Saima Yacoob moved to the United States at a young age, and now lives and teaches in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to holding multiple ijazahs in Tajweed and the Variant Readings of the Quran (Qiraat), she holds a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. She taught Kindergarten, First, and Second grade at the ADAMS Radiant Hearts Academy in Sterling, Virginia for seven years. In order to pursue her love for teaching Quran full-time, she joined the ADAMS Tahfeedh-ul-Quran Program as a lead teacher where she was able use her training in Quran as well as her skills as a certified teacher. After teaching at the ADAMS Tahfeedh-ul-Quran program for four years, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. Her journey of studying Tajweed began at the age of 10, and she received her first ijazah in Hafs ‘An ‘Asim in 2010 from Sheikh Hatim Yousseff. She continued her studies in Amman, Jordan, receiving ijazah in Hafs ‘An ‘Asim from Sheikh Hussain Ashraq Laban and in Qaloon ‘An Nafi’ from the Tareeq of Tayyibah from Sheikh Abdullah Abu Mahfouzh. She also holds ijazah in Tuhfat-ul-Atfal and Muqadimmah Al-Jazariyyah from Sheikh Mufti Umer Esmail. After receiving ijazah in Hafs, she continued to study the Shatibiyyah and Durrah, receiving ijazah in all 10 qira’at from Sheikh Mufti Umer Esmail. She has permission to teach as well as to grant ijazah to others through her teachers.
Her greatest passion is to inspire others to recite the Quran with Tajweed, and to develop future certified teachers of Quran. It is her hope that she continues to benefit from her teachers, and is accepted by Allah Taala to be a source of benefit for the ummah of His beloved Prophet (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him).