Faculty

Our Educators


Sabera Husain
Executive Director

Sabera has been teaching both informally and formally in various educational settings for the past 14 years in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University and in 2015 earned her M.Ed. in Teaching in Curriculum from Penn State University.  She is also a National Writing Project Fellow who had the privilege of mentoring Pennsylvania’s K-12 teachers through the Capital Area Writing Project at Penn State University.   

She is excited to be working alongside wonderful educators, parents, and students to create a community of learners where each grows and mature in their own ways. She strives to foster a voice in young children and cultivate a love for learning so that they all become lifelong learners.

With every student she comes across (including her own two young children) in her teaching, she become inspired all over again!


Latifa Barnett
Co-Director

Latifa has a BS in Mathematics and a MA in Education and taught mathematics from an elementary to college level.  She is also a homeschooling educator and has homeschooled her children for a total of almost two decades.

Latifa and her family have been actively involved with Muslim Community in the DMV for the last fifteen years. Latifa volunteers with a variety of local and national community groups and is invested in promoting Islamic education, the remembrance of Allah swt, spiritual growth, and civic involvement particularly among Muslim women and youth.

Sumiyeh Aboosaedi
PreK/KG Project Based Learning Teacher

Sumiyeh is a long-time homeschool mom, master craftswoman and social justice activist.  She brings her passion for holistic, Islamic and engaging learning to our Project Based Learning units by allowing the children to lead the way in their learning and create their own, unique path forward.


Samena Sabir

KG Math & Reading Tutor

Samena has a Bachelor of Science Child and Adolescent Development from California State University and years of experience at the Montadhar Peace School, Coding Instructor at Bits Scouts, Counselor at Camp Izza, and an Early Education Tutor.  Ms. Samena is also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Originally from California, Samena comes to Al Hadi after marriage brought her to the East Coast.  With a passion for community service, Samena hopes to instill each of her students with a love of Allah swt, the Prophet saw and his family, their own family and community, and themselves!


Abida Hussain

Vocals and Movement

Abida was born and raised in England where she received her first class Pharmacy Honors degree and is licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States.
Since moving to Virginia in 2007, she has contributed to the development of two Islamic homeschool cooperatives and has volunteered her time in a local Islamic school. In 2009, Abida completed a Foundation Studies Course for childhood education using Waldorf pedagogy and is currently homeschooling her third son.

In her spare time, Abida has coached a girls soccer team, has led and conducted an all-girls violin ensemble, has coached Odyssey of the Mind and has taught Music and Movement at ICS in Manassas for two years.

Abida has also been an active Sunday school Quran teacher for many years in Maryland. She has also taken multiple Islamic Hawza classes through “Islamic Literacy” to further her study of her faith. She is currently the president of WAFA (Washington Area Fatima Association), an initiative to bring religion, social outreach and activities to the local DMV community and she also volunteers for NWMI’s Mummy and Me Qur’an circle once a month. Abida currently resides in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband and four sons.

Our Staff


Rida Rizvi

Head of Operations

Rida Rizvi holds degrees in Economics and English Literature and conducts operations for Al Hadi as the Administrator.

Rida began her career in public policy sphere working to implement renewable energy legislation at the pioneering firm for commercial solar photovoltaic installations, where she focused on renewable energy programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. From there, she moved to a Fortune 200 company where she worked on deploying renewable energy through legislation or regulation in restructured energy regions nationwide.

After the birth of her first child in 2013, she shifted gears to work on community organizing and mobilization in the political realm.  In 2014, she also founded Ayat’s Toys, a line of ithna’asheri faith-based educational toys.  She was also a 2016 Community Leader Fellow at the Institute of Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies.

Rida enjoys travel, reading and all types of baked goods.  She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.

Humera Ibrahim
Head of Peripheral Programming

Humera Ibrahim runs the aftercare program and is a big believer that play can equate to learning.  By focusing on ensuring each child in her program engages in play and activities that build their cognitive, physical, emotional, social and spiritual selves. She also runs the “PNO” or Parents’ Night Out programs at Al Hadi which allow parents to spend an enjoyable evening out focusing on their relationship while the children engage in educational play.

She brings years of experience and a Masters Degree in Social Work with her that allows her to work on socio-emotional conflicts that arise amongst children.