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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.

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  • I liked the “your business yours”, my–mine” axiom. Building up a nativized curriculum would probably be more productive as it would be based upon a pedagogy of questions, as Paulo Freire used to say, than scripted answers. Scholars such as Sheikh Mohammed Faqih (I was delighted to see him back again since he lead prayers in Raleigh, in early 2000) would certainly bring a difference in the reinstitutionalization of new approaches to shariah that is underway. I would like to add that we also need to stress to build up a writing scholar, not just a speaking one. institutionalization that is not backed up by putting up a testamentary evidence of a research-academia, will certainly be not noticed outside the milieu we want to reach. The discursive practice of developing a localized curriculum would take root when we have articulated a way to disagree when we need.

  • The ppl who are living in the US. don’t relise what kind of blessing Allah gave them , with such a huge amount of great, individual , creative speakers ! If you would live in europe and you would not be able to speak the English language you would have an totally different view of islam than you have right now.

    As for my G suhaib D webb – this guy has to be my neighbour in jannah – ameen
    great views – I also had these ideas and I felt confirmed when he talked all about the social issues we face as muslims –

    I wonder if he would like to come to Germany, Hamburg City ..?..

    however – keep it up wit the good work

  • brother Kaminari, I was thinking the same, I’m from Germany myself and I am SO frustrated by the lack of inspirational and spiritual resources there. Wherever I look at is Abu Hamza (Pierre Vogel). Is there nobody else??

    I was even thinking about translating Suhaibs articles into German so people don’t have to feed of strange e-fatwa websites

    • yeah I’m not even watchin Piere “Shahada Hunter” Vogel – even if he is OK – but it’s not the same quality – compare this only to Kamal El Mekki …. ! nah nah Germany is empty. And you kno we have here a lot of ppl who have no idea of how energetic Islam is – sure there is always an exception but ….

      the problem we have is we have ppl who r giving lectures who havent studied anywhere – and even if they have studied they haven’t studied FIQH or (USOOL) UL HADEETH – these topics are so rich – like Suhaib D Webb is saying they busy themselves wit the particulars and not with the universals – 90 % or more or less in Islam is Fiqh and Fiqh got rules but also opinions.

      which brings me to the conclusion – Suhaib D Webb , Yasir Qadhi, Waleed Basyouni , Kamal El Mekki , Haitham Al-Haddad , Sherman Jackson , Tariq Ramadan and many many more are great – to make subtitles of their lectures – I also thought of it – will it have an impact – mhmm – hope so –

      brother Kaminari

      Germany(Hamburg)/ Morocco(Marrakech)

      ps. hope to see much more from suhaib d Webb – even if it would be just a short video of 5minutes it would be light enough to see in this darkness – keep it up brah

  • Great stuff chief. You look absolutely exhausted in that video- rest up shaykh!

    I second Br. Shakib’s comments as well. We need something a medium more reliable than Internet multimedia, because it could disappear overnight and it’s a shaky foundation.

    This article may be of interest on the Irvine 11: http://bit.ly/caIgzR

  • Assalaamu ‘Alaikum

    If the Four Fuqahaa rahimahumullaah had lived today, would they have considered US as Daarul Kufr as opposed to Daarul Islaam or not. If it is Daarul Kufr we should do Hijrah to Daarul Islaam.
    My relatives live in Seattle but I am doubtful about it being Halal. And Rasoolullaah sallAllaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said as recorded by Imam al-Bukhaari rahimahulaah that we should adopt an attitude of Taqwa towards Mushtabihaat which lie between the things clearly Halaal and clearly Haraam.

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