"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler The first thing you should know about me is that I am a lover. A lover of the Divine. A lover of the Word. A lover of people who love. I write out of love for my community and with the conviction that no one is beyond redemption. Belief in the potential of transformation is what keeps hope from escaping from the soul and carried away by the wind of turmoil and confusion. Part of my love story has been published in an anthology titled Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy. I write about how I met my wife and challenges related to trust, identity, and religion that we faced in becoming a union. I say part of my love story, because meeting my wife is only part, albeit a very significant part, of my journey towards the ultimate destination of unconditional self-love. Other parts of my love story are encapsulated in my many ongoing writing projects that involve: the deconstruction of race, the exploration of the role memory and education plays in shaping identity, and mental health in the Black and Muslim communities. Dr. Cornel West said that, "Justice is what love looks like in public." My writing is about making love public.