New Islamic Directions

By Imam Zaid Shakir

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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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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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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

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A Beautiful Religion

by Imam Zaid Shakir

A Beautiful Religion: Part One Unfortunately, many people today perceive Islam as a repugnant, morally bankrupt religion. However, their perceptions cannot alter the reality every conscious believer knows. We know that our religion is beautiful. Perhaps what they view Islam to be is a reflection of their own state. If… Read More

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Safar 1428

by Imam Zaid Shakir

The Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him) said: ‘Awareness emanates from the heart and if the heart is sound, the whole body is sound; if it’s corrupt, the whole body is corrupt.’ The commentary for that hadith further explains the parables for the individual. On the physical level,… Read More

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Muharram 1428

by Imam Zaid Shakir

To summarize the duties of brotherhood and sisterhood in Islam, we should love for our brother and sister what we love for ourselves.  This is an incredible teaching that if implemented would go a long way towards improving relations between us. This spirit of love is especially important between… Read More