Imam and Director, Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Ohio, USA, 1982-1998

When, in 1998, he announced his retirement, one of the congregants said to him: “Imam, the person who is going to replace you is not born yet.”

What you will find here:

Recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Imam Khattab

While there are many excellent recitations of the Qur’an in this world this one is truly unique. The tone and inflection of Imam Khattab’s voice changes constantly with the meanings and the message of the verses. There is no monotony of voice or cadence. There are fast suras and there are slow suras. Check it for yourself. Listen to 3:190-200. Listen to the story of Noah in Chapter Hud verses 36 to 49. Hear the tenderness in the voice of God as he addresses the Prophet in verses 18:23-24. Hear the first twenty verses of Sura Nisaa and note the tenderness in Imam’s voice. You can hear the staccato beat in Sura Al-Mursalaat: the irresistible onward march of the Qur’anic words. The refrain [Ah woe that Day to the rejecters of the Truth] is repeated ten times but without monotony; it expresses pity, sympathy, or regret; at other times it is just a plain statement. Then, the last verse of Sura Al-Mursalaat conveys intense sadness [“In what other tiding, then, will they, after this, believe?”]. Listen to the intensity of Moses’ prayer as he sits under the tree after watering the animals, lonely, desperate, hungry, and homeless [28:24].

The Sermons of Imam Khattab

There are a total of 44 topics. The information is practical; the bare facts are presented after sifting through the volumes of Fiqh, and, most of all he was so gracious by allowing us to follow whichever school of thought made sense to each one of us. He stressed the importance of using one’s brain to arrive at a sincere and logical conclusion even if you risked reaching the wrong conclusion, rather than blindly following any imam’s fatwa.