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Vote for Me and I’ll Set You Free

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I have decided that instead of complaining about the inadequacies of the candidates running for president I would run as a write-in candidate. Here is my platform, as articulated in my stump speech: My fellow Americans, or should I say my fellow citizens of the global community; reigning socio-political realities… Read More

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Imam Warith Deen Muhammad (1933-2008)

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Warith Deen Muhammad, who passed away this past Tuesday, in Chicago, Illinois, was not the best known American Muslim of his generation. Unlike his friend Malcolm X (al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz), he would not become a symbol of black rage with excerpts of his speeches creatively spliced into the songs… Read More

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Drilling and Killing for God

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Yesterday, September 3, 2008, United States ground forces swept into Pakistan in a raid that resulted in the deaths of 21 Pakistani civilians. This raid has evoked outrage across Pakistan, and is a clear and unnecessary violation of Pakistani sovereignty. It comes in the context of increasing attacks in Afghanistan… Read More

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Ramadan is Approaching

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Month of Ramadan is upon us. During this special time, we should all reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. Those of us who live here in the West have been blessed with many material bounties that are unimaginable to many of our co-religionists in the… Read More

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Ramadan is Approaching

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Month of Ramadan is upon us. During this special time, we should all reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. Those of us who live here in the West have been blessed with many material bounties that are unimaginable to many of our co-religionists in the… Read More

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Peace and Justice in Islam

by Imam Zaid Shakir

    We are living in a world where there could obviously be more peace. As Muslims, we realize this fact more than most people, as the peace of many of our brothers and sisters in various parts of the globe has been tragically disrupted –in Palestine, Iraq,… Read More

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Peace and Justice in Islam

by Imam Zaid Shakir

    We are living in a world where there could obviously be more peace. As Muslims, we realize this fact more than most people, as the peace of many of our brothers and sisters in various parts of the globe has been tragically disrupted –in Palestine, Iraq,… Read More

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Hopefully, Obama is Not a Used Car Dealer

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In my article, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and the Fate of America, I mentioned that one of the things viewed as unacceptable to the political mainstream in this country is “a fair and just solution to the problem of meaningful Palestinian statehood.” With his slavish remarks at… Read More

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Dear Self: A Year in the Life of a Welfare Mother



By Richelene Mitchell, Foreword by Imam Zaid Shakir It was the year 1973; the Vietnam War was officially over and Watergate was to begin. Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of the Moon, was the coveted album of the year, reggae music was launched and bell-bottoms were all the rage. Dear Self:… Read More

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Answers to Questions From “Ethical Basis” Web-cast

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I promised the subscribers to the last web-cast that I would answer the questions I was unable to get to during the actual web-cast in written form on the website. Here are the answers to those questions. Hopefully, others can also benefit from the answers. 1. Q: Does the idea… Read More

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The Proper Approach to Debating

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Shafi’i is related to have said: “Never do I debate a man with a desire to hear him err in his speech, or to expose the flaws in his argument, and thus vanquish him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently supplicate, ‘O Lord, help him so… Read More

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Signs for Those Who Reflect

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One of the skeptics came to Imam al-Shafi’i, May God have mercy on him and asked, “What is your proof for the existence of God?” The Imam replied, “The Mulberry leaf has a single taste, a single color, a single fragrance and a single shape. However, when the silk worm… Read More

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Know Your Enemy

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Imam Ahmad b, Sahl, May God have Mercy on him, mentioned, “Your enemies are four: The World, whose weapon is the people, and whose prison is isolation; Satan, whose weapon is satiation, and whose prison is hunger; The undisciplined soul, whose weapon is sleep, and whose prison is night vigil;… Read More

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Disabled Society

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The following poem is by a friend of mine, Imran Sabir, of Glasgow, Scotland. He shared it with me during my recent visit there. I am sure you will be moved by it as I was. I will let him tell his own story. Biographical Information I am 31… Read More

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Disabled Society

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The following poem is by a friend of mine, Imran Sabir, of Glasgow, Scotland. He shared it with me during my recent visit there. I am sure you will be moved by it as I was. I will let him tell his own story. Biographical Information I am 31… Read More

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Female Prayer Leadership (Revisited)

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In response to a question concerning the validity of a female leading men in a congregational prayer we have decided to reprint an article we wrote on this issue in its entirety. Hopefully, this will shed light on the issue for those who did not read the original article.… Read More