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A Letter From The Eminent Scholar 'Abdullah bin Bayyah to the Muslims in America For the Assistance of Imam Siraj Wahhaj

A Letter From The Eminent Scholar ‘Abdullah bin Bayyah to the Muslims in America For the Assistance of Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Translated by Imam Zaid Shakir

All Praise is for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, He says: “Cooperate towards righteousness and piety and do not cooperate towards sin and enmity.” (5:2)

Mercy and Peace upon our exemplary leader, Muhammad, who said: “Allah will continue to assist the servant as long as the servant is assisting his brother.” (Muslim 2699) And upon his mutually cooperative and supportive companions. Among them were the Ash’ari Clan. When they were afflicted with a period of deprivation they would collect all of their provisions and divide them amongst themselves -as mentioned in the Hadith.

I wish to take this opportunity to encourage our brothers [and sisters] who are cooperating to assist the virtuous, scholarly Imam, Siraj Wahhaj, during his trial, which is a manifestation of the divine decree enacted in this world. With it Allah expiates misdeeds and elevates by degrees. This is a blessing for the believers who when afflicted with hardship patiently endure it, and when graced with ease thank [Allah].

We wish to support them and invite all of the Muslims to cooperate with them to extend support and assistance to our virtuous brother, the activist Imam, Siraj Wahhaj. We ask Allah that He cures us and him; grants both us and him well being; and that He envelopes us all in His blessings in perceptible and imperceptible ways.

[Furthermore], that He blesses us and them to be steadfast in practice and faith and that He bestows upon us and them excellence in religion.

May Allah bestow His Mercy and Peace upon our exemplary leader, Muhammad, his family, and his companions.

Shaykh ‘Abdullah bin Bayyah

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

About the author

Suhaib Webb

Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American-Muslim educator, activist, and lecturer. His work bridges classical and contemporary Islamic thought, addressing issues of cultural, social and political relevance to Muslims in the West. After converting to Islam in 1992, Webb left his career in the music industry to pursue his passion in education. He earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and received intensive private training in the Islamic Sciences under a renowned Muslim Scholar of Senegalese descent. Webb was hired as the Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where he gave khutbas (sermons), taught religious classes, and provided counselling to families and young people; he also served as an Imam and resident scholar in communities across the U.S.

From 2004-2010, Suhaib Webb studied at the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University, in the College of Shari`ah. During this time, after several years of studying the Arabic Language and the Islamic legal tradition, he also served as the head of the English Translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah.

Outside of his studies at Al-Azhar, Suhaib Webb completed the memorization of the Quran in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has been granted numerous traditional teaching licenses (ijazat), adhering to centuries-old Islamic scholarly practice of ensuring the highest standards of scholarship.

Webb was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010 and his website, www.SuhaibWebb.com, was voted the best “Blog of the Year” by the 2009 Brass Crescent awards.

Suhaib Webb has lectured extensively around the world including in the Middle East, East Asia, Europe, North Africa and North America. Upon returning from his studies in Egypt, Webb lived in the Bay Area, California, where he worked with the Muslim American Society from Fall 2010 to Winter 2011. He currently serves as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cultural Center (ISBCC).

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