New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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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

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Sun Setting Into The Western Sea

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Sun setting into the western sea, More beautiful than Joyce Kilmer’s tree. Sun setting into the western sea, Is there a reality onshore she’s trying to flee? Or is she simply obeying the Divine command -Be! Read More

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Standing at Arafat, Standing with Standing Rock, Standing in the Need of Prayer

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Today is the greatest of days. It is the day the pilgrims will stand on Arafat longing for the Mercy of their Lord. It is one of the days that sees the deeds of the servants multiplied in ways unmatched throughout the year. It is the day when the final… Read More

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Not a Hate Crime

by Imam Zaid Shakir

An elderly Muslim woman, Nazma Khanam, is brutally stabbed to death in New York, but it is not a hate crime. A few weeks earlier, in the same neighborhood, two Muslim Imams are singled out and executed in broad daylight, but it is not a hate crime. Three Muslim college… Read More

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Descent Into No Dissent?

by Imam Zaid Shakir

I had the great honor of presiding over both the funeral prayer and memorial service for Muhammad Ali. I was scheduled to deliver the final speech at both of those events. The funeral prayer was scheduled for an hour and a portion of that time was spend establishing order. There… Read More

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Thank You Allah!

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Thank you Allah for the mind that produced these words. Thank you Allah, for private thoughts, shared with only You, unheard. Thank you Allah for gracing me to see another day. Thank you Allah for blessing me with the ability to say… “Thank you Allah.” Thank you… Read More

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The Treachery of The “International Community” on Syria

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The treachery of the “international community” towards the Syrian people is reaching a disgusting climax. It is obvious that the United States has cut a deal with the Russians, hence, indirectly, the Syrian regime, to combine forces to go after ISIS and other “terrorist” groups. In exchange for the cooperation… Read More

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“Well-Fed Slaves…”

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Bill O’Reilly, ignited a firestorm, when commenting on Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC, stated: “Slaves that worked there [constructing the White House] were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802.” The allegation that chattel slavery in the American… Read More

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Stop This Killing…

by Imam Zaid Shakir

“Stop this killing!” was the fervently repeated plea of Alton Sterling’s aunt, being interviewed in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That is the very town that witnessed the gruesome killing of Sterling himself. Indeed, we must stop the killing, on all… Read More

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Violence: As American as Cherry Pie

by Imam Zaid Shakir

Every day, there are 44 homicides in the US, the majority are committed with firearms. There are approximately 5 gang-related murders in America each day. Every day in the country, an average of 110 people commit suicide, 60 of those deaths involve firearms. Of those daily suicides 20 are committed… Read More

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Murder Is Murder

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The recent killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are inexcusable outrages and the police officers involved in those shootings should be duly tried for their crimes. These and similar police killings, however, cannot be used as a blanket indictment against all police officers, the overwhelming majority of whom carry… Read More

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Dabiq: An Argument Against ISIS

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Hadith of Dabiq: A Proof Against ISIS One of the most powerful recruiting tools of ISIS has been its ability to create an apocalyptic appeal around the prophesized destruction of a “Crusader” army at Dabiq, a location in Northern Syria. So central has this idea been to the call… Read More