In 2004 I graduated with LLB in comparative Islamic Law and Legal Theory from the Islamic University of Medina, KSA. My main academic interests at this time were financial law, legal maxims, the legal thought of the Hanbali school. Then in 2005 I became the first American to be accepted to the masters of law program in the same university. My research during this period focused on euthanasia, arbitration in minority Muslim environment, business structures in medieval Islamic law, and the use of weak hadith in the Hanbali legal school.
During this time I took the opportunity to spend extensive time studying classical texts in legal theory, seerah, law, and theology. I also began work in document review for several private and governmental entities, reviewing drafting and legal compliance issues. Shortly thereafter I started work as a senior consultant in Islamic banking, specializing in deal structuring, drafting review, and shariah compliance. A majority of my work focused on researching syndicated finance deals, corporate finance and investment products.
In 2009 I received my Master of Law on adjudication in the Shafi school of Islamic law through the work of Mamluk era polymath Badr al-Din al-Zarkashi.
After this I continued my corporate work, gaining experience in treasury products, financial planning, and estate planning. Some of my projects leveraging this experience include MyWassiyah.com, the MuslimMoneyGuide.com, and several investment funds that I now advise on. Answers to the numerous questions I’ve received over the years on Zakat, I wrote Simple Zakat Guide.
I currently adjunct at several institutions, teaching the Arabic language, Islamic law, and Quranic exegesis. In addition to teaching, I have been writing and furthering my research on financial transactions, pre-modern Islamic reform movements, and the Hanbali school.