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

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

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,…

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The Listening of the Soul

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 14, 2018 at 5:47 pm

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…

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Where Islam and Nationalism Collide

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 13, 2018 at 10:20 pm

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…

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Reflecting on Quiet Lake and Snow

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 21, 2018 at 5:57 am

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,…

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On The Passing of Dr. Sulayman Nyang

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 13, 2018 at 9:23 am

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…

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Final Follow-up on The Kavanaugh/Blasey Ford Affair

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Oct 01, 2018 at 10:38 pm

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…

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Siding With The Truth

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm

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…

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25 Influential Muslims

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 26, 2018 at 7:48 am

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 for this country’s nearly 3.5 million Muslims, a diverse and…

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The Blessed Man

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 26, 2018 at 7:35 am

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

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The Promised Land

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 09, 2018 at 8:21 am

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…

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