Hamza Yusuf is the arguably the most influential Islamic scholar in the West. He is the founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He is ranked in the top 50 most influential Muslims in the world. Born as Mark Hanson in a Greek Orthodox Christian family in Washington state, he converted to Islam in 1977.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky as Cassius Clay in 1942, he rose through amateur and then professional boxing. He won the Olympic Gold medal in Rome and later turned to professional career. He stunned Sonny Liston to win the World Heavyweight champion title in 1964. He became a member of Nation of Islam and later converted […]