All Praise and Thanks are due to God. I am an American Muslim. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, I accepted Islam in 1998 at the age of 17 after researching various religions and philosophies. I was introduced to Islam at 14, when I saw the movie “X” by Spike Lee, based on the autobiography of Malcolm X. Soon thereafter, I traveled to the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia to increase my knowledge of Arabic and Islamic Sciences. I was able to participate in an American Imam training program and studied various introductory books of Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic Belief with Shaikh Khalid al-Halawani.