Aman Alcharbji

Ms. Aman is our Principal, and teaches Islamic Studies to our 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. She possesses a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a certified math teacher in the State of Illinois. Aman received her Quran certification (Ijaza) in 2004 from Sheikh Abo Alhasan Alkurdi in Syria. She has taught Tajweed & Quran in one-to-one sessions, weekend school and in different Quran programs. She has taught Math in various schools and countries. Overall, Aman has more than 13 years of experience in teaching.

When she is not teaching, you can find Aman taking a walk in the nature or spending some time with family and friends. Her dedication and love for teaching the young Muslim generation cannot be missed.

Aman was the founding teacher at Carriers of light. She strongly believes that learning the Quran at an early age gives baraka and light and helps the person succeed in this life and hereafter inshallah.

Early Childhood Department:

Saima Ahmed

Ms. Saima teaches academics to our Pre-K and Kindergarten students. She was born and raised in Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. She taught for three years at Averroes Academy, after which she ran her own home daycare and preschool, Little Garden Academy, out of her home in Schaumburg. Ms. Saima joined the COL staff in 2012 and took a break from teaching during the 2013/2014 school year for the birth of her third child.

Elementary Department:


Mayssa Diab

Ms. Mayssa is our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Math teacher. She has been teaching math for elementary classes for the past 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She loves to be involved with young generations and believes that a teacher should be there for her students to help them find their way to success.

In addition to her dedication towards her work, Mayssa has a family that takes part of her time. She enjoys baking home-made sweets and always allocates time for reading in her day.


Saba Umer


Ms. Saba works for Carriers of Light, as well as other well-known organizations such as Blessed Bonds, River Garden Elementary, Islamic Foundation School and Kumon Learning Centers.

She was born and brought up in Canada and acquired her Bachelors of Science in Applied Health Studies with a minor in Humanities, from the University of Waterloo. She started her teaching career as a Training and Development Specialist and then moved on to teach Language Arts, Science, History, Social Studies, and Islamic Studies at the elementary and middle school levels. She has been teaching for over a decade and has enjoyed every moment of it.

Batul Mirza

Ms. Batul is a Qur’an teacher and teaches the Tajweed class for grades 3rd to 6th. Batul holds a graduate degree in Computer Science, but she is extremely passionate about learning and teaching Qur’an. She formally completed recitation of the entire Quran under the supervision of Ms Kinda Akkad, a Quran-certified (Ijaza holder) from Sheikh Mohammed Al Kurdi, Syria. Batul herself received a Quran certification (Ijaza) from Sheikh Taha Sukkar in 2015. She has been on the COL Quran team since 2012. Batul has over 10 years of experience teaching Quran to children.

Her daughter Jumaana has been part of our COL family for 4 years and has memorized more than 15 ajza’ mashaAllah. Her toddler son, Yusuf is part of the Carriers of Light babysitting “class” and hopes to be a future student inshaAllah.

Khadija Ahmed

Ms. Khadija teaches 3rd – 6th grade Quran Review. She was born in Pakistan and received her Associate degree from Saint Lawrence College in Karachi, Pakistan in 1992. She has lived in Chicago for 19 years. She has been teaching the Qur’an to children and adults since 2001. Khadija received a Tajweed certificate from the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove, certified by Ms. Aziz B. Ali in 2008. This is her second year teaching at Carriers of Light.

Khadija also loves to teach the Qur’an to children and women at home. She enjoys reading Islamic books and always spends quality time with her family and cat.

Marwa Abdelwahab

Ms. Marwa is a 3rd – 6th grade Quran & Tajweed teacher. She worked for three years at MLA Sunday School as Quran and Islamic studies teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Egypt. Marwa has always passionate about teaching how to read the Holy Quran to non-Arabic speakers applying the Tajweed rules. She studied Tajweed for 3 years years in Hia Institute, Dubai, UAE. She has a certification in Advanced Tajweed from MAS Institute, Bridgeview, IL.

Marwa likes oriental food, and she loves to read whenever she has free time.