Originally from Detroit, this brother has lived all over the world. He speaks several languages including Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. He is one of five openly gay Imams in the world.
His parents supported him, his six older brothers, his younger sister, and his oldest step-sister from his father's first marriage to find religion despite his parent's Southern Baptist beliefs When he was 8 years old, he visited a Synagogue, a Hindu temple, and an assortment of Christian denominations. None of these religions he had explored fit him exactly, so he continued to search for a religion he could put his faith into. He converted to Islam at age 30.
He is the Executive Director of the MECCA Institute, a non-profit organization, focusing on Women, the LGBTQ community, and Youth through its online school, which prepares Muslim scholars for leadership positions and through its think tank,
Thoughtful, world wise even funny its an honor to call him friend.