Summary: Shaykh Omar Suleiman is the young evergreen scholar with the big smile. Born and raised in Louisiana, he has a unique way of relating to a western audience through his character, and has gained the love of people of all ages and backgrounds. As an AlMaghrib instructor, Omar Suleiman lectures and teaches the hugely popular 'Behind the Scenes' seminar which focuses on the strengthening of the soul and disciplining the nafs. His journey of seeking knowledge started in 2000 in the United Arab Emirates where he spent a few years at the feet of prestigious scholars such as Shaykh Tariq Ibn Rajah and Amr Al Sheshany. Since then he has sought knowledge and studied under Shaykh Salah As Sawy, Dr. Hatem Al Haj, his father in law Shaykh Abul Abed, and Al Allamah Shaykh Omar Al Ashqar (rahimahullah). Shaykh Omar Suleiman has two Bachelor's degrees in Islamic Studies and in Accounting, a Master’s degree in Islamic Finance, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Islamic Studies from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He previously served as Imam for Masjid Abu Bakr As-Siddique in New Orleans for 6 years and has since dedicated himself to fulltime teaching. He has taught with Mishkah University (formerly Sharia Academy) since 2008 under Shaykh Salah As Sawy and also currently serves as the Director of the Islamic Learning Foundation in Texas, as well as being the resident scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Centre. Shaykh Omar Suleiman is also a strong advocate of community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice. He served as the field coordinator of ICNA Relief in Hurricane Katrina and also co-founded the East Jefferson Clergy Interfaith Council. In 2010, the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans awarded him for 'Outstanding Civic Achievement'. He is a current member of the ICNA Shariah Council.
Is Jesus Christ Divine? - Omar Suleiman In Part 11 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. The best way to alter the public perception of Muslim women in the West, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, is for them to continue to be out there and for thriving, successful Muslim women to engage fully in their communities. Regarding the debate over the divinity of Jesus, a study of early Christianity will reveal that it was far from monolithic.
Is there Persecution of Arab Christians? - Omar Suleiman In Part 10 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. Throughout history there has been a lot of friction between Muslims and Christians, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, with Muslims also on the receiving end during the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.
Does Racism Drive Islamophobia - Omar Suleiman In Part 9 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. There is certainly an element of bigotry and racism, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, because you'll find that the same people who are Islamophobic are also anti-Semitic.
Women's Rights In The Quran - Omar Suleima In Part 8 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. The Quran is very progressive with regards to women, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman.
What Kind Of Training Is Available For Imams? - Omar Suleiman In Part 7 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. Imam training is not as defined in Islam as it is in other faith traditions, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman.
Sheikh Omar discusses the importance of participation and why Muslims across the nation should vote both locally and internationally.
The "All-Terrorists-are-Muslim" Myth - Omar Suleiman In Part 6 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman dispels the myth that all terrorists are Muslim, noting the huge disparity between the amount of media coverage given to the rare cases where perpetrators were actually Muslim and when they were not.
Sharia Law vs. Penal Code - Omar Suleiman In Part 5 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman gives the definitive word on the meaning of Sharia law and how it must be distinguished from Islamic penal code.
Love Thy Neighbor - Omar Suleiman In Part 4 of the with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman answers a question in the mind of many people in the West who have become conflicted about their Muslim minorities: Can you be a Muslim and a patriot? Can the allegiances of a Muslim in a non-Muslim country sit side by side? Can you be a practicing Muslim and an American, British or French citizen?
Rules of Engagement In Islam - Omar Suleiman In Part 3 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman debunks erroneous interpretations of what has become popularly known as âthe verse of the swordâ from chapter nine of the Quran, Surat At-Tawba.
The Medina Charter of Coexistence - Omar Suleiman In Part 2 of the interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman tears down some of the most popular misconceptions about Islam, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Is the Quran inherently violent? Does the Quran contradict itself? Does Islam advocate Holy Wars through jihad? Is Islam anti-Semitic?
Forget the Pundits, Ask a Muslim - Omar Suleiman In Part 1 of this fourteen-part interview with Dallas-based Pastor Mike Baughman, Imam Omar Suleiman shatters myths about Islam in America and about Muslims in general.
Jumah Khutbah - Makkah Before Madinah, Embracing the Struggle Valley Ranch Islamic Center Sep 23rd, 2016
The Value Of A Smile - Omar Suleiman Khutbah - 26th August 2016
My Master, I Appeal To You My Weakness - Omar Suleiman ICNA Convention - Baltimore, MD May 23, 2015