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Dear Self: A Year in the Life of a Welfare Mother

Jun 19, 2008 at 9:58 am

By Richelene Mitchell, Foreword by Imam Zaid Shakir It was the year 1973; the Vietnam War was officially over and Watergate was to begin. Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of the Moon, was the coveted album of the year, reggae music was launched and bell-bottoms were all the rage. Dear Self:…

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Answers to Questions From “Ethical Basis” Web-cast

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm

I promised the subscribers to the last web-cast that I would answer the questions I was unable to get to during the actual web-cast in written form on the website. Here are the answers to those questions. Hopefully, others can also benefit from the answers. 1. Q: Does the idea…

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The Proper Approach to Debating

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 20, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Imam Shafi’i is related to have said: “Never do I debate a man with a desire to hear him err in his speech, or to expose the flaws in his argument, and thus vanquish him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently supplicate, ‘O Lord, help him so…

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Signs for Those Who Reflect

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 18, 2008 at 7:28 am

One of the skeptics came to Imam al-Shafi’i, May God have mercy on him and asked, “What is your proof for the existence of God?” The Imam replied, “The Mulberry leaf has a single taste, a single color, a single fragrance and a single shape. However, when the silk worm…

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Know Your Enemy

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 14, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Imam Ahmad b, Sahl, May God have Mercy on him, mentioned, “Your enemies are four: The World, whose weapon is the people, and whose prison is isolation; Satan, whose weapon is satiation, and whose prison is hunger; The undisciplined soul, whose weapon is sleep, and whose prison is night vigil;…

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Disabled Society

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 14, 2008 at 11:07 pm

The following poem is by a friend of mine, Imran Sabir, of Glasgow, Scotland. He shared it with me during my recent visit there. I am sure you will be moved by it as I was. I will let him tell his own story. Biographical Information I am 31…

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Disabled Society

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 01, 2008 at 3:25 pm

The following poem is by a friend of mine, Imran Sabir, of Glasgow, Scotland. He shared it with me during my recent visit there. I am sure you will be moved by it as I was. I will let him tell his own story. Biographical Information I am 31…

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Female Prayer Leadership (Revisited)

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm

In response to a question concerning the validity of a female leading men in a congregational prayer we have decided to reprint an article we wrote on this issue in its entirety. Hopefully, this will shed light on the issue for those who did not read the original article.…

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Carrying the Word

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 02, 2008 at 1:38 am

This cover article was featured in Emel Magazine’s May 2006 Issue http://www.emelmagazine.com Imam Zaid Shakir is, in many ways, the quintessential American: a youth with a two newspaper route, a high school football player, a member of the United States Air Force, a student activist…

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Qualities of an Exemplary Leader

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 02, 2008 at 12:57 am

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم فبما رحمة من الله لنت لهم و لو كنت فظا غليظ القلب لانفضوا من حولك فاعف عنهم و استغفر لهم و شاورهم في الأمر فإذا عزمت فتوكل على الله إن الله يحب المتوكلين القرآن ٣:١٥٩ Owing to Mercy from God, you were gentle in dealing…

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