Author and translator
Plific author and translator of some of the most important works in Islamic Literature.
Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1946, obtained his B.A. in English on June 30, 1969 from the College of Arts, Baghdad University, and his M.A. in English from (then) Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), Atlanta, Georgia, on December 20, 1978. Obtained in March of 1988 a Certificate with Honors in Microprocessors and Microcomputers from N.R.I. of Washington, D.C. Also obtained three Certificates in electronics and programming, including advanced programming. Wrote more than 100 programs in dBASE
* Taught English as a second language at high schools in Iraq, a vocational institute in Saudi Arabia, and a University in the U.S.
* Edited and revised three English translations of the Holy Qur’an:
1) by S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali,
2) by A. Yusuf Ali, and
3) by M.H. Shakir
* Edited several newsletters and magazines, including Middle East Business Magazine of which he became Senior Editor. Among the books he edited are:
1. Socio-Economic Justice with Particular Reference to Nahjul-Balagha by Dr. S.M. Waseem,
2. A Biography of Leaders of Islam by Sayyid Ali Naqi Naqwi, English translation by Dr. Sayyid Nazir Hasan Zaidi,
3. Your Kalima and the Savior by Wajahat Hussain
* First person ever to translate works of the martyred economist Imam Ayatullah Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr such as:
1) Contemporary Man and the Social Problem,
2) A General Outlook at Rituals,
3) The General Bases of Banking in the Muslim Society, and
4) What Do You Know About Islamic Economics?
* Translated and/or published numerous titles; among them are:
1) A Biography of Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr,
2) The Form of Islamic Government and Wilayat al-Faqeeh,
3) About the World Political Situation From a Muslim’s Viewpoint,
4) Our Faith by Sayyid Muhammad Husain al-Jalali,
5) A Biography of Imam al-Rida by the late Shaikh Muhammad Jawad Fadlallah,
in addition to a large number of political tracts, pamphlets, translations, and newsletters.
* Translated the following:
1) The first four volumes of the series titled Al-Islam Risalatuna,
2) Al-Muraja`at: A Shi`i-Sunni Dialogue, the first authentic English translation of Al-Muraja’at by Imam Sayyid Sharafuddeen Sadrud-Deen al-Musawi,
3) Al-Shi`a hum Ahl al-Sunnah by Dr. Muhammad al-Tijani al-Samawi,
4) Al-Maqtal (the martyrdom epic of Imam Husain) by Abd al-Razzaq al-Muqarram's book.
* Also translated the following titles originally authored in Arabic by Rachad el-Moussaoui:
1) Best Month, Best Night;
2) The Book of Istikhara;
3) Weapon of the Prophets;
4) Miracles of the Holy Qur’an; and
5) The Great Names of Allah (Asmaa’ Allah al-Husna). These titles do not carry the Translator's name, however.
* Translated 2 books by the late Grand Ayatullah Muhammed al-Shirazi:
1) Canon: A Glimpse at the Islamic Law,
2) The Pathway to an Islamic Revival
* Wrote articles for Islamic Monitor, bulletin of the Islamic Research & Information Center
* Wrote eight books:
1) Volume One of his autobiography titled Memoirs of a Shi`a Missionary in America: Two Decades of Da`wah,
2) Fast of the Month of Ramadan: Philosophy and Ahkam,
3) The Ninety-Nine Attributes of Allah,
4) Mary and Jesus in Islam,
5) Allah: The Concept of God in Islam,
6) Muhammed: The Prophet and Messenger of Allah,
7) Ghadir Khumm: Where Islam was Perfected, and
8) Kerbala and Beyond
Founded the Islamic Society of Georgia, Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1973, the Islamic Revival Movement in 1980, the International Islamic Society of Virginia, Inc. in 1982, Al-Intifada bimonthly newsletter in 1991, and the Iraq News Monitor in 1992. Edited Islamic Affairs from January 1974 till June 1989