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Journey To Tibuktu   Part Nine

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 23, 2009 at 10:04 pm

After returning to the hotel, we ironed fresh clothing in preparation for a formal visit with the Imam of the Grand Mosque. Even our drivers and guides had doffed their mundane western garb in favor of beautiful traditional garments. The time passed quickly and before we knew it we had…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Eight

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Timbuktu is believed to have been founded early in the 12th Century AD. Its name gives us insight into its origins. Tim, in the language of the Tuareg people, means well. Buktu is a female name. Hence, Timbuktu means the place of Buktu’s well. The city is named after the…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Seven

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Early the next morning, we awakened for the morning prayer in the courtyard of the IR center. After praying, I ascended to the rooftop to take in the surroundings. Looking around I was treated to a spectacular view. As I mentioned previously, the mighty Niger River was a few hundred…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Six

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 17, 2009 at 6:24 am

Early in the afternoon we left for Rharous, a town even further to the north. Our caravan had grown by one car as some of the Islamic Relief officials from Gossi were joining us for the trip to Rharous and then onward to Timbuktu. Until now, we had been traveling…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Five

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Early the next morning, Thursday, March 5, 2009, we departed for the Town of Gossi, the location of the Islamic Relief Regional Office in the Northern part of the country. As we ventured ever farther from Bamako, the terrain became more and more arid. However, the harsh environ had a…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Four

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 14, 2009 at 5:47 am

The next day, Wednesday, March 4, 2009, was a day of travel as we moved out on a journey to the northern parts of the country that would culminate at Timbuktu. The bustle of the roadside markets that seem to be omnipresent in Bamako thinned into lonely vendors, and eventually…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Three

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 12, 2009 at 11:13 am

The flight from Casablanca to Bamako was routine. I was able to do a little reading. However, since we left close to midnight, drowsiness eventually rendered my attempts to continue reading futile, and I slept the latter part of the journey. The flight was longer than I had anticipated; a…

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Journey To Timbuktu   Part Two

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

The check-in at the airport was uneventful. However, as soon as we boarded the plane there was a bit of a problem. Due to a mechanical problem of an unspecified nature, the plane’s departure was being delayed and we sat on the runway for over an hour. When we finally…

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Journey to Timbuktu   Part One

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 08, 2009 at 4:26 pm

For the last several years I have had the great honor and pleasure of assisting Islamic Relief on a variety of fundraising projects. Those efforts assisted Muslims challenged by various disasters and calamities in places ranging from Darfur to Muzzafabad, Pakistan, to Gaza. For the past two years, I had…

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Tranquility From Allah

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 24, 2009 at 4:12 am

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم These were the verses mentioned by Shaykh `Abdullah bin Bayyah in his lecture on Anger Management, which he recommended to be recited whenever provoked to anger and whenever one seeks calm and tranquility or feels overwhelmed by the stresses and pressures of life. These verses…

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