Sajad spent many of his teenage years associating with gang members and participating in a destructive lifestyle. This resulted in a six-year prison sentence as a teenager. Upon release he found himself without an education or marketable skills, which lead him back to the same destructive lifestyle. After a year Sajad was sentenced to 25-to-life in prison under California’s “three strikes” law. While in prison he changed his life and embarked on an extensive process of introspection and self-reform. During his sentence he enrolled in college, pursued his studies with Tayba and earned a degree from Ohio University and became the second prisoner to ever graduate in San Quentin State Prison’s 150 year history. After his release, Sajad was an instructor at Tayba and is now pursuing a doctorate in Education at the Western Institute in Berkeley, California.