New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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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

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Wisdom Pt. IV

by Imam Zaid Shakir

(Updated Daily) Reflecting on the Reality of Death 1. Abu Bakr used to wish for death. When asked about that he replied: “I fear that I will see a time when good is no longer commanded and wrong no longer discouraged.” 2. Abu Hurayra used to say: “A time… Read More

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Fasting During Sha’ban

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Sha’ban is a month of good that introduces the great month of Ramadan. The Prophet, peace upon him, used to fast voluntarily during this month more so than in any other month. One of the motivations for that, as we will mention below, is that Sha’ban is the month during… Read More

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Farewell to Rajab

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali mentions in Lata’if al-Ma’arif: The month of Rajab is the key to the months of goodness and blessings that follow it. Abu Bakr b. al-Warraq al-Balkhi said: “Rajab is the month to sow the seeds; Sha’ban is the month to irrigate the crop; and Ramadan is the… Read More

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Islam and the Restoration of Meaning

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Introduction Nihilism has been defined as “belief in nothing as opposed to the absence of belief.” [1] Being divorced from conventional norms of virtue, value, or morality, such an idea is bound to manifest itself in a destructive cynicism. As nihilism evolved into a political idea, primarily in 19th Century… Read More

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Wisdom Pt. III

by Imam Zaid Shakir

101. ‘Abdul Wahid b. Zayd used to say: “Hasan al-Basri did not reach the spiritual heights he reached for any reason other than the following: If he commanded people to do good he was the first of them to do act on his advise; and if he forbade them something… Read More

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Fasting During Rajab

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Introduction Historically, one of the virtuous religious practices of Muslims is voluntary fasting during the month of Rajab. Unfortunately, there are a growing number of Muslims that consider this practice a blameworthy innovation. The following discussion, taken from Lata’if al Ma’rif fi ma li Mawasim al-‘Amm min al-Wadha’if (The Subtleties… Read More