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Suhaib Webb

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.

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  • Asalamu alaykum,

    I'm very excited about this project. May Allah reward the brothers and sisters involved, protect them and make them a light for the hood.

  • As Salamu Alaikum

    I came across this Blog from Face book…
    MashAllah May Allah bless you and your Family Imam Suhaib…
    Sometimes I cook in the Kitchen with My Family and Listen to the Mothers of the Believers..

    InshAllah the Film will be on national Television on June 23rd and also availabe on line after June 23rd as well … Please Make Dua for us.
    and Next Time your In The U.S it would be great if We can Have you visit our Ribat inshAllah and check out some of our Arabic Manuscripts from Shayhk Uthman Dan Fodio

    Salams Your Brother
    Hamza Perez..

  • Allahu Akbar!

    I think kids in the Arab countries need to see this too. They're so influenced by rap culture in the music they listen to and the movies they see, they'll be able to relate to this and reflect on their deen! I'm so sending it to my brothers

  • AS

    The smile on the akhi Hamza's face during the shot of the marriage rite in the mosque put a smile on my heart. It gave me the hope that the reconstruction of the American Urban community is possible by rebuilding family and social life. I said to myself alas a sign of joy it has been a long time I have seen people joyful.

    I also began to envision the return of the righteous model in Urban America and in Rural America in the person of the Muslim concerned with the poor and disenfranchised of all races. This was the charter of the early Muslim Americans. Now we are in an opportune time to reform ourselves and make the best of the World through knowledge and understanding, self development and economic and political empowerment embellished by community service.

    In Shaikh Uthman Dan Fodio (r) there are some valuable lessons to be learned for community life and I see he is resonating more and more with Muslims indigenous to the US as is the Maliki madhab.

    Abul-Hussein (Yusuf Rios)

  • Unfortunately for the Muslims it is usually the newbie 'religious' person who is swayed towards adopting the 'extremist' position. The combination of zeal, ignorance, desire for a radical break (from 'evil'…i.e. secular political revolutionary ideas) etc .makes them vulnerable, we as Muslims must be careful and vigilant, and not allow such sub cultures to grow within our communities. We should spot such tendencies in people and channel it into useful and productive paths.

    Having said that Insha-Allah, this community shown in the clip will be protected by Allah swt from all harm. Ameen

  • As Salaamu Alaikum

    I have to ask: what is it about the Maliki madhhab that makes it resonate with Western Muslims? Its historical geography? Its unique legal elements?

  • As'salaam Alye Kum Sidi Hamza,

    The minute I saw the trailer, I had a feeling that there is a link between all of you and Amir Muhammad Shareef. Then I read your comment above about the arabic manuscripts of Shaykh Uthman Dan Fodio, that just brought tears to my eyes. May Allah (SWT) preserve and increase the efforts of the wonderful brothers and sisters of Pittsburgh (Sankoor) and May Allah(SWT) makes this awesome documentary a success and make it a tool of Dawah for the non-muslims and a reminder to the muslims, ameen. Can't wait to watch the documentary Insha'Allah.

  • Salam-o-alaikum,

    I am little confused here, maybe Imam Suhaib or any other Imam can shed some light on it. Isn't it said in the hadith that do not follow the non-believers and their ways. Rapping and this music etc is not part of Islam, as far as I know.

    I can understand the issues with new muslims, I know a lot of people who are reverts and the times are not favorable, but still… I am just confused, I am not going for or against this (bit inclined against it though).

    Please my request is to some learned scholars like Imam Suhaib (I look up to you akhi, since I came to know you)… I do not want others to indulge in giving “their opinion” about Islam…


    What is “new muslim cool” trying to deviate and create your own version of “adjusting”? Whenever I hear someone advocating “compromise” it just troubles me that I am hoping and working towards adopting as much Sunnah as possible and then I see this…

    I was not brought up in a religious environment but now I found my peace and started practicing (slowly) as much as possible the Sunnah

  • Masha'Allah, may he be prosperous in all his efforts….

    too often Muslims are portrayed in the wrong light and readily stereotyped…as he said one must forgive…and not to mention enlighten others by giving dawah….

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