Parktown Girls High School learner Naeema (17) scored 7 distinctions in her Matric Examination and is now confidently looking forward to a host of fruitful activities : studying at Wits University, Johannesburg, to qualify as paediatric physiotherapist or paediatrician, furthering her Islamic studies, reciting the Holy Qur’an, engaging in community service, and of course, playing soccer…overall keeping the balance.
Sr. Naeema Hussein El Kout – a confident but humble young Muslimah and a role model for all young women. Naeema was chosen as Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the 5000 audience Awqaf SA Children of Islam Jalsah 2011 (https://awqafsa.org.za/projects-events-activities/children-of-islam/) and also played a leading role in the epic play on the life of Tuan Guru. She played the role of Sara van den Kaap – the lady who endowed her piece of land that became the first Mosque in South Africa (Masjid al Awwal, Cape Town). Naeema has proven to excel in many ways. She captains her soccer team, plays in full hijab, regards her attire as her pride and a means for dawah (one of her teammates embraced Islam). Naeema attributes her success to her parents and acknowledges that the Awqaf SA Children of Islam Jalsah 2011 gave her a “big boost” in terms of her leadership abilities and her academic achievements.
Naeema, you have made us proud. May Allah grant you the strength, energy, and ability to grow stronger and rise high in the years to come so that your potential may be fully realised and that you will serve Allah and His creation in the best possible way. We are confident and make dua that you will emerge as a strong leader with a strong character and best akhlaaq.