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Remember Childhood’s Yesterday

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 13, 2019 at 7:04 pm

The childish games we used to play, Those playground romps of push and shove, The carefree days of puppy love. How ‘bout those summers long ago When lazy days were all we’d know, Now that we’re grown why does it seem, Our happy days are…

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The Blessed Mawlid

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Nov 11, 2019 at 8:16 pm

One of the most blessed events in the history of humanity was the birth of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (s) on the 12th of Rabi al-Awwal. The gravity of this day is associated with the magnitude of the one born during it. The following narration should suffice in conveying the…

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Spiritual Grammar and the Danger of Complaining – Imam Zaid Shakir

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 30, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Complaining (shakawa) to other fallible humans has no part in our religion. Sincere advice (nasiha) does. What is the difference between the two? Imam Zaid Shakir explains. Usually, the complaint starts with what we describe as the first person, “I”. For example, “I don’t like…” “I don’t…

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Bridging the Scholar/Activist Divide

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Sep 01, 2019 at 10:43 pm

Note: The following essay is an introduction I wrote in late 2017 to Imam Dawud Walid’s valuable book, “Towards Sacred Activism.” I am posting it here in hopes that it might bring some clarity on a pressing contemporary issue. It is Allah who facilitates all success. **************************** This work by…

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A Response to Ali Al-Arian

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Aug 25, 2019 at 6:25 pm

In his recent article, “The political impotence of the Muslim American community,” Ali Al-Arian, among other things, laments the lack of moral integrity and political courage in those leading the American Muslim community. An illustration of this is his blanket condemnation of American Muslim leaders and organizations for not more…

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The Flowers of Spring

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

May 01, 2019 at 9:12 am

Like as the glistening snowflakes adorn the wintery expanses of fields, trees, and rolling hills in a soft blanket of downy frost, so do the flowers of Spring embellish our lives. Their colors charm us, their fragrances permeate into the depths of our souls and their voices join in serenading…

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Their Religion is Hate

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 22, 2019 at 10:57 pm

We awakened yesterday morning, Easter Sunday, to the news of the horrific slaughter in Sri Lanka. Sensationalizing news organizations rushed to identify the religion of the perpetrators of such a nefarious act. Were they members of the Buddhist majority, the Hindu Tamil Tigers, or were they wretched Muslims who had…

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To My Muslim Brothers and Sisters in Christchurch, New Zealand:

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 16, 2019 at 2:50 pm

With the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate I extend my deepest condolences to all of those whose family members, loved ones, friends, or acquaintances have been killed or wounded in the recent terrorist attack. Despite the natural and understandable pain following in the immediate aftermath of…

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I Stand With Ilhan

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 08, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Today marks International Women’s Day. Among other things, the day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the amazing contributions women make to our lives, families and societies. With their grace, dignity, forbearance, sacrifice and courage, women enrich our lives in countless ways. Speaking of courage, what better day…

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The Listening of the Soul

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Dec 14, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Islam holds humans to be a special creation. Ennobled by God, they are His vicegerent on earth and look forward to a sublime destiny. Their ancestor Adam was the exalted creature in whose direction God ordered the angels to prostrate, even while his splendor drew the envy of Satan. They…

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