Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-03-07

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Thumb Published by Imam Zaid Shakir The following students, representing Zaytuna College, The Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley, came together to sign and Covenant of Compassion, drafted by our student, Yusuf Seyal. Here is the text of the Covenant: “Today, the third of March, two-thousand and sixteen, marks the rise of a new dawn on Holy Hill, an ecumenical consortium of faith based institutions, uniting students of the Graduate Theological Union, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College to stand together for universal peace. We, the signatories, believe that communal compassion is created by conscious cooperative efforts that seek… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-24

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-17

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Thumb “Muslim organizations have joined together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire since the nine murders in Charleston, S.C. last month. The campaign coincides with Ramadan, a time of greater charity in the Muslim faith. “ To read more: Click here Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-17

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Thumb “They come to him — students, co-workers and congregants alike, sometimes in tears — with their questions: What should we do, Imam Zaid? What should we do about the suspicion, about the hatred, about the second glances and the threat of confrontations on the street?” To read full version: Click here Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-10-02

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Thumb On Sept. 24, 2015, Imam Zaid Shakir Zaytuna College’s co-founder, serves on its Board of Trustees, and Senior Faculty member signs the official Memo of Understanding with President Heidi Hadsell of Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. To read full version go to: https://www.facebook.com/imamzaidshakir/photos/pcb.10153167013458359/10153167002238359/?type=3&theater Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-17

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Thumb “Muslim college received formal academic accreditation this past weekend, making it the first officially recognized Islamic institution of higher learning in the United States”. By Jack Jenkins, March 10, 2015 On Sunday, Zaytuna College, a liberal-arts school based in Berkeley, California, announced that it was formally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six official academic bodies responsible for the authorizing public and private colleges and universities in the United States. “Today, Zaytuna’s accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher education,” Hamza Yusuf, president of the… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-15

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Thumb We’re very excited to be joined by renowned scholar Imam Zaid Shakir for this month’s episode. By Zaki Hasan and Parvez Ahmed, Oakland, CA. March 15, 2015 As a founding member of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Islamic college in the United States, Imam Zaid discuss the school’s history and its mission, and then shares the amazing story of his own journey to Islam, in the process helping to add yet more layers to the ongoing tapestry of the American Muslim experience that we’ve been weaving together ever since our very first show. It’s a fascinating conversation with one of… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-20

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Mockery: Behavior or speech that makes fun of someone or something in a hurtful way. Mockery of entire groups has effectively been criminalized in Western societies. One would think thrice before publicly mocking Jews, African Americans, homosexuals or many other groups. Yet when it comes to Muslims, all bets, and societal protections are off. To quote Yeats, “we traffic in mockery.” From his moving poem, “Nineteen Hundred Nineteen”: “Come let us mock at the great That had such burdens on the mind And toiled so hard and late To leave some monument behind, Nor thought of… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-13

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Thumb By Brian Stelter (CNN) It is a message of defiance, but also forgiveness—and many Muslims responded with similarly mixed emotions. It is a magazine cover depicting the Prophet Mohammed with a tear falling from his cheek, holding a sign that says, “Je suis Charlie,” the slogan that became a worldwide meme. Above Mohammed are the words “All Is Forgiven.” On Wednesday, two Muslim extremists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French magazine with a history of mocking Mohammed. Twelve were killed, including several top editors, by two men with terrorist connections who said they were avenging… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-18

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Thumb The attack by the Pakistani Taliban, purportedly in retaliation for the Pakistani Army’s offensive in Waziristan, illustrates the degree to which an anti-Islamic cult of death has permeated into the ranks of some groups claiming an affiliation with Islam. Be it Boko Haram, ISIS or the Taliban, no one is spared the Satanic wrath of these deranged murderers. Boko Haram blows up mosques filled with worshipers, kills school girls, kidnaps others and sells yet others into sexual bondage. ISIS kills anyone deemed guilty of opposing their twisted view of Shari’ah with wanton impunity. And now the Taliban kills 141 people… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-11-22

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Thumb The LMA Sydney Muslim Conference 2014 attracted around 900 delegates from around Australia and overseas, and addressed various themes and issues with one of America’s most influential Scholars, Imam Zaid Shakir, By Gina Rushton, Sydney AU, November 17, 2014 ONE of America’s leading Muslim scholars has condemned Islamic State and told a conference in Sydney that people of his faith had to be “messengers of peace”. Imam Zaid Shakir — the co-founder of Berkeley’s Zaytuna College — last night gave the keynote speech at the Sydney Muslim Conference in the city’s west and slammed the actions of… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-07-20

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Thumb 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


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-11-19

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Thumb 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


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-07-11

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Thumb 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


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-06-13

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Thumb 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


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