The People

Zawiya Perspective started out as a response to a need. A need that is greatly needed in our community. As members of our society graduate from higher education, their identities are being challenged in many ways.  People make up the community and every community is made up off vibrant members.  We have many of the most talented members, these individuals are making positive difference in all aspects


   Abdullah Haroon:  Found himself in a paradigm shift after moving to southern California from the bay area.  Having attended many of the class at Zaytuna Institute, wanted to experience the richness of     knowledge again. Having studies many of the sciences of Islam under many teachers and scholars, his foremost teacher being Skaykh Muhammed Al- Jamal, the Imam of Masjid Al-Asqa in Jerusalem. Wrote and     memorized many of this lesson while being with him over 18 years. He enjoys reading and having in-depth conversation   about the profound accepts of life.  

  While completing his Master in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine founded Zawiya Perspective.  An initiative to bring back depth and knowledge into the lives    of many seekers searching for meaning in life.  Currently is a Data Scientist with the knack for story telling and visualization.  Developing next generation of artificial intelligence and    machine learning for the human development.  He also coined the term Sip the Tea! Smell the Oud! 

  Facilitates weekly Living Essentials sessions & Lyrical Nourishment along with tea ceremonies & mentor-ship!


Omid Safi: s an American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he is the Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center, and a columnist for On Being. Dr. Safi specializes in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history. He has served on the board of the Pluralism project at Harvard University and is the co-chair of the steering committee for the Study of Islam and the Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. Before joining Duke University, Dr. Safi was a professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  The Zawiya and Dr Omid Safi have a very interesting story for all to comprehend.  Few years back at one of our poetry event with Baraka Blue, as this might be set in the heavens above.  He flew in town to see his family members that live in SoCal.  We guess he heard about the event but did not make a point to come, but around 6pm he was driving and its was raining heavy.  Something came to his heart that he should be driving in this heavy rain so, he pulled over and open his social media accounts, not knowing where he is.  Sometimes social media recommends events for you, based on your location.  He accepted his location services and for a few seconds searched for local events.  Hold and be hold, or poetry event came up as his top suggested local event of the day.  We are so happy that Allah made this connect and its been a delightful connection ever since.  

Conduct quarterly the Telling Stories

Jameela Bai: Graduated from University of Michigan in Psychotherapy and is a accomplishment psychotherapist who has clients world-wide.  She travels the world to help people become stable and more dedicated in life. A life long student of Shaykh Nazim of Crypus, she uses mediation as part of her healing process.  Born and raised in SoCal spends her time reflecting and contemplating about the purpose of life! 

Conduct quarterly the Healing workshop!

Profile image of Faraz A. KhanFaraz Khan: Shaykh Faraz Khan is a scholar of Ashʿarī and Maturidi philosophical theology with field specialties in Hanafi Jurisprudence, Prophetic Biography, Hadith, and Logic. At Zaytuna College, he has taught Kalam Theology, Creedal Theology, Prophetic Biography, Readings in Muslim Spirituality, and Logic in the Islamic Tradition. Shaykh Faraz also serves as the coordinator of the Honors Program, in which he has taught Kalam, Prophetic Biography, Logic, Tafsir, and Hadith.After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, he moved to Amman, Jordan, in 2004 and read classical texts with distinguished scholars in Ashʿarī and Māturīdī scholastic theology, Hanafi jurisprudence, prophetic narration, logic, and other religious sciences, receiving scholarly authorization (ijāza) after seven years of full-time study.

Shaykh Faraz’s most recent book, An Introduction to Islamic Theology: Imam Nūr al-Dīn al-Sābūnī’s Al-Bidāyah fī usūl al-dīn, was published under the Zaytuna College Curriculum Series in 2020. In the work, he translates and annotates a manual on Māturīdī theology authored by Imam Nūr al-Dīn al-Ṣābūnī (d. 580/1184), a prominent Muslim theologian from Bukhara, which provides a foundation upon which modern Muslim discourse can be built. The text explains the central tenets of the Islamic creed and refutes erroneous positions of alternative theologies. Shaykh Faraz is fluent in Arabic and has speaking fluency in Urdu. Shaykh Faraz joined the faculty of Zaytuna College in 2013.

Conduct Semi-Yearly:  Faith and Reason

Ata Nabawi: A non-native arabic speaker who learned Classical Fusha from different teachers in Southers California. Ata has developed a unique curriculum of Arabic to English transliteration.  A public schoole teacher by trade and has worked as a Arabic content developer for educational sector and continues to develop Arabic content. He is excellent in tajweed and grammar with emphasis on balagha Eloquence and pronunciation. Come and experience Arabic in its true form.  Dedicated to the purse of knowledge, he consistently reads and contemplates about relative issue facing the world. While growing up in Compton, Ata Nabawi says he developed a habit of asking neighbors for fruit from their trees in his area. Five years ago while taking a permaculture class, Ata suddenly made the connection, he would source fruit from his neighborhood and launch his own business, Prism Juice Bar. Starting with a pop-up shop selling orange juice and lemonade, Ata circulated his juice cart around Koreatown and Venice Beach. Before long his product was getting praise from Angelenos and gaining traction,  

Facilitates weekly Arabic Intensive classes!

Who is Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-JamalSidi Muhammed Al-Jamal: The Shaykh, the guide of the Shadhdhuliyyah Path founded by the master and guide Abu-l-Hasan ash-Shadhdhuli in the 13th century was born in Tulkarm in ash-Sham in 1935 and was a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad through his ancestor Shaykh Ahmad Ibn ar-Rifa’i. As a Qadi or Judge of the Shari’ah court, he worked all over Jordan and Palestine until he was given the position of Judge of the Judges in Jerusalem and the Holy Land and later moved to an office in Masjid Al-‘Aqsa. He inherited the Shadhdhuli line through his guide and master Sidi Abdu-r-Rahman Abu Risha of Halab in Syria and his second teacher, Shaykh Tilmisan, who sent him to Jerusalem, where he worked tirelessly to help the people and keep Tasawwuf alive as a knowledge of the science of the Light of Allah. In 1974, he set up a zawiyyah for seekers coming from western countries to study the Path of Sufism and in 1997 he restored the 600 year old Sufi Council that served in the Holy Land. He was the Head of this Council as well as a teacher and central figure at the Masjid al-‘Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock for many years. His hand and leadership preserved the Sacred Precinct. He was an advocate of world peace and in 1993 he began to travel the world gathering his students in other countries and setting up many spiritual communities. Wherever he went, he taught, by word and example, the real essence of Islam by emphasizing the central message of peace, mercy, love, freedom and justice for all people.    More than 40 books are available in English for students to study his teachings.


Nur Preston:  He grew up in a household where grace was said at the table and we always said our prayers before bedtime, but he was filled with the love and notion of God from the very beginning. At the ripe age of 18, Nur became terrifyingly aware of his finite existence and concluded, “there must be something more to all of this [life]”. The following year, after studying any and all religious traditions he could find, Nur converted to Islam (in 2005) and began a process of studying traditional prophetic healing and counseling. He conduct his formal sturdies at Masters in Christian Thelogy getting his masters degree in Biblical Studies!

Conduct Healing and Counseling!

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