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Not in Our Name: Islam Totally Rejects Suicidal Murder

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 25, 2016 at 1:46 am

The recent atrocious, barbaric, condemnable, despicable attacks in Brussels should move every Muslim to swift, unqualified condemnation. Why? Because as Muslims we are taught that murder is wrong. We are taught that suicide is wrong. We are taught that retaliating against unsuspecting innocent people for real or perceived injustices is…

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Do Not Blame the Salafis

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 11, 2015 at 10:52 pm

I wrote this essay almost five months ago, but did not post it until now because every time I was ready to post it I would encounter a virulent “Salafi” attack on a colleague or myself that would lead me to believe that posting this essay would be to ignore…

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Wanton Violence IS Not Islam

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm

One of the gravest consequences of the recent wave of terrorist atrocities attributed to the so-called Islamic State – the downing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai, the bombing of a marketplace in Beirut, and now the shootings and bombings that have ripped through Paris – is that it…

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From A Psychopath to The Right Part

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

The corporation has been defined by Gerald and Kathleen Hill as “A legal entity formed with state approval to act as an artificial person to carry on business, which may sue or be sued, and whose liabilities or debts are limited to its assets, so its shareholders and officers…

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What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 03, 2015 at 10:02 pm

When we talk about Islamic education and our children, the discussion usually revolves around strictly academic issues related to technical aspects of curriculum development, testing standards and methodologies, balancing between secular and religious education, and similar concerns. Sometimes we miss the greater objective of an Islamic education. That objective, in…

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Ferguson Fallout: Normality and Tamir Rice

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

The recent killing of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, casts more light on many of the issues relevant in the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I mention this because those who argue that if African American males just act normal and mind our business these sort of killings…

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Halloween II

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 01, 2014 at 6:57 am

My recent post on Halloween has created quite a stir. That being the case, I would like to clarify a few issues. First of all, the intended audience of that original post was Muslims, some of whom had asked me to write something on the issue. It was not intended…

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Reflections on the Egyptian Coup: The Fate of Political Islam

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

In his, Dictionary of Political Thought, the noted political philosopher, Roger Scruton, defines a coup d’etat as follows: [A coup d’etat is] a change in government by force resulting in a change of constitution, and brought about by those who already hold some form of power whether military or…

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American Islam

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

In what’s become major news and a source of national outrage, thanks to months of reporting by the Associated Press, the New York Police Department has spent years investigating American Muslims throughout the Northeast. Of particular concern is an “NYPD Secret” document dating from November 2006; titled “Weekly MSA Report,”…

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The Best of Women

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 04, 2012 at 6:58 pm

March 8, 2012 has been designated as International Women’s Day. 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…

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