NJ gets its first Muslim superior court judge

via University professor becomes first Muslim superior court judge | Watan- Arab American National Newspaper.

A University political science professor became the first Muslim ever to be appointed to the Superior Court in New Jersey on Jan. 27 when he was sworn in to the Family Division of the Court in Somerset County.

Hany Mawla, 36, is also the youngest to be appointed to the Superior Court in the state, said Hesham Mahmoud, media chair of the New Jersey chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Mawla was a partner at Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith and Davis in Woodbridge, where he specialized in family law.

Mawla said he and Davis devised the “Islamic Law and Jurisprudence” course at the University after Sept. 11, 2001, with the help of Abed Awad, an attorney who teaches at Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

Mawla said his involvement in Arab, Muslim and minority concerns is important to him because Arabs have called New Jersey home since 1870, and yet, in his view, they are not featured as prominently in the conversation in the state. He said law is a good way to give his community a voice.

“For me, it was an opportunity to make sure Arabs and Muslims are more a part of the political and civic discourse that occurs in the state,” Mawla said.

Will he use his courtship to give the Arab and Muslim community a voice and be featured prominently in Jersey politics?

Update: The attorney with whom Mawla devised the “Islamic Law and Jurisprudence” course – Abed Awad – defended a Hamas-supporting, terror-website-running, convicted tax-cheating imam.

14 Responses

  1. Watch to see if Shamshiddin’s trial is moved to Mawla’s jurisdiction. FWIW, the authorities have yet to locate 3 mos. baby Zara whose father claims he threw her off the GSP Driscoll bridge on Tuesday 2/16/2010 during rush hour traffic.
    Paternal grandparents don’t seem too upset either. exhbit video A
    & exhibit video B & exhibit video C

  2. Creeping,

    I hope Mr. Mawla makes his decisions based entirely on the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of New Jersey and nothing else. I sincerely hope he ignores Sharia entirely. If he makes even one ruling based on Sharia, they ought to impeach him immediately. I personally don’t care that much if he’s a Muslim, as long as he does his job, and is anti sharia and Jihad.

  3. Damien,

    Updated… Mawla did develop a course on Islamic jurisprudence with an attorney who defended a very shady imam…convicted on tax fraud…was being investigated on much more serious charges – linked above

  4. Creeping,

    That is not good news, although its something that we need to know. Now I’m really worried. I was hoping this guy was a fully westernized, secularized Muslim, but I guess not.

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