New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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Things in Their Proper Places

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Justice in the Islamic Tradition When Socrates famously asked, “What is justice?”, he was able to elicit many responses from his interlocutors and to direct the discussion in myriad directions. Is justice related to the treatment of friends and enemies? Does it revolve around issues of war and peace? Is… Read More

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Trump: Hawk or Dove

by Imam Zaid Shakir

During his recent State of the Union Address, President Trump boasted of his record levels of military spending. Despite that boast and its deadly implications, there are those who naively believe that Mr. Trump is rolling back America’s military presence in the world, some even going so far as to… Read More

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Who Revived Malcolm X?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

With the release of the Netflix series reexamining the assassination of Malcolm X there is a renewed interest in determining the identity of his killers. It is not my desire to delve into that contentious issue. Rather, during this time when Malcolm’s passing is commemorated by so many, I pray… Read More

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Death Comes Suddenly

by Imam Zaid Shakir

This past Sunday Jan. 26. 2020, I was teaching a class at the DarusSalam Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. The class was based on an Arabic book entitled الاستعداد ليوم المعاد (Preparing for the Hereafter). One of the last things we covered before taking a break was the following poem: يا… Read More

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Sun Rising Over Snowy Woods

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The sun rises over the snowy woods, And looks into our hearts searching for good. For those who prayed throughout the dark of night,  The sun will find a mirror for its light. Or is the mirror that she sees the lake? Adorned with sheets… Read More

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Autumn Leaves

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The leaves of Autumn float gently down from the soon to be barren trees. As they quietly populate the ground, layer upon layer, they represent a metaphor for our lives. In the Spring they silently entered into the world, cautiously exiting the little wombs lining the branches, branches which stretch… Read More

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Remember Childhood’s Yesterday

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The childish games we used to play, Those playground romps of push and shove, The carefree days of puppy love. How ‘bout those summers long ago When lazy days were all we’d know, Now that we’re grown why does it seem, Our happy days are… Read More

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The Blessed Mawlid

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One of the most blessed events in the history of humanity was the birth of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (s) on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal. The gravity of this day is associated with the magnitude of the one born during it. The following narration should suffice in conveying the… Read More

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Spiritual Grammar and the Danger of Complaining – Imam Zaid Shakir

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Complaining (shakawa) to other fallible humans has no part in our religion. Sincere advice (nasiha) does. What is the difference between the two? Imam Zaid Shakir explains. Usually, the complaint starts with what we describe as the first person, “I”. For example, “I don’t like…” “I don’t… Read More

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Bridging the Scholar/Activist Divide

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Note: The following essay is an introduction I wrote in late 2017 to Imam Dawud Walid’s valuable book, “Towards Sacred Activism.” I am posting it here in hopes that it might bring some clarity on a pressing contemporary issue. It is Allah who facilitates all success. **************************** This work by… Read More

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A Response to Ali Al-Arian

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In his recent article, “The political impotence of the Muslim American community,” Ali Al-Arian, among other things, laments the lack of moral integrity and political courage in those leading the American Muslim community. An illustration of this is his blanket condemnation of American Muslim leaders and organizations for not more… Read More

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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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