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Breonna Taylor: Why?

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 28, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Like many others in this country I have shed tears thinking of the tragic manner in which Breonna Taylor was killed in her Louisville, Kentucky apartment. A young, loving soul gunned down as she was just beginning to embark on what all who knew her believed would be a bright…

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Explosions: Malicious Design and Neglect Benign

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 09, 2020 at 9:56 pm

This past Tuesday, a massive explosion sent a giant mushroom cloud billowing into the air over the port of Beirut, Lebanon. As the dust settled, a landscape where the handiwork of humans -buildings, machines, cars, trucks, electrical wires- was obliterated; reduced to a twisted, melted, garbled, wasteland, block after devastated…

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Fasting Six Days of Shawwal

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 28, 2020 at 8:26 pm

When one has enjoyed a delicious and nurturing meal, one does not jump up from the table and race off to another endeavor. One takes time to savor the lovely tastes and to reflect on the great blessing one has been privileged to enjoy. So too our worship. One…

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The Wider Significance of Malcolm X

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 19, 2020 at 12:38 pm

Today, MANA: Muslim Alliance in North America joins many other organizations and individuals in commemorating the life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, more popularly known as Malcolm X. Malcolm was born May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. Ossie Davis famously said in his eulogy for Malcolm, “And if you knew him,…

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The Virus Questions America

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 15, 2020 at 9:47 pm

I came just like a thief inside the night. Confused you no longer know wrong from right. A plague, a pestilence, a scourge, or worse? I’ll let you know just who I am in verse. A tyrannical king I wear my crown. A novel threat yet…

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My Problem with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 08, 2020 at 6:32 pm

There are a large number of books that discuss the coming of the Antichrist, known to Muslims as the Dajjal (The Great Deceiver). One can spend a lifetime studying this literature from its myriad angles. The Antichrist as an individual. The Antichrist as a demonic system. The Antichrist in secret…

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Who Revived Malcolm X?

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 26, 2020 at 10:25 pm

With the release of the Netflix series reexamining the assassination of Malcolm X there is a renewed interest in determining the identity of his killers. It is not my desire to delve into that contentious issue. Rather, during this time when Malcolm’s passing is commemorated by so many, I pray…

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Death Comes Suddenly

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 27, 2020 at 9:40 pm

This past Sunday Jan. 26. 2020, I was teaching a class at the DarusSalam Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. The class was based on an Arabic book entitled الاستعداد ليوم المعاد (Preparing for the Hereafter). One of the last things we covered before taking a break was the following poem: يا…

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Sun Rising Over Snowy Woods

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 12, 2019 at 11:36 pm

The sun rises over the snowy woods, And looks into our hearts searching for good. For those who prayed throughout the dark of night, The sun will find a mirror for its light. Or is the mirror that she sees the lake? Adorned with sheets…

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Autumn Leaves

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 19, 2019 at 7:59 am

The leaves of Autumn float gently down from the soon to be barren trees. As they quietly populate the ground, layer upon layer, they represent a metaphor for our lives. In the Spring they silently entered into the world, cautiously exiting the little wombs lining the branches, branches which stretch…

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