Meet the Author:
Ahmed Lotfy Rashed was born in Egypt and raised in Maryland. He studied physics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. While there, he was on the Speakers Bureau for the Muslim Students’ Association. He continued his education in Pennsylvania, earning his Masters’ Degree at Bryn Mawr College.
During his three years of graduate study, he served as Public Relations Officer for the Muslim Students’ Association. It was at this time that Ahmed started talking about Islam at various churches, temples, and schools. He became known for his informal and approachable demeanor. His ability to break down complex religious and historical contexts for audiences earned him high reviews. He also taught math and science at the local Islamic School. In addition, he led the Youth Committee of the local mosque in Villanova. Soon after graduating, he married and found employment in Boston as a research engineer.
Since coming to Boston in 2004, he has been an active volunteer at several mosques in the Greater Boston Area. He has been the head instructor for the local Islam101 class since 2006. Also, he has been a volunteer for WhyIslam.org since 2009. He has presented Islam at schools and churches, and he has hosted visits to several major mosques in the area. While primarily self-trained, he has been mentored by the scholars in his area: Sheikh Safi Khan in Greensbelt, MD; Dr. Mustafa Ahmed in Villanova, PA; and Imam Suhaib Webb in Boston, MA. He is currently pursuing a degree in Islamic Studies from Mishkah University, with a Master’s thesis on Interfaith Social Activism.
Ahmed continues to work and live in the Greater Boston Area with his wife and four children. In his spare time, he likes to read about comparative religions, Islamic law, Islamic history, and military history. He also has a weakness for fantasy and science-fiction novels – a problem of which his wife is still trying very hard to cure him.
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