Introduction to Usūl al-Fiqh (Mālikī) Part 1

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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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  • jsk ya ustaadh for this effort. we r really in need of this…

    can i be allowed to make some points, bada ithnik.

    : how do you feel about starting with a basic text text in belief, such as shk abh ghudas explaination of abi zayd aqeedah (from the risala)?

    : u mentioned in the fiqh class the tarteeb in the old azhar system ( I believe these books are no longer taught in the formal system) :Ashmawiya, then 2 explaination of abi Zayd Risalah etc, and then sharh saghir and kabeer. But what happened to Murshid Muin, how comes this is not taught?

    jsk again for your effort, pls keep it free always, may your account with Allah be not affected by the Credit crunch.

    Abu Musa

  • Asalamu alaykum,

    My teacher, Sh. Mustapha, told me that the Matn Ibn Ashir was never studied here. That opinion seems correct since I've never heard the older Azhari Malikis mention it. However, if one goes to any of the classical book shops, such as al-Halabiyah, he will surely come accross the text. Unlike most of the Maliki texts I've come across , I've never seen, nor heard of an Azhari that explained it. I'm aware from the African scholars who I've studied with that it is the first book memorized after the Qur'an. The Malikis of Western Africa give it a great amount of attention. That being said, If is from the reliable books in the school and priceless for the beginner.


  • As salamu 'alaikum Shaykh Suhaib,

    I greatly appreciate this effort, may Allah (swt) grant you tawfiq in it. Is the poem that you are reading from available on the Internet or is it possible to have it posted?

    Also there is a small poem titled, “Isal as-Salik ila Usul al-Imam Malik” on Maliki Usool by Shaykh Abdullah Walaty Shanqiti. Are you familiar with? Do the two vary much at all?

  • As Salaam Alaikum Sidi,

    Will the Maliki fiqh and usul lectures occur on a regular schedule, or will they be sporadic in nature.

    Jazaka'Allah khair for you efforts

  • May Allah reward you Imam Shuaib your talks are very will be a big help for the muslims in North Americia.

  • As Salaam Alaikum Warahmutullallah Wabarakatu,

    Jazaka’Allah khairan!
    May Allah reward you, for this amazing work,and guide you to Jennah, insh’allah.

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