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Fasting & Ramadan Video

Ramadan Advice: Fasting, Materialism & Time Management

In this lecture, Imam Suhaib Webb gives Ramadan advice to Zaytuna Summer Arabic Intensive students on fasting, materialism and time management.

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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, www.SuhaibWebb.com, 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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  • And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows other than the way of the believers – We will give him what he has taken and drive him into Hell, and evil it is as a destination. (115) An-Nissa’

    I seek Allah’s protection to you and me from the fire, dear Shiekh

  • suhaib webb meant when u r concerned about ur look ur body there are two ways to measure ur concern.

    As Allah will ask us how we used our youth/health on the day of judg. that shows us that we should be concerned about being healthy and havin enough energie, to fast, to pray, to read, to have good sex, to make hajj, to teach, to lead,to earn money to spend and becoming independent as Allahu as-Samad and he loves those who like to be like his attributes; to let ppl take advantage from ur power. This concern is a healthy concern and the effect of it is being beautiful by the light in ur face and a strong beautiful body.

    Other ppl may be concerned about feelin youthful because it is trendy to feel like it and if u dont do it, u r of low level,I see many girls at work with hijab being busy wit the lil mirror to see if everythin is fine and that every minute their concern is directed to what Suhaib Webb critized for such ppl I recommend the officail video of

    LOWKEY – MY SOUL on youtube, even suhaib webb may like it.

    Salamo

  • As Salamu Alaikum,

    Does anyone know if it is forbidden or makruh to give food to the needy during the day in ramadan, bearing in mind that we are fasting?

    Jazakum Allahu khairan
    Usama

    • do you mean the needy who are muslim? i don’t think it’s haram or makruh to give to the needy because Allah loves charity, but if the needy are muslims, i think that’s okay as well,because maybe they wouldn’t be able to get iftaar, and the food you give them could be their iftar,

      • Jazak Allahu khairan. Just regular people actually, not necessarily Muslim. I read in a fatwa that it is best not to entertain non-Muslim friends with food during the day in Ramadan, out of respect for the sanctity of the month.

        Is simply donating money as meritorious in the sight of Allah as handing out food, or is the letter more praiseworthy?

        • honestly ukhti i’m not sure, but both donating money and feeding people are very good in Allah’s sight

          Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said: The Lord’s commandment for every one of His slaves is, ‘Spend on others, and I will spend on you’. (Bukhari, Muslim)

          (this would be a sign of donating because you’re spending your money to help others)

          but also,

          Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: A man asked the Prophet ,
          “What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?”
          The Prophet replied, ‘To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not Know
          (Sahih Bukhari)

          so honestly both are praiseworthy
          & forgive me if i’m wrong, and Allahu A’lam :)

  • Could someone please clarify the statement at 39:25? I know a brother who suffers from involuntary release of a small amount of najis, who was told by ‘ulema that he needed to wash before every prayer. Obviously he should follow the stronger opinion, but if this opinion is strong it will make it easier for him inshAllah.

  • If someone has naturally low blood pressure and fasting makes that person faint and dizzy throughout the day so much so that s/he just remains mostly in bed, is fasting during Ramadan a requirement?

  • can anyone help me? when i watch long videos here they stop half way and i can not see the rest, youtube and everything working ok, i can watch there but not on this site. its driving me crazy, im not very good with computers but the red line (when its faint) when i pause the video goes right to the end but i still cant get past about half way. and if it means anything its the same on all computers in my house.

  • Assalam alaikum Shaykh Suhaib,

    Masha Allah, one of the best lectures I have ever I have listened by Shaykh Suhaib since a long time now. I personally felt that Shaykh Suhaib includes a lot of ‘jokes’ in the speeches lately which is not ‘really necessary’.

    Listening to this speech it reminds me of the Shaykh Suhaib which i used to listen to 2006 and years before that..

    Jazak Allah Khair,
    Syed J.

  • Mashallah! I am a Muslim anthropologist and Imam Webb, you are correct. If people would pay attention to the patterns we could better identify with what’s going on.

    For example, biological anthropology proves that human infants have a gestation time of almost eighteen months. That’s right, it takes almost a year after birth for the human infant to catch up with every other mammal infant on the planet. Think about it. Baby cows and horses and cats and dogs are up and toddling about within hours or days after being born. Human infants? Not for months.

    And yet American society continues to push an agenda of getting mothers “back to work” within six to nine weeks after giving birth. That’s absurd! I’m not against women working, but unless there is some sort of a dire need and the woman absolutely must work to keep herself and her family from starving it’s not worth it, not for at least the first year.

    That first year is absolutely crucial, yet we let the almighty dollar and social norms convince us to do the craziest thing: take our helpless infants and leave them in a room full of other helpless infants and one or two minimum-wage employees. The majority of those infants will receive either soy or cow’s milk based formulas, both of which infants are not designed to digest as well as mother’s milk (of course there are exceptions, I’m talking in general).

    And yet, if we are Muslim but don’t understand the biological human condition we might mistakenly concede that it’s a good idea for women to put their kids in daycare as soon as possible. Or we might insist that women stay home and care for their children but be unable to explain WHY, which just leads to an atmosphere of paternalism and accusations of oppression.

    Astaghfirullah, let me get off my soapbox there. My point is, anthropology and other forms of social science will do this ummah good, provided we don’t associate them with Allah (audhubillah).

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