Nadia Kahf becomes New Jersey's first hijabi judge
American attorney Nadia Kahf became the first hijab-wearing judge on the bench according to a report by TRT World.
She was appointed to the Supreme Court of the state of New Jersey, taking the oath of office with her hand on the Quran.
"I am very happy and also very honored," said Kahf, 50, who will serve in Passaic County.
Netizens in comment section expressed their pride over her achievement and showing support for her new role.
"Can't believe that a hijabi woman became judge in a country like America. We should be proud of her and support Muslims around the world," said user at.har7780.
"MashaAllah, we are so proud of you sister," said user llinnna3.
"SubhanAllah, proud of this sister. May Allah give her more success. Ameen," commented user farismoosani.
However, some took the news negatively.
"Taking oath on Quran, to disobey Quran," said user ali_hamz_53.
"Nauzubillah. Taking an oath with hand on Quran, to rule by laws other than the law of Quran. What irony and misguidance," commented user md_wasim111.
According to reports, Kahf specializes in family law and has worked on immigration cases. Since 2003, she has served on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights organization, and she is the chairwoman.
Kahf would be the first hijab-wearing state judge, but not the first Muslim. Two Muslim women, Sharifa Salaam and Kalimah Ahmad, serve as Superior Court judges in Essex and Hudson counties, respectively. Judge Sohail Mohammed serves in Passaic County. Hany Mawla, a former Superior Court judge, now presides in the Appellate Division.