Well where do I begin. Okay, I am 29 years old. Muslim. I try my best to adhere to the teaching of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah mention him amongst the angels). My name is Khalil. I was born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican (Catholic) parent's. They too were born in New York, but their parents immigrated back in the 1940s. (Yes folks we've been here that long, and not all of us "just came off a boat"). During my teenage years I starting to learn about my history since of course they don't teach us that in school. By age 16 I was an activist.
When I went to college I thought it time to look further in Islam. Muslims were not unknown to me. I knew a lot of Muslim growing up and I knew a few activists whom were Muslim. Of course being Latino in NY helped because we have a lot of interaction with African-Americans where Islam is well-known. So I took shahadah in my first semester of college. I went to one of the SUNY (State U. of NY, not a shii school) schools where I earned a degree in Arabic and Political Science. My concentration was in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2000, I was offered a scholarship to study at Umm Al-Qura University. I studied there for a number of years and was able to work on my Arabic. May Allah reward King Fahd (rahimahullah) for giving me that scholarship, Ameen. Well I currently live in Riyadh. Alhumdulillah I am able to benefit from the Ulama. I encourage all to learn to Arabic language and trully seek knowledge of the din. I see many Muslim in the US making wacked-out statements on many issues of the din, and this is because they have not taken time out to learn the din.