Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-07-20

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, which he quickly forfeited, easing back into his “place”,” he was essentially told by many who roundly condemned his position, “Shut up nigger and keep entertaining us.” What was Howard’s treasonous act of political incorrectness? He dared to express sympathy for the hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians who are being… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2014-03-07

Imam Zaid Shakir and opponents of a new surveillance center in Oakland are making their voices heard, including Muslims who fear they are being unfairly targeted. By Christin Ayers, CBS San Francisco. For more info: http://cbsloc.al/1cIHYGz Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-11-20

Verily, they were youth who believed in their Lord and we increased them in guidance. And we strengthened their hearts when they took a stand, saying: “Our Lord is the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth; we will never call on any God besides Him. Were we to do so we would have uttered a grave enormity”. (Qur’an 18:13-14) One of the disheartening features of our modern, or for some our postmodern condition, is that it encourages us to live lives of isolation, oftentimes divorced from even the crowds that might surround us in our bustling cities. We have… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-07-13

In his, Dictionary of Political Thought, the noted political philosopher, Roger Scruton, defines a coup d’etat as follows: [A coup d’etat is] a change in government by force resulting in a change of constitution, and brought about by those who already hold some form of power whether military or political. The institution of a coup thereby transforms the terms on which their office is held from a public trust into a private possession. We start with this definition to spare anyone the need for debating whether what transpired in Egypt was a coup d’etat or not. By any… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-07-11

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 which the deeds performed by the servant ascend to God. What follows is a discussion around fasting during the month of Sha’ban. Usama B. Zayd relates:  “The Prophet, peace and mercy of God upon him, used to fast so many days in succession that we said, ‘He will never break… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-06-13

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 which the deeds performed by the servant ascend to God. What follows is a discussion around fasting during the month of Sha’ban. Usama B. Zayd relates:  “The Prophet, peace and mercy of God upon him, used to fast so many days in succession that we said, ‘He will never break… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-05-13

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 month to reap the harvest.” It has similarly been related from him: “Rajab is like the wind; Sha’ban is like the water-laden clouds; and Ramadan is like the rain.” Someone else mentioned: “The year in its entirety is like a tree: during Rajab its buds sprout; during Sha’ban it sends… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-04-24

H-E-A-L to heal: to make sound or whole (heal a wound); to restore to health; to cause an undesirable condition to be overcome; to mend; to patch up (a breach or division); to restore to original purity or integrity. H is for Hearts  In the aftermath of the tragic events in Boston, we should understand that meaningful and lasting healing will not start until we begin to strengthen and cleanse our hearts. This is the place where real religion dwells. In terrestrial terms, the revelation began in the heart of our Prophet, peace and blessings of Almighty God upon him.… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-04-12

On March 6, 2013 Zaytuna College hosted the former United States Attorney General, Ramsey Clark. Clark, now 86 years old, brings a wealth of experience from both inside and outside of government to his presentations, which was one of the reasons for his invitation. Oftentimes, we are tempted to limit our exposure to those who currently or have always shared our views and approaches to the burning issues that define our lives or times. While such an approach may make us comfortable, it will not make us wise. Ramsey Clark is a wise man and we are thankful that he… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2013-02-09

Black History Month should be of interest to every Muslim, especially in America. It is estimated that upwards to 20% of the Africans enslaved in the Americas were Muslim. [1] In some areas, such as the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Virginia, the percentages of Muslims in the slave population may have approached 40%. [2] The fact that the search of a random African American, Alex Haley, for his roots led him to a Muslim village in West Africa is indicative of the widespread Muslim presence among the enslaved population here in the Americas. At this critical… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2012-11-17

In our world of increasing need the answer has to be found in relentless giving despite cultural discourse calling for an end to altruism. “Those who adopted the abode and faith before them love those who migrated to them, and they find no need in their souls for what the migrants were given. They give preference [to others] over themselves, even though they have serious needs. Whoever can ward off the stinginess within his soul, they will be the successful ones.” (55:59) A glance at the daily headlines alerts us to a number of crises, which… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2012-10-26

The following excerpt is from “Lata’if al-Ma’arif” by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali concerning the virtue and some of the actions to be undertaken on the Day of Arafa (pp. 487-495) I wanted to get this out today for the benefit of the believers so I have not taken the time to edit and proofread it. Therefore, if you find some typos and a few glitches, I will tighten it up after ‘Id, Insha Allah. It is related in the sound compilation of al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, that a Jewish… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2012-09-26

During the event held on 9-17-12, Zaytuna College’s co-founders, Hatem Bazian, Zaid Shakir, and Hamza Yusuf spoke about the recent wave of unrest in Libya, Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world that was set off due to the posting of the video maligning the Prophet Mohammad (SAW). James A. Donahue (President, Graduate Theological Union) and Munir Jiwa (Assistant Professor, Graduate Theological Union) also spoke at this event which was moderated by Sandy Tolan, Associate Professor - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.  http://www.zaytunacollege.org/ To view complete video go to: http://youtu.be/Jo1z_eSHdHE Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2012-08-29

United Against Poverty conference brings together diverse group of religious voices to tackle wealth inequality across the nation. Stamford, CT (PRWEB) August 29, 2012 On September 29th, the organization United for Change will hold a conference titled “United Against Poverty” to discuss the realities of poverty in the U.S and what role Muslim Americans should play in advocating for the poor and disenfranchised. The program will have various sessions throughout the day, including proper ways to respond to poverty; Muslim women shelters in America; the physical versus spiritual definitions of poverty; and the wisdom behind alms giving, a major… Read More


Imam Zaid Shakir


Posted on 2012-07-28

Ill Fares the land, to hast’ning ill a prey; Where wealth accumulates, and men decay. Oliver Goldsmith British-Irish author (1730 - 1774)   In his final book, Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt laments the materialism and selfishness he saw destroying the very fabric of modern society. Were we to summarize the dire message that Judt is sending in the last published work before his death, it is that individual greed has devastating social and political consequences. In Judt’s assessment, if those consequences are not arrested soon, a meaningful and fair politics, one of the critical foundations… Read More


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