CAIR-NJ Congratulates Hon. Dalya Youssef for Being Among the First Hijab-Wearing Women to Sit on NJ Superior Court Bench 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 03/29/2023) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today congratulated Dalya Youssef, who wears hijab, on her swearing in to the New Jersey Superior Court.

Judge Youssef will serve on the bench in Somerset County, NJ. A larger, official swearing-in ceremony will soon follow.

Youssef joins at least two hijab-wearing Muslim women in serving on New Jersey court benches, including the Honorable Nadia Kahf of Passaic County and the Honorable Ma’isha Aziz of Lawnside. Kahf serves on the NJ Superior Court bench while Aziz served on the Municipal Court of the Borough of Lawnside for seven years.

SEE: ‘Proud and historic’: Two hijab-wearing women sworn in as judges in NJ 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“Seeing more and more Muslim women who wear hijab being sworn in to judgeships is a testament to their will, wit, and perseverance, and we couldn’t be any more proud of the Honorable Dalya Youssef.

“Judge Youssef served as a mentor to many in the Muslim community and was involved in numerous legal spaces, including local New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association chapters. She and the several Muslim women before her are together breaking glass ceilings and making space for more and more Muslims to not only join the legal profession, but to excel and thrive.

“Thanks to the Honorable Aziz, Kahf, Youssef, and other Muslim women, we can optimistically look forward to seeing benches that more accurately reflect the communities they serve. The future of Muslims in New Jersey is bright.”

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Communications Manager Dina Sayedahmed,, 551-221-5592