All Praise is due to Allah, whose blessings and guidance in life are beyond words. I pray that He continues to bestow guidance on me for the rest of my life.
I wish to thank my teacher and mentor Dr. Paul Pedersen for his encouragement, support, and guidance. His motivation is unforgettable.
I wish also to thank my teacher, mentor, and companion since childhood until this time, my brother Shaikh Wael Alsharief. I am indebted to him for life.
The sacrifice, support, and encouragement of my wife Amera are admirable.
The patience, understanding, support, and assistance of my children Sumayyah, Muhammad, Ebraheem, Aminah, and Mariah are remarkable. I pray that they grow as role models to benefit their societies and the world.
The advice, contributions, and support of Nivine Amr, a dear friend and supporter, has been remarkable.
I am also thankful to my clients and to the counselors who helped make this book possible. I wish them the best in life.
Dr. Suzan Wadley's passion for genuine understanding of others, particularly for Muslims, has been a strong motivator for this work. I am indebted to her for her support and encouragement.