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God’s Plan and Muhammad Ali

by Imam Zaid Shakir

It is time we started listening to Ali. It is God’s plan. The analytical methods which postmodernism has given birth to are qualified by many sad features. One is the rejection of the idea of greatness. These methods leave no space for great men or women. What we find instead… Read More

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Today is Husband Appreciation Day

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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.… Read More

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On “Punish A Muslim Day”

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Stephon Clark’s Memorial and Funeral

by Imam Zaid Shakir

By Dale Kasler, Nashelly Chavez, Tony Bizjak And Benjy Egel March 29, 2018 10:42 AM Updated March 29, 2018 05:33 PM Stephon Clark was buried Thursday following a funeral service bristling with politics and raw emotion for the 22-year-old Sacramento man whose shooting death by police 11 days… Read More

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Women’s Day 2018

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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Let Them Fly: Ode to A Little Dreamer

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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Yemen: A Crying Shame

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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As Ghuta Bleeds…

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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,… Read More

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School Shootings: More Than Deranged Teenagers

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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They Don’t Know

by Imam Zaid Shakir

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… Read More

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The Monk of Mokha

by Imam Zaid Shakir

“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… Read More

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America, Stop Exporting Your S**t!

by Imam Zaid Shakir

America, Stop Exporting Your S**t! Trump and the millions of racist Americans he faithfully represents love to point out the problems of what Vijay Prashad refers to as, “The Darker Nations.” However, there is no acknowledgement of what we and other western nations have done to create what Trump so… Read More

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The Greatest Thing My Mother Taught Me

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I was not blessed to be able to enjoy the presence of my mother throughout my adult life, as she passed away when I was eighteen-years-old. I was able to benefit from her mentorship and wisdom during my formative years, even though many of the lessons she taught me I… Read More

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Hard Questions

by Imam Zaid Shakir

As we North American Muslims enter a new year it might be beneficial for us to ask ourselves some serious questions. A bit of soul searching has never harmed anyone. The type of questions I have in mind involve a set of challenges to some of the prevailing trends which… Read More

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Jerusalem: What Can We Do?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The recent decision of President Donald J. Trump to both recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and to move the US Embassy to that blessed city is not only a slap in the face of the world’s Muslims and the Palestinian people, it is also a… Read More

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“Heil Trump” is Not a Bad Joke

by Imam Zaid Shakir

When the President of the United Stated retweeted the filthy, fake anti-Muslim propaganda put out by a fascist British organization he effectively declared war on a segment of the population he is sworn to lead and protect. What was the response of his administration? From Sarah Sanders Huckabee to… Read More