New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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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

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Carrying the Word

by Imam Zaid Shakir

This cover article was featured in Emel Magazine’s May 2006 Issue http://www.emelmagazine.com Imam Zaid Shakir is, in many ways, the quintessential American: a youth with a two newspaper route, a high school football player, a member of the United States Air Force, a student activist… Read More

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Qualities of an Exemplary Leader

by Imam Zaid Shakir

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم فبما رحمة من الله لنت لهم و لو كنت فظا غليظ القلب لانفضوا من حولك فاعف عنهم و استغفر لهم و شاورهم في الأمر فإذا عزمت فتوكل على الله إن الله يحب المتوكلين  القرآن ٣:١٥٩ Owing to Mercy from God, you were gentle in dealing… Read More

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Qualities of an Exemplary Leader

by Imam Zaid Shakir

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم فبما رحمة من الله لنت لهم و لو كنت فظا غليظ القلب لانفضوا من حولك فاعف عنهم و استغفر لهم و شاورهم في الأمر فإذا عزمت فتوكل على الله إن الله يحب المتوكلين  القرآن ٣:١٥٩ Owing to Mercy from God, you were gentle in… Read More

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“Carrying the Word” From Emel Magazine

by Imam Zaid Shakir

‘Carrying the Word’ Reflections of an American Imam This cover article was featured in Emel Magazine’s May 2006 Issue http://www.emelmagazine.com Imam Zaid Shakir is, in many ways, the quintessential American: a youth with a two newspaper route, a high school football player,… Read More

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Dear Self - Wins Bronze Medal in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Dear Self: A Year in the Life of a Welfare Mother has won the Bronze Medal for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. See the Family and Relationship category at: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/books/dear-self/ To purchase go to: http://astore.amazon.com/nidpublishers-20/detail/0979228107/105-7147656-8493227        The book has also… Read More

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Should Muslims Use The “N” Word?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Do not call each other by demeaning nicknames: How foul is a name connoting vileness... Al-Qur’an 49:11 I was recently involved in a forum entitled, “Should Muslims Use the ‘N’ word.” The event could have more appropriately been entitled, “Should Anyone Use the ‘N’ Word.” However, the reason for the… Read More

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Reflections on Black History Month

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20% of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. [1] In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the percentages of Muslims in… Read More

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and the Fate of America

by Imam Zaid Shakir

As we celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on a national holiday dedicated to his honor, many people point to the surging presidential candidacy of Barack Obama as evidence of how far this country has come in terms of race relations since the days of the Civil… Read More

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History 1 on 1

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue, An event that happened a bit too soon, ‘cause in sixty-nine they were on the moon. A happening not without precedent, The same place Galileo’s telescope went. Which isn’t to say we’ve become farsighted in… Read More

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Review of Islam in NYT Book Review

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The January 6, 2008 edition of the New York Times Book Review was devoted to “Islam,” as the header for the edition boldly proclaims. The edition aims to highlight some of the most relevant historical, literary, political and theological issues informing contemporary discourse around the topic of Islam, as it… Read More