Miftaahul Uloom Academy

"The Key to Knowledge"


Welcome to Miftaahul Uloom Academy! Our school is an all inclusive and supportive community catering to students from many various backgrounds.

As soon as Allah blesses us with children, we become responsible for meeting their spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs until they become adults.
This is an overwhelmingly difficult job especially now in this day and age.
Our mission at MUA is to help FAMILIES educate children to be God-Conscious, principled, knowledgeable, well balanced, cooperative, committed, and caring Muslims fully equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century.

The Key to Knowledge - Miftaahul Uloom - is the Awareness of Allah - that He is the source of all Knowledge, all Power, all Wealth and that staying aware of Him, being grateful for His blessings, doing our best to follow His Guidance, and turning to Him first in all difficulties is the only way to find success in this life and the next. This is the tremendous, priceless benefit that private religious schools have over public or private secular schools.

At MUA, we are free to mention Allah whenever and wherever we want, and we understand that human beings, as talented as we are, will never be able to learn anything, nor solve any problems without His permission and help. We also understand that Allah created us to worship Him which includes serving our parents, families, communities, and the world.

This is the most important part of our mission and is completely the opposite of what children learn in secular schools and from mainstream media. If we as parents, and as a school community, raise our children to know and always be aware of Allah and His blueprint for life, He will guide, protect and bless them every step of their lives.

At the same time we must equip our children for the challenges of 21st century.As Ali (Radi Allahu Anhu) once said, “Do not raise your children the way [your] parents raised you, they were born for a different time.” At MUA. we integrate the 21st Century Career Ready Abilities into everything we do. Our students learn to be responsible and contributing citizens, to apply appropriate academic and technical skills, to attend to personal health and financial well-being, to communicate clearly and effectively with reason, to consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions, to demonstrate creativity and innovation, to employ valid and reliable research strategies, to utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, to model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management, to plan education and career paths aligned to personal goals, to use technology to enhance productivity, and to work productively in teams while using cultural global competence.
Thank you for your interest in MUA. We would love to help you educate your children. Please call us to schedule a tour so you can see for yourself all the wonderful learning experiences that happen here every day.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

Our Mission is to help families educate children to be God-conscious, principled, knowledgeable, well-balanced, cooperative, committed, and caring Muslims fully equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Our Vision

Our Vision for Miftaahul Uloom Academy is for it to become an internationally recognized leader in progressive Islamic education.

In 2017, Miftaahul Uloom Academy achieved accreditation from AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.

AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 educational institutions across the United States and 70 other nations.

In 2017, Miftaahul Uloom Academy achieved accreditation from CISNA (Council of Islamic Schools in North America), an association of Islamic schools and educational organizations that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews to ensure that schools are clearly Islamic in their mission and philosophy, that they foster Islamic Identity and prepare students for integration into a religiously and ethnically diverse society, that they promote a positive image of Islam and of Muslims as integral contributing members of society, and that they honor Islamic observances and practices.

Our History


Faatimah Yanes started a small Islamic kindergarten class of 5 students because the Muslim children she met at that time knew very little about their religious heritage and were actively trying to adopt American mainstream culture. Islam was a treasure in her life and she wanted to be sure these children would discover the beauty of Islam and learn to treasure it also.


Miftaahul Uloom Learning Center, today known as Miftaahul Uloom Academy, registered as a non-profit corporation in the state of NJ and achieved tax exempt 501c3 status in 1996. Initially, the school operated out of a residential building in Guttenberg as a homeschool cooperative until 2001 when a leased space at the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center became available. In 2001, the school registered as an official non public school in the state of New Jersey serving students from preschool through 12th grade.


The Union City Board of Education awarded the school a contract to open an Abbott classroom making it the first and only Muslim school in NJ to get such approval. The class of 15 students (free for Union City residents) is located in the same building but follows the Union City curriculum without any religious element.


The school also established a Montessori program.


The school outgrew the space rapidly and leased office space in a nearby building to offer an expanded girl’s high school program.


the school community came together to purchase a purpose built school building (formerly Holy Rosary Academy)  on 15th Street in Union City. Our students and staff have benefited a great deal from the large well lit classrooms, computer lab, gymnasium, cafeteria, and outdoor play area. In 2008, the school adopted the name Miftaahul Uloom Academy.


Miftaahul Uloom Academy achieved accreditation from AdvancED and CISNA.

Board of Directors

Wesley Lebron


Imam Wesley Abu Sumayyah Lebron is a Puerto Rican convert who accepted Islam in 1998. He has a BA in Islamic studies from Mishkah University.
He is the co-founder of the 3 Puerto Rican Imams Projects, a non-profit humanitarian organization that has serviced Puerto Rico, Palestine, Pakistan, Nigeria, Haiti, Central and South America, as well as locally in the US. He is currently the Imam and Director of Education and Programs for MAS NY Reverts Reconnect.

