Born and raised in California, Usama Canon embraced Islam in 1996. Since then he has had the honor of studying various Islamic Sciences both at home and abroad under some of today’s foremost scholars. Currently, Usama serves as an instructor at Zaytuna Institute and as a Muslim Chaplain for the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Having established and directed an Outreach Program at Zaytuna Institute, Usama maintains an active role in various facets of Islamic outreach and education, concentrating on issues facing Muslim youth, assisting converts, and developing support systems for Muslim ex-offenders. He resides in the Bay Area with his wife and children.