He was born and raised in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, and immigrated to the U.S in 2005, and has a degree in Sharia and Islamic Studies from The International University of Africa in Khartoum, Sudan.
Mr. Al-Hadj has first-hand experience with radicalization tactics used to recruit and mobilize Muslims worldwide. His research and writings in Arabic and English have focused on understanding the root causes of violent extremism in Arab and Muslim lands.
He promotes freedom of expression, religious freedom, social justice, and equality for women and minorities. Mr. Al-Hadj has testified before the U.S. Congress on the development of strategies to counter jihadist websites.