In his Wednesday night class at MCA, Imam Suhaib Webb explains the second part of Surat Al-Layl (Qur’an, 92).
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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.
Salam, just a quick comment. I’ve been listening to a few of these tafsirs and trying to annotate whilst going along – they are really helpful and its hard to get things like this elsewhere.
2 small points if possible. it would great would be if SW could please explain a few of the arabic terms he uses as sometimes (understandably!) in mid-flow he does forget to do this!
Secondly it would be nice at times if he could use a little preparatory listing (e.g. “so we are going to talk about these 3 meanings [list meanings] and then explain each in turn. Or also a little bit more summarisation at the end of each section (eg. “so we have seen the word “lail” has been refferred to as [a,b,c]. Particularly as there are no ‘powerpoint’ slides we can refer to during the talk (or maybe even there could be use of bullet points at the side of the screen)
ANYWAYS Alhamdullilah he has a nice style of explanation and no-one wants a telegraphic tafsir but I wondered if these would help just re-enforce some of the messages he delivers (particularly to the quasi autistic amongst us!) and help us remember these points when we use the Surah’s in prayer etc once the session is over.
(i would guess maybe better if the comment is conveyed but not published instead)