He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a major in Third World Studies and a minor in Psychology. As an undergraduate student at UCSD, he accepted Islam and became a practicing Muslim. After graduating from UCSD, he finished the equivalent of a law degree in Sharia from al-Azhar University in Cairo and completed graduate work in Islamic Studies from the American University in Cairo.
From 2012-2014, he was the Resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Irvine. During that time his work was highlighted by a number of local media outlets, including the OC Register and the OC Weekly, and he also published a small booklet entitled “A Brief Introduction to Islam.” He serves the Muslim students at USC and UCLA as a chaplain with the Institute of Knowledge and is the Co-Founder and Director of Safa Center for Research and Education.