Our Team

The programs, services, and decision making at all levels of Islamic Social Services are rooted in and guided by Islamic principals and values. We work together as a team to meet the needs of our community.


Our Directors

Our dedicated team of leading women are always here to help, utilizing their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Islamic Social Service of South Jersey  forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

Sakinah Ishmael

President & CEO

Sakinah accepted the responsibility of Islamic Social Services of South Jersey with the vision and drive to improve upon our Muslim community, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity. Since 2015 she has been the President & CEO of ISSSJ and is the lead on all executive affairs and strategic philanthropy. Sakinah is striving to build a robust value-added philanthropic model to work in partnership with a variety of service agencies and grantees ensuring successful outcomes for the communities ISSSJ serves. Sakinah has lived in New Jersey all of her life. and has four children. Sakinah holds a degree in Human Services and with more than 15 years of experience in the field of health & human services. Sakinah is also a founder and the Director of Operations for Muslim Homeschoolers Cooperative. Her passion is helping people to create balance and fulfillment in their lives.

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Angie Eldekki

Vice President

Angie is a life long lover of education and has a keen eye for photography. She is a wife and homeschooling mother of two daughters. Angie is a co-founder of Muslim Homeschoolers Cooperative, where she serves as the education coordinator and leads workshops centered around STEM. She has six years of combined undergraduate and graduate studies in the sciences. In addition to strategic business development efforts, she directs media content, branding, and sponsorships.

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Hannah Al Souqi

Finance Coordinator/Arabic Speaking Liaison

Hannah is a wife and mother who loves to help out when and where ever she sees a need. Hannah a degree in mathematics and likes to do things in the most logical and efficient way possible. She grew up in three different countries and has extensive experience with different cultures. Her passion is first and foremost to help the Ummah improve, and grow; working and praying to make the next generation better than our own.


We’re proud to be a group of movers and shakers.


Our Coordinators

A fundamental value of our coordinators is that dignity is at the core of our work, shaping program design, operations, and advocacy. We foster confidence, trust, and resourcefulness, and we believe that all individuals have the courage, capacity, and will to create a personal measure of self-sustainability and fulfillment.

Halimah Bashir

Project Coordinator

Halimah is an author, presenter, and builder of creative projects both big and small. She is full of energy and passion. The mother of two children. She has a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She loves to use her creativity both with ISSSJ events as well as writing children's books. She is very passionate about working with the youth. Halimah believes great ideas can come from any sized budget. That’s what creative problem solvers can do. She believes less is more except, when it comes to the amount of craft and detail poured into an idea.

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Sana Jaffer

Outreach Coordinator/Urdu Speaking Liaison

Sana holds a degree in Psychology and is currently a student of knowledge at QARI Institute. Sana, is one of our veteran team members. She brings her years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed. Sana has past experience working with the youth as the Youth Group co-Director and Summer Camp Manager, and currently fills the role as a substitute teacher at Sunday School. Sana hopes to further her education in social services and has a passion for giving back, both on a community and individual level. Sana lives with her husband and three young sons.

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Habeebah Abdus-Salaam

Youth Coordinator

Habeebah has had an active role in youth programming in South Jersey since 2012.  As Youth Coordinator, she values the opportunity from lasting friendships and sisterhood through service and strengthening one’s relationship with God. Habeebah enjoys traveling to new places, visiting museums and cooking. She recently graduated from Rowan University with a Double Major in Africana Studies and History with a minor in International Studies with a focus in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. Inshaa Allah, she plans on building a fulfilling career in the field of Social Work.

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Safiyyah Wyatt

Community Relations Coordinator

Safiyyah was born and raised by American parents in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. She became fluent in Arabic and was blessed with the ability to memorize the Quran by the age of 14. She currently working on earning her degree in Allied Health, with hopes of completing a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Safiyyah also works as an assistant teacher in the Quranic section of QARI institute, where she specializes in teaching the students how to read Arabic by using the Qaidah. She also teaches the Quran and Tajweed. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, reading and most importantly being an advocate for the Muslim youth and helping Muslim children develop their Islamic identity.

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