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Egyptian Revolution: Eyewitness Story

After returning from Egypt in February, Imam Suhaib Webb shares his experiences and reflections about the peaceful Egyptian Revolution.

Please continue to keep the people across the world who are struggling for freedom and human rights in your du`a’ (prayers).

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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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  • welcome back! may seven years of hardship yield a harvest of knowledge to those who had been thirsty for a relevant fiqh in pax americana.

  • Dear Imam Suhaib Webb,

    Your talk moved me in so many ways. I hope that here in America we as Muslims find the courage to stand up for what is right, not only for ourselves but for all. With Peter King’s hearings and a growing sense of Islamophobia, Muslims must unite to bring a message of peace and tolerance. Alhumdulillah, there is still good left in this Ummah, and inshAllah it will change the world. الأمة فيها خير ..

    Thank you again Imam..

  • Dear Imam Sahaib Webb,

    This video of you giving an impassioned report on your witness of true Muslim goodness among the young people of Egypt in the recent revolution has touched my heart very deeply. Before I die I would like to meet you and hug you. I only read about you today in an LA Times article by Raja Abdulrahim.

    I am so proud of you I can hardly contain my joy. We have more in common than our family name. I am 75, born in Lawton, OK, and am a retired professor (U. of Chicago, U. of Washington, and Pepperdine University) and international authority on East Asian history and religion (BA from Abilene Christian College, MFA, MA and PhD from the University of Chicago.) My wife and I retired in 2004 after after 47 years of university teaching and administration.

    You could be my grandson. Except all the Webbs in my family were short, so maybe we are not related by blood. Nevertheless, I consider you my brother in all things holy. I, too, eased myself out of my Church of Christ upbringing, beginning from around 6 years old. But I had a grounding in languages and morals from my preacher father, R. O. Webb, who with my mother Bonnie were administrators in the Ft. Sill Indian School. Like you I am fluent in languages other than English.

    But enough of myself. If you are interested you can learn more about me on my blog and even on the Facebook page my granddaughter put up for me. But I intend to keep looking at your life and career, and pray that God will continue to bless you.

    Glenn Taylor Webb

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