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A New Direction

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm

There is a time for everything. The time has come to change the format of this blog and the articles that appear on this site. My political writings and social commentary will be done through other media from now on. This site will be used for strictly religious teachings. Whoever…

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Now What?

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 13, 2009 at 7:17 am

On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, Cynthia McKinney, a former United States Congresswoman, and a recent presidential candidate, was taken prisoner, along with a group of noted human rights and peace activists, including a Nobel laureate, while sailing in international waters, headed for the Gaza Strip. Their abduction was carried out…

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A Prayer for Everybody in the World

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 12, 2009 at 12:08 am

In the 1970s the social activist, blues singer, and revolutionary poet, Gill Scott-Heron, wrote a moving song entitled a Prayer for Everybody in the World. May Allah bless us to realize in our lives the realities he has identified here, for they only come from Him. Prayer for Everybody in…

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The Life of a Muslim “Rock Star”

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 07, 2009 at 11:09 pm

In Response to a brief essay I wrote in the aftermath of Michael Jackson’s passing, an individual identifying himself as RHM wrote the following comment: As Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh, Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem Cynthia McKinney, former US Congresswoman from the state of Georgia,…

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Upon The Passing of Michael Jackson

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jun 26, 2009 at 12:37 am

Like the light of a meteor streaking across the crisp, cold, clear sky of a winter’s night, Michael Jackson streaked across the sky defining this country’s cultural horizons. None of us coming of age in urban America will forget Michael’s debut onto the public stage with his brothers as part…

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Somali Pirates: More of the Same or a New Way Ahead

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 06, 2009 at 4:26 pm

This brief article is not to argue that there are no pirates operating off the coast of Somalia. There are. However, they are by no means the only pirates operating in the India Ocean, or globally, and they are by no means the most dangerous maritime threat to the strategic…

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Journey to Timbuktu Part Thirteen - Photo Gallery

Apr 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Photos from Mali and Timbuktu - 2009 Click…

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Journey to Timbuktu Part Twelve

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm

The journey back to Bamako from Timbuktu was via the Bambara Maude, which would make it several hours shorter than the journey preceding our arrival. The trip to Gossi had taken us north of Timbuktu, so that leg of the trip had already been eliminated as we…

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Journet to Timbuktu Part Eleven

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 02, 2009 at 11:36 pm

After a brief lunch and a quick nap our group gathered for a meeting with the Governor of Timbuktu. We had been scheduled to meet with him earlier that day. However, the schedule was too tight for us. He had also been busy, called away from his office attending to…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Ten

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 28, 2009 at 7:34 am

After returning to the Imam’s house, we were seated in the room we had previously occupied. However, now the room was illuminated with the light beaming from the faces of religious scholars, both young and old. The senior scholars were all adorned with the blue gowns that are the hallmark…

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