Imam puts an American stamp on Islam

At the pulpit of an inner-city Chicago mosque, the tall blond imam begins preaching in his customary fashion, touching on the Los Angeles Lakers victory the night before, his own gang involvement as a teenager, a TV soap opera, and then the Day of Judgment. . . .

The sermon is typical of [Imam Suhaib] Webb, a charismatic Oklahoma-born convert to Islam with a growing following among American Muslims, especially the young. He sprinkles his public addresses with as many pop culture references as Quranic verses and sayings from the prophet. He says it helps him connect with his mainly US-born flock.

“Imam preaches Islam with a distinct US style” © 2011 The Los Angeles Times. Reprinted with permission. June 4, 2011.

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