notes

The Promised Land

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jul 09, 2018 at 8:21 am

How many highways have we trod, In our unceasing journey unto God? The signs we pass are loud and clear, The path is steep the goal is dear. Onward we go by night and day This path we walk the only way. Some will give up their…

notes

Today is Husband Appreciation Day

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 22, 2018 at 12:52 am

In the literature discussing Futuwwa, which has been translated as Muslim chivalry, there is the story of a young man who was engaged to marry a particularly beautiful woman. Before the wedding day, his fiancée was afflicted with a severe case of chicken pox which left her face terribly disfigured.…

notes

On “Punish A Muslim Day”

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Apr 04, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Now that “Punish A Muslim Day” has passed uneventfully we should really take stock of the general immaturity permeating our community. This nonsense should never have seen the light of day. It is like the so-called movie denigrating the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) several years back. It had…

notes

Women’s Day 2018

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 09, 2018 at 10:33 pm

International Women’s Day​ is on 8th March. The day has been set aside to celebrate the social, economic and political accomplishments of women. March is a most appropriate month for such a celebration. In the northern hemisphere, March signals the arrival of spring and the blossoming flowers whose colors and…

notes

Let Them Fly: Ode to A Little Dreamer

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 06, 2018 at 8:16 am

The butterflies can no longer go home. We have destroyed the grounds on which they nest. And if this little butterfly can’t roam Then how can we as a country be blessed? We pimp liberty like she is a whore. Racism, hatred and greed defile her…

notes

Yemen: A Crying Shame

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Mar 04, 2018 at 12:00 am

O Allah, Bless us in our Syria and in our Yemen! Hadith Sharif The people of Yemen will come to you. They have the most tender minds and the softest hearts. Wisdom and faith are Yemeni. Hadith Sharif The dastardly murder of Shaykh Aydrus bin Abdullah bin Sumayt, may…

notes

As Ghuta Bleeds…

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

O God, bless us in our Syria! Hadith Sharif The Ghuta of Damascus is one of the four worldly paradises… Mu’jam al-Buldan As I write these words, a large swath of the Ghuta, an area which was once a beautiful belt of forests, orchards and gardens surrounding Damascus,…

notes

School Shootings: More Than Deranged Teenagers

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Feb 16, 2018 at 12:12 am

Our condolences to the families of those killed and wounded by Nikolas Cruz in the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” yesterday in Parkland, Florida. The fact that Parkland was recently rated the 15th safest city in America and the safest in Florida, indicates the kind of mindless violence which has befallen that…

notes

They Don’t Know

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm

Unfortunately they don’t know the pain Of hungry kids and no shelter from rain. They’ll never know the feel of grime and dirt, Or just how hard some people have to work, Or what it means to have to ride the bus, Or place your…

notes

The Monk of Mokha

BY IMAM ZAID SHAKIR

Jan 21, 2018 at 11:43 am

“The Monk of Mokha,” Dave Eggers chronicle of the revival of Yemeni coffee through the efforts of an unlikely young man, could well have been entitled, “The Mad Adventures of Mokhtar Alkhanshali.” If fiction is art and nonfiction life, this book would definitely qualify as life imitating art. The unlikely…

New Islamic Directions is dedicated to bringing to our visitors a fair and balanced presentation of Islam and its basic teachings.

We are a balanced nation whose historical advance has only been possible when that balance created the spiritual and intellectual space for some of the most brilliant minds known to humanity to flourish.