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By Imam Zaid Shakir

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Islam and Honor Killings (Revised)

by Imam Zaid Shakir

For that reason, we ordained for the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul for other than murder or spreading corruption in the land, it is as if he has killed the whole of humanity… Qur’an 5:35 One of the gravest charges levied against Islam, in terms of its… Read More

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Devotional Practice: Month of Dhu al-Hijjah



Devotional Practice: Month Dhu al-Hijjah By Imam Zaid Shakir The first ten days of Dhul-Hijja are blessed days, which we frequently neglect. The Noble Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God be upon him, said, “There are no days in which righteous deeds done during… Read More

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The “Teddy Bear” Crisis (Expanded)

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The recent “Teddy-Bear” crisis in Sudan illustrates the failure of many Muslims to understand a stark reality; one that if left misunderstood will probably lead to a lot of unnecessary bloodshed in the Muslim world, and destroy the opportunity for many western, non-Muslim people to benefit, at a mass level,… Read More

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Farewell to Basim

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Yesterday was sobering. After spending many hours trying to work through my inbox, catching up on my backlogged emails, my wife received a phone call from Atlanta, Georgia. Exhausted from seven straight weeks of coast to coast travel, culminating in a non-stop ten hour flight from London to San Francisco… Read More

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God’s Justice Will Not Sleep Forever

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The world’s greatest humanitarian crisis, as quiet as it is kept, is not in Darfur. While the situation there deserves the attention it is getting it is far less grave than the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Somalia. The nature of that crisis demonstrates much about the nature of US foreign… Read More

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New Audio: Resisting Globalization With True Brotherhood



In this lecture Imam Zaid examines the implications of Brotherhood and Sisterhood in Islam. For more information Click Here For a complete listing of the lectures, please visit Audio/Video section. Read More

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Who are the Fascists?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

When George W. Bush began making poignant references to what he termed “Islamic Fascists,” he shed more light on the nature of the ideology driving the neoconservative movement than he did on the ideology driving militant Islamic groups in various parts of the world—for reasons we will soon examine. Although… Read More

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“Scattered Pictures” Feedback

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Scattered Pictures Feedback: A homeowner, A reviewer, 08/21/2007 Outstanding Brilliance in literature! It truly Speaks out Volumes for itself! Yasmin, A reviewer, 01/27/2007 Remarkable, Insightful, Intellectually stimulating and uplifting, Policy-making Approach to Literary Brilliance! This Book not only covers the whole life of An American… Read More

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Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation Between Sunni Muslim Scholars, Organizations, and Students

by Imam Zaid Shakir

        Pledge of Mutual Respect and Cooperation Between Sunni Muslim Scholars, Organizations, and Students of Sacred Knowledge Hold fast to the Rope of Allah, all together, and be not divided. (Qur’an, 3:103) Surely, those who have made divisions in their religion and turned into factions,… Read More

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Description of the God Conscious

by Imam Zaid Shakir

It is related that a devout worshipper by the name of Humam came to Imam ‘Ali, may God ennoble his countenance, and asked him to describe the God conscious people so vividly that he could almost see them. Imam ‘Ali responded: “Their speech is truthful; their clothing is moderate; and… Read More

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Ramadan Lessons: Lesson One

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Based on Lata’if al-Ma’arif By Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali [1] Abu Hurayra, may God be pleased with him, relates that the Prophet, peace upon him, said: “The reward of every action undertaken by the human being is for him—and good deeds will be rewarded from ten up to seven hundred times—God… Read More

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

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Dear Self is a penetrating journal that documents a year in the life of a poor welfare mother in a public housing project in the Northeast United States. That year, 1973, was one of transition for America. The roll-back of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” was gaining momentum, the Vietnam War… Read More

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Wisdom Pt. V

by Imam Zaid Shakir

(updated daily) 1. Al-Hasan al-Basri used to say: “Beware of being an executor for someone’s estate [if you can avoid it]. Because an executor might be unjust in his execution of the will, no matter how hard he tries to be just.” 2. Abu Yusuf, the companion of… Read More

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Statement Concerning the Beginning of Ramadan

by Imam Zaid Shakir

What follows is the statement of Zaytuna Institute concerning the beginning of Ramadan. We here at NID endorse Zaytuna’s position on this issue. As Muslims we have a clear methodology for determining the beginning of the lunar month. We start all months upon the initial physical sighting of the waxing… Read More

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Reflections on 9/11 and Ramadan [1]

by Imam Zaid Shakir

By Imam Zaid Shakir September 11, 2007 This year, the birth of the invisible new moon, an event that will be followed in a day or two by the beginning of the month of Ramadan, upon the sighting of the waxing crescent in the evening sky, will occur on… Read More

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A Glimpse at Early Women Islamic Scholars

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The following is a transcript of a lecture delivered by Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi of Oxford University, on the role of women scholars in preserving and transmitting prophetic tradition (Hadith) in Islam. The original transcript has been edited by Imam Zaid Shakir to enhance readability. The Female Scholars of… Read More