Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-18

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Thumb 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


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-07-07

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Thumb 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


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-06-06

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Thumb 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


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-05-22

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Thumb 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


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


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