New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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The Importance of Being a Very Public Muslim

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In the climate of fear and mistrust of Muslims being carefully cultivated by some elements in this country it is extremely important to be a very public, very visible, very talkative Muslim. Some Muslims would tend to shun this advice thinking that by “laying low” and being almost invisible they… Read More

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Ali’s Islam

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Once again Muslims are bracing for the possibility that our religion will be sullied by an act of nihilistic violence. It is not the least ironic that the terrible incident occurring yesterday on the iconic London Bridge took place on the date that marks the departure of Muhammad Ali from… Read More

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The Greatest, At Rest

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Greatest, At Rest By Tom Junod One year ago, a chosen few brought Muhammad Ali home for the last time. This is the story of how they carried out their sacred calling. The sound Muhammad Ali hears as he dies is the sound that babies hear right… Read More

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Naturally

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Her smile reflects the beauty of the sky. Her benefits are there for passersby. Her hair adorned sometimes with colors: gold, and red, yellow, so splendid to behold. Her life is spent measured as seasons pass. The world adorned. Her gift? Her grace, her class.… Read More

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Suffering From Military Complex

by Imam Zaid Shakir

We look upon the problems of the world, We see the refugees the boys and girls, We see the poor pushed from pillar to post, We see the rich propose another toast; To celebrate the lives that they’ve destroyed. We see the lands they throw around like… Read More

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Trump Has Trumped the “Wait and See Crowd”

by Imam Zaid Shakir

There are some well-meaning folks who thought Donald J. Trump would be an “America First” isolationist president, despite his sabre rattling during the primaries and his promise to build up the military. When he staffed his cabinet with generals, wall street riff raff, and white nationalists many of those people… Read More

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International Women’s Day

by Imam Zaid Shakir

International Women’s Day​ is on 8th March. The day has been set aside to celebrate the social, economic and political accomplishments of women. March is a most appropriate month for such a celebration. In the northern hemisphere, March signals the arrival of spring and the blossoming flowers whose colors and… Read More

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From 9066 to 9/11

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I was blessed last night to speak at an event commemorating Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of well over 100,000 Japanese Americans. The event was organized by the Asian Law Caucus and emphasized how important it is for vulnerable communities to work together.… Read More

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Justice In This World

by Imam Zaid Shakir

As we work for justice in this world, let us never lose sight of the fact that ultimately we are not living for this world we are living in it. We search assiduously for the program that will assure the most abundant share of justice for ourselves and those we… Read More

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Reality Check

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One man asked another with a bit of a stutter Has Trump got you down in the dumps? The other man said I’m doing just fine and here is the reason why. The birds yet sing, the sun yet shines and the clouds still float across the… Read More

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Chaos or Community

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Chaos or Community The events of this past weekend, beginning with the Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim executive order and culminating with the murder of six Muslims at a mosque in Quebec have sent chilling signals to the Muslim community in North America. Many Muslims are not surprised by these developments, knowing… Read More

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The Fourth Reich Did Not Begin Today

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The legendary singer, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte, recently referred to the advent of the Trump presidency as the Fourth Reich, the heir apparent to Hitler’s Third Reich. Others have expressed similar sentiments. While the nature of Trump’s campaign and the dark forces it has helped to unleash, along… Read More

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Is Not a Racist

by Imam Zaid Shakir

This past weekend, the internet was set ablaze by a maelstrom of opinions originating from some statements made by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in an interview with the journalist, Mehdi Hasan. Although there were three distinct controversies arising from that interview, the one eliciting the most intense and wide-ranging discussion is… Read More

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Brothers On The Block

by Imam Zaid Shakir

If you’re feeling afraid about an anti-Muslim attack, The brothers on the block always got your back. Some started down in the streets, but now they gaze firmly above, So take a little time to show the brothers some love. They’ve weathered recessions and the ravages of inflation. Read More

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Election 2016

by Imam Zaid Shakir

America today is no different than it was yesterday. The sun will shine, the birds will chirp and the clouds will still roll across the sky. We need to move beyond the cycle of panicked reactions to crises, real or perceived, and begin working more systematically to address issues concerning… Read More

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Trump: The Chicken That Came Home to Roost

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Jen Senko’s brilliant documentary, “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” examines the systematic popularizing of the raunchy racism, misogyny, and anti-Muslim bigotry that has come to dominate our political discourse through the lens of her father’s transformation from a normal guy into a mean-spirited nasty bigot. Her father’s “demise,” facilitated by… Read More

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Opportunities for the Muslim American Community

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir explains the way communities ought to behave and how we have opportunities for growth. We have to be realistic and consider our position in society in order to stop from falling into “old traps.” It’s a rare opportunity to catch Imam Zaid Shakir in-between his movements across… Read More

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