Born and raised in Arizona and Southern California, Ustadha Yafa Aweinat has been teaching the recitation, memorization, and meaning of the Quran in many different capacities for the last decade.
She completed the memorization of the Quran in 2009 and since then has continued her study of the science of tajweed and the different recitations of the Quran under various teachers. In 2011 she graduated from the Bayyinah Dream program which focused on learning Quranic Arabic. Yafa also completed her Bachelors Degree in Ethnic and Women’s Studies from Cal Poly Pomona in 2012. Having grown up in a religiously and ethnically diverse family, Yafa is passionate about sharing the message of Islam and has worked in the field of dawah with organizations like WhyIslam for the past fifteen years. She is particularly passionate about connecting with young Muslims and has taught at youth groups, MSAs, and special youth-tailored events. She has also given lectures, conducted workshops, and planned specialized events for women in Southern California. Yafa currently teaches at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, the Islamic Center of Claremont, and the New Muslim Academy. She will also now serve as an Associate Chaplain with Shaykh Ahmad Alkurdy at the University of California Riverside (UCR), and University of California Irvine.