Shaykh. Abu Taubah wrote: I come from an educated family. My great great grandfather was awarded his freedom due to his knowledge of medicine. A year or two later he had earned enough money to buy my great great grandmother's freedom. So my family was free when many were still in bondage and my family recognized that education played a major role in achieving and maintaining it. So it has always been a foundational matter in my life. My grandfather was a master golfer. He and a few of his friends traveled around the United States challenging the clubs for membership. They would say, "Play us" If we lose we will not come back. If we win change your rules for admittance to include Negroes (as they were called in those days). We all have trophies from my grandfather. And he instilled in us the obligation of serving your society. On his spare time he was a fireman and then a cop. My father was a Garvyite my mother loved Martin Luther King. Debate was high in our house. My mother was an English teacher turned Principal. My father a politician whose appointments changed with each election. Did I mention that opinions were strong in our house? This is the background that forged me and prepared me to face the world. A love for education, language, my view of what the truth should be, and a firsthand view of politics. I joined the Marine Corps and received an education in military ethics and as a member of the legendary group known as 2nd force recon I learned how politics are played out on an international level. Deeply affected by the many marines that refused to fight, I too refused to fight. During my time on special duty in Japan, I met Imaam Medhat elshamy who taught me the fundamentals of the deen and sent me on the road of the students of knowledge. On that path I still travel. I have been able to take my military education and extract what coincides with Islam and benefit. I have met and studied with many scholars and activists and duaat. Learning what I could from all, even when it meant learning what not to do from someone's good example of it.
I have studied all over the world taking this and that and piecing together the deen and its application in my life...I have been given permission by my teachers to speak on basic subjects of this deen and I possess specific ijaazaat on the particular things I studied with them. I have written the English commentary for Riyaadh Saaliheen, and Buloog al maram, I have edited the audio Quraan in the arabic-English form, I wrote the audio stories called, "the Golden series of the Companions of the Prophet", I am the voice of baba salaam, a game teaching english and arabic. These are just some of the works I did for Daarus salaam publications. And this should be enough as an introduction. walHamdulillaah