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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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  • they say that racial difference based on colour is a capitalist construct, a project to control the supply of unfree labour in the new world. the new world marketed, the old world (europeans) consumed and the rest of the world largely provided the materials, labour and business. but the settler colonialists couldn’t reproduce as fast as they needed, so they allowed immigration. they needed bodies of labour that were festering for freedom but would not be allowed to reproduce. they will be cowed to work but would not be allowed to dream. they will be kept on a diet of gruelling hope but will not be allowed to drastically despair.

    when i look at the faces of the dead children of gaza, i know that they belong to a long list of children who perished in the prairies of neo-liberal markets or in the name of ethno-nationalism or in the wombs of a world hungry for money so we could have a capitalist economy that gurantees a systematic slavery, based on class or race or the colour of the skin, where the only absolute is exploitation whether for land, for greed, for salvation.

    the children of gaza are not the first, nor will they be the last, but its their death that is hard to recompense with. it symbolises the loss of our innocence, our morality and our manhood. every death is a manifesto of our glorious detente, our fiery resistence and our moral victory. the children of gaza are the best gifts we have for our posterity, the youngest, bravest and quickest of sacrifices we made in the name of continuity, submission and peace.

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