What does your average working day look like? And how did you became interested in Islamic topics?
My first task in the morning is to read and answer the questions I have received through my site, email or on tumblr.
After that I work on any programming project that my clients have sent me. If there are no projects, I work on my own projects, mainly books I write.
Sometimes I have an idea for an essay or blog post, so I may stop working on my projects to write the essay or post.
If I have no projects to work on I read books. I have thousands of books on my reading list, so I am never short of books that I want to read.
I work until around 4 PM. After that I listen to Quran for an hour, maybe exercise, then spend time with my children.
I have always had a special relationship with Islam, maybe because of growing up in a devout and educated Muslim family and having a few Islamic scholars among my relatives. So it simply seemed natural to me to study Islam. But I started studying Islam in a serious and scholarly manner only at the end of 2017. That is when I decided to dedicate my life to Islamic studies and started reading scholarly books, both classical Arabic books and books published by Western (Muslim and non-Muslim) scholars of Islam. I also started reading scholarly papers in Islamic studies published in Western academic journals.