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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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  • Salamualakum Sh Suhaib

    Eid Mubarak, hope all is well with you and your family.

    I just wanted to ask a question about the verse of the Quran that says don’t take the Jews and Christians as your “awliya.” Can awliya here mean as your leaders? Also the question of are we accountable if we vote for a someone and they chose to promote something unIslamic? Jazakhallah khair

  • Asalamu alaykum,

    According to Dr. Jamal Badawi awliya is contextualized to a battle situation. Meaning, one were to go Benedict Arnold on his army and fight with the opposition during an actual battle.

    Haq! I cannot recall the name of the book. However, upon my return to Cairo, inshallah, I will let you know.


  • salaam

    awesome! JazakAllahu Kair!

    unfortunately some hadiths even scholars cant explain. but i like it when they say its from Allah swt and He knows best and it may be beyond our comprehension instead of justifying it by their own opinions bc that just maks it more confusing.

    sorry went out of subject…

  • salaam

    on that note jazkAllahu Kair for this blog. I really appreciate it as im sure many others do also. Its really important. I cant explain why now. I do hope sheikh hamza yusuf and Imam Zaid shakir follow in these footsteps so we can understand more and other scholars like imam sirajj wahaj also.

  • salaam alaikum,

    I am not an american. In fact I live in Bangladesh. I have heard your lectures and liked them a lot mashaAllah. I follow your blog quite intently as well.

    That being said and risking the fact I am not an american thus my understanding might not be very sound, I would like to pose a question. What you said in these lectures are principles which I understand and agree. But listening to the debate of Mccain/Obama what alarmed me is that while Mccain wants to keep the troops in Iraq, Obama only is interested to shifting it to Afghanistan. His difference is not a humane one or moral, rather a tactical. I dont understand the US home policies that better so will not go to that tangent.

    But is there really a telling benefit if Obama comes to office? Considering the fact that Obama is already having an edge in the polls, is there really a need for a US muslim to go for him? What are the US muslims going to lose by not voting at all than to going for Obama. My questions are about this particular election only.

    Shaykh I posed these questions only to understand not to debate. Baarakallahu Feekum.

  • salaam

    I apologise for interfering if the question was only for the sheikh.

    To get the facts str8 Mcain has also stated ‘we need more troops in Afghanistan’ So they both will do that.
    There is a major need for USMuslims to go for Obama because Obamas policies are definately different and better. He has been consistent with his policies about being against the war and about torture. Mcain sais hes against torture but he voted against habeas corups for detainees. Both which Mcain has not. Some of Mcains supporters are anti islam. Mcain has said he would not approve of a Muslim being pres (altho he changed his mind later) Mcains policies are not much diff fromBush’s and we know where that led us. He as a disastrous health care plan which is important to every person living in america , muslim or not.
    Obama does not just want to transfer troops , he wants to end the war in Iraq. Mcain has mentioned no time period for ending the war. They are not ‘equal in evil’ as some say.
    If muslims dont vote in this election then they cannot complain.

  • And just to add with why I feared that Obama’s policy is a tactical one, not humane is that the debate at one phase was discussing which one is the central war zone, Iraq or Afghanistan/Pakistan. So at least seemed like they are not debating on whether they stop the war or not, it was more where to fight it. Again I will fully submit my being a non-american misses a lot of the story. Allahu A’alam.

  • salaam

    yes Obama was trying to say that we should have never gone into Iraq in the first place. many say it is an ‘illegal’ war. he was trying to say after 9/11 we should of focused on one place, afganistan.

  • but I understand his tone scared many muslims. the thing is that hes just honest. if he was really against muslims he wouldnt care to talk to iran, while mcain say that we should not ‘talk’ and hold dialogue, what does that mean , that we should just take action? Also guantanamo lawyer all support Barack Obama (i will post the proof) he has actually helped them. so we know that he is just not talk, he has showed action already.
    here it is:
    chek out his other articles involving the candidates also.

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