Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-08-02

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thumbnail The treachery of the “international community” towards the Syrian people is reaching a disgusting climax. It is obvious that the United States has cut a deal with the Russians, hence, indirectly, the Syrian regime, to combine forces to go after ISIS and other “terrorist” groups. In exchange for the cooperation of Russia and the Assad regime on that front the US will end its token support for the popular resistance that is holding on for dear life in besieged areas like Aleppo, Darayya and elsewhere. Promises of aid convoys, humanitarian evacuations, medical missions and cease fires have proven as hollow… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-28

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thumbnail Bill O’Reilly, ignited a firestorm, when commenting on Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC, stated: “Slaves that worked there [constructing the White House] were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802.” The allegation that chattel slavery in the American South really wasn’t so bad is an old one. O’Reilly’s claim that the slaves who worked constructing the White House were “well-fed” is refuted by Abigail Adams, the wife of the second American president, John Adams. She was there and she describes the condition of the slaves working on the… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-19

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thumbnail “Stop this killing!” was the fervently repeated plea of Alton Sterling’s aunt, being interviewed in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That is the very town that witnessed the gruesome killing of Sterling himself. Indeed, we must stop the killing, on all sides, for a deepening cycle of tension, revenge and retribution will only fuel greater discord, division and misunderstanding in our society at a time when perhaps they have never been more dangerous. I do not write these words as someone peering down from a vista that only permits theoretical… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-18

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thumbnail Arsalan Iftikhar @TheMuslimGuy July 16, 2016 Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms. Despite what Newt Gingrich and extremists alike tell you “Western civilization is in a war,” former Republican presidential candidate (and now former Trump-VP hopeful) Newt Gingrich said during a live FOX News interview with Sean Hannity, hours after a man drove a truck into a crowd in Nice, France, and killed 84, while injuring 202. “We should frankly test every person here who is of a… Read More - All news


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-16

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thumbnail Every day, there are 44 homicides in the US, the majority are committed with firearms. There are approximately 5 gang-related murders in America each day. Every day in the country, an average of 110 people commit suicide, 60 of those deaths involve firearms. Of those daily suicides 20 are committed by military veterans. On average, approximately 1,000 people are killed by law enforcement agents annually in this country, almost three people every day. The majority of the victims are white, although the percentage of African Americas killed is grossly disproportionate to percentage of the population comprised by African Americans. To… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-09

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thumbnail The recent killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are inexcusable outrages and the police officers involved in those shootings should be duly tried for their crimes. These and similar police killings, however, cannot be used as a blanket indictment against all police officers, the overwhelming majority of whom carry out a very difficult job with great professionalism and discipline. Furthermore, we must never, ever allow any justification or rationalization for the type of dastardly ambush and murder that took the lives of five unsuspecting police officers last night in Dallas, Texas. Murder is murder and it is condemnable regardless… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-07

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thumbnail By Grace Wong - Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune July 7, 2016 Bright colors and breezy fabrics of traditional tunics and trousers floated across the sidewalks of Navy Pier, which housed the first Eid Expo, bringing together diverse denominations and ethnicities Wednesday. The two-day event celebrated Eid al-Fitr, a holiday that concludes Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Thousands of Muslims from the Midwest attended the event to pray, mingle and eat halal food. Imam Zaid Shakir, who led Muhammad Ali’s funeral prayers, led the Eid prayers. Asma Ahad, director of market development for the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council… Read More - All news


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-06

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thumbnail The Hadith of Dabiq: A Proof Against ISIS One of the most powerful recruiting tools of ISIS has been its ability to create an apocalyptic appeal around the prophesized destruction of a “Crusader” army at Dabiq, a location in Northern Syria. So central has this idea been to the call of the group that they have given their propaganda magazine the name of that place –Dabiq. It is now obvious that such a confrontation and the ensuing victory of the “believers” will not occur. What is their contingency plan? Apparently, sending waves of suicidal murderers out into the world to… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-06-28

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thumbnail Once again, the filthy scourge of suicide murder has reared its despicable head, this time in Istanbul, Turkey. Innocent people are once again the target of brainwashed homicidal lunatics, one of whom was captured on film dispatching himself to Hell, the destination our Prophet (peace upon him) has promised anyone who commits suicide. This hellacious wave of demonic violence has become a pathetic norm in the Muslim world. As I mentioned recently, I will never tire of condemning it. We should, however, also condemn the so-called Ulama who first issued the fatwas allowing this heinous practice, which when it first… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-06-20

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thumbnail I was honored to attend the waning hours of Muhammad Ali’s life along with his immediate family. Taking a brief break from the stream of Qur’anic recitation, invocations, and devotional songs we were dedicating to Ali, one of the Champ’s daughters asked how would I describe her father? After momentarily reflecting on her query, I responded, “This may sound oxymoronic, but I would describe him as a humble mountain.” All present agreed that the description was apt. Ali’s humility was manifested in so many ways. It was seen during the countless hours he spent playing with or entertaining children.… Read More - All articles


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-06-19

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thumbnail In the aftermath of the Orlando murders many Muslims are adamant that they will not apologize for anything. This is a proper stance as our religion does not advocate collective guilt, nor collective punishment. We are informed in the Qur’an, “No bearer of burdens (a sinner) can bear the burdens of another.” No one needs say, “I am sorry” for crimes they did not commit. On the other hand, many are viewing clarifying Muslim teachings, attempting to manage popular perceptions, or condemning criminal actions as unacceptable “apologizing.” Such a view is misguided. It is fitting, in fact it is imperative,… Read More - All notes


Ali’s Torch

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-06-15

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thumbnail Physically, the last phase of Muhammad Ali’s life was very difficult. The ravages of Parkinson’s Disease had robbed him of his health, vigor and voice. Spiritually, however, Ali was only strengthened as he approached the end of his earthly tenure. His illness could not steal his generous heart and noble spirit. Despite that, his departure was painful and represents a great loss. For me, that loss has been lessened by being able to witness, up close, the tremendous outpouring of love and support his family has received from all over the world. The healing process was furthered by an amazing… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-06-14

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thumbnail On behalf of the American Muslim community, we, the undersigned, want to extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the barbaric assault that occurred early yesterday morning at Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We unequivocally say that such an act of hate-fueled violence has no place in any faith, including Islam. As people of faith, we believe that all human beings have the right to safety and security and that each and every human life is inviolable. We know that, given the tenor of the times, some will associate this tragedy with… Read More - All notes


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-06-06

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thumbnail Interview with Imam Zaid Shakir on the passing of Muhammad Ali For complete TRT World interview go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoBXTuRYrq8 Read More - All news


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-05-22

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thumbnail Amanda Beam, Contributing Writer, May 21, 2016 Responses to terms can be telling. Just a mention of the Black Lives Matter movement can elicit some of the most visceral reactions from people of all races. No matter how little they know the history or purpose of the activist effort, certain folks feel emotion well up in their stomach upon just hearing the short phrase “black lives matter.” For some, it’s liberation. For others, disgust. As the Deputy Director of Faith and Formation for the PICO National Network, the Rev. Alvin Herring understands the power in these words. And so before… Read More - All news


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