Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-02-09

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“Good and evil are not equal. Respond [to evil] with what is best, [good]. You will unexpectedly see one between whom you and he there is enmity become as it were an intimate friend.” Qur’an 41:34 Recently, a young man, who did not identify himself, approached me and mournfully informed me that he used to be a Muslim. He had been attracted to Islam by its message of brotherhood, human concern, social justice, spiritual refinement and its ability to coexist with other faiths throughout its long history. Then, shortly after taking his Shahadah (Declaration of Faith), he was approached by… Read More


Morning Light

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-01-28

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Morning light As the birds take flight. Oakland Marina; Enter the arena, To fight for the right Of every man, woman And child To be able to smile As the retreating night Is overwhelmed… By the morning light.   Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-01-25

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The deepening scandal and crisis in Flint, Michigan, over the contaminated water forced upon the residents of that city provides an insight into where the entire country is headed. The destruction of Flint, epitomized by th water crisis, is a direct result of what happens when democratic processes are circumvented and a city is run like a business. The state appointed city manager, Darnell Early, a non-elected official, was brought in to run Flint like a business. Changing the city’s water source to the polluted and contaminated Flint River was done for one of two reasons, both of which… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2016-01-05

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Many Muslims are obsessed with the end time Hadiths and prophecies. Many feel that the end is near, some groups and or Shuyukh actively recruit followers based on the certainly that we are living at the very end of history and Doomsday is well nigh upon us. That being the case, many Muslims seek to know the signs of the end and the sound Hadiths we can point to in this regard. Dear believers, practically, we only need to know three Hadiths concerning the end of time. I will mention them here along with a brief explanation of their significance.… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-13

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Yesterday, Sunday, December 13, 2015, Basim Callens, one of the young brothers from my New Haven, Connecticut, “Jamaat” was murdered in Atlanta, Georgia during a carjacking. This brother was one of the kindest, most pleasant, mannerable young men you could ever meet. His death comes as a shock to us all. His mother, Sister Aisha, was so shaken by his untimely and tragic demise that she broke down and is currently hospitalized. Please pray for her and all mothers who have seen their children consumed by the epidemic of gun violence that has besieged our sick nation. Our condolences go… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-10

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Dry Your Eyes My Sister… Do not be torn asunder by the gazes From eyes of hatred oh so venomous; The prejudicial words befitting racists, “Your people, your religion, we can’t trust.” The words like acid rain fall from the sky, “Go back from whence you came leave us alone!” Tearful, but undaunted comes her reply, “How can I leave the only home I’ve known?” So dry your eyes my sister and move on… Enjoy all of the trappings of your home. Yes, dry your eyes my sister and move on…… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-08

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The seeming tsunami of negativity unleashed by the dastardly actions of terrorists, some claiming to act in the name of Islam, and the nefarious reactions of an assortment of bigots, racists and opportunistic politicians, have combined to create an environment that has demoralized many Muslims, terrified others, and left many confused and desperately searching for direction. This state has increased exponentially in the aftermath of the shootings in San Bernadino, California. In light of this situation, we need to step back and remind ourselves of some fundamental Qur’anic teachings. First of all, we are told that this world is the… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-12-06

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The day before the shootings in San Bernadino, California, a friend of mine, who is a distinguished journalist, sent the following note to me from Belgium: “Salaams, I have been in Belgium for a few days now. The Muslim community here is in serious trouble and they know it. You could feel the weight of their helplessness from the look in their eyes. It is either pain, sorrow or frustration… or all. Really sad. Western Europe is about to close its doors on Muslims. Here, sole politicians are talking about sending the army into Molenbeek and searching every home.… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-11-13

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Refuting the Idea That A Muslim (Amin al-Husayni) Prompted the Holocaust Note: This is an excerpt from a longer article I wrote refuting the idea that “Muslims are the new Fascists” and that the prompting of a pro-Nazi Muslim, Amin al-Husayni, led to the Holocaust. This allegation was recently advanced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who subsequently admitted the false nature of his claim in the face of scathing international condemnation. The shameless allegation that Islam is the new fascism would be bad enough were it presented in isolation. However, it is coupled with allegations that Muslims supported Hitler… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-11-12

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I passed a begging veteran today. Sitting on a bench. No homeless stench. He held an empty cup in his hand. It pleaded for money to help the man. He sat forlorn in military dress. His face portrayed a life of stress. Had he murdered the innocent? Had he committed no crime? His cup cried out. Brother! Can you spare a dime? Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-10-15

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May all seeking it come to know peace. May all of the wars, violence and conflicts cease. May the fools come to see the folly of their ways. May those suffering come to know better days. May the weary find rest, may the homeless find shelter. May the leaders cease their mad game of helter-skelter. May we come to possess hearts that are pure and heads that are clear. May we all be blessed throughout this new year. Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-10-10

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“We belong to Allah, and unto Him we will all return…” Death has an uncanny way of rearranging our priorities. Before an early morning text message yesterday from a dear friend, like many Muslims here in the United States, I was preoccupied with an easily recognizable laundry list of concerns. I could list among them the looming anti-Muslim hate rallies being planned today by the so-called Oath Keepers; the unsettling implications of the Russian bombing campaign for an already complicated and bloody conflagration in Syria; the perplexing, serious, but strangely amusing antics of the Republican party, both on the… Read More


Who Are We?

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-09-12

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Who are we? The entire world is waiting to see, Just what this Ummah might be, But can we tell them who we could be, When we ourselves cannot see… Who we are. Are we the proverbial raisin withering in the sun? Are we the stinking sore, Festering, waiting to run? Are we unto the world a sagging, heavy load, Are we the suicide bomber, Ready to explode? Who are we? Are we the bygone glories that did not last? Are we the shattered fragments of today’s bomb… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-08-30

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Most of us are familiar with the story of the boy, the old man and the starfish. A storm had washed up thousands of starfish onto a beach. An old man who was strolling on the sandy stretch noticed a little boy in the distance frantically throwing as many of the creatures as he could back into the sea. When he drew close to the boy he asked him what he was doing. The boy replied that he was saving the starfish. The old man, knowing that most of the creatures would perish before the boy could even begin to… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-08-19

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From eastern skies the stars brought forth their light, Conveyed by hearts transcending desert nights, Igniting flames that burn the dross of sin, Bequeathing the courage to gaze within, Freeing the hearts to know the secrets there, Those secrets to their lovers do they share. Their wisdom sometimes subtle, sometimes frank Defy pretenses of a social rank. For knowledge is for all men to enjoy And ignorance their calling to destroy. For Moses, Jesus, David, Muhammad Are guiding stars that light the firmament. Its ancient vault spanning turbulent… Read More


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