Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-10-13

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Virtually everyone I know who has attended the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference (RIS) since its inception feel that it is the best large Islamic Conference they have attended. I definitely feel that way. The organizers have done an amazing job in creating a highly professional event that truly leaves most attendees feeling revived and re-energized, prepared to face the daily challenges awaiting them upon returning to their homes with greater energy, resolve and vision. I look forward to that boost every year. Like any human endeavor, RIS is not perfect. Some of its imperfections have been highlighted this past… Read More - All notes


Eid Mubarak!

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-10-07

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As we conclude our celebration of this Eid holiday, let us all take time to recount the many blessings we enjoy. Although it is certainly true that there are many places in our Ummah that face persistent strife, and we have a responsibility to do all that we can to help alleviate the suffering of those afflicted in those areas, we must acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are living in peace and tranquility. Among the foremost blessing we enjoy is the blessing of security. We are reminded in the Qur’an of this in the context… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-09-16

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Those of us who have been speaking out against the menace of so-called “Jihad” must redouble our efforts. “Jihad” is far more than a threat to the lives of unsuspecting innocent people, both here in the West and in Muslim countries. It is a threat to our religion, in terms of how Islam is being represented by the advocates of “Jihad” and how it is being perceived by others. Muslim scholars cannot remain silent and allow this misrepresentation to go unaddressed. As for those youth who have been alienated by the systematic “othering” of Muslims in the post-9/11 anti-Muslim climate… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-09-06

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In his Time Magazine essay discussing the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Rand Paul focuses on the militarizing of our police. He also mentions the malicious role that race plays in our law enforcement and criminal justice systems, a courageous stance for a white American politician. Paul, however, misses a critical point. He says that as a youth if he were told by policeman to get out of the street, he would likely have “smarted off” without the expectation of being shot. The point is that an average young white kid today can still smart off to… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-08-01

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“And that’s the difference between us and our neighbors,” he continued. “They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don’t. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we’ll put them in prison.” Binyamin Netanyahu Reacting to the arrest of the Israeli colonizers who murdered Palestinian teenager, Mohammad Abu Khdeir, Israel’s Prime Minister uttered the above words. Either Mr. Netanyahu is oblivious to the history of his country, or his mendacity is so effective he has brainwashed himself and actually believes his lies. The fact that he can even utter these words, as… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-07-20

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Dwight Howard’s benign “Free Palestine” tweet and the responses it has generated reveals the extent to which America has become, in a sense, an Israeli plantation. You better not say anything the master doesn’t like, or prepared to get “whipped.” When Howard, an African American, dared to have an opinion, which he quickly forfeited, easing back into his “place”,” he was essentially told by many who roundly condemned his position, “Shut up nigger and keep entertaining us.” What was Howard’s treasonous act of political incorrectness? He dared to express sympathy for the hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians who are being… Read More - All news


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-03-07

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Imam Zaid Shakir and opponents of a new surveillance center in Oakland are making their voices heard, including Muslims who fear they are being unfairly targeted. By Christin Ayers, CBS San Francisco. For more info: http://cbsloc.al/1cIHYGz Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-11-20

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Verily, they were youth who believed in their Lord and we increased them in guidance. And we strengthened their hearts when they took a stand, saying: “Our Lord is the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth; we will never call on any God besides Him. Were we to do so we would have uttered a grave enormity”. (Qur’an 18:13-14) One of the disheartening features of our modern, or for some our postmodern condition, is that it encourages us to live lives of isolation, oftentimes divorced from even the crowds that might surround us in our bustling cities. We have… Read More - All news


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-07-13

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In his, Dictionary of Political Thought, the noted political philosopher, Roger Scruton, defines a coup d’etat as follows: [A coup d’etat is] a change in government by force resulting in a change of constitution, and brought about by those who already hold some form of power whether military or political. The institution of a coup thereby transforms the terms on which their office is held from a public trust into a private possession. We start with this definition to spare anyone the need for debating whether what transpired in Egypt was a coup d’etat or not. By any… Read More - All articles


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-07-11

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Sha’ban is a month of good that introduces the great month of Ramadan. The Prophet, peace upon him, used to fast voluntarily during this month more so than in any other month. One of the motivations for that, as we will mention below, is that Sha’ban is the month during which the deeds performed by the servant ascend to God. What follows is a discussion around fasting during the month of Sha’ban. Usama B. Zayd relates:  “The Prophet, peace and mercy of God upon him, used to fast so many days in succession that we said, ‘He will never break… Read More - All news


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-06-13

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Sha’ban is a month of good that introduces the great month of Ramadan. The Prophet, peace upon him, used to fast voluntarily during this month more so than in any other month. One of the motivations for that, as we will mention below, is that Sha’ban is the month during which the deeds performed by the servant ascend to God. What follows is a discussion around fasting during the month of Sha’ban. Usama B. Zayd relates:  “The Prophet, peace and mercy of God upon him, used to fast so many days in succession that we said, ‘He will never break… Read More - All news


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-05-13

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Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali mentions in Lata’if al-Ma’arif: The month of Rajab is the key to the months of goodness and blessings that follow it. Abu Bakr b. al-Warraq al-Balkhi said: “Rajab is the month to sow the seeds; Sha’ban is the month to irrigate the crop; and Ramadan is the month to reap the harvest.” It has similarly been related from him: “Rajab is like the wind; Sha’ban is like the water-laden clouds; and Ramadan is like the rain.” Someone else mentioned: “The year in its entirety is like a tree: during Rajab its buds sprout; during Sha’ban it sends… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-04-24

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H-E-A-L to heal: to make sound or whole (heal a wound); to restore to health; to cause an undesirable condition to be overcome; to mend; to patch up (a breach or division); to restore to original purity or integrity. H is for Hearts  In the aftermath of the tragic events in Boston, we should understand that meaningful and lasting healing will not start until we begin to strengthen and cleanse our hearts. This is the place where real religion dwells. In terrestrial terms, the revelation began in the heart of our Prophet, peace and blessings of Almighty God upon him.… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-04-12

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On March 6, 2013 Zaytuna College hosted the former United States Attorney General, Ramsey Clark. Clark, now 86 years old, brings a wealth of experience from both inside and outside of government to his presentations, which was one of the reasons for his invitation. Oftentimes, we are tempted to limit our exposure to those who currently or have always shared our views and approaches to the burning issues that define our lives or times. While such an approach may make us comfortable, it will not make us wise. Ramsey Clark is a wise man and we are thankful that he… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-02-09

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Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20% of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. [1] In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the percentages of Muslims in the slave population may have approached 40%. [2] The fact that the search of a random African American, Alex Haley, for his roots led him to a Muslim village in West Africa is indicative of the widespread Muslim presence among the enslaved population here in the Americas. At this critical… Read More - All notes


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