Br. Wesley Lebron can be reached at imamlebron@muanj.org

Warda Qayyum

Vice Chairwomen

Warda Qayyum is a Senior Procurement Specialist at New Jersey City University. She is also a graduate of New Jersey City University with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in computer science.
Warda has been involved in a broad range of committees and community activities, which has taught her how fellow members bring in different strengths, viewpoints and abilities. She has a strong motivation for student’s success. She hopes to identify and organize strategies and resources that will lead to increased student achievement at Miftaahul Uloom Academy.

Sr. Warda Qayyum can be reached at wqayyum@muanj.org

Ramz Aziz


Ramz is a Finance attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, located in the firm's New York office. He is an alumnus of the J.D./M.B.A. program at the University of Toronto, and is an alumnus of the Leadership Development Lab, C-Suite, and Vernissage Health Leadership development programs. Ramz earned his Bachelor of Science (Hons.) from Dalhousie University.
Ramz’s practice encompasses a broad range of finance transactions for borrowers and credit providers, including syndicated and direct lending, leveraged finance, liability management and asset-based lending.
In the community, Ramz focuses on poverty alleviation, housing and food security, and digital equity advocacy. Prior to a career in law, he worked in strategy, marketing and project and change management, earning professional designations in the latter. He is a regular speaker on the topics of equity, diversity, inclusion and leadership.

Br. Ramz Aziz can be reached at raziz@muanj.org

Ibraaheem Yanes


Ibraaheem Yanes is an alumni of MUA and a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He has previously served on the board of a government non profit and currently serves on the board of his Local Union. He has volunteered in numerous capacities with MUA in the past and continues to remain engaged with the MUA Community.

Br. Ibraaheem Yanes can be reached at iyanes@muanj.org


Miftaahul Uloom Academy is blessed to have a dedicated group of educators working tirelessly to raise dynamic, well rounded individuals. Our teachers and support staff provide our students with the tools needed to excel in academics, religious knowledge and community involvement.

Sr Khuloud Jaludi

Sr Khuloud Jaludi


Administrative Support

  • Assistant Principal: Jasmin Jaludi
  • Office Manager: Uzma Chohan
  • Technology Coordinator: Malaak Jaludi
  • Montessori Coordinator: Faatimah Yanes

Support Staff

  • Educational Services: Amina Al-Mutazzim
  • Educational Services: Marlene Andalia
  • Nurse: Mary Ann Lettich
  • Head Cook: Razia Sultana


  • Head Teacher: Nehad Elmoneiry
  • Assistant Teacher: Rajae Rochdi
  • Floating Teacher: Fozia Bibi
  • Social Worker: Feda Hassan

Montessori Program

2.5yrs - 3yrs

  • Teacher: Fozia Bibi
  • Assistant: Leila Kaddouri

3yrs - 6yrs

  • Lead Teacher: Tayyaba Chaudhri
  • Lead Teacher: Sahar Badawi
  • Lead Teacher: Hanan Chohan
  • Assistant: Humera Farooq
  • Assistant: Saima Chachar
  • Assistant: Sumayya Najeeb

6yrs - 9yrs

  • Lead Teacher: Suha Ozal
  • Lead Teacher: Leqa Jaffer
  • Lead Teacher: Ranim Alzuhaili
  • Assistant Teacher: Yamina Youb
  • Assistant Teacher: Asmaa Abdelwahab
  • Assistant Teacher: Nilufar Karimova

9yrs -12yrs

  • Lead teacher: Faatimah Yanes
  • Assistant: Maliha Abassi

Middle School/High School

  • English/ Social Studies: Amal Jaludi
  • Science/Math: Rabiya Siddiqui
  • Creative Writing: Irina Qureshi

QAIS Department (Quran, Arabic, Islamic Studies)

  • Amany Hajeh
  • Irina Qureshi
  • Naoual Daoud

Physical Education

  • Yahya Yanes
  • Ayman Shaikh


At Miftaahul Uloom Academy, an accredited Islamic School, we are looking for the best and brightest teachers and administrative staff members to fulfill our mission of helping families educate children to be God-conscious, principled, knowledgeable, well-balanced, cooperative, committed and caring Muslims fully equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Miftaahul Uloom Academy is Currently Seeking


Please follow these steps to apply:

Step 1: Send Resume & Employment Application

Send your resume and cover letter to our Indeed online application or email the documents to info@muanj.org
Once you receive a confirmation message, send the following:

Step 2: Interview with the Principal and Demo Observation

Once your application is submitted, we will review your qualifications. After your application has been reviewed, you will be notified of your status via email. If you pass the initial screening, you will be contacted for an interview with the Principal and asked to schedule a demo lesson.