Nezha is originally from Morocco, and a mom of a 10 year old. She completed her studies in Itqan at Jannah Institute during 2015-2018. She started memorizing the Quran at Jannah Institute. In January 2019, she started teaching the Perfecting Quran course,and last school year 2019-2020, She started teaching the Quran for Beginners course.


Originally from South Africa, Ustadha Fatima is one of the Founders of Jannah Institute. A mother of three adult children, Ustadha Fatima is a dedicated student of knowledge. She has completed the Bayyinah Dream Program (2013-2014) and was previously a Teaching Assistant for Bayyinah Dream Program (2015-2016). Most recently, she has completed Qalam Institute’s Alimiyyah Program (2014- 2020).

USTADHA Faiza Khan

Faiza Khan holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature from California State University, Fresno. She started her Quran journey by enrolling in various courses online and by studying tajweed at the Quran Institute of America in Detroit, Michigan. From there, she completed the Bayyinah Dream program and is currently a student at the Qalam Seminary. Having teaching experience in various secular settings, Faiza is most passionate however about teaching and learning the Arabic language. She resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and kids.

Ustadha Amina Mujela-Botic

Amina Mujela-Botic finished her Bachelor’s degree at Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, at department of Islamic Theology, as one of the highest ranked students and the reciever of the Golden badge from the University of Sarajevo. She was a student assistant for the Qira’atu-l-Qur’an class at Faculty of Islamic studies, and is currently at Islam in Europe master’s studies at the same faculty. Amina has three years of experience in teaching classes of Qur’an, tajweed, Arabic letters and hifdh of the Qur’an, and is in the process of finishing her hifdh of the Qur’an. She studied the Qur’an under Shaykh qurra hafidh Armin Abaza, Shaykh qurra hafidh Dzevad Sosic, and Shaykh hafidh Kenan Music.

JI Guest Instructor

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Zaynab Ansari is a native Southerner with Northern roots. She spent several years studying the core Islamic sciences, including Arabic, jurisprudence, Qur’anic recitation & commentary, Hadith, and Prophetic biography in Damascus, Syria at Abu Nour Masjid’s college preparatory program. Upon her return to the United States, she continued her Islamic studies privately with Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Imam of New York’s Iqra Masjid, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Educational Director of SeekersHub Global Islamic Seminary, Shaykh Jamal Ud-Deen Hysaw, and Dr. Fareeha Khan, Assistant Professor of Religion & Anthropology at Willamette University. From 2004 to 2009, she volunteered, answered questions, and taught at SunniPath Academy. She currently answers questions for SeekersHub, writes for Azizah Magazine’s Deen Department, and volunteers with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. Upon her return to the United States, she earned degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies from Georgia State University. Since 2014, Zaynab Ansari has served as a scholar-in-residence for Tayseer Foundation, offering enrichment courses and halaqahs to women and youth in the Muslim Community of Knoxville, and working on interfaith dialogue. She is currently an instructor at Tayseer Seminary, which features a one-year intensive in Islamic Studies, drawing students from Tennessee and all regions of the United States.

Ustadha Hosai Mojaddidi

Ustadha Hosai Mojaddidi has served the Muslim community in the San Fransico Bay Area for 20 years, as an organizer, teacher, spiritual counselor, mentor, and mental health advocate. She holds a Bachelors in Liberal Studies with a minor in sociology. Her traditional studies of the classical sciences of Islam have included Tazkiyah an-Nafs, Arabic, Hadith, and Hanafi fiqh through Zaytuna Institute. Ustadha Hosai has many teachers such Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Abdullah al-Kadi, Qari Amar Bellaha, and others. Ustadha Hosai is passionate about transformative internal change for muslim women and runs workshops and writes articles about this.

Shaykha Dr Ayshah Wazwaz Biography

Shaykha Dr Ayshah Wazwaz has studied the Islamic sciences for nearly two decades and specializes in Fiqh. She has studied at Dar al-Hadith and Dar al-Quran, in Masjid al-Aqsa. Shaykha Ayshah went on to complete a Bachelors in Islamic Jurisprudence and Masters in Contemporary Islamic Science from al-Quds University, Palestine, and a Phd in Islamic Studies from Jinan University. Shaykha has been a Lecturer at various Masajid and organizations for 17 years, and has been a lecturer at Islamic University of Minnesota for 4 years. She is the founder and CEO of Gems of Light.