Islamic Law Misconceptions Video

Freedom of Religion, Minority Rights, and the American Constitution

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On Friday, November 5, 2010, the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class held a full day symposium at the UM School of Law in Baltimore titled “Confronting Islam: Shari’ah, the Constitution and American Muslims.”

The event attracted about 100 guests including college students and professors — both Muslim and non-Muslim — and featured three panel discussions: Shari’ah: Setting the Record Straight;  Muslims in a Secular State: Islamic Law and Constitutions; and Perceptions of Muslims in America: The face of Islam. The keynote address was delivered by Imam Suhaib Webb from California.

Courtesy of The Muslim Link

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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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  • asalamu alaykum

    jazakum’Allahu khayr, Imam Suhaib. we would really love to have you come visit us over here, and discuss things with a lot of the the youth, be it a tight/late-night flight and all, or however to get it done right. would love to see you very very soon.

    for readers, also here is the link on the need to be socially relevant by Imam Suhaib

    asalamu alaykum

  • Salaam alaykum,

    Truer words, rarely spoken aloud in our community. I fear the way ahead may be difficult and challenging and it will take people of courage and conviction, well grounded in the Islamic sciences to see us through and help our communities in the West chart a way productive and ultimately successful way forward, insha’Allah. I pray such leaders emerge and that they find followers worthy of leading. Ameen.

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