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Tafsir Surat Al-`alaq (Part I)

In his Wednesday night class at MCA, Imam Suhaib Webb explains the first half Surat Al-`Alaq (Qur’an, 96).

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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-salamu Alaikum,

    Listening to these tafsir sessions has become my favourite past time; I have never been happier to be addicted to something! May Allah always reward you for all your efforts!

  • “Start with what they agree with”.

    You would never know that Imam Abu Hanifa (and probably his peers) is the type with this wisdom, going by the mainstream activist Muslims today. We’re always focusing on everything we *disagree* with, and when we run out of the clear topics of disagreement, we run over all the lesser issues with a fine tooth comb to find even more things we should disagree with, thereby magnifying every aspect of mundane life into overwhelming issues of import, but neglect duties of mercy and relationship towards others not inside our ‘clique’ – from other sects, to neighbours, to non-Muslims, to street animals, the environment, and so on.

    It wasn’t until I could see through the eyes on a revert, and began reading and listening to scholars like Imam Suhaib, that I really saw why in days of old people were irresistably attracted to Muslims and Islam, and today they are repelled by Islam because of Muslims. There is a lot in my own mindset I must work to change.

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