New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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Prayer For a Fractured Nation

by Imam Zaid Shakir

O God! During this time of disinformation, distortions and lies, we pray that You show us the truth as truth and bless us to follow it, and that You show us falsehood as falsehood and bless us to shun it. O Merciful Lord! We pray that you bless us to… Read More

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MANA Statement Following The Capitol Insurrection

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) joins all law-abiding, peaceful Americans in condemning the deadly insurrection that occurred in and around the Capitol building yesterday (January 6, 2021) in Washington, D.C. We believe that this bloody affair was directly incited by President Donald Trump and his surrogates, both those… Read More

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A New Year’s Thought

by Imam Zaid Shakir

May all seeking it come to know peace. May all of the wars, violence and conflicts cease. May the fools come to see the folly of their ways. May those suffering come to know better days. May the weary find rest, may the homeless find shelter. Read More

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Brothers and Sisters: Vote!

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Election day has finally arrived. Although over one hundred million Americans have already voted, scores of millions will do so today. As we all know this is one of the most pivotal and controversial elections in the recent history of this country. Pivotal because it comes at a time when… Read More

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Breonna Taylor: Why?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Explosions: Malicious Design and Neglect Benign

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Fasting Six Days of Shawwal

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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The Wider Significance of Malcolm X

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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,… Read More

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The Virus Questions America

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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My Problem with Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Who Revived Malcolm X?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Death Comes Suddenly

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Sun Rising Over Snowy Woods

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Autumn Leaves

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Remember Childhood’s Yesterday

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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The Blessed Mawlid

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More