Justice Halim Dhanidina: California’s first Muslim judge on faith and public service


By David Tereshchuk

Justice Halim Dhanidina was recently elevated to California’s Courts of Appeal, making him the state’s most senior judge of Muslim faith. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent David Tereshchuk talks with Dhanidina about engaging with supporters and critics alike, and setting an example for what it looks like to be a “Muslim judge” in the United States.

  • DAVID TERESHCHUK: Dhanidina was brought up in the Ismaili branch of Islam, which emphasizes respect for other people’s beliefs and traditions.


  • HALIM DHANIDINA: That was driven home by my parents and by, you know, other Ismailis, who have learned very early on that pluralism in society is a good thing, and diversity in society is a strength. And no better place to demonstrate that really than a place like the United States.

    Read and watch full interview of Justice Halim done by PBS News Hour Weekend segment at the source

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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