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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…

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“Carrying the Word” From Emel Magazine

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 26, 2008 at 9:01 am

‘Carrying the Word’ Reflections of an American Imam 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,…

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Dear Self - Wins Bronze Medal in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 11, 2008 at 1:19 am

Dear Self: A Year in the Life of a Welfare Mother has won the Bronze Medal for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. See the Family and Relationship category at: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/books/dear-self/ To purchase go to: http://astore.amazon.com/nidpublishers-20/detail/0979228107/105-7147656-8493227 The book has also won the Indies…

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Should Muslims Use The “N” Word?

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Do not call each other by demeaning nicknames: How foul is a name connoting vileness... Al-Qur’an 49:11 I was recently involved in a forum entitled, “Should Muslims Use the ‘N’ word.” The event could have more appropriately been entitled, “Should Anyone Use the ‘N’ Word.” However, the reason for the…

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Environmental Responsibility in Islamic Scriptures

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 07, 2008 at 12:00 am

Muslims have many scriptural imperatives that demand we work for the preservation and health of our environment. As we enter an era where the prospect of environmental catastrophe is perhaps greater than the prospect of disaster from any other source, it is especially important that we make environmental…

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Reflections on Black History Month

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 01, 2008 at 10:15 pm

Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20% of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. [1] In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the percentages of Muslims in…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and the Fate of America

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 23, 2008 at 12:14 pm

As we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on a national holiday dedicated to his honor, many people point to the surging presidential candidacy of Barack Obama as evidence of how far this country has come in terms of race relations since the days of the Civil…

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History 1 on 1

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 11, 2008 at 8:23 pm

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue, An event that happened a bit too soon, ‘cause in sixty-nine they were on the moon. A happening not without precedent, The same place Galileo’s telescope went. Which isn’t to say we’ve become farsighted in…

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Review of Islam in NYT Book Review

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 09, 2008 at 12:42 pm

The January 6, 2008 edition of the New York Times Book Review was devoted to “Islam,” as the header for the edition boldly proclaims. The edition aims to highlight some of the most relevant historical, literary, political and theological issues informing contemporary discourse around the topic of Islam, as it…

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Islam and Honor Killings (Revised)

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 13, 2007 at 10:42 pm

For that reason, we ordained for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul for other than murder or spreading corruption in the land, it is as if he has killed the whole of humanity… Qur’an 5:35 One of the gravest charges levied against Islam, in terms of its…

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