Soraiya was born in Te Kuiti and raised in Auckland. She now lives in Wellington with her husband. Soraiya is committed to creating a positive difference in New Zealand through her professional life and volunteer work at the Lote Tree Trust.
After many years of community development and political work, she decided that she needed to find a community that could support her growth as a Muslim. This path led her to the teachers of Dar al Qur’an, Auckland. It opened up the opportunity for her to serve the community using her education, skills, and experience in community development.