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What I Believe

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Oct 05, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Faith I believe that there is no God except Allah; the living, self-sustaining, pre-eternal creator of all that exists; the one whose existence is a necessary condition for all other existence. Allah has sent Prophets and Messengers (peace upon them) for the guidance of humanity. The last of…

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Things in Their Proper Places

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 19, 2020 at 9:04 pm

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…

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Trump: Hawk or Dove

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 01, 2020 at 8:29 pm

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…

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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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This is Who We Are

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jun 24, 2018 at 9:16 am

Madeline Albright, infamously and casually agreed that over 500,000 dead Iraqi children who died during the six years US sanctions had been in place in Iraq to that point, “was worth it”.   As the crisis over children being torn from their mothers’ arms at the US-Mexican…

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The Human in the Qur’an

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jun 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm

The human being began his journey as a physical creature with the direct, unmitigated creative act of God.” “Once the human has been animated by the spirit, he can undertake his primary purpose: namely, to worship and to know his Lord.” Today, we can…

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God’s Plan and Muhammad Ali

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jun 04, 2018 at 12:35 am

It is time we started listening to Ali. It is God’s plan. The analytical methods which postmodernism has given birth to are qualified by many sad features. One is the rejection of the idea of greatness. These methods leave no space for great men or women. What we find instead…

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Is Not a Racist

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 30, 2016 at 5:35 am

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…

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Opportunities for the Muslim American Community

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 01, 2016 at 8:04 pm

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…

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Muhammad Ali: A Humble Mountain

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jun 20, 2016 at 1:17 pm

I was honored to attend the waning hours of Muhammad Ali’s life along with his immediate family. Taking a brief break from the stream of Qur’anic recitation, invocations, and devotional songs we were dedicating to Ali, one of the Champ’s daughters asked how would I describe her father? After momentarily…

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