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New Audio 3 in 1: Steps Towards Revelation, Usol al-Fiqh and Tasawwuf

Recordings from a recent class Shaykh Suhaib did on Revelation, Usol al-Fiqh and Tasawwuf!

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Text: al-Waraqaat

The questions didn’t come out in the audio, so I’ve posted them here, please reference them while listening to the Q&A portion:

1. Asalamu alaikum, shaykh. I was recently having a discussion with some brothers regarding the universal principles of Islam and in this case the Quran. And often we here a distinguishment between shariah and fiqh. can you possibly explain the difference and what are those items that constitute the universal principles of quran

2. I have a question about madhabs. We hear often about the idea of the “strongest opinion”. But we also hear that each madhab has its own Usul. So how is it possible for a strongest opinion to exist, when there are four different standards (usul) about how to arrive at the strongest opinion?

3. Would it be correct to say that fiqh is the medium of understanding the shariah – the mediator between believers and the sources? After all, isn’t every aspect of Shariah translated to us through scholarly discourse?

4. If there is a hadith that is used to explain an ayah, is it binding to understand the ayah in the light of that one (or more) hadith(s), or is open for interpretation?

5. Some argue that due to the many sect in Islam even the universals are debatable. How do we respond to this.

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,, 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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  • Assalaamu alaikum,

    JazaakAllah Khair for this lecture. I found it very benificial. Please Shaikh can you tell me what is the difference between Shariah and Usuluddin as taught in the universities ie. al Azhar, etc.) I understand that by studying one of the Ussuluddin degrees you would specialise in tafseer, hadith, etc, but if Shariah is taken from the usul does this mean that in a Shariah degree you’d have to “master” them all?

  • Asalamu alakum,

    I am taking an usul al-fiqh class at my masjid and the shaykh encouraged us to dig in to the evidences and choose that which we felt was strongest. I felt a little hesitant in doing this because this advice was given even before we finished the course. Are there any prerequisites that some may have to fulfill in order to be able to dig in the evidences and choose the strongest opinion?

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