SWISSCAST with Suhaib Webb

By Suhaib Webb

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Islam, Faith, Courses and Current Issues

Episode Date
On Love, Life and Literature #1: Friendship
LIterature is an important ingredient of religious literacy. It animates it, aligning our lives on the earth with transcendent teachings from the heavens. In this series, I share with you my love of Arabic literature by choosing excerpts from poetry, prose and much more. I hope this will open a window to great works of literature and philosophy, inspiring you to delve deeper into the Arabic language, improving your love and life.
Jun 22, 2018
Being Woke #3: Confronting Injustice
Confronting injustice is a topic that continues to come up amongst Muslims, especially after the Arab Spring, recent changes in Turkey and Malaysia as well as the disasters of pseudo jihadist groups Some contend that politics and religion don’t mix; communities should wait until God gives them a way out, while others believe that violence against anyone justifies establishing “their” political order that is based on justice Resting in the middle are the masses; the vital center who feel compelled by their nature to stand for truth, by being cautious how because of loyalty to religion. What do to? In tomorrow’s podcast I address some of those concerns as well as standing for justice as a historical backdrop to Islam, is there a difference between legitimate confrontation of injustice and sedition and how do we contextualize classical religious concerns with contemporary demands and much more If you haven’t listened to the first two episodes of Being Woke, I encourage you to do so You can find my podcast: SwissCast on apple podcast, the google store, and Spotify. If you don’t have any of those, you can listen at
Jun 21, 2018
Zakat al-Fitr and Battling Poverty
As we exit the month of fasting, we are commanded to perform one last act; one more sacrifice: Zakat al-Fitr. What is Zakat al-Fitr, how do we pay it and what are some of the issues around it that are important to American Muslim Communities?
Jun 14, 2018
Ramadan Nights 2: Three Lessons from The 20th Chapter of the Qur'an
In this short reflection, I share three powerful lessons we can take from the twentieth chapter of the Qur'an.
Jun 01, 2018
Religious Hubris, American Democracy, This Fall and Supporting CAIR
May 30, 2018
Living Light: Mona Bennani on Practicing a Zero Waste Life Style
It is dangerous to reduce spirituality to fashionable styles of dress and talk or an abstraction, where a seeker lives his faith vicariously through concepts, a group or holy men. Spirituality is work; hard work and discipline. In this episode, I chat with Monna Bennani about an act of spiritual resistance that is important: living a zero waste lifestyle
May 24, 2018
Not So Fast: Is This The End of Time Part 1
In recent months, especially with Trump's tragic victory, conflicts in the world and the continued assault of secularization upon religious freedoms, people have begun to ask, "Is this the end of time?" While undoubtedly certain, if handled irresponsible or sloppily, a reading of doom may cause serious problems. Islam's approach to the end of times is more detailed and exhaustive than any other faith. What does Islam say about the end of times, how do we recognize the signs of the world's end, how do we engage those texts, and what type of attitude should they create? This episode of SwissCast seeks to provide some answers.
May 18, 2018
The First Night: Short Reflection on The Opening Lines of Sura al-Baqara
From time to time, during Ramadan, I plan to share some reflection on what the Imam will recite in Taraweeh prayers. That to bring you closer to its meaning and to enhance your experience.
May 16, 2018
Get in the Zone: A Chat with Imam Marc Manley on Community and Fasting
In this episode, I chat with Imam Marc Manley of the Middle Ground Podcast and Community. Imam Marc leads a community in Southern California where he teaches, gives Friday sermons and guides others. We discuss a host of issues in this podcast from being an Imam in America, the Month of Ramadan and how to make it special.
May 10, 2018
Being Woke #2: Beyond Woke
Being woke is a term popularized recently popularized by activists. In my first podcast "Being Woke" I noted that the idea of wakefulness appears deep in Islam's spiritual tradition. But what next? The tradition is not meant to be accepted and romanticized. It should serve as an inspirational guide for us to write traditions for those who will come after us. Thus, in this podcast, I begin to address what lies "Beyond woke."
May 03, 2018
Foundations and Reflections: Sura Yasin Part 1
The Qur'an is heavenly constructed but socially located. That means that we are responsible for thinking about it and reflecting on our lives, and the communities around us.
Apr 28, 2018
A Night with Ohio's First Muslim City Councilman, Basheer Jones: Living the Prophetic Legacy
LIving the prophetic legacy of love and care for neighbors requires investment, talent and a strategy. In what turned out to be more than an interview, I spent an evening watching and learning from Councilmen Basheer Jones as he lived that legacy.
Apr 26, 2018
Friday Sermon: The Cave and College - Lesson for College Students from Sura al-Kahaf
