- Date: Jul 19,2007
In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Beneficent
On March 7th, 1985 at around 1:00 AM I was born in Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn, NYC. My parent’s came to this country from Guyana, South America, thus making me Guyanese. So that makes me a Muslim American Guyanese. I have lived in two countries: United States and Canada. I lived most of my life in the U.S. and a few years in Canada (specifically Stoney Creek, Ontario). In my entire K-12 period of education I attended 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 junior high school and 1 high school. So I have experienced many different type of communities from urban ghetto areas to suburban middle to upper class areas.
I graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business Management. I am a former member and board member of the Muslim Students Association at SBU. It is here at the MSA that opened the doors to the sea of knowledge of the various Islamic sciences from aqidah, fiqh and tasawwuf. It is also during my undergraduate career at SBU where MR became famous and popular. During this tim I have encountered various different jamaats, ideologies and organizations.
Currently I am a Web Developer in Maryland. I mostly use css, html, php and js. I am also a big fan of open source software. I am the founder and owner of Mandazi Network Inc. which owns this blog and several other sites such as Halal Tube and Halal Tunes.
History of the name ‘Mujahideen Ryder’
When I was 16 years old I had to create my AIM screen name. So at that time I was interested by the Mujahideen of Afghanistan who fought the Russians before I was even born. I was also heavily influenced by the hip hop culture and one of my favorite rappers was DMX and his group was the Ruff Ryders. So basically I combined the two and came up with: mujahideen ryder. It started of as just my screen name and then my email. Then when I was around 18 I decided to start a blog. I made one with blogger.com and I used mujahideenryder as the user. It grew and started to get popular so I bought mujahideenryder.com (which I don’t have anymore) and expanded. Now I have mujahideenryder.net as you can currently see and it has grown very big in the Muslim blog world with all the credit due to Allah (swt).
MR’s Islamic stance
I’m Sunni and follow the Hanafi madhab. I believe tasawwuf is part of the three Islamic sciences including fiqh and aqidah. I also accept and believe that those who adhere to the Salafi ideological and theological view is part of Ahlus Sunna wal Jamma. Although they hold different views I accept them as my brothers and sisters in Islam. Regarding the Shia, I accept them as Muslims and no comment after that. When it comes to people of Al-Qaeda and other extremist Muslims, I do not agree with them on their views on Jihad nor do I condone their actions. God knows best.
These are just some links to my profiles, pages, etc. with other social-networking sites, etc.