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Sharia Is Nothing to Fear

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Arsalan Iftikhar @TheMuslimGuy July 16, 2016 Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms. Despite what Newt Gingrich and extremists alike tell you “Western civilization is in a war,” former… Read More

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Thousands Gather at Navy Pier Eid Expo to Promote Islam, Peace

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By Grace Wong - Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune July 7, 2016 Bright colors and breezy fabrics of traditional tunics and trousers floated across the sidewalks of Navy Pier, which housed the first Eid Expo, bringing together diverse denominations and ethnicities Wednesday. The two-day event celebrated Eid al-Fitr, a holiday… Read More

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Religious Advisor of Ali Family Imam Zaid Shakir Talks About Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali

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Interview with Imam Zaid Shakir on the passing of Muhammad Ali For complete TRT World interview go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoBXTuRYrq8 Read More

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Faith Leaders Provide Context to Black Lives Matter

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Amanda Beam, Contributing Writer, May 21, 2016 Responses to terms can be telling. Just a mention of the Black Lives Matter movement can elicit some of the most visceral reactions from people of all races. No matter how little they know the history or purpose of the activist effort, certain… Read More

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Covenant of Compassion

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Published by Imam Zaid Shakir The following students, representing Zaytuna College, The Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley, came together to sign and Covenant of Compassion, drafted by our student, Yusuf Seyal. Here is the text of the Covenant: “Today, the third of March, two-thousand and sixteen,… Read More

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Thousands of Muslims gather in Toronto this weekend for Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference

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Why Muslims are raising money for black churches destroyed by fire

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“Muslim organizations have joined together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire since the nine murders in Charleston, S.C. last month. The campaign coincides with Ramadan, a time of greater charity in the Muslim faith. “ To read more: Click here Read More

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For young Muslims, the struggle to belong is ‘emotionally draining’

by Imam Zaid Shakir

“They come to him — students, co-workers and congregants alike, sometimes in tears — with their questions: What should we do, Imam Zaid? What should we do about the suspicion, about the hatred, about the second glances and the threat of confrontations on the street?” To read full version: Read More

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Imam Zaid Shakir Signs Memorandum of Understanding

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On Sept. 24, 2015, Imam Zaid Shakir Zaytuna College’s co-founder, serves on its Board of Trustees, and Senior Faculty member signs the official Memo of Understanding with President Heidi Hadsell of Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. To read full version go to: https://www.facebook.com/imamzaidshakir/photos/pcb.10153167013458359/10153167002238359/?type=3&theater Read More

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America Just Got Its First Accredited Muslim College

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“Muslim college received formal academic accreditation this past weekend, making it the first officially recognized Islamic institution of higher learning in the United States”. By Jack Jenkins, March 10, 2015 On Sunday, Zaytuna College, a liberal-arts school based in Berkeley, California, announced that it was formally… Read More

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Diffused Congruence Podcast: Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna College

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We’re very excited to be joined by renowned scholar Imam Zaid Shakir for this month’s episode. By Zaki Hasan and Parvez Ahmed, Oakland, CA. March 15, 2015 As a founding member of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Islamic college in the United States, Imam Zaid discuss the school’s history and… Read More

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Let Us Mock the Muslims (For We Traffic in Mockery)

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Mockery: Behavior or speech that makes fun of someone or something in a hurtful way. Mockery of entire groups has effectively been criminalized in Western societies. One would think thrice before publicly mocking Jews, African Americans, homosexuals or many other groups. Yet when it comes to Muslims, all bets, and… Read More

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New Charlie Hebdo Cover Depicts Prophet Mohammed

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By Brian Stelter (CNN) It is a message of defiance, but also forgiveness—and many Muslims responded with similarly mixed emotions. It is a magazine cover depicting the Prophet Mohammed with a tear falling from his cheek, holding a sign that says, “Je suis Charlie,” the slogan that… Read More

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Pakistani Murders Are Wrong!

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The attack by the Pakistani Taliban, purportedly in retaliation for the Pakistani Army’s offensive in Waziristan, illustrates the degree to which an anti-Islamic cult of death has permeated into the ranks of some groups claiming an affiliation with Islam. Be it Boko Haram, ISIS or the Taliban, no one is… Read More

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Drug cartels worse than Islamic State, Imam tells Sydney Muslims

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The LMA Sydney Muslim Conference 2014 attracted around 900 delegates from around Australia and overseas, and addressed various themes and issues with one of America’s most influential Scholars, Imam Zaid Shakir, By Gina Rushton, Sydney AU, November 17, 2014 ONE of America’s leading Muslim scholars has condemned… Read More

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When “Yes Massa” Starts Getting Old

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Dwight Howard’s benign “Free Palestine” tweet and the responses it has generated reveals the extent to which America has become, in a sense, an Israeli plantation. You better not say anything the master doesn’t like, or prepared to get “whipped.” When Howard, an African American, dared to have an opinion,… Read More