Shaykh Rizwan Arastu is a graduate of the Islamic Seminary of Qum, Iran, where he specialized in the study of the Qur’an and traditions. Prior to the seminary, he received his bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology along with minors in near eastern studies and education from Princeton University. Shaykh Rizwan is the founding director of the Islamic Texts Institute, a non-profit research institute aimed at making Islamic sources available to the West with scholarly commentary. Among ITI’s publications are: Al-Nudbah: A Devotional Elegy to the Prophet Muhammad and his Family, Al-Kāfī Book One: Intellect & Foolishness, Al-Kāfī Book Two: Knowledge & Its Merits, A Salute to the Master of Martyrs: A Commentary on Ziyārat ʾĀshūrāʿ (at press) Shaykh Rizwan is also the author of: Tajwīd: A Guide to Qur’anic Recitation, God’s Emissaries: Adam to Jesus, Every Muslim’s Guide to the Islamic Legal System (at press). Shaykh Rizwan resides with his wife and five children in Elgin, IL, just outside Chicago. He is the founder of Islamic Literacy, and he is a member of the faculty at the Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary.