Islamic Studies

Message for the Seekers of Guidance: Session 2 Q&A Recording

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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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  • As-salaamualayum.

    I have one question.

    In the class, you mentioend the importance of dhikr.

    In relation to making dhikr in the mornings and evenings, there are many adhkar to recite from the Sunnah. I remember reading an excellent passage from Imam Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) in his book on Dhikr-“Kitab al-Adhkhar” (via Jamaal Zarabozo's book on Dhikr) where he advises people (because of the large number of possible adhakar) to make dhikr even if one chooses only one Prophetic BUT to remain consistent with it.

    What would you advise us in terms of a daily wird of dhikr? Should we simply select diferent adhkhar from the hadith or follow an arrangement from a scholar such as the Wird of Imam Nawawi or the Awrad of Imam Al-Haddad (availabe in English as the book “The Prophetic Invocations”) or the collection of Imam Hasan Al-Banna (May Allah's mercy on all of them).

  • Asalamu alaykum,

    I would encourage to follow what is based on what the Prophet taught us. I'm assuming that the above are all based on innovations found in the sunna.


  • Assalamu Alaykum

    I have a question in regards to what Ibn Qayyim said about evil thoughts. I know this is kind of late. I missed the last two sessions.

    Ibn Qayyim, as you mentioned, said “Repel evil thoughts! If you fail to do so, they will turn into desires, so
    you must declare war on them. If you fail to, they will become ambitions. If you fail to repel them, they will turn into actions. If you don’t counter them with their opposites, they will become habits and it will prove difficult for you
    to leave them.”

    A brother of mine, a long time ago, approached me about something that had to do with the above quote. He told me that he tries not to think about girls, however, whenever he is not thinking about girls, he starts getting the wrong thoughts in his mind. He starts having gay thoughts in his mind. He tries not to think about these gay thoughts, h/e its useless, from what he said. So to, I guess, remind himself that he is straight, he thinks about girls.

    I'm not sure how to respond to him about that. Although it was a long time ago, I'm pretty sure many other youth have the same problem. Youth don't want to have dirty thoughts in their minds, however, whenever they do avoid it, they have even more dirtier thoughts, which cause them to go back to thinking about girls.

    This is exactly what he told me. I don't know how to address this.

    Assalamu Alaykum

  • I would think that is an exception rather than the norm… I think the best way is to make yourself so busy with things that you don't have time to think about girls (or guys….)

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