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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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  • I thought it was a pretty good speech. If he lives up to what he is proposing, inshaAllah we should see a brighter future for America. Man, it would really suck if McCain wins this election…

  • Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party’s historic nomination to run for president of the US in front of a crowd of some 75,000 people.

  • Assalamu alaikum,

    I tried to watch the speech while pretending to be undecided, and I wasn’t really impressed. There was alot of flowery talk about but it would have been nice if he had gone a little more on the offensive on issues by mentioning things like –

    John McCain and George Bush say we’re fighting terrorists in Iraq, but they dont remember that there was no terrorism in Iraq until they took us there and that Saddam Hussain and Al Qaeda are polar opposiites who had nothing to do with each other.

    How can the GOP tell us they want to spread freedom, when what they have done is remove freedom from America, from me and you, by tapping our phones, by removing habeus corpus, perhaps the greatest principle of Western civilization? When any American can be locked up without trial? America, our freedom is much higher and much greater than this.

    He could have been more specfic, torture, habeus corpus, war, new orleans – he touched on them but passed too quickly and kept saying the same things he has always said.

    I want him to win, but he should have been a little more aggressive. If I was an independent, this wouldnt have convinced me

  • Asalaamu Alaykum,

    To my amazement I remembered that Barack Obama even before being officially nominated as the democratic party winner was accepting congrats from AIPAC. Now for those who don’t know this stands for the American Israeli Political Action Committee, it is by far the most powerful and influential lobbyist organization in the U.S.

    This group has basically had senators and congressman at their disposal, it provides massive amounts of monetary and media support to political figures that will promote it’s (AIPAC’s) policies. AIPAC has influenced if not shaped U.S. foreign policy within the middle east since its conception, their handy work is partly to blame (Bush/Cheney the other actors in this morbid game) for what we are witnessing today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    As a Canadian I watched with eager interest Barack Obama’s rise through the primaries hoping that this man might actually help alleviate the situation in the mid east. I witnessed his historic nomination through my t.v. but in my humble opinion Obama is not the saviour that many people think he is. He will as he has indicated divert forces from Iraq and place them in Afghanistan escalating the war, not stopping it. This would lead to further innocent casualties and destabilize the region, another 4 years of war.

    In truth American muslims will have to choose between the lesser of the two evils, not a very bright prospect.

  • I agree with Abdul Sattar

    It was alright. Got a little better around the end, but I felt like he had too great of an audience to not fully go on the offensive.

  • What can we say about a speech such as this when we are on the outside far away from the power centers, not even on their radars. I wish to contrast this speech with the speech that Obama gave at the last DNC Convention when he was a little known senator from my home state of Illinois. In that speech he mentioned how Arabs were marginalised a long with the other groups he mentioned today such as gays. I am not resentful that he (purposefully) omitted this group as I understand that it is all part of RealPolitik, but still it is glaring in contrast with his staunch defense of Israel.

    As speeches go it is probably everything that some blue bleeding democrat would want to hear. Strong shots at the Repugnants, etc. A bit of that bluster with the whole “McCain said he would go after Osama to the gates of hell but he wont even go after him to the cave he lives in”.

    I think the best thing he did for himself was that he was able to weave in this theme about the so-called American Promise and his life and candidacy and relate it with other regular Americans. Americans love hearing this stuff about their exceptionalism, singularity, uniqueness in history and it will help him score points with white Americans who fear him because he is black.

    This American Promise story has hints of the theme of Manifest Destiny, where God is leading the Exceptional nation of America and all her goodness to be the light of the world and to the uncivilized. I have problems with all of that but that is a much longer post.

  • Salam brothers and sisters. Ramadan Mubarak!

    I was sort of put off by the commentanry. Mostly the “lesser of the two evils” concept. It’s a convenient cliche to use, but how appropriate is it, really?

    Context: after eight years of republican rule, how many muslims have died? How is the economy doing?

    Would Al Gore or John Kerry have killed so many muslims? Well, did they have such tight connections with oil or weapons companies?

    Essentially, I hope every Muslim, American citizen, whoever is reading this, remembers that the neoconservative Republican agenda (molded by their corporate overseers) needs to vilify muslims- in order to control the electorate (through fear, irrational hatred, etc.) and exploit muslim country resources (oil, natural gas, weak and dependent economies, etc.).

    Anyways, McCain falls directly in line with this agenda, and what will be the consequences of electing him commander in chief? If he decides to bomb Iran (as he has sung merrily about)…?

    More importantly: take a step back from presidential, political fanfare. It’s TV drama. How many people here know about Keating Five scandal?
    What if we do think like Fox News wants us to think, not on votes or political history, but character (ego) trips: how many times McCain has cheated on his wife? Even if that is a petty or salicious question to ask, what’s the rule in Islam on cheating on spouse? How about repeatedly?

    No president can be elected in America that is favorable to muslims at this time, with this media, with this propaganda-spoon fed electorate.
    If people plan to have a political debate, please ground it in history, (historical) policy, or past votes (and who’s missed more than McCain)?

    Muslims, given what the neoconservative agenda has held for them globally in the past eight years, should be actively campaigning against Republicans- and Obama is a great proponent for muslims in many subtle ways that people don’t recognize. In any case, if McCain wins, we’ll have muslims who voted for Obama complain about how America can never do the right thing, and McCain voters whine about how big of a mistake they made (Bush vote circa 2000 deja vu).

    Ay, there’s the rub: there should be clear and active Muslim voting block for Obama in America- if history is calculated in. I might as well finish with another cliche: those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.


  • Did someone else but me notice that the GOP’s main focus is simply to attack the Dems rather than tell Americans what they are hoping to accomplish for America? How many of you have been watching the RNC? McCain is speaking tonight…

    “And that’s not change we can believe in! hay hay hay…”

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