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A Bright Afternoon in Masjid al-Azhar: 3 Elements of Knowledge Demonstrated by Sh. Ahmad al-Maliki

Three Elements of Knowledge Demonstrated by Sh. Ahmad al-Maliki

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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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  • I don’t get it… are the three elements?
    1. Bida’ah
    2. Taqleed of Maliki Fiqh and
    3. The beard

    Ofcourse I’m just kidding 🙂 May Allah grant us all the ability to practice the ilm we are blessed with.


  • Salaam Alaikum Ya Sheikh

    I had the pleasure of meeting you the first and only time in Masjid Al-Azhar, I was with my Quran teacher Sheikh Abdul-Kareem, who you knew as well. I love this masjid so much, seeing different scholars there giving lectures, May Allah preserve them and their knowledge through righteous students!

  • Right,
    1) Adhkar 2) Salat 3) ‘Ilm – like … ‘Ilm ul-Yaqeen? (teaching with) knowledge of certainty? Am just confusing topics now, drat.

    [Ilm al Yaqeen – Knowing (to believe)
    Ain al Yaqeen – Seeing (to believe)
    Haqq al Yaqeen… Complete truth of certainty/ touching, feeling (to believe).
    Ah, different, my bad]

    Cool tasveers.
    Walaikumsalam people!

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