Something about me

My Mission

 

Provide consultation services to the  Muslim community in the areas of marriage and family counseling, Islamic studies, and Islamic banking.

 

Methodology

 

I follow the Salafi Methodology in the application of Islam in Aqeedah (beliefs), actions, and understanding.  This means that I refer all matters back to the Book of Allah, the Quran and the Sunnah (practice, way, tacit approvals) of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and our righteous predecessors who followed that way.  I declare myself to be a Muslim, free from all group affiliations or Hizbiyuun who oppose that way and follow the way of distortion of the meanings of the  Quran and promoting innovations in religion, and bigoted blind following of mathhabs and scholars. Bigoted in the sense, your mathhab/scholar is correct and all others are misguided. Whoever follows a mathhab is correct, but declare that mathhab/scholar superior than all others is not correct and upon hizbia.  

I declare that if a person kills another person unlawfully, he is a criminal regardless of his intentions or religious affiliations and should be punished according to Islamic law. Islam in no way or form supports what has been termed in today's media as "Terrorism". Those who say that Islam supports terrorism has lied against Allah and His messenger and therefore it is upon them to provide proof from the Qur'an or Authentic Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). 

Islam is the Truth, it calls for worshiping the Creator, Allah,  alone without any partners, enjoining the good and forbidding all forms of evil.  And to declare Muhammad, the last Prophet who was sent to all of mankind is Allah's slave and messenger (peace be upon him). 

It his hoped that any individual who reads this will set aside personal desires, think, and reflect upon themselves. If you differ in anything that I have said, refer it back to Allah and His messenger (peace be upon him) and advise me upon that.  This is the way of Islam and the way of the Salaf.   

 

Education

My secular education starts with an Associates of Arts degree from Florida Community College with a focus on Education.  I later attended the University of North Florida where I studied Science Education Biology 6-12.  Due to family circumstances I was not able to complete my studies at the University of North Florida and applied my credits to Excelsior College in Albany, New York where I attained my Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts.  

I have been a seeker of knowledge since 2004. I completed 2 years of undergraduate Islamic studies at the American Open University located in Alexandria Virginia. After that, I completed a Master's of Islamic studies degree from the American Open University as well. During my final year at the American Open University, I enrolled in Umm Al Quraa center in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.  There, I completed a two-year diploma in Shariah via the Arabic language.  From there, I enrolled in the University of South Africa Ph.D. program in Islamic Studies where I am currently doing research in Islamic banking in the United States.  Finally, while continuing my research in Islamic banking, I am also enrolled in the Muslim Chaplaincy course at the Academy of the Prophet's Masjid in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.  There we are specializing in family counseling and catering to the spiritual needs of the Muslims who live in the West.   

 

Experience

I have approximately 5 years and 8 months experience in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation electronics technician. I took the declaration of faith in April 1992 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in April 1993.  After leaving the Navy, I worked as a Program Assistant at Gateway Community Services in Jacksonville, Florida which was a Level 6 residential treatment facility for Juvenile offenders. In 1997, I became the behaviorist for Daniel Memorial Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida where I provided counseling services for Level 2, Juvenile offenders.   Then in 1998, I went to teach 7th Grade Middle Science at Jefferson Davis Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida from 1999 to 2002.  After completing 2 years of teaching I received my teacher certification from the State of Florida for Biology 6-12 and Middle-Grade Science 5-9.  My license is currently expired, but eligible for renewal. 

I later taught 6th grade elementary and Middle/High school science at the Universal Academy of Florida in Tampa, Florida for 3 years. After a period of self-employment, I returned to the Universal Academy of Florida to teach a course in Human Biology.  Later, I did a 7-month stint teaching 7th Grade Science at North Rowan Middle School in Spencer, N.C in 2006-2007 school year. This was my last go at teaching in public school. 

In 2008, I came to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to teach at Al Andalus Private Schools.  There, I taught elementary science, Chemistry, Biology, and World History over a 2 year period. 

In 2010 I began to teach English as a second language at the National Institute of Technology(NIT) in Bahra, Saudi Arabia. I taught at NIT for 5 years and now I am teaching English at Saudi Aeronautical Engineering Industries (SAEI) Al Ruwais training center.

 

During my early years of Islamic studies, I was actively involved in teaching Islam to the public and lectures in the local center and public access television in Tampa, Florida. This includes the time I have been in Saudi Arabia which includes approximately 9 years.  I have been teaching Islamic beliefs at a Dawah center in Saudi Arabia for approximately 4 ½ years of my time here in Saudi Arabia. 

CURRENT EVENTS

1. Returned to Saudi Arabia for work. 

 

2. Continue working on PhD in Islamic Studies.

 

3. Developing a self-study Arabic course using Madinah Book 1 for the academy.  

 

Beginning Arabic program will be completed by the end of August 2017 insha Allah.