New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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Their Religion is Hate

by Imam Zaid Shakir

We awakened yesterday morning, Easter Sunday, to the news of the horrific slaughter in Sri Lanka. Sensationalizing news organizations rushed to identify the religion of the perpetrators of such a nefarious act. Were they members of the Buddhist majority, the Hindu Tamil Tigers, or were they wretched Muslims who had… Read More

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To My Muslim Brothers and Sisters in Christchurch, New Zealand:

by Imam Zaid Shakir

With the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate I extend my deepest condolences to all of those whose family members, loved ones, friends, or acquaintances have been killed or wounded in the recent terrorist attack. Despite the natural and understandable pain following in the immediate aftermath of… Read More

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I Stand With Ilhan

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Today marks International Women’s Day. Among other things, the day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the amazing contributions women make to our lives, families and societies. With their grace, dignity, forbearance, sacrifice and courage, women enrich our lives in countless ways. Speaking of courage, what better day… Read More

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The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Imam Zaid Shakir

During these days many in this country are commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. While most remember Dr. King for his soaring oration, symbolized by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a sweltering throng at the Lincoln Memorial,… Read More

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The Listening of the Soul

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Islam holds humans to be a special creation. Ennobled by God, they are His vicegerent on earth and look forward to a sublime destiny. Their ancestor Adam was the exalted creature in whose direction God ordered the angels to prostrate, even while his splendor drew the envy of Satan. They… Read More

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Where Islam and Nationalism Collide

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Islam contains teachings that clearly argue against the most important elements of nationalism. The nation-state, which involves wedding a specific people to a sovereign territorial entity, is a modern phenomenon. For example, the Italian city states did not unify into a coherent modern nation-state until the late 1850s. The unification… Read More

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Reflecting on Quiet Lake and Snow

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The sun she rises over quiet lake. To let the snow know that there’s no mistake. To let the morning know that she’s alive. To let earth know that she will survive The folly of mankind and all his wars The pain, disfigurement and all the scars,… Read More

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On The Passing of Dr. Sulayman Nyang

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I have been blessed to know Dr. Nyang for many long decades. He has been a teacher, mentor and an exemplary role model not just for myself but for countless others. He was a true giant who leaves a large pair of shoes that will be difficult to fill. When… Read More

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Final Follow-up on The Kavanaugh/Blasey Ford Affair

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I appreciate the spirited discourse around the previous post that has been removed as well as the constructive criticism, and I understand the anger motivating many of you. I appreciate the advice from the educated and that of the laity -our religion after all is predicated on sincere advice. I… Read More

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Siding With The Truth

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Yesterday, August 14, 2018, marked the passing of five years since the massacre of at least a thousand innocent protesters and the injuring of thousands more in Cairo’s Rabaa Square. Merely writing these words will generate charges of siding with the ousted Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi, and the Egyptian Muslim… Read More

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25 Influential Muslims

by Imam Zaid Shakir

By Daniel Burke and Madeleine Stix, CNN, May 4, 2018 We asked American Muslims to name the most influential people in their fields. Here’s what they said Who speaks for American Muslims? The short answer is, no one. No individual or group can claim to speak… Read More

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The Blessed Man

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The blessed man he asks himself, “Who am I meant to be?” The people come they praise his words, But him they cannot see. Am I for real? Am I a fraud? Am I the one they see? The blessed man he just stands tall Read More

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The Promised Land

by Imam Zaid Shakir

How many highways have we trod, In our unceasing journey unto God? The signs we pass are loud and clear, The path is steep the goal is dear. Onward we go by night and day This path we walk the only way. Some will give up their… Read More

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This is Who We Are

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Madeline Albright, infamously and casually agreed that over 500,000 dead Iraqi children who died during the six years US sanctions had been in place in Iraq to that point, “was worth it”.   As the crisis over children being torn from their mothers’ arms at the US-Mexican… Read More

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The Human in the Qur’an

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The human being began his journey as a physical creature with the direct, unmitigated creative act of God.” “Once the human has been animated by the spirit, he can undertake his primary purpose: namely, to worship and to know his Lord.” Today, we can… Read More

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God’s Plan and Muhammad Ali

by Imam Zaid Shakir

It is time we started listening to Ali. It is God’s plan. The analytical methods which postmodernism has given birth to are qualified by many sad features. One is the rejection of the idea of greatness. These methods leave no space for great men or women. What we find instead… Read More

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Today is Husband Appreciation Day

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In the literature discussing Futuwwa, which has been translated as Muslim chivalry, there is the story of a young man who was engaged to marry a particularly beautiful woman. Before the wedding day, his fiancée was afflicted with a severe case of chicken pox which left her face terribly disfigured.… Read More

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