“I was born in Bahrain in 1967. I experienced kindergarten at Sacred Heart School and moved on to Bahrain School studying until graduation in ’85. At one point, Bahrain School boasted students from 51 nationalities. Upon graduation, I moved to the UK for college and then to the USA. Every year I’d return to Bahrain for the holidays. I was a third culture kid. The advantage was having the opportunity to travel abroad. On top of that my own homeland exposed me to diverse cultures, people, and religions. The youngest of six children, I came from a moderate family. I remember fondly the people, music, laughter, and arts, but also a sense of prayer and good deeds. My father was a devout Muslim yet quite progressive. Education was very important to him, so all of my siblings had the opportunity to go abroad to study. I witnessed love, respect, and devotion all around. Bahrain harmoniously brought a church, temple, and mosque co existing within walking distance.
That was then, This is now. I am a Muslim. But first and for most, I am a human being. When I view myself in that light, I can see that there are many others like me. I take out denominations, sub divisions, pre conceived notions and newly formed radicalized definitions of words.”