Ustadha Nadia Salma was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan. After completing high school, she joined Jaamia Ayesha Siddiqua in Karachi in 1996. She spent six years studying both classical and modern literary Arabic, in addition to classical texts on other Islamic sciences, including tafseer, ‘aqeedah, tajweed, hadith, fiqh, seerah, and Islamic history. After graduating in 2002, she taught tafseer, usul al-tafseer, fiqh, conversational Arabic (hiwar), Arabic grammar, poetry, literature, and calligraphy at the same institute. She moved to the US in 2010 and co-founded Nakhlah Institute with the goal of providing higher Islamic education. In the US, she continues to deepen her knowledge by studying with local teachers, including Shaykh Jihad Brown, Anse Tamara Gray, and Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid. In order to contextualize her classical training, she attends seminars on modernity, feminism, liberalism, atheism, and other relevant topics. Ustadha Nadia Salma currently resides in Sharon, MA with her husband and kids.
Ustadha Ayesha Sultana spent her formative years at the Islamic School of Trenton NJ before deciding to dedicate herself to the memorization of the Quran. By the grace of Allah, she completed her memorization in 2011 at the age of fifteen. The following year she enrolled in Nakhlah Institute as a full-time student of the Islamic Sacred Sciences. At Nakhlah Institute, all the sacred sciences, including but not limited to, Arabic grammar, morphology, hiwār, hadith, Islamic jurisprudence, Aqeedah, and Quranic Exegesis (Tafseer) are taught using the original Arabic classical texts/sources to ensure their proper understanding. At Nakhlah, students study under the guidance of respected scholars and teachers possessing an unbroken chain of transmission which connects them to the early generations of Muslim scholars and ultimately to the Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Ustadha Ayesha Sultana currently resides in Hamilton, NJ with her family and is actively involved in community service as well as pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts.