Salaam alaykum brothers and sisters,
this is a very condensed version of my book Over the Wall.
This version contains parts of the sections of my life from
high-school, to finding Islam, and to prison. If you want all
of the details you will have to purchase the book.
I went through public schooling until
the end of Middle School. I was a normal young American child
an inkling to crime and the gang life. I remember from an early
age that I thought gangsters were cool and how I wished I could
become one in the future. Not the best thing to wish for, I
know, but what can I say.
Towards the end of Middle School I got
suspended for being the lookout for somebody who wanted to tag.
He wrote his name on the wall and we all got caught and
suspended. This shocked my family and they decided to take me
out of public schooling and put me into private schools.
I was sent to a high school, which no
longer exists, called Westside Preparatory High School. Despite
its name, this school was full of gangsters. It might have even
been a worse environment than public school. There are only two
good things that I remember from this school – one was that
they had a really good basketball coach, and two that they had a
really good history teacher.
history teacher taught us about the Middle East he did so
through religion. He briefly discussed the major religions that
were found in the Middle East and then described how they shaped
the events that occurred throughout centuries in that region.
This was very intriguing to me and it made me think. I decided
to research these religions and something inside of me told me
that I would have to choose one of them to live my life by.
While I was studying these religions
other events occurred that shaped my future life. The school I
was attending shut down and I moved and changed schools to West Los
Angeles Baptist High School, which has also closed down. This
was a smaller school with a much better environment. But, there
was still the element of gang life. Some of the people who
attended the school were gang members and some were normal teens
just up to no good. We would go to the Third Street Promenade in
Santa Monica to hang out and pick up girls.
This is where I met the members of the Lover Boyz Gangsta Crips. It was a
small gang full of mostly wannabee gang members. But, there were
some hardcore gang members in the gang as well. A wannabee gang
member is one who pretends to be tough.