I have spent 36 years behind bars. While incarcerated, I realized that my prison life was a simulation of the life I lived on the streets. Hoping for change, I turned to faith. My inquiries eventually led me to Islam — a tradition that values studying as a means for transformation. But my problems were far from over; after becoming Muslim, I struggled to understand the infighting in prison between splinter groups who all claimed Islam was their source. I needed to find the truth. When I learned about Tayba Foundation from one of its students, I jumped at the opportunity, and it proved to be a life-changing process. Tayba has not only provided my Islamic education; After hearing my story through a fellow student, Shaykh Rami Nsour drew attention to my case at a conference and a donor quickly stepped up to cover the legal fees for a trial. Soon after, my lawyer felt so strongly that I deserved freedom, that she fought and won my case pro bono at the second trial. Tayba Foundation refused to leave me behind, and because of them, I have a new life.