As I continue my climb as a student of knowledge there is one brother who will always stick out in my mind as the example, Sh. Suhail Mulla. Sh. Suhail is one of the few people I’ve known who I’ve never seen get angry. Born in raised in L.A and an active member of the Muslim American Society, Sh. Suhail represents a unique hybrid, born to immigrant parents, attained a B.S in African American Studies, a M.A in Social work, worked as a young professional for a number of years, set off to study and most importantly he’s an ‘Alim in the Hanafi tradition and an Azhari.
I remember when Sh. Suhail came to Egypt with his entire family, his wonderful wife Lubna and his two, now three, beautiful children. I said to myself, this effort, leaving a big job for the sake of knowledge will not go unrewarded. I was amazed that a brother who had it all in the States would pack up his whole family to come and study. Indeed, with Sh. Suhail one smells the sent of the Companions [ra].
Sh. Suhail set off on a path that few will attain: He completed his Azhari high school program and mastered Arabic, which he already knew, in a years time, completed a two year program which he was blessed to sit with the major scholars of Egypt studying every major subject one could imagine under the direction of Dr. ‘Alim Guma , memorized a great portion of the Qur’an and mastered the Hanafi school of law all while attending al-Azhar University, raising two kids and constantly giving me advice and guidance. Ohh how I miss your guidance akhi!
Sh. Suhail set back for the states last year landing in L.A. I would encourage all MSA’s, MAS chapters and anyone interested in taking their studies to another level to invite him and utilize this gem of a brother and scholar.He sits in the Valley in L.A teaching hadith, fiqh and language to a group of brothers and sisters. Go, as sfor him and study.
wa la uzaki ‘ala allahi ahadaan.