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Reflections on Black History Month

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

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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Reflections on the Ummah/Nation-State Divide

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

This essay is based on a lecture given by Imam Zaid at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference, December 2011. Hopefully, it will provide some food for thought as we begin the arduous process of rethinking many of the fundamental ideas and institutions that developed during an age that is…

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On Heroism

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

The following is a slightly modified version of a speech delivered by Imam Zaid Shakir at the United for Change conference in Washington DC, September 10, 2011.  Character is refined and shaped by the challenges we have to contend with. As we overcome challenges our character is enriched. This…

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United We Stand: One Nation, One Destiny

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

United for Change was created to galvanize the Muslim leadership in North America to take on issues that are too large for any one individual leader, organization or group to effectively address. In our first two conferences we have called attention to the issue of Malaria in Africa and practical…

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The War Within Our Hearts

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jun 14, 2011 at 1:42 am

The following essay was written as the introduction to a book by Habeeb and Sa’ad Qadri, two Chicago-based youth activists, entitled, The War Within Our Hearts. It contains valuable information into the nature of our hearts and the means to their purification. It also has some advice that may prove…

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Islam and the Question of Nationalism [1]

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Introduction The nation-state, which involves wedding a specific people to a sovereign territorial entity, is a modern phenomenon. For example, the unity of the Italian city-states into a coherent modern nation-state did not occur until the late 1850s. The unification of Germany under Prussia did not occur until 1871. Even…

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Reflections on The Islamic Legitimacy of the Muslim Uprisings (Expanded)

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 05, 2011 at 8:49 am

As revolutions and uprisings sweep the Middle East from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere most Muslims everywhere are energized by a wave of hopeful change in a region that has suffered far too long under the stultifying rule of “presidents for life.” However, some Muslims are more hesitant and…

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Why I Oppose the US-led Intervention in Libya

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

Some days before the U.S.-led intervention in Libya began; I was forwarded a copy of an open letter directed to President Barack Obama urging him to work in concert with U.S. allies, NATO, and the United Nations to immediately impose a no-fly zone over Libya. The organizers, a group of…

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Bravo Egypt!

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

The Egyptian people have accomplished one of the major objectives of their historic revolution. They have brought the thirty-year reign of Hosni Mubarak to an end. As they celebrate, from Alexandria in the north down to Aswan in the south, they realize that this is only the beginning of the…

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Reflections on the Situation in Egypt

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 03, 2011 at 10:19 pm

We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident… A well-meaning friend of mine has suggested that if I write anything else on the ongoing uprising in Egypt, I should frame it in terms understandable to Americans. After all, we should be aiming to affect American public opinion as much as possible…

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