Mālikī Fiqh 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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  • Imam Suhaib,

    May Allah BLESS YOU 1,000 x's over. This is what I needed.

    I look forward to meeting up with you this coming summer in the DC area.

    I did want to ask if you intend to start or join an islamic institution (e.g. zaytuna, sunni path, al maghrib, islamic american university) upon your return to the U.S.

    Baarakallahu feek,


  • Asalam alaykum,

    Imam Suhaib is currently an Al-Maghrib instructer to the best of my knowledge.

    Last summer he taught Sacred Scrolls (Imam Nawawi's 40 hadith collection) alongside Yasir Qadhi….It was truly an amazing experience….
    (even though Qabelat Nurayn only had him for the sunday).

    Question: Imam Suhaib, are you going to be teaching any al-maghrib courses this summer (or any time soon) inshallah?

    Jazakhallah khairan


    Imam Suhaib,

    Do you know where in the states I could purchase matn al ashmawiyya? I would like to follow along with you during the course of your lectures. Do you know of any websites that would have a downloadable version. I've found a website that have a number of maliki text translated into English and Spanish. There are even some in the original arabic.

  • Asalamu alaykum,

    We have plans to offer a full time free Azhari type institue here at this site this summer. Every night, inshallah, there will be a dars by a qualifed scholar. Yes, I still teach with al-Maghrib and plan to teach a course with them next fall.


  • Mashallah… good news! I can't wait… and the best part of it (for students on a tight budget like myself) is its FREE!

    Great stuff.

  • Sallam,

    Jazak Allah Khar B Suhaib…when you mentioned the “Azhari type institute”, is this taking place in California or Egypt?

    Omar E

  • Salaam Shaykh,

    I pray you are well. Is it possible to download the class onto my harddrive? When i 'click' download i get audio for a few second only.

    Wa salaam

    Jamaluddeen UK

  • To download, right click the “download” link and click “Save link as” or “Download File as” (or something to that extent). It will then start downloading the file to your computer.


  • As-salam alaykum wa rahmatullah

    May Allah bless our ustadh and give him success in teaching these texts and others (including the current lessons on Risala al-mustarshidin). May Allah bless him with good for such noble efforts. Alhamdulillah.

    This lesson, the one on usul al-fiqh and the classes on Risala al-mustarshidin have been wonderful. Long may they continue with tawfiq.

    Andrew Booso


    I used to live in Kuwait, which has a LARGE population of Egyptians, and number of them followed the madhab based on the region they came from. Those that I met that were from the south of Egypt followed the Maliki school, while the Cairenes followed the Shafi'i school and the one up North in Alexandria, followed the Hanafi school. A large number I met inclined towards the salafi interpretation.

    That's just my experience in dealing with Egyptians in Kuwait. I could be wrong.

  • Assalamu alaykum WR WB,

    For those of us who will not be able to come to your Institute, will it also be available in a recorded format. If not, that is understandable, Alhumdulillah, since Allah is providing us much ilm through you and this website. Jazakallah khair.

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