New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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Do Not Blame the Salafis

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I wrote this essay almost five months ago, but did not post it until now because every time I was ready to post it I would encounter a virulent “Salafi” attack on a colleague or myself that would lead me to believe that posting this essay would be to ignore… Read More

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Wanton Violence IS Not Islam

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One of the gravest consequences of the recent wave of terrorist atrocities attributed to the so-called Islamic State – the downing of a Russian airliner over the Sinai, the bombing of a marketplace in Beirut, and now the shootings and bombings that have ripped through Paris – is that it… Read More

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From A Psychopath to The Right Part

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The corporation has been defined by Gerald and Kathleen Hill as “A legal entity formed with state approval to act as an artificial person to carry on business, which may sue or be sued, and whose liabilities or debts are limited to its assets, so its shareholders and officers… Read More

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What We Should Be Teaching Our Children

by Imam Zaid Shakir

When we talk about Islamic education and our children, the discussion usually revolves around strictly academic issues related to technical aspects of curriculum development, testing standards and methodologies, balancing between secular and religious education, and similar concerns. Sometimes we miss the greater objective of an Islamic education. That objective, in… Read More

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Reflections on The Islamic Legitimacy of the Muslim Uprisings (Expanded)

by Imam Zaid Shakir

As revolutions and uprisings sweep the Middle East from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere most Muslims everywhere are energized by a wave of hopeful change in a region that has suffered far too long under the stultifying rule of “presidents for life.” However, some Muslims are more hesitant and… Read More

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Into the Abyss: Gaza and the Crisis of Political Morality

by Imam Zaid Shakir

“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.… Read More

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Islam: Religion or Ideology?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Introduction “Leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet they murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their streets, in all corners of the globe. For centuries they have stifled almost all of humanity in the name of a so-called… Read More

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