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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.
Takbir!!! Allahu akbar!!!
While watching this, I couldn’t help but think of Imam Suhaib’s comment in the recent Egypt Today profile of him –
“I’m just Suhaib Webb. Who is Suhaib Webb? My wife can write a whole encyclopedia about my mistakes and my errors. I struggle to pray and wake up in the morning just like you. I struggle with my non-Muslim family members — I’m nothing when I go visit them. I’m William! ‘Yeh, I know this guy — I knew this guy when he used to pick his nose and play basketball.’ ”
The beauty is in the fact that he is both William and Imam Suhaib. When I was watching this, I saw my brother who has shared some of my struggles, and there was a love and familiarity in that. At the same time, I saw my teacher, in both word and action, and that brotherly love took on a quality of admiration and respect.
May Allah increase us all in beneficial knowledge, righteous actions, and purity of intention for His sake, ameen.
Thanks for the great advice.
I’m loving it, all the way in Morocco. God bless!
i just watched suhaib overlooking a lazy montrealian sky from my ghetto. it felt like watching the taco savouring, super busy friday-imam of a sleepy college town, finishing his speed-spiels over a bowl of hot peppered desi curry. hope that happy guy is still somewhere hanging from the hem of his long shirt, withhout that imam suhaib would be just a man of knowledge.
Or just a plain fool.
JazakAllah for great advice, should have more of these video reminders…
Mmmmmmm.. Top Deck Deli is where it’s at! JAK for the reminders, esp the fajr in the masjid…it’s not easy!
Here’s a shout-out from Texas to our shaykh Suhaib, (from oklahoma)
Even though he wore Sooner Maroon in Burnt Orange land… (a cardinal sin in the land of Longhorns) for the Imam An Nawawi 40 hadith class in Houston.
But truly in Islam it is the wonder that we join in brotherhood, and put away our vicarious and light hearted jabs of our respected football/and/or university programs. Alhamdulillah.
we make the du’a of AsalAllahu anyaghfiralaka wa anyarfa’adarajaataka wa anyajzeeaka al ajra wath thawab. Ameen.
May Allah bless you shaykh, and hope insha’aAllah we continue to benefit from you.
barakaAllahufeek, and preliminary data of everyone we talked to in Houston – we makin du’a for you, the class rocked the house, and more importantly the hearts.
JazakAllahukhair for keepin it real with us, do come back again, and again.
(or the forums -) ).
I heard you is back in the bay area? I may mosey on down to visit you shortly.
Now that’s what I’m talkin about! Remember to e-mail me that info so we can have more of these video reminders insha Allah 🙂
about the masjid for fajr,
Allah makes it easy if you ask for it. Anyone can go to salat al-fajr at the masjid. You know if you go for salat al-fajr in the masjid, your whole entire day, allah will protect you.