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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).

7 Comments

  • AsA

    I have a couple of questions Imam Suhaib.

    1) In one of your previous lectures, you mentioned a story about how being conservative can be dangerous, that story being how your mother offered you some meat but you refused because it wasn’t zabiha. Now my question is why would this action be considered wrong and what is the evidence supporting it? I’ve read this in other books that being hospitable overrides matters like eating only zabiha, but I don’t know where the proof is in the Quran and the Sunnah. A lot of people will respond stuff like this by saying “Allah said so, doesn’t matter.” I eat zabiha but if I’m in a household that doesn’t serve non-z I will eat the non-z.

    2) My second question is with backbiting. Do the rules of backbiting apply when you are speaking about groups of people under a label, or an institution? As in, you don’t mention their names specifically, you just say “Those ______ kids, man there something.”

    Please let me know ia. Jzk.

    Assalamu alaykum
    Ali

  • how can you eat non halal just because you’re a guest? Would you expect a vegetarian to eat meat just because you didn’t know they were vegetarian, for example? I think the best way would be to apologise sincerely if they didn’t have any food they could serve you for example and it would be rare that they did not have any other food.

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