New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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The Massacre

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The toll was gruesome. Over 100 people shot, 15 fatally. Bloody streets, shattered bones, severed limbs, ruined lives and devaststed families. Baghdad? No. Kabul? No. Mogadishu? No. Paris? No. Al Qaida? No. ISIS? No. Al Shabab? No. Boko Haram? No. This was the July 4th weekend toll of shootings in… Read More

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The Importance of Being a Very Public Muslim

by Imam Zaid Shakir

In the climate of fear and mistrust of Muslims being carefully cultivated by some elements in this country it is extremely important to be a very public, very visible, very talkative Muslim. Some Muslims would tend to shun this advice thinking that by “laying low” and being almost invisible they… Read More

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Ali’s Islam

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Once again Muslims are bracing for the possibility that our religion will be sullied by an act of nihilistic violence. It is not the least ironic that the terrible incident occurring yesterday on the iconic London Bridge took place on the date that marks the departure of Muhammad Ali from… Read More

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Naturally

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Her smile reflects the beauty of the sky. Her benefits are there for passersby. Her hair adorned sometimes with colors: gold, and red, yellow, so splendid to behold. Her life is spent measured as seasons pass. The world adorned. Her gift? Her grace, her class.… Read More

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Suffering From Military Complex

by Imam Zaid Shakir

We look upon the problems of the world, We see the refugees the boys and girls, We see the poor pushed from pillar to post, We see the rich propose another toast; To celebrate the lives that they’ve destroyed. We see the lands they throw around like… Read More

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Trump Has Trumped the “Wait and See Crowd”

by Imam Zaid Shakir

There are some well-meaning folks who thought Donald J. Trump would be an “America First” isolationist president, despite his sabre rattling during the primaries and his promise to build up the military. When he staffed his cabinet with generals, wall street riff raff, and white nationalists many of those people… Read More

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International Women’s Day

by Imam Zaid Shakir

International Women’s Day​ is on 8th March. The day has been set aside to celebrate the social, economic and political accomplishments of women. March is a most appropriate month for such a celebration. In the northern hemisphere, March signals the arrival of spring and the blossoming flowers whose colors and… Read More

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Justice In This World

by Imam Zaid Shakir

As we work for justice in this world, let us never lose sight of the fact that ultimately we are not living for this world we are living in it. We search assiduously for the program that will assure the most abundant share of justice for ourselves and those we… Read More

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Reality Check

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One man asked another with a bit of a stutter Has Trump got you down in the dumps? The other man said I’m doing just fine and here is the reason why. The birds yet sing, the sun yet shines and the clouds still float across the… Read More

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Chaos or Community

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Chaos or Community The events of this past weekend, beginning with the Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim executive order and culminating with the murder of six Muslims at a mosque in Quebec have sent chilling signals to the Muslim community in North America. Many Muslims are not surprised by these developments, knowing… Read More

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The Fourth Reich Did Not Begin Today

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The legendary singer, actor and activist, Harry Belafonte, recently referred to the advent of the Trump presidency as the Fourth Reich, the heir apparent to Hitler’s Third Reich. Others have expressed similar sentiments. While the nature of Trump’s campaign and the dark forces it has helped to unleash, along… Read More

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Brothers On The Block

by Imam Zaid Shakir

If you’re feeling afraid about an anti-Muslim attack, The brothers on the block always got your back. Some started down in the streets, but now they gaze firmly above, So take a little time to show the brothers some love. They’ve weathered recessions and the ravages of inflation. Read More

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Election 2016

by Imam Zaid Shakir

America today is no different than it was yesterday. The sun will shine, the birds will chirp and the clouds will still roll across the sky. We need to move beyond the cycle of panicked reactions to crises, real or perceived, and begin working more systematically to address issues concerning… Read More

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Trump: The Chicken That Came Home to Roost

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Jen Senko’s brilliant documentary, “The Brainwashing of My Dad,” examines the systematic popularizing of the raunchy racism, misogyny, and anti-Muslim bigotry that has come to dominate our political discourse through the lens of her father’s transformation from a normal guy into a mean-spirited nasty bigot. Her father’s “demise,” facilitated by… Read More

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Like A Flower

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Like a flower her smile reveals the truth, Her clarity defies the need for proofs. That even in these dark days of our hate, To blossom and to shine shall be our fate. The deep morass that couches our sins, Can be traversed if we but look… Read More

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Choose Wisely!

by Imam Zaid Shakir

One of the reasons many Muslim women find it difficult to find a viable mate is the increasingly large number of Muslim men who are choosing to marry non-Muslim women. Of course this is something that is lawful in Islam. That being said, in choosing a mate one has to… Read More