In 2013 I published my first book, which also happens to be the first book in English that teaches the art of Arabic calligraphy in a truly comprehensive manner.
In 2014, due to popular demand, I started putting together videos that would act as supplement to my in class students. Once the videos were completed, I was introduced to Udemy by a friend and thought there's no harm in turning these videos into a full fledged online course and this way, I can spread the light across the globe and teach the art in a way it has never been taught before. The course practically caught fire the day it was published, with nearly 200 students joining in the first month alone. Today, the course has just under 3000 students from 84 different countries and boasts over 100 5 star reviews. I would've never imagined that what started as a number of supplemental videos for my in class students would in turn provide the kind of passive/recurring income it did. I felt that this is what the world needed and that I have a much higher purpose than negotiating prices and contracts for the bank. My course got me worldwide recognition and soon I was being invited from different cities in different countries to hold workshops there.
Somewhere along the journey, I started taking on commissioned work to design some of the most iconic and beautiful mosques in North America, including Masjid Al Rahman in NYC which after my work, is being dubbed the most beautiful mosque in the city.