Asad graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work. As an undergraduate student, Asad worked as a youth community organizer with ‘Make the Road New York’ at the Bushwick School for Social Justice, where he worked with high school youth to develop and train them into becoming advocates and organizers for various social justice and civil rights issues. He has also served as a Conflict Resolution Intern at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, where he communicated with peacemakers engaged in track II diplomacy in conflict zones throughout the world and documented their work.
Asad grew up in a Pakistani-American community in Brooklyn that fostered the learning of Islamic education and spirituality from a very young age. He studied classical Arabic, Tajweed, Quran’ic commentary, and jurisprudence from various local instructors. He is often invited to deliver Friday sermons at colleges including New York University and Columbia University, and is an actively involved member of NYU’s Islamic Center, where he was on the board of multiple clubs as a student.
He is also part of Cordoba House’s Muslim Leadership Training Program, through which he hopes to articulate a stronger understanding of the Islamic tradition in an American context. Conversant in traditional scripture as well as contemporary culture, fluent in Urdu and Arabic, Asad aims to use his background as leverage to maneuver between multiple worlds and bring seemingly disparate communities together. As a Sunday school teacher, he hopes to imbibe his students with a sense of compassion, spirituality, and love grounded in the spirit of the Islamic tradition.”