Islamic Studies

The Extinction of the Relevant Jurist by Dr. 'Amir Wardani

Dr. ‘Amir Wardani, head of the Egyptian Dar al-Ifta’s training program noted, I’m paraphrasing, the following:

In order to create true mufti’s we must revive a system that has long been forgotten. By reading books and sitting with scholars, students will gain cognition of the subject, but lack the methods and skills to employ their craft and refine it. The outcome is a disconnect from the spirit of the law, creative thinking and the dynamics needed to address a global community. For that reason, any realistic attempt to resuscitate an educational system that will create, empower and employee true legal giants needs the following:

  • Academic mastery
  • Hands on training
  • Spiritual training and progress


The outcome will provide a dynamic person whose discourse is not dead,  irrelevant to the masses, nor stepped in an inability to think, synthesize and provide answers. On the contrary, such a person will bring a law that is alive, a mind that is relevant and a heart that beats with the pulse of the masses. A mercy to the lost, a pillar for the found; a beacon for the umma.

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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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  • Ameen,

    May Allah give the best of Rewards to Sheikh Suhaib Webb for all the knowledge he has passed on to us, and the knowledge soon to come insha Allah.

    And I ask Allah to give us the most benefits we can get from Scholars like Sheikh Suhaib Webb and Dr. S’ad al-Din al-Hilali


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