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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,, 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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  • Wow, I didn’t see that at all. A friend and I marched yesterday. It was 90 degrees, and after a few hours, all we wanted to do was get off the course, get on our bus and chill until maghrib/iftar. The police were blocking all the cross streets, forcing the protesters to stick to the route, which was then turning uphill back towards the captial.

    We offered to throw our signs away and leave as just ordinary citizens. Our bus stop was only 2 blocks away from the point we wanted to leave, but they wouldn’t let us off the route, and forced us to continue up another half a mile, where we finally could slip out and make our way back downtown.

    By the time we got to our bus stop, the riots were in full swing, and bus service had been canceled. Of course, none of the thousands of police milling around bothered to tell the people waiting for the buses that. We spoke to people who had been waiting 2 hours for a bus and didn’t know why they hadn’t come.

    After waiting a half an hour for the bus, the rioters were getting too close, so we decided to hike out of downtown to get our bus. Another 45 minute hike in the sun on the first day of Ramadan. Dur. Unfortunately, the rioters were being herded the same direction we were headed, so we saw quite a bit of mayhem, destruction and arrests along the way.

    Sure, go ahead and arrest the peole who rioted. There were plenty of people doing active damage to property. But Amy Goodman?? Seriously?

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