He also holds both a Master of Arts in Islamic law and Middle East Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy in Islamic Law and Middle East Studies from Columbia University in New York City. He has taught numerous courses on Islam and Islamic law at NYU and Columbia University and taught Arabic language at Georgia State University. He was the first paid Muslim Chaplain for Columbia University and Barnard College in New York City and served as an advisor to the NYPD Police Commissioner. He also served as Imam for several years in New York City and several years as Scholar-in-Residence at a major Islamic Center in North Dallas. He also worked as adjunct professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate of Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodists University. He is now completing his academic doctoral degree in Liberal Studies, specializing in the structure and representation of American Muslim identity. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and children.