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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

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Eye of the Storm

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Eye of the Storm Today, Wednesday, August 1, 2007, early in the evening, I departed from Mecca, that physically barren, but spiritually rich Arabian city, after two incredible days filled with prayer, Qur’anic recitation, supplication and rest, joyous rest. With no lessons to prepare, no classes to teach, no meetings… Read More

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Wisdom Pt. II

by Imam Zaid Shakir

[Updated daily] 51. Al-Hasan al-Basri used to say: “If Satan comes to one of you while he is praying and says, ‘You are dissimulating by lengthening your prayer,’ you should make your prayer even longer.” Note: What he means is that if you undertake an action for God with a… Read More

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The Challenge of Madina

by Imam Zaid Shakir

It is related from the Prophet, peace upon him, that he said: “O God! Bless us in the months of Rajab and Sha’ban, and bless us to reach Ramadan.” (Imam Ahmad, Musnad 1/259) I have been truly blessed during this month of Rajab by being able to spend a good… Read More

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A Sense of Loss

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Surely, we will test you with something of fear, hunger, and loss of wealth, lives, and fruits. Give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Al-Qur’an 2:155 Two weeks ago, I was preparing to board a shuttle bus for a five minute ride from my hotel to the International… Read More

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Wisdom Pt. I

by Imam Zaid Shakir

(updated daily) The sayings gathered here, entitled Wisdom, are extracted from, Alerting The Self Deceived, a book written by the great Islamic scholar and mystic, Abdul Wahhab ash-Sha’rani, d. 973 AH/ 1565 AD. In this book Ash-Sha’rani gathers the aphorisms of the early pious scholars of the Islamic tradition as… Read More

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Islam and Honor Killings

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One of the gravest charges levied against Islam, in terms of its alleged antipathy towards women, is the charge that it encourages a phenomenon known as honor killings. This un-Islamic practice consists of the murder of female family members who are seen as dishonoring their families through real or perceived… Read More

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Challenging a “New” Type of War with True Faith

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Bringing an end to the ongoing war on “terror” will prove particularly vexing. One of the reasons for that is how easily fear can be manipulated to maintain the perception of imminent danger. For the profiteers prosecuting this so-called war, success or failure does not lie in the accomplishment of… Read More

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VIDEO of Imam Zaid Shakir’s interview on Bill Moyers Journal



Here is the link to the full streaming video of the interview: Link to Video More video footage of the Muslim Women who were interviewed: PERSPECTIVES FROM MUSLIM WOMEN The treatment of women under some Islamic systems… Read More

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A Beautiful Religion: Part Two

by Imam Zaid Shakir

A Beautiful Religion: Part Two The beauty of Islam is directly associated with the beauty of Allah (God). The Prophet, peace upon him, relates the following tradition, “Surely God is beautiful and He loves beauty.” The beauty of God is incomparable. Therefore, the greatest delight of Paradise will be the… Read More

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VIDEO of Imam Zaid Shakir’s interview on Bill Moyers Journal



Here is the link to the full streaming video of the interview: Link to Video More video footage of the Muslim Women who were interviewed: PERSPECTIVES FROM MUSLIM WOMEN The treatment of women under some Islamic systems… Read More

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Event Review:  Islam in the West



Published by Haseeb Ahmed - June 17th, 2007 Subhanallah! It was an honor to volunteer at yesterday’s great event. Overall the event was amazing, and I hope this is the first of a regular series of “Islam in the West” events. Here are some of my thoughts regarding today’s festivities.… Read More