Wael Abdelgawad

Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including IslamicAnswers.com and IslamicSunrays.com, and various financial websites. He teaches martial arts, and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and ice cream. Learn more about him at WaelAbdelgawad.com.

Wael Abdelgawad in his own words:

I was born in California to Egyptian parents who were both respected and accomplished scientists. I majored in English literature at Fresno State University. I've lived in the USA, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Panama.

I've had a strange and varied work life in which I have, at various times, worked as a USGS water tester, librarian, literacy tutor, power plant monitor, San Francisco bike messenger, dispatcher, taxi driver, daytrader, tech recruiter, and media monitoring lead generator.

I've been a webmaster and writer since 1998. IslamicSunrays.com represents, in many ways, the fruition of a lifetime of experience and thought; while IslamicAnswers.com has helped thousands of people over the years to solve their pressing life problems.

I've been writing fiction since I was a kid, but I feel I began to come into my own as a novelist with the publication of Pieces of a Dream on MuslimMatters in 2012. Since then, fiction writing has played an increasingly important role in my life. I hope Insha'Allah to release my first three books for sale in 2017: a novel-length version of Pieces of a Dream, an urban fantasy novel titled The Repeaters, and a collection of love poems.

My writing typically features Muslims living in the USA, struggling to build peaceful and happy lives while dealing with difficult and painful pasts. As someone with such a past myself, these kinds of stories speak to me.

A friend once commented that my writing represents a kind of "Islamic idealism", and I like that.

Martial arts continue to be an important part of my life. I have trained in MA since the age of 14. I hold black belt ranks in three arts and have studied numerous others. I am the founder of his own style, called Hammerhead Hapkido.

I just began building my personal website and hope to fill it out this year. It can be seen at WaelAbdelgawad.com.

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