About

I speak, research and write about Islam, Muslims and extremism. I earned a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s NELC department with a focus on Arabic and Islamic Studies.

In the past, I have made presentations and participated in panel discussions at religious institutions, in classrooms, at Fort Lewis, and other venues. I used to have a blog titled Muslim Perspectives on Seattle Post Intelligencer whose archives are still available if you look up by year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

By profession, I am a software engineer who moved to the United States a few months before the horrendous events of 9/11. After 9/11, Islam became a subject of intense discussions with some media pundits telling Muslims, like me — who do not believe in violence and extremism — that we must have misunderstood Islam. For them, Islam is inherently violent as it is for extremist organizations.

Due to these misunderstandings, through my speaking arrangements and this blog, I attempt to educate others about issues related to Islam. And since many Americans state that they have never met a Muslim, my speaking arrangements also provide an opportunity for us to meet across religious lines.