Like many other African-American children in the Unites States, Siddique Abdullah Hasan was raised by a single parent and lacked parental supervision and guidance that would steer him into manhood. But, despite emanating from a dysfunctional family, having an extensively troubled upbringing and only acquiring a microscopic amount of training in formal education, through sheer grits and determination Imam Hasan has pulled himself up by his bootstraps by surrendering his entire existence to Allah, by managing to obtain a college education, and by becoming a staunch activist and revolutionary.
In his own words, "...[T]o become a revolutionary is to become an agent of change, which is virtually impossible if one doesn't know what needs to be changed. The first metamorphosis I had to make was to revolutionize my life-- that is, I had to change my negative and self-destructive ways, thoughts, attitude, and entire constitution and outlook on life."
As a result of his own initiative, today, Imam Hasan is an editor, journalist, grammarian, teacher and, soon to be, author. He is cowriting a book, The Struggle Behind the Walls, that will be like no other. The most intriguing things about him, however, are his uncompromising spiritual convictions, his humility, and his love and compassion for humanity.
Imam Hasan no longer stands on the oppressive or wrong side of history; instead, he's rewriting his own history by being an advocate for peace, freedom, justice, equality, and humanity. In fact, two of his pet projects consist of (1) providing college scholarships (both religious and secular) to the immediate family members of murdered victims as well as developing healing communication between death-row offenders and them, and (2) encouraging community dialogue and constructive alternatives to the prison economy. More about these projects can be learned by visiting prisonersolidarity.org.