New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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Muslims Raise Over $100,000 In Bail Funds To Free Detained Migrant Parents

by Imam Zaid Shakir

By Carol Kuruvilla on 08/16/2019. The “Muslims for Migrants” campaign has already secured the release of six detained parents. American Muslims have raised over $100,000 this month to help migrant parents detained by the U.S. government post bail and reunite with their kids. The “Muslims for… Read More

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Mass Shootings in America: All of the Above

by Imam Zaid Shakir

We express our deepest condolences to the families of those who have perished in the latest instances of mass slaughter in our public square, this time in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We further pray that all of those wounded recover from their injuries. This violence, which can increasingly… Read More

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Muslims for Migrants | A Joint Letter By Imam Zaid Shakir & Imam Omar Suleiman

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Published August 5, 2019 Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) said, “He who gives respite to someone who is in straitened circumstances, or grants him remission, Allah will shelter him in the shade of… Read More

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The Flowers of Spring

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Like as the glistening snowflakes adorn the wintery expanses of fields, trees, and rolling hills in a soft blanket of downy frost, so do the flowers of Spring embellish our lives. Their colors charm us, their fragrances permeate into the depths of our souls and their voices join in serenading… Read More

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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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