Ramadan Blessings: Mending Fences

Asalamu alaykum,

There was a brother some time back that I felt, truly in my heart, I had wronged. Shaytan was playing mad games with us and had our hearts and heads spinning. Today I visited his website and thought to myself, I should send him an email and say, “I love you please forgive me for being a creep.” However, I forgot and then, suddenly, I opened my email to find:

Salams Imam Suhaib,
I pray this finds you well.
Being the month of Mercy I write this with the intention of asking your forgiveness for the wrong I have done, knowingly and unknowingly, against you. May Allah increase you and your family in good these blessed last days of Ramadan. Ameen.

I ask Allah to grant us the strength to forgive others, mend fences and clean our hearts. To the brother who wrote this: I love for Allah and ask you to pardon me if I’ve done anything to you.


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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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