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Islam, and the Ethics of War

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm

The following two comments were written in response to my article, Looking Into the Abyss. They raise questions that deserve a detailed response. In responding to the two individuals who posted these comments, I want to acknowledge that they were merely asking questions that stimulated my responses. Their queries were…

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Into the Abyss: Gaza and the Crisis of Political Morality

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 08, 2009 at 12:35 pm

“If he has not virtue, man is the most unholy and the most savage of animals…” Aristotle In America and Israel it is frequently said that Hamas is guilty of killing the political process evolving between Israel and the Palestinians, owing to its obscurantist insistence on Israel’s destruction. The…

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Response to a Well-Meaning Brother

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm

A well-meaning brother has written a principled criticism of my brief article written in the aftermath of Senator Barack Obama’s victory in the recent American presidential elections. His letter has stimulated a lengthy response from me. I have copied it below in its entirety along with my response. May Allah…

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Obsessed With Defamation and Falsehood

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Oct 06, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Recently, 28 million copies of the anti-Islamic propaganda documentary, Obsession, were distributed free of charge in what are being considered the “swing” states in the current election campaign. This effort is clearly designed to leverage the idea in the minds of many Americans that Senator Barack Obama is a Muslim…

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Vote for Me and I’ll Set You Free

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 17, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I have decided that instead of complaining about the inadequacies of the candidates running for president I would run as a write-in candidate. Here is my platform, as articulated in my stump speech: My fellow Americans, or should I say my fellow citizens of the global community; reigning socio-political realities…

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Imam Warith Deen Muhammad (1933-2008)

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 12, 2008 at 10:52 am

Imam Warith Deen Muhammad, who passed away this past Tuesday, in Chicago, Illinois, was not the best known American Muslim of his generation. Unlike his friend Malcolm X (al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz), he would not become a symbol of black rage with excerpts of his speeches creatively spliced into the songs…

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Ramadan is Approaching

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 13, 2008 at 1:43 pm

The Month of Ramadan is upon us. During this special time, we should all reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. Those of us who live here in the West have been blessed with many material bounties that are unimaginable to many of our co-religionists in the…

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Ramadan is Approaching

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 13, 2008 at 1:43 pm

The Month of Ramadan is upon us. During this special time, we should all reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. Those of us who live here in the West have been blessed with many material bounties that are unimaginable to many of our co-religionists in the…

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Dear Self: A Year in the Life of a Welfare Mother

Jun 19, 2008 at 9:58 am

By Richelene Mitchell, Foreword by Imam Zaid Shakir It was the year 1973; the Vietnam War was officially over and Watergate was to begin. Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of the Moon, was the coveted album of the year, reggae music was launched and bell-bottoms were all the rage. Dear Self:…

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Answers to Questions From “Ethical Basis” Web-cast

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 29, 2008 at 3:55 pm

I promised the subscribers to the last web-cast that I would answer the questions I was unable to get to during the actual web-cast in written form on the website. Here are the answers to those questions. Hopefully, others can also benefit from the answers. 1. Q: Does the idea…

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