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

  Ali Mustafa:  Found himself in a paradigm shift after moving to southern California from the bay area.  Having attended many of the class at Zaytuna College, 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!

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!

Madison Dunaetz:   She was born in El Segundo, California. She is pursuing Studies Intercultural Studies at Biola Univeristy.  She has traveled extensively thru out the world and particular the Middle East regions working with refugees   Her interest is in the Palestinian people who are striving hard to live a dignified existence.  Recently married and plans to move to Middle East in the near future. Her interest are Jesus(AS) and her passport.

Conduct quarterly the Lyrical Nourishment!

Ateeq Amr: A native arabic speaker who learn Classical Fusha from Jordan and with many of his teachers in Amman. Ateeq has developed a unique curriculum of Arabic to English transilteration. Ateeq 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.   

Facilitates weekly Arabic Intensive classes!


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