Shahroz Ahmad- 2016 Recipient

Shahroz Ahmad-2016 150x150Major: Law
Degree: J.D.
School: Rutgers Law School
Sponsor: ISF 



Shahroz Ahmad is currently pursuing his J.D. at Rutgers Law School. After graduating with honors from Rutgers University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology, Shahroz shifted his focus to a career in law. Born in Pakistan and raised in New Jersey, he has dedicated his life to humanitarian causes and activism by working with non-profit organizations such as Islamic Relief, The American Muslim Union and Smile for Charity. Shahroz is an American Muslim Rapper, Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Writer, & Recording Artist. He is an officially licensed writer by ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). As an artist he gained recognition after legendary DJ Funkmaster Flex shared his single “Won’t Change” featuring Joe Budden. Shahroz’s debut album “Rise of a New Sun” became available on Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, & more. His music was distributed under the Sony orchard. Following his early success, he then took a 2-year break from his music career to reconnect with his faith as a practicing Muslim and instead pursued poetry. Poetry gave him the freedom to discuss important social issues and use his art as a vehicle for activism. After a long hiatus from music, Shahroz returned to his roots by creating music based on Islamic opinions that allow for morally upright content in line with Islamic principles. Shahroz has performed at major universities such as NYU, Rutgers, and headlined The Muslim Extravaganza in 2015 in front of an audience of over 14K people. He has also collaborated with organizations such as Why Islam to combat Islamophobia. When he is not performing he teaches poetry and creative writing workshops for Muslim youth, he most recently taught a workshop at MIST-NJ. In pursuit of religious knowledge, Shahroz has studied foundations of Islamic Law, Jurisprudence, and Discursive Theology under the tutelage of Dr. Shadee Elmasry, PhD & Ilyas Lahoz, J.D.

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