Salamu Alaikum, (Ramahtulahi wa Barakahtuhu)
I am 5’11” ad weigh 185 lbs. I was born in Oklahoma City, but moved as a child of eight; So, I lived in two area’s in California; Two area’s in Oklahoma, and once in Arizona having ended up along the way in Texas at the age of twelve. I’ve lived here, both, willingly and unwillingly since then. My mother (and maternal side of family) are located in Oklahoma and my deceased father’s side of the family live in the New York area, although, my father was born in Canada. Technically, I’m first generation Canadian, but never applied for citizenship.
While incarcerated I converted to Islam in 2003. I’ve been practicing Muslim since that time performing my 5 daily prayers and living as a Muslim in prison to the ability allowed. Although not fluent in Arabic, I have learned to read and write Arabic to further my Quranic Studies, as well as, recite using Tajweed rules, during services held for Muslims incarcerated.
I am interested in corresponding with other Muslims within or outside the United States. This request and submission, I pray, will help allow me to understand, somewhat, conditions for Muslims in society today. I am strong in my belief and Faith but would still like to prepare myself emotionally for what is, God Willing, ahead for me in life, for the first time, Muslin, in today’s society.
I am currently appealing my conviction through DNA testing along with help through an Innocence Project.