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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

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Chaos or Community

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Chaos or Community The events of this past weekend, beginning with the Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim executive order and culminating with the murder of six Muslims at a mosque in Quebec have sent chilling signals to the Muslim community in North America. Many Muslims are not surprised by these developments, knowing… Read More

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The Fourth Reich Did Not Begin Today

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The legendary singer, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte, recently referred to the advent of the Trump presidency as the Fourth Reich, the heir apparent to Hitler’s Third Reich. Others have expressed similar sentiments. While the nature of Trump’s campaign and the dark forces it has helped to unleash, along… Read More

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Is Not a Racist

by Imam Zaid Shakir

This past weekend, the internet was set ablaze by a maelstrom of opinions originating from some statements made by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf in an interview with the journalist, Mehdi Hasan. Although there were three distinct controversies arising from that interview, the one eliciting the most intense and wide-ranging discussion is… Read More

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Brothers On The Block

by Imam Zaid Shakir

If you’re feeling afraid about an anti-Muslim attack, The brothers on the block always got your back. Some started down in the streets, but now they gaze firmly above, So take a little time to show the brothers some love. They’ve weathered recessions and the ravages of inflation. Read More

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Election 2016

by Imam Zaid Shakir

America today is no different than it was yesterday. The sun will shine, the birds will chirp and the clouds will still roll across the sky. We need to move beyond the cycle of panicked reactions to crises, real or perceived, and begin working more systematically to address issues concerning… Read More

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Trump: The Chicken That Came Home to Roost

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Jen Senko’s brilliant documentary, “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” examines the systematic popularizing of the raunchy racism, misogyny, and anti-Muslim bigotry that has come to dominate our political discourse through the lens of her father’s transformation from a normal guy into a mean-spirited nasty bigot. Her father’s “demise,” facilitated by… Read More

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Opportunities for the Muslim American Community

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Zaid Shakir explains the way communities ought to behave and how we have opportunities for growth. We have to be realistic and consider our position in society in order to stop from falling into “old traps.” It’s a rare opportunity to catch Imam Zaid Shakir in-between his movements across… Read More

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Like A Flower

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Like a flower her smile reveals the truth, Her clarity defies the need for proofs. That even in these dark days of our hate, To blossom and to shine shall be our fate. The deep morass that couches our sins, Can be traversed if we but look… Read More

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Choose Wisely!

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One of the reasons many Muslim women find it difficult to find a viable mate is the increasingly large number of Muslim men who are choosing to marry non-Muslim women. Of course this is something that is lawful in Islam. That being said, in choosing a mate one has to… Read More

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Sun Setting Into The Western Sea

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Sun setting into the western sea, More beautiful than Joyce Kilmer’s tree. Sun setting into the western sea, Is there a reality onshore she’s trying to flee? Or is she simply obeying the Divine command -Be! Read More

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Standing at Arafat, Standing with Standing Rock, Standing in the Need of Prayer

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Today is the greatest of days. It is the day the pilgrims will stand on Arafat longing for the Mercy of their Lord. It is one of the days that sees the deeds of the servants multiplied in ways unmatched throughout the year. It is the day when the final… Read More

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Not a Hate Crime

by Imam Zaid Shakir

An elderly Muslim woman, Nazma Khanam, is brutally stabbed to death in New York, but it is not a hate crime. A few weeks earlier, in the same neighborhood, two Muslim Imams are singled out and executed in broad daylight, but it is not a hate crime. Three Muslim college… Read More

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Descent Into No Dissent?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I had the great honor of presiding over both the funeral prayer and memorial service for Muhammad Ali. I was scheduled to deliver the final speech at both of those events. The funeral prayer was scheduled for an hour and a portion of that time was spend establishing order. There… Read More