The faculty of Al-Rahmah School is a devoted group of individuals that aim to educate their students in every way possible. Using their education and extensive experiences, our teachers aim to teach by the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alaihi wa sallam).
“Teach! Make things easy! And do not make things complicated.” He repeated this three times and then he added, “And if you get angry, keep quiet.”
Here, at Al-Rahmah School, we home some of the most patient and loving teachers your students will ever come in contact with.

Leadership Team

Sr. C. Islaah Abd’al-Rahim – Principal

M.A. in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. from Coppin State University

Sister Islaah is the founding principal of Al-Rahmah School and is an experienced and accomplished leader. Sister Islaah is a former adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and has served as an education consultant, teacher, and administrator throughout her career. Sister Islaah holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts from Coppin State University. Sister Islaah is also a student of Islamic knowledge and engages in continuous coursework in Arabic, Tajweed, Aqeedah, and Seerah. She is also qualified in C.A.S.E. – Administration and Supervision (Administrator I) and has Administrator II Certifications, Advanced Placement and AVID Certifications.


Lisette Abdiruhman – Middle School /High School Director

M.A. in History & Culture; B.A. in Liberal Arts

Lisette Abdiruhman has over 10 years’ experience as an educator in both Private Islamic and Public Charter schools. Ms. Lisette has worked as a social studies and art teacher with elementary, middle and high school students in the Virgin Islands, Baltimore City, Washington DC and New Mexico. In her role at Al-Rahmah School she has served as both a teacher and administrator managing grades 9 to 12. She assisted with the Middle States accreditation for Al-Rahmah high school completing the process for K-12 accreditation. She currently serves as the Middle and High School Director for Al Rahmah School. Lisette holds a Bachelor’s from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Political Science and Painting, and Master’s from Union Institute and University in History and Culture. Ms. Lisette is the parent of two ARS students.


Mehnaz Fatima- Middle School/High School Lead Teacher

B.S. – Biology

Mehnaz Fatima has worked at Al- Rahmah School for over six years and has taught several subjects at the Elementary, Middle and High School level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC). During her undergraduate studies she worked as a Research Assistant in the Social Development Lab at the Department of Psychology. As the Lead Teacher, Ms. Fatima will be assisting Middle and High School teachers with Lesson Planning, Curriculum Mapping, providing Professional Development, identifying teaching resources as well as conducting observations. She will be providing advisory to the students, preparing portfolios and charting progress of their academic goals. She is also responsible for coordinating special programs such as Model UN, Science Fair, Math Night, Career Day, Project Wild, field trips and graduation. Additionally, she assists the school in grant writing and Middle States Accreditation (MSA). Ms. Mehnaz has one child attending ARS.

Office Staff

Kirin Smith – Executive Assistant

Sr. Kirin joined the ARS administrative team in January 2018 and has been a member of the community since 2012. She is a project management professional with over 10 years of  experience in strategic planning, program management, nonprofit administration, and community relations.


Donna Khan – Program and Office Administrator

Sr. Donna has been part of the ARS family since 2004. During her tenure, she has taken on many responsibilities that have helped her become instrumental in managing the Administrative areas of the school. She has worked closely with the school principal, staff, faculty and parents in making sure all administrative issues are resolved.


Hanan Williams – Office Secretary

Hanan Williams is the welcome face of Al-Rahmah School that welcomes our students and visitors every day. She has been part of Al-Rahmah family for 11 years and takes time out of her busy schedule to know every student and their families.