What are some foundational principles we can take from the Qur'an's eighteenth chapter? How will establishing our early life on those principles help us as we move from student to worker?
Apr 20, 2018
Rotten Roots: America Legal Structures & Islamophobia with Dr. Khaled Beydoun
I chat with Dr. Khalid Beydoun to discuss his latest book, American Islamophobia. In what turned out to be an almost hour-long conversation, we touch on his definition of Islamophobia, what a post-racial, post-religious Obama world means for American Muslims, Trump and white supremacy, anti-blackness in the American Muslim community, CVE, the fear that some religious leaders have of the left, and much more
Apr 19, 2018
Friday Sermon: The Night Journey & Sacred Resistance
There are numerous lessons we can take from the Night Journey of the Prophet (sa). This sermon shares some of them, along with some conditions to ensure a person's activism is aligned with Prophetic values..
Apr 14, 2018
Swiss Cast #4: Islam & Environmental justice
Consumption and population growth have gravely impacted our world, wreaking havoc on ecosystems and resources, while creating strains on communities who struggle to access those resources, while relying on them for survival. How can we be allies to the underserved, seeing our care and concern for the environment as an essential weapon in defense of it while guaranteeing hat communities will have fair access to its benefits?
Apr 12, 2018
SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Surah Hujurat #5
Apr 08, 2018
Consumption and Environmental Justice: Revival & Reform #4
In this lesson, I focus on one of the greatest threats to our earth: consumption. As I reflected over Ibn Jawzi's words on the dangers of gluttony and opulence, I began to ask myself, "How can religious ethics guide me to shop and eat so I can reduce my negative impact on the environment?" If I were to plug the ethics presented in the text, how would they address living responsibly as a resident on earth? How are you working for environmental justice and towards shrinking your negative impact on the environment?
Apr 04, 2018
SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Surah Hujurat #4
Apr 01, 2018
SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Surah Hujurat #3
Mar 25, 2018
God's Plan: Giving, Exhibition and Intentions
Drake's video for "God's Plan" is powerful, showing him giving away nearly $1 million throughout the city of Miami. It is moving; the artist said, "It is the most important thing I've ever done." And while it has generally received praise from pundits, fans and religious leaders, some voiced concerns with it. I address that and more in this podcast.
Mar 22, 2018
SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Surah Hujurat #2
Mar 18, 2018
Friday Sermon: Love, Emotional Intelligence and Being Woke
Mar 17, 2018
Being Woke #1
Scholars of Islam noted that the first stop on the path to a relationship with God is being "Woke." Woke is a term organizers popularized, especially since the presidential election of 2017. What is Islam's idea of woke, what are its components, guidelines, and potentials?
Mar 15, 2018
SWISSCast with Suhaib Webb : Reflections on Spiritual Growth and Reform #3
In this lesson, Suhaib Webb starts the section on the destructive habits of the soul by addressing the triggers of Satan and one of the most important indicators of a sound heart: speech.
Mar 13, 2018
SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Surah Hujurat #1
Mar 11, 2018
SwissCast Friday Sermon: How the Prophetic Communities Address Toxic Populism
Populism is like any tool; it can be used for good, and it can be used for bad. In this khutbah, I address a few prophetic strategies to address the toxic populism of used by irresponsible politicians, journalists and activists.
Mar 09, 2018
SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Guns, Walls and Patriarchy
Conversations around guns having taken an intense turn since early February. In this episode I address that along with the misapplication of a religious axiom, often used by the misinformed to harm women.
Mar 08, 2018
SWISSCast with Suhaib Webb : Reflections on Spiritual Growth and Reform #2
Why are knowledge and the intellect so important in Islam? What are the divisions of knowledge and what it its purpose? In this lesson, Suhaib Webb unpacks the wisdom of Imam al-Ghazzali and Imam ibn al-Jawzi in examining those important questions.
Mar 06, 2018
SwissCast with Suhaib Webb: Introduction to Surah Fatiha #1
The Quran’s first chapter, the Opener represents a gateway to a purpose driven life, rooted in learning, faith, worship, and character. In this first reflection, Suhaib Webb helps us enter into a relationship with this chapter that helps us start a relationship with faith and scripture.
Mar 05, 2018
SwissCast Friday Sermon: DACA, Gun Control and Climate Justice
In this week's Friday sermon, I addressed some lessons we derive from rain, why standing up for the undocumented is important, and an Islamic position on gun control?
Mar 04, 2018
SWISSCast with Suhaib Webb : Reflections on Spiritual Growth and Reform #1
Professional challenges, as well as a toxic religious environment, compelled al-Ghazzali to write his most famous work. How would he react to today's life? A life filled with opulence, shallow religious analysis, and divisions? How do we calibrate a concern for our soul in an age where some are claiming the soul does not exist?
Feb 28, 2018