13 May, 2013

Site Of Note: William Suhaib Webb's

Suhaib Webb
There are those who call him an 'extremist' and 'dangerous'; and there are Muslims who consider him too 'moderate' and call him a 'sellout'. In life, you can't win them all. All great, creative people have had those who applaud them and those who abhor them. Forty-year-old Imam William Suhaib Webb is such a man. Currently, he is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), which is the largest mosque in the New England area. Webb was born a Christian, from a strong Christian family. As a teenager, he lost faith in religion and even joined a gang; at one time, he was a hip-hop DJ and music producer. He converted to Islam in 1992 and since then, he has done what very few people can do: mastering Arabic and memorizing the Noble Qur'an. Imam William Suhaib Webb:
… is a graduate of the world’s preeminent Islamic institution of learning, Al-Azhar University
… is a Haafiz of the Quran (has completely memorized it) in multiple qiraats
… was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in 2010
… is a huge Celtics fan
… writes a blog at www.suhaibwebb.com that was voted the best “Blog of The Year” by the 2009 Brass Crescent Awards, and receives close to 1 million hits per month
… holds traditional ijazas in multiple Islamic sciences (read more about him here and here)
The best way to achieve spiritual realization, awakening and fulfillment is when one goes through much and seen it all from both sides, the dark and the light side (like Malcolm X or Yusuf Estes). When Imam Suhaib came to head the Boston cultural center, he faced significant challenges. The recent Boston bombings threw him center stage; and has made him one of the most talked about and written about Muslim preachers in the world. On the day of the bombing, Imam Webb was not in Boston, but that next day, the imam and his staff flew into action, planning a vigil, rallying volunteers, setting up trauma counseling. Upon learning later in the week that the bombing suspects were Muslims, Webb condemned the attacks, calling the suspects “criminals and enemies of society” and disassociating Islam from their acts........Webb was disappointed, though, when, two days after the bombings, the governor’s office organized an interfaith service to be attended by President Obama. Webb says he was asked to speak, but he was removed from the program the night before.

Like him or hate him, few people's stories are as remarkable and as impressive as that of  Imam William Suhaib Webb's. For more on this extraordinary preacher, visit his website: Suhaib Webb. Or visit him on Twitter or on YouTube or on Facebook.