New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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Cities Ablaze…

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In 1970 the R&B group, The Temptations, sang about “...cities ablaze in the summertime.” The reference was to the race riots that left large swaths of cities like Los Angeles, Newark, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington DC and others burned to the ground. Racism, America’s seemingly incurable disease, continues to rear its… Read More

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Afghanistan: America’s Vietnam

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Afghanistan: America’s Vietnam When the Soviet Union became bogged down in Afghanistan during the 1980s, having fallen into the trap devised by President Jimmy Carter’s recently deceased National Security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, it was frequently said that Afghanistan was the Soviet Union’s “Vietnam.” The reference was to the lasting damage… Read More

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Not Puzzled or Surprised

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Many people are puzzled that President Donald J Trump did not immediately and strongly condemn the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The situation should not be puzzling. Mr. Trump is presiding over a white nationalist regime. Why would he condemn his own? While the country has been obsessed with… Read More

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The Seat

by Imam Zaid Shakir

A place to contemplate the fate Of mortals trying to be men, A place that time cannot erase, Whose depth defies the pen. A seat of power, a seat of love, Which will we let it be? A seat spanning heavens above, A… Read More

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Lady Liberty?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Liberty is a gift, Handed down by the Constitution, Through time. But have all accepted it, And given it a home In their minds. Are the graces of liberty Truly free, When the disproportionately incarcerated Ask for the key, Given… Read More

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The Massacre

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The toll was gruesome. Over 100 people shot, 15 fatally. Bloody streets, shattered bones, severed limbs, ruined lives and devaststed families. Baghdad? No. Kabul? No. Mogadishu? No. Paris? No. Al Qaida? No. ISIS? No. Al Shabab? No. Boko Haram? No. This was the July 4th weekend toll of shootings in… Read More

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The Importance of Being a Very Public Muslim

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In the climate of fear and mistrust of Muslims being carefully cultivated by some elements in this country it is extremely important to be a very public, very visible, very talkative Muslim. Some Muslims would tend to shun this advice thinking that by “laying low” and being almost invisible they… Read More

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Ali’s Islam

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Once again Muslims are bracing for the possibility that our religion will be sullied by an act of nihilistic violence. It is not the least ironic that the terrible incident occurring yesterday on the iconic London Bridge took place on the date that marks the departure of Muhammad Ali from… Read More

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The Greatest, At Rest

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Greatest, At Rest By Tom Junod One year ago, a chosen few brought Muhammad Ali home for the last time. This is the story of how they carried out their sacred calling. The sound Muhammad Ali hears as he dies is the sound that babies hear right… Read More

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Naturally

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Her smile reflects the beauty of the sky. Her benefits are there for passersby. Her hair adorned sometimes with colors: gold, and red, yellow, so splendid to behold. Her life is spent measured as seasons pass. The world adorned. Her gift? Her grace, her class.… Read More

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Suffering From Military Complex

by Imam Zaid Shakir

We look upon the problems of the world, We see the refugees the boys and girls, We see the poor pushed from pillar to post, We see the rich propose another toast; To celebrate the lives that they’ve destroyed. We see the lands they throw around like… Read More

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Trump Has Trumped the “Wait and See Crowd”

by Imam Zaid Shakir

There are some well-meaning folks who thought Donald J. Trump would be an “America First” isolationist president, despite his sabre rattling during the primaries and his promise to build up the military. When he staffed his cabinet with generals, wall street riff raff, and white nationalists many of those people… Read More

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International Women’s Day

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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From 9066 to 9/11

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I was blessed last night to speak at an event commemorating Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of well over 100,000 Japanese Americans. The event was organized by the Asian Law Caucus and emphasized how important it is for vulnerable communities to work together.… Read More

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Justice In This World

by Imam Zaid Shakir

As we work for justice in this world, let us never lose sight of the fact that ultimately we are not living for this world we are living in it. We search assiduously for the program that will assure the most abundant share of justice for ourselves and those we… Read More

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Reality Check

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One man asked another with a bit of a stutter Has Trump got you down in the dumps? The other man said I’m doing just fine and here is the reason why. The birds yet sing, the sun yet shines and the clouds still float across the… Read More