Born and raised in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. He received his primary and secondary education from a combination of public and private schools. He began studying Islam at the hands of his uncle al-Hajji Rajj Abdus-Salaam. From him he learned basic Arabic, Islamic History and Hadith. After high school, he attended Passaic County College to study Psychology. After one year he decided to travel abroad and enrolled in the Navy as the vehicle to see it. He served four years and was honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. Placing his academic pursuits on hold, began a career as an environmental chemist for ten years, receiving industry awards for reducing hazardous waste and corporate wide enforcement of local, state and federal Environmental Laws. He received his New Jersey state Banking and Insurance license and Series 6/63 and began a career in Marketing and Sales. He returned to school after a successful career working for giants like, Minolta, Konica, Cingular Wireless. He would later transfer that winning work ethic to graduate with an Associate Degree in Education, Magna Cum Laude. He enrolled in Rutgers Newark to study History and Literature, two of his main pursuits since he was a child. He to read. Bashir graduated from Rutgers Newark with two degrees Summa Cum Laude.
Bashir is proud father, stepfather and grandfather. He is married to his partner and co-founder of Ma’oon Inc., Cici ‘Fatimah’ Ali. He is community leader and volunteer mentor at Discovery Charter School in Newark. A former Bergen County Jail Islamic Chaplain. Bashir is currently a Graduate Student at Rutgers Newark. His concentration is classical Western Literature influenced by Islamic authors and scholars of the early 11th thru 16th centuries. His historical studies concentrate on African, Islamic and Western Civilizations. He continues his Islamic studies with the local imams and senior scholars of New Jersey.