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Chivalry in Islam

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Suhaib Webb discusses the topic of ‘Chivalry in Islam’ in light of current events and the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (peace be upon him) and the Companions.

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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).


  • AA,

    Jazak Allah Khair for this needed message! May Allah (swt) empower our brothers to uphold the dignified and noble position they have been given!

  • With all respect to the sheikh, but do you really think this is a pervasive problem in the Muslim community? Maybe there’s an epidemic of “momma boys” in the west coast, but come on over to the midwest.

    You’re right on with the interactions between brothers and sisters though, but I’d put that more to ignorance and a lack of information on the topic (case in point, how many article dealing with these issues are on this blog? Other than the handshaking one, I can’t think of an article tackling gender relations in specific) than brothers with a misguided sense of chivalry.

    Too often, I find sisters misinterpreting a brother not knowing how to act in a certain situation as his understanding of chivalry when in reality, it’s just the brother being cautious. So, ya sheikh, it’s up to our scholars like you to educate us instead of beat us down from the minbar (not trying to sound harsh, but it’s the best way I could put it)

    • momma boys are all over the place akhi, but we’ve got daddys girls as well so the brothers dont have a monopoly on that problem. agree about needing more education about gender interactions. concrete stuff, not big themes which make us feel good but real practical things on how to deal with the opposite gender

  • Asalamu alaykum

    I think Imam Suhaib said it like it is. This topic is rarely addressed so i think he did a wonderful job at highlighting the problem areas. Its obvious that the solutions are many and its something that should stem from the home

  • Interesting lecture delivered sensitively and in a way we can all understand and relate to.


    btw. instead of this where is the part 2 Tafsir of S Bayinah youtube upload? WHY are you leaving us on a cliffhanger? WHY!?!?

  • Masha’Allah, very beneficial khutbah. Can you provide a reference for the guide dog story? Jazakallah Khair.

  • As always, great khutbah, but I think this one was exceptional and much needed. Jazak’Allahu Khairan dear Sh. Suhaib!

  • In my opinion, your speech was very informative and inspiring. I pray to Allah that many individuals will take heed of your words.

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