Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-05-20

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As you gaze upon us from the perch of wisdom bequeathed unto you by the ninety years that have passed since your birth, and you see us sometimes wallowing in our folly; forgive us Brother Malcolm. You gave so much and taught so well, but, frequently, we have been unworthy recipients of your grace, unworthy students; forgive us Brother Malcolm. You were engulfed in the jungle of racist oppression, beating back the thickets and the thorns, braving the vipers and other hazards, miraculously pulling yourself out of the quicksand, just to make a road for us to traverse; and… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-05-08

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If we lived in sane times, we would be searching for the particular psychosis that afflicted the wretched souls who attempted to shoot up the asinine “Draw Muhammad” gathering in Garland, Texas. Unfortunately, there are plenty of deluded Muslims who will declare the shooters were “defending the honor of the Prophet (peace upon him).” Only someone divorced from reality can see an act which would take the lives of innocent people as defending the honor of the Prophet (peace upon him)? I ask anyone seeking their glorious three days of Tweeter or Face Book notoriety through a callous act of… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-04-09

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This poem is based on Bob Dylan’s song, “Only a Pawn in Their Game.” Bullets from the back of a bush a dune or a mount Shells too numerous to count The hatred he cannot surmount And the religion he flaunts So blindly he aims No crime brings him shame Emotion has stolen his brain But he can’t be blamed He’s only a pawn in their game. An Arab of Asian Jihadi recruiter Admires his skill with a computer He’s searching for justice to uproot her Or rape her… Read More


Vacuous

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-22

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As empty as the words of murderers masking gangster-like executions behind justifications ripped like raw flesh from the bones of the Holy Book. As empty as the words of a professional liar, as he glibly dismisses the political aspirations of a people rendered invisible behind the ghetto walls of their manufactured despair. As empty as the arguments positing Shiites and Sunnis have always been at each others’ throat, so who needs to consider invasions and occupations, imperial strategy or energy politics when debating their self-destructive barbarism. As empty as the hearts of the gangsters and banksters and… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-03-20

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Mommy’s Not Coming Home She merely step off the ill-fated bus, Her killer, In God, he did not trust, So ashes-to-ashes and dust-to-dust, Mommy’s not coming home. Baba went to the mosque to pray, Not realizing he’d never see another day, A suicide murderer blew him away, What else is there left to say? Baba’s not coming home. The girl lied down on her little bed, While visions of sugar plums danced in her head, Mama was deliberate in every word she read, Baba quietly nodded his head…… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-02-26

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When murder becomes an end, in and of itself, all principles are cast aside. The fact that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ severely condemned Usama bin Zayd, when he killed a captive who had pronounced the Muslim Declaration of Faith (Shahadah), is meaningless to the shot-callers of ISIS when they decided to murder Abdur Rahman Kassig, a captive aid worker who had uttered the Shahadah. Where are we to place their actions in light of the Prophet’s ﷺ condemnation of Usama? The mass murder of randomly kidnapped Coptic Christians by ISIS demands that we ask a similar question. Where do we… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-02-11

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As-Salaam Alaikum, Our condolences to the families of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu Salha and her sister Razan, the three young Muslims who were murdered yesterday in North Carolina. May their entrance into Paradise be swift and sure, as is the case for the martyr. Many are complaining of the lack of media coverage around this event. The sad fact is that the mainstream media that recently brought us “I am Charlie” has no interest in humanizing Muslims. The deceased were too full of life and positive energy to meet the media-fueled stereotype of the evil, sneaky, not to… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-26

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From a rally in front of Dallas City Hall to an interfaith gathering inside a North Dallas church, hundreds of North Texans spent Sunday decrying terrorism — and denouncing those who blame the entire Islamic religion for the violent acts of an extremist few. By Brandon Formby and Claire Z. Cardona, Dallas TX, January 25, 2015 Staff Writers From a rally in front of Dallas City Hall to an interfaith gathering inside a North Dallas church, hundreds of North Texans spent Sunday decrying terrorism — and denouncing those who blame the entire Islamic religion for the violent acts of an… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-11

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Muslims are messengers of mercy to humanity. This message is being buried under the mountains of distortion and defamation being directed towards our community and the gasoline that some ignorant, misguided or devious Muslims are wittingly or unwittingly pouring on smoldering embers of hatred, fear and insecurity that some anti-Muslim forces are spreading here in the West. We are directly commissioned by our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) to undertake this mission of mercy when he mentioned to a group of his companions: “You will not enter Paradise until you are merciful.” Those assembled replied, “All of… Read More


Praise Allah!

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Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2015-01-03

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If you have been blessed to experience beauty this day or night, praise Allah! If you are in a cold climate yet have a warm home, praise Allah! If you have been blessed with good health, praise Allah! If you have ample resources or adequate wealth, praise Allah! If you have books to read and pens with which to write, praise Allah! If you have food each time that you open the fridge, praise Allah! If you have running water healthy and clear, praise Allah! If your loved ones are safe and… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-13

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Like Eric Garner, I can’t breathe, eleven times… Maybe because America has stolen my breath, But how could that be, America is never guilty of theft. No stolen labor from chattel slaves, No stolen land from vanquished braves, No stolen kingdom called Hawaii… How could that ever be in the land of the free? If I can’t breathe it’s not because of anything… America has done to me. Like Eric Garner, I can’t breathe, eleven times… But my ensuing death is not the ultimate crime, Because the… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-10

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If Emmett Till would be the last to die, Then why was Michael Brown left to ask why? Then why was Tamir Rice gunned down so fast? And why was Omar’s life not one to last? Darrien Hunt shot six times in the back, And no cops indicted for that attack. Ezell Ford said to be of unsound mind, Shot down by cops, can they be colorblind? John Crawford sought to buy a BB gun, Tanesha Anderson too sick to run. Akai Gurley was walking down the stairs. Who will be… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-12-01

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Rudy Giuliani, in discussing the case of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri, made the following statement, “I find it very disappointing,” he told [Chuck] Todd,  “that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. … I would like to see the attention paid to that that you are paying to this.” In case one is wondering what is the basis of his fallacious analogy, Giuliani made it clear that he is wrestling with some deeper pathologies when he admonished his African American interlocutor, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, “The white police… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-11-27

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Let us give thanks for blessings we behold, Blessings transcending wealth –silver and gold. Let us remember those who’ve lost their way, Let us remember solemnly to pray. And as we fall down humbly on our knees, Let us give thanks for hearts that aren’t diseased. For thankfulness is a sign of hearts’ health, And graciousness the source of all true wealth. So thank our Lord for food, for drink, for bed, For peace of mind and clarity of head. So thank our Lord for blessing us to pray, And work… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-11-26

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Ferguson: While Race Still Matters By Imam Zaid Shakir Note: This essay was first posted in the immediate aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the aftermath of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the officer who killed Brown, a decision I totally expected, I am reposting it with the addition of a paragraph mentioning the police slaying of two Ohio youths, both African Americans, who have been fatally shot by police since Brown’s killing in Ferguson. At the end of the day, until we see all humans as truly equal, gross disparities in law… Read More


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