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A Higher Ground for Our Marriages

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 06, 2010 at 3:51 pm

In the literature discussing Futuwwa, which has been translated as Muslim chivalry, there is the story of a young man who was engaged to marry a particularly beautiful woman. Before the wedding day, his fiancée was afflicted with a severe case of chicken pox which left her face terribly disfigured.…

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Graveyard Detroit

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

Detroit, Michigan is an historic American city. From its humble roots as a French trading post in the early Eighteenth Century, it grew to become one of the largest cities in the United States. It was nearly burned to the ground by fire in 1805, and was scorched by the…

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Thomas Friedman: Prisoner in a Glass House

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 19, 2009 at 9:36 am

Thomas Friedman, in his recent New York Times Op-ed entitled, “www.jihad.com,” states that Muslims lack the moral courage to condemn the murderous outrages of “Jihadi” extremists. Part of the reason for this moral failure, in his view, is because the West has not demanded that Muslims take responsibility for their…

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Responding to the Fort Hood Tragedy

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 12, 2009 at 12:55 am

This is my response to the Fort Hood tragedy and events both associated with it and ensuing from it. I begin by expressing my deepest condolences to the families of all of the dead and wounded. There is no legitimate reason for their deaths, just as I firmly believe there…

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A Call to Reflection

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 10, 2009 at 4:25 am

This brief essay is the first of several dealing with the Fort Hood tragedy. It is written by Shaykh J. Hashim Brown, an American Muslim convert to Islam. Shaykh Brown was blessed to have studied intimately with some of the greatest scholars of Syria for almost an entire decade. He…

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The Foundation of Spiritual States

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Oct 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm

You should know, may God have mercy on you, that truthfulness and sincerity are the foundations of every spiritual state. Patience, contentment, true asceticism, pleasure, and intimacy are branches of truthfulness. While sincerity branches out into certitude, fear, love, majesty, shyness, and magnifying [God]. Each believer has a place in…

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Fasting in Shawwal: Part Four

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Oct 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

This is the fouth and final installment of our translations concerning issues associated with fasting voluntarily in Shawwal from Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s book, Lata’if al-Ma’arif. This selection is from pages 397-400. We will continue with the virtues of Hajj from the same text, Insha Allah. The devotional acts of the…

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Fasting Six Days in Shawwal: Part Three

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Oct 07, 2009 at 5:27 am

This is the third part of our translation of excerpts from Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s section dealing with fasting in Shawwal from his book, Lata’if al-Ma’arif (pp. 394-396) “[Among the benefits of fasting six days in Shawwal] is that continuing to fast after Ramadan is a sign that the fast of…

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Fasting Six Days of Shawwal: Part Two

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Oct 01, 2009 at 8:08 am

Abu Ya’la al-Mawsili relates a Hadith with an unbroken chain from Usama bin Zaid, that he said: “I used to randomly fast months during the year. The Prophet, peace upon him, said to me, ‘What about Shawwal?!’” Thereafter, as soon as Usama celebrated ‘Id al-Fitr, he began fasting Shawwal until…

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Fasting Six Days in Shawwal: Part One

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 29, 2009 at 1:03 am

The following passage is exerpted from the chapter on Shawwal in Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s work, Lata’if al-Ma’arif. It gives us insight into a number of issues related to fasting six days of Shawwal, the lunar month that follows Ramadan, pp. 389-392. Imam Muslim relates from the narrations of Abu…

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