Ustadh Zaid was born and raised in Brooklyn. Having memorized the Qur’an at an early age by Qari Ruhullah he studied Arabic at Darul Uloom NY in 2001 by Mufti Ruhul Amin, and then traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa where he enrolled in the 6 year Alim program at Darul Uloom Azaadville, graduating in 2007 and specializing in Fiqh studies for an additional year in 2008. Since returning he has been teaching classes and weekend intensives, doing youth programs, and giving Jummah Khutbahs and talks in NY. He graduated with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, is currently specializing in Hadith studies by Mufti Ruhul Amin, and works as the director and instructor of DUA Institute's Islamic Studies program. He is also involved with Young Muslims, MIST-NY, Darul Uloom NY, ICNA, and Annaseeha Basketball League.