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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

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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